Category Archives: General Health

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.

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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.

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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 … 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).”

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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 … 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’: … 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:

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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 … 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.

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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.”

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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.

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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 … 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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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.

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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.”

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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.

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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 … 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.

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My Patients Ask — Do fish oil supplements prevent heart or cardiovascular disease?

The short answer for most patients, even those at high risk for cardiovascular disease is, unfortunately, “No,” according to several very large and well-performed studies.

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Monthly Family Update – June 2021

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter: One of My and Barb’s Most Difficult Interviews Ever “Ask Dr. Walt” on LiftableTV has a surprise early launch The Natural Medicines Handbook media interviews Ebook sale: $0.99 for Lintball Leo: Not-So-Stupid Questions … Continue reading

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A Memorial Day Remembrance to My Dad and My Hero: Major Philip B. Larimore, Jr.

Today many of us will gather with family and friends for barbecues and picnics to celebrate Memorial Day, the unofficial kickoff to summer. But, at some point between the hot dogs, hamburgers, and volleyball, I hope each of us will take … Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — Are the mRNA COVID vaccines safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?

The New York Times reported, “When the coronavirus vaccines were first authorized in December, scientists knew little about how well they might work in pregnant women, who had been excluded from the clinical trials.” But what have we learned since?

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One of my best-selling e-books for boys is on sale for $0.99

Like the Energizer Bunny, my best-selling book for boys, Lintball Leo’s Not-So-Stupid Questions About Your Body, just keeps going, and going, and going. And, now an e-book version has gone on sale!

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My Patients Ask — What are COVID vaccine-hesitant Americans concerned about?

The main concerns are about what I call “undocumented vaccine side effects” or, put another way, “bald-faced lies” about the COVID vaccine.

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My Patients Ask — Is COVID vaccine hesitancy increasing?

I’m very happy to report that according to a recent poll, the percent of folks who are hesitant to take the COVID vaccine is plummeting. 

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My Patients Ask — What percent of the U.S. population needs to be vaccinated to provide “herd immunity”?

The New York Times reported, “[COVID] cases are decreasing in the United States, and masks are no longer required everywhere, but the pandemic is not over – and won’t be until younger children can also be vaccinated, epidemiologists said in a … Continue reading

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My Patients Ask — For the 2-shot mRNA COVID vaccines, can I get one shot from Moderna and another from Pfizer?

My Patients Ask — For the 2-shot mRNA COVID vaccines, can I get one shot from Moderna and another from Pfizer?

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“Ask Dr. Walt” on LiftableTV has a surprise early launch

In the past, I’ve told you about my new TV show, “Ask Dr. Walt,” which was scheduled to launch in September 2021 on a new streaming platform, LiftableTV. Well, surprise, surprise, surprise, the network decided to have a “beta” launch … Continue reading

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