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Alan Greene MD

Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

June 17, 2020

Allergies, Colds and COVID: How to Tell the Difference

As we begin to shift into the warmer months, common health concerns often jump from cold and flu to allergies. This is made all the more complicated by the presence of COVID-19, and the fact that we are still learning new information about this novel virus from day to day. ...
June 07, 2020

The Itchy, Bumpy Blues: How to Treat and Prevent Mosquito Bites and Related Conditions

For most children, mosquito bites result in pesky welts. But for some, the reaction is much more severe. And for others, serious diseases can result. In this article, Dr. Greene discusses ways to prevent and treat mosquito bites. ...
May 25, 2020

Chemicals and Pregnant Women: Taking Care of Your Unborn Baby

A major analysis by University of California scientists of typical pregnant women across the US found widespread evidence of toxic chemicals in their blood, often at levels that have been linked to higher risk of developmental and reproductive problems in babies in other studies. Beyond this, the pregnant women in this study were typically exposed ...
May 18, 2020

Podcast: Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned

Thanks for joining us for Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned For more, visit BambiniFurtuna.com or follow us on Social Media! @BambiniFurtuna @AgathaRelotaLuczo @DrGreene.com And don’t forget to Rate, Review, and Share* Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned. Note: Dr. Greene is a co-founder of Bambini Furtuna. *In the Apple Podcast app, in the Library Tab under Shows, click ...
May 11, 2020

Caring for Babies and Small Children During COVID-19

In addition to common fears surrounding COVID-19, caring for babies can be especially worrisome. We want to remain certain that the littlest members of the house stay the safest. In this post, Dr. Greene addresses issues and answers questions about caring for babies and small children during COVID-19. ...
May 05, 2020

Whole Foods as First Foods

It may seem overwhelming at first, but in reality baby’s first food could be as simple as a nice banana, mashed with a bit of breast milk or formula. In the U.S. for many years the go-to for baby’s first food has been an instant white rice cereal. While there is nothing wrong with rice ...
April 29, 2020

Screen Time in the Age of Quarantine

Many parents are curious to know how the rules change for screen time when children are barred from most of their regular activities. While getting fresh air and sunshine is of the utmost importance in this time, there is also cause to create flexibility around the use of electronic devices.  ...
April 28, 2020

6 Feet & A Mask: Hygiene Practice and COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, is one of the most frightening health scares of the last century. However, some of the best news to come of the ~3 million case studies we now have is that children are much less likely to get sick than adults. That being said, the best measures children and parents can take to keep everyone healthy at home is to maintain a safe distance in public and practice proper hygiene. ...
April 21, 2020

Keeping Kids Healthy in the Age of Coronavirus: Dr. Greene on The People’s Pharmacy

How are parents and grandparents keeping kids healthy during the time of COVID-19? What are they doing if their children do become ill? Dr. Alan Greene joins Joe and Terry Graedon on The People’s Pharmacy to discuss zinc, hydroxychloroquine, coenzyme Q10 and much more. ...
April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Podcast: Mom Driven, Doctor Aligned & HeyMama Join Forces

Transcript [00:00:00] Agatha: Hi! It’s Agatha Luczo. Welcome to “Mom Driven, Dr. Aligned”. Dr. Alan Greene and I were just on with the HeyMama Community doing a Q&A about COVID-19. Dr. Greene gave us such amazing advice and tips about how to deal with immunity health and how to take care of ourselves during this ...
April 13, 2020

COVID: Supplements, the Immune System, and Preventative Care

In the midst of a viral pandemic, with orders to “shelter at home” in effect, parents may be wondering what else can be done to protect the health of their families. Unprecedented circumstances often lead to feelings of a loss of control, which can sometimes generate a sense of fear, and even sadness. Minimizing unnecessary ...
April 10, 2020

Why OTHER Respiratory Viruses are More Important than Ever Before

This may change, but as of this writing, more than 90 percent of people tested in San Francisco for COVID turned out to have other respiratory infections — not COVID. That’s a huge percentage. Dr. Alan Greene explains why that’s so important and what you can do about it. ...
April 09, 2020

Wear A Mask Like a Pro

Masks are an important part of your COVID safety plan. Learn how to wear a mask like a pro from Eat Real’s Cheif Pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene. ...
April 07, 2020

Simple Mask Safety Test

We’re sheltered in place. That’s a great thing. But we still need to go out occasionally for the essentials that can’t be delivered to our door. That means we need to start wearing masks as one strategy to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Since masks are in high demand, people are getting creative and ...
March 20, 2020

Viruses Are Not Quite Alive and Not Quite Dead, and Other Things to Know About COVID-19

What they are capable of is replicating and adapting, and each virus has a unique way of doing that. Viruses are programmed to detect particular surface proteins or channels on the outside of a cell, and make their way in via the favored route. A Cellular Doorway For COVID-19, the favorite avenue to cellular entry ...
March 15, 2020

Senna: The True Ex-Lax

Constipation is one of those not-so-exciting subjects that affects both children and adults from time to time, but because it is so common, it warrants a closer look. Bowel movements tend to occur about once a day after children have reached the age where their diet is largely comprised of solid food. Starchy foods, such ...
March 07, 2020

Zeitgebers & the Circadian Rhythm: Working With Environmental Cues to Encourage Healthy Sleep Habits

Many parents spend countless nights on exploratory journeys, devising ways to convince their children that sleep is a good idea. In nature, animals fall asleep naturally and easily. Their bodies respond to the environmental cues around them, such as the shift in temperature and change in light, that signal to their bodies that it’s time ...
March 03, 2020

Coronavirus & the Panic Pandemic

The coronavirus is causing quite a scare worldwide. Reactions to the news of it spreading have ranged from relative nonchalance to absolute terror, with the media, unsurprisingly, favoring the latter.  ...
February 18, 2020

 It Just Won’t Go Away: Reasons For a Lingering Cough

We’re used to coughing when we have a cold, but what about those coughs that seem to linger even after all other symptoms have disappeared? It turns out that what may seem like a nuisance can actually be the body’s innate intelligence at work. At the first sign of foreign invaders, coughing acts as a ...
February 12, 2020

Neophobia & the Battle to Try New Foods

Perhaps you have a picky eater at home. Maybe she takes after mom or dad, or maybe this is a quality uniquely her own. Whatever the case, it’s important to recognize that we can change our perception around this. Being particular about foods is indeed a feature and not a flaw. Neophobia Timing Around the ...
January 24, 2020

Ear Infections and the Antibiotic Epidemic

Ear infections appear so common that at times they seem almost like a childhood rite of passage. Often associated with redness, swelling, and pain within the ear, they are the number one reason antibiotics are prescribed for children. However, we’re finding more and more that the prolific prescription of antibiotics is not the panacea it ...