Walt Larimore, M.D. Articles

The Powerful Human Connection

friendship-Mathias-KlangThe time you spend in interaction with others can dramatically affect your physical health.

One evening I was called to an old, ramshackle home out in the country to examine a home death. When I arrived at the house, a deputy met me at the door. “Doc, sure looks natural. The old lady’s been up here, all alone, for years. Never left the house. Never had any visitors. Never went to the doctor—not that I can blame her.”

He looked rather suspiciously toward me as I ducked to enter the undersized door, ignoring his slight to the medical profession. He continued his soliloquy: “She had a friend who brought her food and supplies. Her friend found her here this evening and called us.”

Avoiding Asthma Triggers

In his book The Bible Cure for Asthma (Siloam) Don Colbert, M.D., says that some food additives might trigger an asthma attack. Read labels carefully and avoid the following:

  • Preservatives BHA and BHT, found in cereals and other grains
  • MSG, often used as a flavor enhancer in Asian food
  • Food coloring, namely tartrazine (yellow dye #5), found in candies, cake mixes, margarine and some soft drinks
  • Foods that contain salicylates, or aspirin, including apples, cherries, cucumbers, pickles, grapes, raisins, oranges, peaches, plums, prunes, strawberries, tomatoes, etc.
  • Avoiding Asthma Triggers

    In his book The Bible Cure for Asthma (Siloam) Don Colbert, M.D., says that some food additives might trigger an asthma attack. Read labels carefully and avoid the following:

  • Preservatives BHA and BHT, found in cereals and other grains
  • MSG, often used as a flavor enhancer in Asian food
  • Food coloring, namely tartrazine (yellow dye #5), found in candies, cake mixes, margarine and some soft drinks
  • Foods that contain salicylates, or aspirin, including apples, cherries, cucumbers, pickles, grapes, raisins, oranges, peaches, plums, prunes, strawberries, tomatoes, etc.
  • Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight

    In his recent book, The Jerusalem Diet (WaterBrook), pastor Ted Haggard cites a CBS News report on the link between obesity and sleep deprivation. The report was based on an article in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and explained that sleep affects the body’s production of hormones, including leptin, which helps control appetite.

    Leptin levels rise when we sleep, telling the brain that the body has stored up enough food. “If you deprive your body of sleep,” Haggard warns, “you may develop a shortage of this hormone. And…your body may start asking for food it doesn’t really need.”

    Sleep Can Help You Lose Weight

    In his recent book, The Jerusalem Diet (WaterBrook), pastor Ted Haggard cites a CBS News report on the link between obesity and sleep deprivation. The report was based on an article in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and explained that sleep affects the body’s production of hormones, including leptin, which helps control appetite.

    Leptin levels rise when we sleep, telling the brain that the body has stored up enough food. “If you deprive your body of sleep,” Haggard warns, “you may develop a shortage of this hormone. And…your body may start asking for food it doesn’t really need.”

    The Powerful Human Connection

    The time you spend in interaction with others can dramatically affect your physical health.

    One evening I was called to an old, ramshackle home out in the country to examine a home death. When I arrived at the house, a deputy met me at the door. “Doc, sure looks natural. The old lady’s been up here, all alone, for years. Never left the house. Never had any visitors. Never went to the doctor—not that I can blame her.”

    He looked rather suspiciously toward me as I ducked to enter the undersized door, ignoring his slight to the medical profession. He continued his soliloquy: “She had a friend who brought her food and supplies. Her friend found her here this evening and called us.”

    The Powerful Human Connection

    The time you spend in interaction with others can dramatically affect your physical health.

    One evening I was called to an old, ramshackle home out in the country to examine a home death. When I arrived at the house, a deputy met me at the door. “Doc, sure looks natural. The old lady’s been up here, all alone, for years. Never left the house. Never had any visitors. Never went to the doctor—not that I can blame her.”

    He looked rather suspiciously toward me as I ducked to enter the undersized door, ignoring his slight to the medical profession. He continued his soliloquy: “She had a friend who brought her food and supplies. Her friend found her here this evening and called us.”

    They Call It Puppy Love

    Pets of every kind warm our hearts, not just puppies. Now studies show that they can make us healthier.


    For many years I cared for patients at nursing homes. I loved the afternoons I would spend with them. I made sure to touch them and to give them a hug.

    More often than not, when I made rounds at the nursing home, I’d bring one of my children with me. The patients loved seeing the kids and talking to them.

    They Call It Puppy Love

    Pets of every kind warm our hearts, not just puppies. Now studies show that they can make us healthier.


    For many years I cared for patients at nursing homes. I loved the afternoons I would spend with them. I made sure to touch them and to give them a hug.

    More often than not, when I made rounds at the nursing home, I’d bring one of my children with me. The patients loved seeing the kids and talking to them.

    Finding Medical Help Online

    What are the benefits and risks involved in using the Internet for health information and resources?


    Whenever I attend medical meetings, I often hear doctors sharing war stories of patients who bring in thick piles of computer printouts from the Internet.

    From the doctors’ viewpoint, if they don’t take the time to read the articles, their patients may be upset. On the other hand, most doctors don’t have (or won’t take) the time to enter into what they see as long discussions about potentially false or misleading information. They’ve seen more than one patient who believes, “If it’s on the Internet, it must be true!”

    Who Wants to be 100?

    Many among us have discovered that the good life can go on and on and on. What are the secrets for staying around and staying healthy longer?


    Recently, my wife, Barb, and I visited some friends in their home, which is just over 100 years old. It was well preserved—even immaculate. They had cared for their home lovingly and carefully, and it responded as it had been designed, giving them a comfortable place to live for many decades.

    Pastors often talk of our responsibility to be good stewards of our time, talent and treasure. I would add a fourth: our temple. As the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (NIV).

    Women and ADHD It’s More Common Than We Thought

    Today we understand that an individual diagnosed with ADHD has as much hope as anyone else of living a vital, productive life.

    Twenty-nine-year-old Sarah was in my office for what she thought was depression. After graduating from high school and working overseas eight years with a missionary organization, she came home to finish her education.

    When she entered college, Sarah began to experience daily sadness, insomnia and appetite disturbances. She was also failing all of her classes except one. “I just can’t pay attention in class!” She exclaimed. “My mind wanders, and one of my professors calls me ‘the space cadet.’ It just depresses me so badly!”

    How to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

    How to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

    When I entered the exam room, I found Erin staring blankly out the window. She looked as if she was in another world. The note from my nurse said only "Post-holiday depression. Wants to talk."As I pulled out my stool and had a seat, I greeted her. "Good morning, Erin....

    Prescription For a Highly Healthy Holiday

    If you’re celebrating more but enjoying it less, a few small changes will help you enter into the joy of the season.

    When I entered the exam room, I found Erin staring blankly out the window. She looked as if she was in another world. The note from my nurse said only, “Post-holiday depression. Wants to talk.”

    As I pulled out my stool and had a seat, I greeted her. “Good morning, Erin. What’s up?”

    Super-Sized KIDS

    If they are to develop good health and nutrition practices, children and young people need responsible adult examples.


    SARAH WAS A PATIENT OF MINE for 11 years. She had talked of being a missionary or a Bible translator. She loved the Lord, and she loved life.

    Unfortunately, her life was cut short. She didn’t die from a car accident, drowning or a gunshot wound; she died from obesity.

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