Three New Episodes of “Ask Dr. Walt” available on Liftable TV

LiftableTV has posted three new episodes of “Ask Dr. Walt,” one on the impact of your mental health on your physical health and two on the topic of how anger, bitterness, grudges, and unforgiveness could be killing you. Continue reading

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An Independence Day Remembrance of My Father – A True Hero

Today many of us will gather with family and friends for barbecues and picnics to celebrate our country’s 245th Independence Day. But, at some point between the hot dogs, hamburgers, and the firecrackers, I hope each of us will take time to reflect on what Independence Day is really about – remembering the sacrifices of our American soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and guardsman who have given their service (and some their lives) to protect the freedoms so many of us take for granted.  Continue reading

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Is “fake beef” safe for July 4th grilling?

A reader wrote, “I keep reading articles about the fake meats that are popping up in many grocery stores and restaurants. Are they actually healthier than real meat for me and the environment?”

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My Patients Ask — What about drug discount cards and coupons?

There’s been a lot of debate about discount cards, coupons, and other prescription drug cost savings programs . . . especially with Amazon Prime’s new Rx savings card. Should you consider them? What do you need to know? Continue reading

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Monthly Family Update – July 2021

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  • Four New TV Episodes of “Ask Dr. Walt” Available
  • “Ask Dr. Walt” in Today’s Christian Living
  • More Endorsements for my WWII Book
  • First Draft of the Cover for At First Light
  • Answers to last month’s prayers
  • Prayer requests for this month
  • Past Issues

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My Patients Ask — Will the COVID vaccine protect me from the dangerous delta variant?

The Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, was first detected in India but has since surfaced in more than 70 countries. The CDC says the COVID Delta variant poses a growing threat in the U.S. because it is more contagious than other strains and produces more serious symptoms. That’s the bad news. Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Is there a ‘best’ COVID vaccine?

Paul E. Sax, MD, a contributor to NEJM Journal Watch — Infectious Diseases  sums it up with an excellent article, “We’re Allowed to Say that Some COVID-19 Vaccines Are Better than Others, Right?” See what you think as he explains why he (and most physicians) hands-down recommend the mRNA COVID vaccines. Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — If the COVID vaccine is so good, how come so many doctors have not taken it?

I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, but Forbes reported, “The American Medical Association says 96 percent of ‘practicing physicians’ have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.” Continue reading

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Nearly all COVID fatalities in U.S. among unvaccinated patients

This was my fear: My friends and readers who either refused or delayed getting the COVID vaccine might be the most likely to suffer from that decision. Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Do COVID vaccinated adults protect unvaccinated children?

It should be no shock, that like with many other vaccines, the answer is yes.
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My Patients Ask — Does the COVID vaccine really matter to middle-aged or younger folks?

A new study from the CDC shows us just how valuable the COVID vaccines have been for both young and older adults. The bottom line? The more people who are vaccinated in any age group, the greater the benefit. Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Is it true that my diet can reduce my risk of COVID?

Recent research has revealed that your diet may indeed be tied to a lower risk of severe COVID — which may be very important information for those choosing not to take the COVID vaccine. Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Why get the COVID vaccine if you’ve already had COVID? (an update)

My friends at ConsumerLab.com have posted a new answer to this question based upon the latest research:

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My Patients Ask — Do I have to eat 4 servings of fruit a day?

Well, you don’t have to. Certainly, a daily intake of four servings of fruits and five servings of vegetables is what’s recommended for improving your quality and quantity of life. But even some are better than none, as shown in a recent study. Continue reading

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Watch the newest episode of “Ask Dr. Walt” — Reducing SADness (stress, anxiety, depression)

LiftableTV has just posted Episode 7 of my new show, “Ask Dr. Walt,” where I discuss, “Reducing SADness (stress, anxiety, depression).” Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Just how safe are vaccines in general?

I’ve pointed out for years that routine vaccines are by far one of the safest and most effective public-health lifesaving interventions in the history of medicine and science. And, if more proof of the safety of vaccines is needed, a new study delivers fresh evidence that they carry massive benefits and very, very few potential risks for children, adults, and pregnant women. Continue reading

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Why are some conservatives so “vaccine hesitant”?

My friend, Jon Imbody serves as Director of Federal Government Relations with the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) and directs their Washington Office. The Washington Post recently published his commentary below in response to the article (“‘I’m still a zero’: Vaccine-resistant Republicans warn that their skepticism is worsening”) that examined the vaccine hesitancy of conservatives. He explained the divergent point of view that many Americans hold about COVID vaccines—one that rejects the messages of U.S. public health agency officials. See what you think: Continue reading

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What Doctors Wish Patients Knew About Home BP Measurement

More and more doctors are recommending that people with high blood pressure, or at risk for it, learn to take their blood pressure at home. Here are some tips from the AMA on doing so: Continue reading

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Sweet Notes About “The Best Medicine”

My first book about my practice years in Kissimmee, Florida, The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor, continues to be well-received. For example, of the 171 reviews on Amazon.com, 88% are 5-star. But none are sweeter than a few I recently received from old friends in Kissimmee. Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — What do you recommend for preventing and treating COVID?

First of all, I strongly recommend preventing it by getting one of the two mRNA COVID vaccines. For treatment outside the hospital, there is now a fairly safe and effective treatment. Continue reading

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There’s a New Episode of “Ask Dr. Walt” — Preventing Disease and Dis-Ease

LiftableTV has just posted Episode 6 of my new show, “Ask Dr. Walt,” where I discuss, “Preventing Disease and Dis-Ease.” Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — When should I begin colorectal cancer screening?

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is now calling for colorectal cancer screening to begin earlier at 45. Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — If I don’t get the COVID vaccine, do I need to worry about becoming a “long-hauler”?

One of the concerns for those considering not taking the COVID vaccine is that even with mild COVID disease the risk of having prolonged, ongoing symptoms is significant. Cohort studies of COVID survivors have reported that up to half of the hospitalized patients and one-third of outpatients experience persisting COVID-like symptoms. Now we have new research on how much of a risk this is. Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Any updates on COVID immunity and COVID vaccine boosters?

Glad you asked. Scientists have now discovered evidence that immunity to COVID may persist much longer than previously thought. In particular, new research suggests that important immune cells survive in the bone marrow of people who were infected with the virus OR were vaccinated against it.

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My Patients Ask — Do dietary supplements or multivitamins prevent cancer or heart disease

In my most recent book, The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions, I conclude that for most people multivitamins have no benefit and may cause harm. Now’s there’s a new recommendation from the USPSTF on the topic. Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Can watching too much TV affect my brain health?

In my latest book, The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions, I have two chapters on brain health. But, I didn’t know the answer to the question until recently. Continue reading

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There’s a New Episode of “Ask Dr. Walt” — What is True Health?

LiftableTV has just posted Episode 5 of my new show, “Ask Dr. Walt,” where I discuss, “What is True Health.” Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — My wife and I had COVID. Should we get the vaccine?

A friend writes, “My wife and I both had COVID. She was mildly symptomatic. I was asymptomatic. We’ve both recovered and don’t think we need the vaccine. Just curious about your thoughts on this decision. Continue reading

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I challenge a good friend to reconsider NOT taking the COVID vaccine

A dear friend recently wrote me to let me know why he’s not taking the COVID vaccine and to ask if I had any challenges to his way of thinking. Below are his questions and my replies. It’s a tad long, but I hope it’s helpful to those thinking about not getting the COVID vaccine who may have similar concerns: Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Does drinking alcohol worsen brain health?

Unfortunately, for those who enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, a new and large study from the UK links worse brain health to alcohol consumption. Continue reading

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