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.

    Guidelines for Finding a New Family Doctor
    June 13, 1999
    Guidelines for Finding a New Family Doctor

    There was a time when the first question one would ask when looking for a doctor was, “Who is the doctor in the nearest town?” For most people who have the ability to access this Web Site,…

    New Treatments for Psoriasis
    May 24, 1999
    New Treatments for Psoriasis

    For years, the mainstays of psoriasis treatment have been steroid creams, coal tar preparations, and moisturizers. For mild rashes, these have been sufficient. For severe psoriasis, people have resort…

    Avoiding Salmonella - Guidelines for Handling Reptiles as Pets
    April 1, 1999
    Avoiding Salmonella – Guidelines for Handling Reptiles as Pets

    Dr. Greene’s advice on how to avoid salmonella when you have reptiles as pets: As a child, I enjoyed keeping pet turtles, frogs, lizards, and snakes (and many, more cuddly, pets). But some child…

    Guidelines for Germ Prevention
    March 16, 1999
    Guidelines for Germ Prevention

    Minimizing the number of disease-causing germs that you are exposed to is easier than you might think. The key to success is knowing where the bugs reside – at home and elsewhere – and what to use…

    Understanding Blood Types
    March 5, 1999
    Understanding Blood Types

    Human blood genetics are quite complex because at each point there are a number of possible characteristics. Nevertheless, understanding blood types, and the genetics of human blood is far easier tha…

    Healthy Eating, Part V - Good news for vegetable haters everywhere!
    January 8, 1999
    Healthy Eating, Part V – Good news for vegetable haters everywhere!

    Given the opportunity, starting your baby off with good eating habits is a great way to go. Even if it’s too late for that now, an important lesson from the first feedings still applies: New tas…

    Helping Kids Eat Smart
    January 7, 1999
    Helping Kids Eat Smart

    Encourage your children’s teachers to teach the class at least a little about good nutrition at the beginning of each year. If eating well is confirmed by this outside authority and is tied in w…

    Healthy Eating, Part IV - Motivators for school age children and adolescents
    January 7, 1999
    Healthy Eating, Part IV – Motivators for school age children and adolescents

    During school years, the phenomenon of peer pressure begins to become a very powerful force. Children see what’s packed in each other’s lunches. And, yes, it’s not unusual for your d…

    Healthy Eating, Part III - The five greatest motivators for preschool children to eat healthy foods
    January 6, 1999
    Healthy Eating, Part III – The five greatest motivators for preschool children to eat healthy foods

    Preschool kids are known to be picky eaters. Some parents just give in and hope their darling will grow out of it. Others struggle to find ways to “make” their child eat healthy foods. S…

    Healthy Eating, Part II - What foods do children need?
    January 5, 1999
    Healthy Eating, Part II – What foods do children need? What foods should be avoided?

    When my son Kevin was about 3 years old, he spied a green pea. He picked it up between his fingers and rolled it over. It looked good! He then pushed the pea up his nose. Interesting. Vegetables are f…

    Beautiful organic vegetables for good nutrition.
    January 4, 1999
    Healthy Eating, Part I – How important is good nutrition?

    With all that we know about tobacco, how can people still smoke? Easy. They’re enticed by big business; they enjoy it; it’s cool; and it’s very, very habit forming. Now for the shock…

    Ownership and Sharing Rules
    December 21, 1998
    Ownership and Sharing Rules

    For my children, we have three sharing rules to help teach respect:…

    Guidelines for Antibiotic Use
    November 23, 1998
    Guidelines for Antibiotic Use

    Recognizing the urgent problem of antibiotic overuse, in 1998 the Centers for Disease Control and the Academy of Pediatrics have issued guidelines for when to use (and when not to use) antibiotics for…

    Cold Or Flu? How To Tell The Difference
    October 5, 1998
    Cold Or Flu? How To Tell The Difference

    Dr. Greene’s take on how to distinguish: cold or flu? The symptoms we get during a viral illness are often the body’s attempt to get rid of the virus and to minimize damage. Sneezing eject…

    Safe Bedding to Help Prevent SIDS
    August 3, 1998
    Safe Bedding to Help Prevent SIDS

    The following are the safe bedding recommendations put out by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the National Institute of Child Health and Huma…

    Knowing When a Child Should be Picked up from Day Care
    June 16, 1998
    Knowing When a Child Should be Picked up from Day Care

    As a parent, when you get a call saying that you need to leave work to pick up a sick child, you are put in a tough spot. You don’t want to use your vacation to stay home with a miserable child …

    Colds, Allergies and Sinus Infections
    April 6, 1998
    Colds, Allergies and Sinus Infections

    Parents often ask me whether their children’s constantly runny noses are the result of allergies, sinus infections, or of one cold after another.…

    Hyperactivity and Inattention
    March 16, 1998
    Hyperactivity and Inattention

    We hear about the medical condition called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD or ADHD), and wonder if our children might be hyperactive. By age 4, about 40 percent of children act in a way …

    Guidelines for Easing the Transition from Crib to Bed
    February 10, 1998
    Guidelines for Easing the Transition from Crib to Bed

    She learns to pull herself to standing. Soon she is cruising ’round and ’round the crib, instead of going down for a nap. Then she begins to bounce up and down. Before long, she catapults …

    Guidelines For Enjoying The Holidays
    December 1, 1997
    Guidelines For Enjoying The Holidays

    Holidays with kids can be the most wonderful and the most exhausting time of the year. The key to making this a magical time is planning ahead. (Note: Many of our readers may not celebrate Christmas, …