Guest Posts

    Our invited Guest Bloggers share their Perspective on children's health and parenting. Their view point may be different than Dr. Greene's, but each guest has a valuable view point. Well worth reading!

    Attractive Young Man Lying on Sofa at Night and Illuminated by Light from Screen of Cell Phone at Home in Living Room
    By: Dr. Ruth Ann Crystal May 24, 2016 1 Comments
    Parent Confidential – Teens, Tech and Sex: What you need to know now

    As a gynecologist, I thought that I was staying pretty connected to what is going on with sex and dating.  However, more and more I learn new information from my teenage patients about what sex is li…

    Adorable corgi puppy perfect for someone with a dog obsession.
    By: Janet Miller May 17, 2016 0 Comments
    8 Reasons Your Dog Obsession Makes You Happier and Healthier

    Do you have a dog obsession? That puppy you adopted isn’t just a cute, fluffy companion. Dogs actually make you happier and healthier – here are 8 reasons why. 1. Dogs are a source of heal…

    Group of young boys on a soccer field.
    By: Brittni Brown May 11, 2016 0 Comments
    Avoiding Concussions in Youth Athletics

    As summer rolls around and students begin to get out of school, parents may be gearing up for another season: youth athletics. Whether it’s T-ball, pee-wee football, outdoor basketball, or co-ed…

    Two young girls playing with jewelry. Are there jewelry dangers for children?
    By: Naomi Shaw May 2, 2016 0 Comments
    Jewelry Dangers for Children

    Today’s parents take our children’s safety seriously, spending many hours babyproofing and crafting optimal environments for our sweet little ones. Realizing that everything from sippy cups to the…

    Young girl holding a teddy bear while sleeping. Kids sleep benefits are huge!
    By: Naomi Shaw April 25, 2016 0 Comments
    Kids Sleep Benefits Are Huge!

    “Mom, just a little more, please!” Does this sound familiar? Kids need around 9-10 hours of sleep per night, but it’s estimated that up to 40% of children aren’t getting this recommended amoun…

    Teenage girl walking two horses in a pasture. Horses are great for kids.
    By: Sheana Whelan Funkhouser RN PhD April 18, 2016 0 Comments
    Kids and Horses (50 Shades of Hay…)

    Cuteness is in the eye of the beholder. As a parent, I am allowed to be completely biased about my children. But is there anything cuter than a little girl on a horse, a huge smile across her face, pi…

    Beautiful basket of organic food from the Farmers Market.
    By: Tara Wagner April 11, 2016 2 Comments
    Organic on a Budget is a Easy as 1-2-3

    You can poll 100 people on organic foods and I bet you at least 75 will tell you they’d totally prefer organics…if only it didn’t cost so much. And I get it. I really do. It’s …

    Young child coloring a picture of a dog. What creativity!
    By: Sally Loughridge PhD April 3, 2016 3 Comments
    The Transformative Power of Creativity in Children

    The Benefits of Creativity Imagination is not a talent of some men, but is the health of every man. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Within each of us, whether child or adult, lies a rich reservoir of cre…

    Child sitting with blank paper, surrounded by art supplies. Mental Health conditions in kids are important to address.
    By: Brittni Brown March 27, 2016 0 Comments
    Mental Health Conditions Play a Key Role in Overall Health

    There is little room to doubt that over the past few decades diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions has come a long ways. Today, a greater percentage of individuals suffering from various…

    Mosquito sucking blood on human skin with nature background. Mosquitos spread Zika Virus.
    By: David Noble March 23, 2016 0 Comments
    The Bottom Line on Zika Virus

    “Zika!” It started as a whisper and turned into a roar heard ‘round the globe. First discovered in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947, the mosquito-borne Zika virus has spread to more than 30 cou…

    Health teens playing in fall leaves. Social interactions can help prevent teenage drug addiction.
    By: James Jones March 14, 2016 0 Comments
    Mental illness and Drug Abuse in Teens

    Teens who experience depression, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses are likely to fall prey to substance abuse and teenage drug addiction. This is called “comorbidity,” which develops whe…

    Little girl eating ice cream. Does dairy contribute to childhood gut health?
    By: Annie Salsberg ND March 7, 2016 1 Comments
    Childhood Gut Health: Facts and Fiction

    Let’s take a look at common misconceptions and offer a fresh perspective on children’s gut health for parents. Here are three childhood gut health myths that need to be busted. MYTH 1: Lactos…

    Baby and mom laying on a bed. Baby is exploring mom's nose with her mouth. How does that change the baby biome?
    By: Richard Sprague March 4, 2016 0 Comments
    Peeking into a Baby Biome

    Meet one-month-old baby girl Molly Aspen McAndrew. She’s a healthy infant whose first-time parents are interested in the microbiome (or shall we say, baby biome) and have tried to do everything they…

    Discrete image of a child using the toilet. As parents, understanding poop is a great tool to understanding gut health.
    By: Annie Salsberg ND March 3, 2016 0 Comments
    Understanding Poop: What Your Child’s Poop Can Tell You About Gut Health

    For parents looking to get a better handle on their child’s gut health, the bathroom is a good place to start! Poop will vary from child to child and day to day depending on what they eat, but the s…

    Kids playing tug of war at Summer Camp. Summer Camp FAQ.
    By: Sheana Whelan Funkhouser RN PhD February 29, 2016 0 Comments
    Summer Camp FAQ

    In my last post, “To Camp or Not To Camp: Day Camp, Overnight Camp, or No Camp?” I discussed some pretty big questions about deciding if your child is ready for summer camp and how you de…

    Kids sitting on a tree branch at summer camp.
    By: Sheana Whelan Funkhouser RN PhD February 25, 2016 0 Comments
    To Camp or Not To Camp: Day Camp, Overnight Camp, or No Camp?

    During a particularly long and cold winter, I decided it was time to send my 2 older kids to summer camp. They were 9 and 11 at the time, and I reasoned that they were ready, right? They had been on a…

    Happy little girl eating a peach to boost gut health and behavior.
    By: Annie Salsberg ND February 18, 2016 0 Comments
    Boost Happiness by Boosting Gut Health

    Recent research is starting to reveal that what we call a “gut feeling” is more than just an expression. In addition to influencing digestion and immune function, research is demonstrating that gu…

    Small boy watering a plant -- random acts of kindness.
    By: Janelle Sorensen February 15, 2016 0 Comments
    11 Ways Kindness Improves Your Health

    We all know being kind makes us feel good, but did you know it’s actually good for your health, too? It’s true. Doing good is like medicine for your mind and body with far-reaching impacts that wi…

    Young boy wearing a crown made of asparagus and eating a spear. A diet rich in fruits and vegetable promotes gut health in kids.
    By: Annie Salsberg ND February 9, 2016 0 Comments
    Better Gut Health for Kids: How Diet Can Promote A Healthy Microbiome

    Gut health is a hot topic for adults right now – with supplements, probiotics and even fermented food inching toward the mainstream. But gut health is important for children too. From a young age, c…

    A bowl of brightly colored children's cereal and soft drink, using artificial food dyes.
    By: Laura MacCleery February 3, 2016 7 Comments
    Food Dyes: Putting Kids First

    Just last week, at another of the kids’ birthday parties one (apparently) must attend as the parent of a kindergartener, I found myself once more huddled in a corner, stealthily scraping away the br…