An Earful of Damage

Teenager Phone Contract

The way you discipline your teenagers can have a direct impact on their health. And really, yours too.

Teens are more likely to suffer depression, physical ailments, and negative behaviors like anger and vandalism … if they live in a home where harsh verbal discipline is the norm.

A new study shows parents that regularly yell, swear, shout, and call their teens insulting names, aren’t doing anyone any good. As a disciplinary measure, it’s destructive. And it wreaks havoc on a teen’s mental, emotional, and physical health—which can have long term consequences.

If your temper chronically gets the best of you, you’re putting yourself at risk for a long list of health complications too—and robbing yourself of joy.

Of course, any disciplinary measure carried to the extreme can harm a child, but ones that balance love and limits are much more effective—for everyone.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Highchair Safety

HighChairs

Is mealtime becoming more dangerous? It may be, for your baby—and the reason may not sit well with you.

The number of children going to the emergency room because of high chair injuries has risen over twenty percent in the last seven years. Many kids suffered head injuries including concussions and internal trauma.

Is it time to write high chair manufacturers or demand better safety standards? Nope. It’s time to look in the mirror mom and dad. The majority of injuries occurred when kids were standing in their chairs or climbing out of them. They weren’t properly supervised or strapped in.

Fortunately, there’s a simple rule parents can follow, which reduces the vast majority of infant injury. Any high chair worth dining at should have a restraint system. So treat your high chair like you would a car seat—and buckle up.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Sad Over Sunlight

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A patient told me, “Daylight savings time is coming and I should be happy with the extra light in the evenings, but I really struggle with the change.”

If you don’t prepare for the arrival of Daylight Savings Time, when it comes you may feel extra tired, have a hard time getting up or struggle going to sleep—even by losing only an hour. Some of us just need a little longer to adjust when our body’s natural sleep patterns are altered.

To prep for this year’s time change, try waking up an hour earlier now, then go to bed an hour earlier. Have your kids do the same thing. Then stay consistent with your routines even after you reset your clocks.

It’s not easy, but your body will actually adapt quicker if you stick to your routines. With a little time, “Spring Forward” shouldn’t leave you feeling a step backward.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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You’ve Got Company

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Sitting down at your desk to enjoy a quick snack? Little did you know you’ll have millions of friends with you. I’m not talking about others in your office, I’m talking about germs.

Research on germs in the workplace finds some surfaces have more bacteria and viruses than the average toilet seat. That snack doesn’t taste as good now does it?

Bacteria and viruses thrive at a desk—mainly because most desks and office equipment are cleaned infrequently, and we eat at them often. Exposure to germs can lead to colds, the flu, or even salmonella.

Leading hangouts are the sink faucet handles, microwave door handles, keyboards, refrigerator door handles, water fountain buttons, phones, and desktops.

Thankfully, you can bombard germs by washing these surfaces daily with a disinfecting wipe. Plus wash your hands often and consider a sanitizing hand gel. Nobody likes unwanted company during their meal.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here. 

An Aspirin a Day?

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Millions of us take low dose aspirin every day as a way to help our heart. But it may be time to put “an aspirin a day” to bed.

Now, I don’t mean get rid of the idea. I recommend daily aspirin therapy to some of my patients. However, new research shows aspirin may be most effective when it’s taken at night.

Most heart attacks and strokes occur in the morning, and it’s believed aspirin’s effects on the blood will have the greatest impact when taken in the evening. In fact, researchers found a reduced risk for the conditions in those who took an aspirin at night. Many naturally take it in the morning or early in the day.

If you’re not taking a daily aspirin, check with your doctor first. But if you’re already on aspirin therapy, and your doctor has recommended it, consider taking it as you tuck in.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here. 

Morning Sickness

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Morning sickness. The two words bring nauseating memories to almost every mom. However, a prescription anti-nausea medication appears to be a safe and effective treatment according to a huge study.

More than 40,000 pregnant women used the drug, which is sold in the U.S. under the brandname Reglan. Not only was the drug effective, none of the women faced any increased risk of birth defects or miscarriage.

More than half of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting, usually early in their pregnancy. Most women deal with these symptoms with little treatment, but about 10 to 15 percent eventually require medication. because they face more serious complications such as dehydration or weight loss.

The results of this study are encouraging, but remember—every mother’s health is different. Take this advice cautiously. The remedy may work for some moms, but not for others.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here. 

Fiber Faux Pas

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Eat more fiber.

You’ve probably heard that for years, but if you’re like most of us, boosting your fiber is a big bust.

Yes, fiber helps keep you regular. And greater fiber intake helps you feel more full, eat less, and even lose weight. But a diet low in fiber is actually high in risk. Research links low fiber diets to obesity and heart inflammation—which can increase heart attack risk. It can also increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a precursor to diabetes and other conditions.

Women up to 50 should strive for 25 grams a day, while men should try for 40. You can easily find ways to add fiber and fiber-rich foods to your diet. And if you don’t know which foods are high fiber, you can find that online. Don’t make a fiber faux pas.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here. 

Treating Colds

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I have a lot of patients ask my advice for treating colds. And even though they’re common, the list of possible treatments is uncommonly long. Well, here’s what the best research recommends.

High doses of Vitamin C may reduce the severity and length of a cold. The same goes for zinc lozenges, but only if used within twenty-four hours of the first symptoms.

Pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen help reduce pain, and of course, you know I’m going to say get lots of rest and drink plenty of water.

Many people take honey, drink hot liquids, or use humidifiers. And while there’s no harm in any of these, research doesn’t show they’re truly effective.

You may have a family remedy you swear by, and that’s okay, as long as it’s safe. There is no single treatment that that puts the kibosh on colds.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here. 

So Long Sodium

salt

You can have over two thousand milligrams of this substance each day and still be within a healthy guideline. Yet, most Americans double that. Just a simple reduction could mean fewer deaths from strokes, heart attacks, and high blood pressure.

I’m talking about salt. Besides sprinkling it on foods or using it while cooking, you often consume huge amounts of it unknowingly in processed foods and restaurant meals.

According to an international study, consuming fifteen percent less salt prevents three times as many deaths as a twenty percent decrease in smoking.

Another study concludes that cutting daily salt intake could reduce strokes by nearly twenty-five percent, plus cut cardiovascular disease.

Salt may add flavor to your foods, but it can subtract years from your life. Consider shunning the shaker yourself.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here. 

Burst Your Ballon

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Just about every celebration involving your kids probably includes balloons. Even many restaurants automatically give one to families with young children. Well I hate to deflate the party, but I have some news that may cause a few balloons to pop.

A report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission lists un-inflated balloons as the leading cause of child suffocation. Though they seem like a harmless toy, kids can accidentally inhale un-inflated balloons, or swallow pieces of a popped one.  And accidents are more common than you’d think.

Your dreams of flying balloons can still take flight. Just use extra caution if young children are in your home. Don’t let kids under eight play with un-inflated balloons, clean up popped ones quickly, and make sure you or other responsible adults are nearby. Kids and balloons can still be a safe and colorful combination.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here.