vaccine myth

September 30, 2022

Exchanging 30 minutes of social media a day with exercise benefits mental health

According to a report in Medical News Today, replacing 30 minutes of social media use per day with physical activity can enhance emotional well-being and reduce […]
September 29, 2022

Thursday Ask Dr. Walt – Primary or secondary prevention?

Dear Dr. Walt, I overheard two friends talking about preventive medicine. They were talking about primary and secondary prevention, but I’m not sure I understand the difference. […]
September 28, 2022

A new study shows that too much TV time really may harm your brain

HealthDay reported that older adults who get a lot of “screen time” may have an increased risk of developing dementia — but a lot depends on what […]
September 27, 2022

Tuesday Patient Stories – Kissimmee Tales Part 8

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 26, 2022

Have you heard about the polypill therapy that is very effective in heart patients?

A report in Cardiovascular Business revealed that taking a polypill – a single pill containing three different medications – not only improved medication adherence but was associated […]
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 […]
April 16, 2008

Vaccine Myth #1: Vaccines Cause Autism

Tuesday, in my weekly interview with Mark Elfstrand on WMBI in Chicago, a woman called to inquire about the risk of autism from vaccinations. It reminded […]
May 2, 2008

Does the MMR vaccine cause autism? A redux.

The LA Times ran an article today about the ongoing controversy over the fear that the MMR vaccine may cause autism. Because of this fear, there […]
May 2, 2008

Vaccine Myth #3: Vaccines Aren’t Necessary

A huge story is breaking today, about what the Washington Post is calling “the largest resurgence” of measles since 2001. This story should, by itself, put […]
May 9, 2008

Vaccine Myth #4: Vaccines Are Unsafe

Despite what is often falsely reported in the media and at many scaremongering web sites, all recommended vaccines are extraordinarily safe. When you consider that the […]
May 16, 2008

Vaccine Myth #5: Infants Are Too Young to Get Vaccinated

The Myth – Infants are too young to get vaccinated. The Truth – It’s very important to make sure that infants are fully immunized against certain […]
May 21, 2008

Vaccine Myth #6: It’s Better to Be Naturally Infected Than Immunized

It is true that natural infection almost always causes better immunity than vaccination. In fact, only the Hib and tetanus vaccines are better at inducing immunity […]