Dr. Greene’s Blog

Dr. Alan Greene

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.

    The view from the ACT Telescope in the Andes Mountains.
    July 9, 2019
    Altitude Sickness & The Brain Stage of O2

    In this episode: Dr. Greene and Ms. Greene discuss their experience at the ACT telescope located in the Atacama Desert at an elevation of 17,200 feet.  Above 9,000 feet the body may be impacted b…

    CT Scans - Normal head CT image.
    June 18, 2019
    CTs, MRIs, Ultrasounds: Differences, Risk & Benefits

    What is a CT Scan? A machine whirs in an arc around a patient, snapping a rapid-fire series of x-rays from different angles. These x-ray snapshots are combined by a computer to produce virtual cross-s…

    Neuron in the brain on blue background. Neurons are key to The Brain Stage.
    May 22, 2019
    The Brain Stage: The Power & Promise of The Cephalic Phase for Health

    Listen to the Podcast or Read the Transcript [00:00:03] Hi I’m Dr. Alan Greene pediatrician and I’d like to talk with you tonight about The Brain Stage. [00:00:10] I remember vividly when …

    Child with cucumbers on her eyes to ease itchy eyes.
    March 10, 2019
    Itchy Eyes: Allergies are Crying Out for Attention

    In many ways, the eyes are the windows of the body. When children have itchy eyes, it can disrupt their days – and nights. Itchy eyes often distract kids and decrease their ability to learn new mate…

    Fear, Measles, and Protecting our Kids
    March 5, 2019
    Fear, Measles, and Protecting our Kids

    Claims that the MMR vaccine might cause inflammatory bowel disease or autism continue to haunt parents. I’m asked about the connection every week. The group that began the controversy, researche…

    Boy blowing his nose. Stuffy nose and cough for kids.
    February 26, 2019
    Stuffy Nose and Cough Remedies for Kids

    Kids are not small adults. That may seem like something so obvious that it goes without saying. Yet for decades the doses for many medicines, including over the counter cough and cold medicines were s…

    Wildfire with smoke in the air - Smoke and asthma treatment
    February 4, 2019
    Where there’s Fire, there’s Smoke: Poor air quality and asthma treatment

    When the wildfires hit Northern California, I knew it would be only a matter of time before the smoke drifted into the Bay Area and the air quality worsened. Predictably, children with asthma would be…

    Toddler with big ears, sad face and drool. Does he need Garlic Oil for Ear Infections?
    January 14, 2019
    Garlic Oil for Ear Infection Pain

    Ear infections can hurt! Topical drops can ease the pain while watching to see if antibiotics are necessary. And if antibiotics are needed, while waiting for antibiotics to take effect. A study in th…

    December 27, 2018
    Saving Lives in Nepal with One Heart Worldwide

    Maternal and infant mortality is a huge issue, world-wide. When I met Arlene Saman, the founder of One Heart Worldwide I was excited by the results they were seeing and I had ideas for ways to make th…

    Child sitting on a toilet. Your Gut Bacteria Gets Jet Lag Too.
    November 12, 2018
    Your Gut Bacteria Get Jet Lag Too

    Many processes in our bodies are orchestrated on a ~24 hour schedule called the circadian rhythm. Body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, the immune system, melatonin and other hormones, alertne…

    Young Asian Girl listening to her teddy bear's heart with a stethoscope. Antibiotic Related ER Visits.
    August 28, 2018
    More than a Quarter Million Antibiotic Related ER Visits

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between the years of 2011 and 2015 nearly 350,000 children in the US were taken to the emergency department for adverse drug events c…

    A pile of button batteries. Swallowed button batteries can be a medical emergency.
    August 13, 2018
    Swallowed Button Batteries and Honey?!

    Button battery ingestion is a big deal. So much so that The National Battery Ingestion Hotline (NBIH) was created in 1982 to study and advise best practices. They look at all types of batteries but sw…

    Red Blood Cells - Decreasing iron Supplements
    August 5, 2018
    Oops. Decreasing iron supplements to every other day.

    For years the standard way to give iron supplements was one dose a day. But when iron supplements are given to treat iron deficiency, only a small amount of the iron is actually absorbed — 2% to…

    What is the Child-Killing Virus?
    July 27, 2018
    Is There a Kind of Severe Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease?

    Hand-foot-mouth disease can be caused by any of several related viruses, most commonly by one called coxsackievirus A-16. In 2008, an epidemic of one type of severe hand-foot-mouth disease (also kno…

    Salmon Greenbeans and Potatoes made in a Brava Oven
    July 10, 2018
    “Easy” is the Secret to Family Meals: Five Tools I Use

    It’s no secret. I’m a fan of family meals. Eating together as a family while sitting around a table (in front of a TV doesn’t count) has been shown to reduce the odds that kids will …

    Toddler with big glasses sitting on a potty.
    February 9, 2018
    What’s Your Toddler’s Poop Telling You?

    Picture this scene: A mom walks into my office and pulls out her phone. She scrolls and turns the phone to face me. On the screen is a photo of a previously used diaper. She’s concerned because …

    Sick Asian boy with caregiver. 2018 the future of flu
    December 14, 2017
    2018: The Near Future of Flu

    The influenza virus continues to be wildly successful at growing and spreading in people around the world because it slightly changes its structure from time to time to avoid our body’s detectio…

    Scrabble Tiles spelling out the word family for famliy games.
    November 21, 2017
    Games, They Do a Family Good

    As a pediatrician, I’m regularly asked for the best developmental tools for kids. Family games are one of my favorite ways to stretch mental abilities and to enjoy time together as a family. Gam…

    Sick Baby Holding Hands with Mother - DaiResQ Diarrhea Solution
    August 28, 2017
    A Diarrhea Solution That’s a Real Revolution

    More than a million times every year, in the US alone, people visit the doctor because of diarrhea. Hundreds of thousands get sick enough to be hospitalized. And as we all know, diarrhea is no fun. Fo…

    Alan Greene, Jane Goodall, Cheryl Greene -- meeting Jane Goodall
    August 14, 2017
    Meeting Jane Goodall & The Chimpanzees

    After one of the hardest hikes of my life, I stepped into a small clearing and turned to see a full-grown male chimp perched in a tree just above and behind me. He was close enough to attack if heR…