Dr. Greene’s Blog

    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.

    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. Games t…

    Alan Greene hiking in Gombe National Stream Park Tanzania.
    October 10, 2017
    Podcast: Our unexpected African adventure to meet Jane Goodall & the chimpanzees

    In a wonderful and surprising turn of events my wife Cheryl and I were given the amazing opportunity to travel to Tanzania to meet Jane Goodall, meet the wild chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream Nation…

    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 he’d…

    Loving Couple - Men Mosquitos Sex Zika
    July 10, 2017
    Men, Mosquitos, Sex & Zika

    I often hear from readers with questions about pregnancy and Zika. This series of questions from a dad explores several issues important to couples when they consider sex in a post Zika world. Q: I ju…

    Crop duster over a soybean field. Pesticides collateral damage.
    April 5, 2017
    Collateral Damage: Pregnancy, Prematurity and Pesticides, Pregnancy

    The chemical warfare between weed killers and weeds is escalating. Weed killers appeared to be winning the war at first, but in recent years weeds have developed increasing resistance to these chemica…

    Spring is in the air and it is time for allergy care.
    March 27, 2017
    Dr. Greene’s Guide to Allergy Care: How To Prevent And Treat This Season’s Allergies

    If you’re in the Northern hemisphere of this beautiful planet, it’s the beginning of spring for you. The blossoming flowers and budding leaves are amazing to watch, but can also trigger al…

    Young boy swimming in a pool with eyes open. Swimming pool water quality.
    March 2, 2017
    Pee in the Pool: What You Should Know, What You Should Do

    Scientists recently figured out a cool way to measure how much urine is in a public swimming pool. And the results are sure to turn some heads! Their sweet idea? They used the artificial sweetener ace…

    Breast pump and young mother. Night vs day milk.
    February 20, 2017
    Breastfeeding, Pumping, and Night vs. Day Milk: Your Questions Answered

    Learning to breastfeed your baby can be one of the most challenging and beautiful experiences of being a new parent. Many moms choose to also learn how to pump their breastmilk for times when they can…

    Large crowd of people. Looking away from the camera and toward AI Chatbots Future Medicine.
    February 6, 2017
    AI, Chatbots and The Future of Medicine

    Back in 1996 the leaders of medicine gathered in Washington D.C. at the IOM headquarters to to discuss something revolutionary and important: health information becoming available to the public on the…

    Sick woman laying in bed. Breast Feeding When Mom Feels Sick?
    January 9, 2017
    Breast Feeding When Mom Feels Sick

    Between sleep deprivation and putting the needs of others before their own, it’s pretty common for moms to get sick. It’s not uncommon for me to get questions about breast feeding when mom feels s…

    Small boy looking intently at a smartphone screen. Is reducing blue light an effective ADHD interventions?
    September 6, 2016
    ADHD and Blue Light Syndrome: Changing Sleep is Key to Changing Success at Home and at School

    Each year billions of dollars are spent in the US trying to improve the experience of children with ADHD and their parents. But one of the simplest and most effective ADHD interventions is often negle…

    Two children laying in bed trying to go to sleep. Do they have sleep blues?
    July 25, 2016
    Sleep Blues: How to change your quantity and quality of sleep

    We can survive longer without food than we can without sleep. About twice as long. Good food may be central to good health, but so is good sleep. And we often miss out on its amazing benefits. Improve…

    Sad child rejecting food. Could this be due to a food reaction?
    July 11, 2016
    Food Reactions: Allergy, Intolerance or Food Sensitivity?

    Understanding Food Reactions When it comes to adverse food reactions, the terms allergy, intolerance and sensitivity are often used interchangeably (and incorrectly!). Here we demystify the language s…

    June 23, 2016
    The Straight Scoop on Grains

    Dr. Greene’s take on healthy whole grains… What popular kids’ food starts to turn to sugar in their mouth and becomes 100% glucose by the time it’s absorbed? You guessed it, pr…

    Probiotics
    March 7, 2016
    Recommended Probiotics for Kids

    Promoting healthy, diverse gut bacteria appears able to make a big difference in keeping us healthy. That’s why I often recommend probiotics for the kids in my pediatric practice. This is especially…

    January 28, 2016
    Solving Night Terrors Lickety-split

    We’ve come upon a great solution for night terrors in my house (OK, my wife actually came up with it :) that worked with our son and thousands of others. If you’ve ever run in to this with…

    Male hand touching virtual screen with medical icons to illustration Googling the Internet within.
    January 6, 2016
    Googling The Internet Within

    About 82% of the people who answered a recent Scanadu poll question say they search online first about their symptoms, before turning to their doctors. Even some doctors who responded said they search…

    December 8, 2015
    Skin to Skin Contact with Your Premature Baby

    When you find out you’re pregnant, the last thing you want to do is plan for a less than ideal birth. You want to share 40 weeks of blissful pregnancy, followed by a four hour labor and five min…

    Dr. Alan Greene discussing teaching your children healthy eating habits
    November 19, 2015
    The Window of Opportunity for Teaching Your Kids Great Eating Habits

    Dr. Greene’s take on great eating habits… What does mother goose have to do with getting kids to eat right? Researcher Konrad Lorentz showed that by replacing a mother goose with something…