preventing osteoporosis

September 24, 2022

Saturday Book Report – “At First Light” featured in Baton Rouge Advocate

Upon arising last Saturday morning, I found my phone was blowing up with messages and emails from around Louisiana informing me of a huge article in […]
September 23, 2022

Did you know ultra-processed food increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, and premature death?

CNN reported, “Eating a lot of ultra-processed foods significantly increases men’s risk of colorectal cancer and can lead to heart disease and early death in both […]
September 22, 2022

Thursday Ask Dr. Walt – Do Bad Genes Doom Me?

Dear Dr. Walt, I read your column and enjoy it, and you’re always harping on us readers to improve our health. But, my family has really poor […]
September 21, 2022

Nightly sleep duration associated with overweight and obesity among adolescents

Healio reported, “Adolescents who sleep fewer hours at night had a higher prevalence of overweight and obesity compared with those who slept for the guideline-recommended eight hours […]
September 20, 2022

Tuesday Patient Stories – Kissimmee Tales Part 7

For the next few months, I’m excerpting chapters from the first of two books about my early years in family medicine in Kissimmee, Florida – The […]
September 19, 2022

Two studies, one finding: Keep walking to prolong life

The UPI reported that walking and physical activity can dramatically reduce the risk of premature death.
September 17, 2022

Saturday Book Report – “At First Light” named FINALIST in FIVE Page Turner Book Award Categories

The Page Turner Awards’ judges considered almost 1,000 nominations for their International Book Awards. My WWII book, At First Light , was nominated. So, what happened?
September 16, 2022

Breastfeeding beneficial for heart health of mom and baby

A statement by the American Heart Association (AHA) highlighted that breastfeeding provides many heart-healthy benefits for babies AND mothers.
May 25, 2010

Hormone Therapy for Menopause Reviewed

According to a new review of the role of perimenopausal hormone therapy published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, women must be informed of the potential benefits and […]
August 20, 2010

How Much Sunlight Is Equivalent to Vitamin D Supplementation?

Readers of this blog are well aware than many (if not most) Americans have insufficient to deficient levels of vitamin D. Other than prescribing oral vitamin […]
January 28, 2011

Institute of Medicine says megadoses of vitamin D, calcium unnecessary

In a front-page article, the New York Times says, “The very high levels of vitamin D and calcium that are often recommended by doctors and testing […]
January 28, 2011

My Take on the new Vitamin D and Calcium Recommendations

You’re likely hearing a fair bit of controversy over the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) new recommendations (RDA) for vitamin D and calcium. I first reported on […]
March 30, 2011

Diet soda consumption may be linked to increased heart attacks and strokes

I often have patients ask if I think diet sodas are a healthy substitute for regular soft drinks. I tell them, “NO!” The primary reason, that […]
April 1, 2011

Osteoporosis drugs may increase risk for atypical leg fractures. So, why do I say “don’t worry”?

Bisphosphonates are oral medications designed to prevent bone breaks in older women. Name brands include Boniva, Fosamax, and Actonel) . Now there are reports saying these […]