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To Vaccinate Your Teenage Daughter or Son….or Not?

As soon as a teenage girl walks into her pediatrician’s office, he will suggest another vaccination, to be delivered through a series of shots spaced out over six months.  This time the vaccine is Gardasil, intended to protect her from being infected by the human papilloma virus, HPV, which might cause cervical cancer later in […]

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Kids in the Gulf

As the massive oil slicks from the BP Gulf spill advance upon shores and communities, everyone is worried about the effect on wildlife and the natural environment, but strangely silent about another unavoidable danger.  Substantial harm to the children of the Gulf Coast is now unavoidable. If you can smell oil in the air, as […]

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A New Pediatrics to Heal Sick Children (and Keep Well Kids Healthy)

If your baby were suffering from colic, would you treat him with artificially dyed and sweetened simethicone (the chemical in drugs such as Mylanta and Mylicon) or first try an emulsion of fennel seed oil?  If your young daughter developed a persistent rash, would you prefer the doctor to prescribe antihistamines or a diet rich […]

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The Girlcott – Compounded Green Consumer Power

Compounded Green Consumer Power One good aspect of our consumer-driven economy is, that each of us has the power to make change happen by the way we spend our money.  And some positive changes are happening, at least around the margins — the influx of stainless steel water bottles onto our supermarket shelves to replace […]

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My Mother Made Me Fat!

If it hadn’t been for the Big Macs that Joannie ate pretty much three times a week, she wouldn’t have gotten fat.  If she hadn’t been exposed while in her mother’s womb to chemicals x, y and z, Joannie wouldn’t have had the propensity to get fat.  And if Joannie’s mom had eaten more sensibly, […]

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Of Teenagers and Whales

Yesterday evening, after my teenage granddaughter had finished her homework, we went at her request to a nearby mall.  We drove, of course. While she was hunting around for some new acquisition of the outlandish apparel teenagers relish these days, I sauntered idly around the shops.  The stores are all chains common to malls across […]

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Anti-bacterials – Anti-health

In our natural instinct to protect our children, we sometimes (often?) get waylaid by products that end up doing more harm than good, but make a nice profit for the manufacturer.  A chemical called triclosan is a case in point. It’s supposed to vanquish “germs,” that is, bacteria or microbes.  You’ll find it in liquid […]

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What’s amiss with our children?

As we watched each of our five grandchildren and their friends enter this world and begin their life’s journey, it became more and more clear that something is amiss with this generation.  How are your children and your friends’ children doing? Most likely, one of three of the children you know in this generation suffers […]

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