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!

    Newborn laying under a blanket on mother's stomach.
    By: Amanda Queen September 23, 2014 0 Comments
    Birth Plan Considerations

      Preparing for baby can be so exciting.  Take some time during your pregnancy to plan for your labor and delivery.  It’s helpful to remember that everything may not go exactly “as planned,…

    Girl washing her hands at a kitchen sink.
    By: Amanda Queen September 22, 2014 0 Comments
    Back to School: Natural Solutions for Staying Well

      Summer is over!  Kids are back in school…which means everyone is going to get sick.  Right?!  It doesn’t have to be – remember that not everyone that is exposed to an illness w…

    Table covered in sugar, with the word SUGAR drawn in the white powder
    By: Thea Runyan MPH September 19, 2014 0 Comments
    Where Is Sugar Hiding in Your Kids’ Food?

    Soda and candy are packed full of sugar — we know this. But what everyday foods are also sugar culprits? Do you really know how much sugar is hiding in the foods your kids eat? There are more th…

    Graphic of popcorn, cola, popsicles, candy, potato chips, cookies with a red X over them
    By: Thea Runyan MPH September 18, 2014 0 Comments
    7 Foods That Don’t Belong in Your Child’s Lunch Box

    They’re quick and convenient — gold for busy parents. And they’re salty, sweet or a tempting orange cheesy color — so tempting for kids. Lunch box snacks make their way into many schoo…

    Teen girl looking at a menu in a restaurant
    By: Thea Runyan MPH September 17, 2014 0 Comments
    Once You See It, You Can’t Unsee It: A Case for Calories on Menus

    My favorite Starbucks latte has 260 calories.  The Asian sesame chicken salad, which seems like a healthy option at the sandwich place that’s such an easy lunch stop, has 420 calories. And the frie…

    Teen girl with a questioning look
    By: Thea Runyan MPH September 16, 2014 0 Comments
    Should Kids Count Calories?

    As adults, we might be very focused on exactly how many steps we take each day, can rattle off how many fat grams are in the food on our dinner plate, and how long we have to gut it out in spin class …

    Move It Move It
    By: Thea Runyan MPH September 15, 2014 0 Comments
    Move It, Move It: How to Be Sure Your Kids Are Active Enough

    With school, clarinet practice, a bit of screen time and all that homework, your kids’ after-school schedule might feel pretty packed. Now consider that children need one full hour of physical activ…

    Young boy with a fork.
    By: Dr. Kate Morrison ND September 12, 2014 0 Comments
    3 Ways to Promote Healthy Eating for Life (Plus a Few Bonus Tips!)

      Kids are awesome. They love to explore and learn and by the age of 3, they are always asking “why?”. This presents a great opportunity to teach them about food and nutrition – and to set …

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    By: Dr. Kate Morrison ND September 11, 2014 0 Comments
    Cow Milk Intolerance: What parents should know

        As a mom and naturopathic doctor who is passionate about nutrition and wellness, I love introducing my children to healthy new foods. But both at home and in my practice, I have seen fir…

    Little girl leaning over the back of a dinning room chair, looking longly for breakfast.
    By: Dr. Kate Morrison ND September 10, 2014 1 Comments
    Rise and Shine: 3 easy ways to harness the power of protein for kids at breakfast

      We’ve all heard the refrain that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the real key – especially for busy families– is what’s on the menu. Protein in particular is essent…

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    By: Dr. Kate Morrison ND September 9, 2014 1 Comments
    3 Reasons to Love Goat Milk for Kids

      In my naturopathic practice, I have often treated children presenting with symptoms including chronic congestion, rashes and digestive discomfort, which are all indicative of a cow milk intoler…

    Photo by David Goehring.
    By: Dr. Kate Morrison ND September 8, 2014 0 Comments
    How Toddlers Can Benefit from Supplements

      The toddler years are a time of huge transition – and one of the biggest changes is in how they receive the majority of their nourishment. Not so long ago, their diet consisted of milk or for…

    Young girl sits on a sofa in a furniture store.
    By: Johanna Congleton PhD September 3, 2014 0 Comments
    The Questionable Safety of Replacement Fire Retardants

      Several years ago, a class of fire retardant chemicals known as PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, were phased out of consumer products because of toxicity concerns. Scientific tests sho…

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    By: Johanna Congleton PhD September 2, 2014 0 Comments
    EWG-Duke Study Finds Children Have Higher Exposures to Toxic Fire Retardants

      When fire retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, were pulled off the U.S. market due to toxicity concerns, public health advocates hoped they would be replaced with safer…

    Teacher working with one student, using an iPad.
    By: Michael Cameron PhD August 29, 2014 0 Comments
    The Big Apple

      Parents that are preparing to send their child back to school should also be aware of many of the resources the public school has to offer. Many of the resources outlined here are available thr…

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    By: Michael Cameron PhD August 28, 2014 0 Comments
    The Apple of Your Family’s Eye: Family Ties

      Family support is always beneficial. Here are some tips on how to prepare the family of a child on the Autism Spectrum for the new school year: Communicate Expectations Hold a family meeting at…

    Boy in bright orange shirt standing in the woods, looking off into space.
    By: Michael Cameron PhD August 27, 2014 0 Comments
    How About Them Apples?: Preparation is the Key To Success

      Want your child to have a school year to brag about?  Of course you do. Here are some tips on how to prepare a child on the Autism Spectrum for the upcoming school year: Pre-teach Rituals and …

    Teacher with a small group of students in a reading circle.
    By: Michael Cameron PhD August 26, 2014 0 Comments
    Bring an Apple to the Teacher: Teaching the Teacher

      Spending some time at the beginning of the school year to teach your child’s new teacher about your child can have lasting benefits. Here are some tips on how to prepare a child on the Autism…

    Closeup of several green apples with one red apple in the middle
    By: Michael Cameron PhD August 25, 2014 0 Comments
    Red Apples for Returning to School

      For a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as their families, returning back to school after a string of relaxed summer days can produce a relevant level of stress. Although the manifes…

    Semi-truck with large Coca-Cola billboard painted on the side with school children in front.
    By: Casey Hinds August 22, 2014 0 Comments
    Back to School Sticky Situation #4: Schools as Ads for Junk Food

      What will you do when your child’s school is used by fast food and soda companies for marketing to students?  Knowing how junk food marketing shapes kids’ preferences, I have worked to lim…