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!

    Health teens playing in fall leaves. Social interactions can help prevent teenage drug addiction.
    By: James Jones March 14, 2016 1 Comments
    Mental illness and Drug Abuse in Teens

    Teens who experience depression, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses are likely to fall prey to substance abuse and teenage drug addiction. This is called “comorbidity,” which develops whe…

    Little girl eating ice cream. Does dairy contribute to childhood gut health?
    By: Annie Salsberg ND March 7, 2016 1 Comments
    Childhood Gut Health: Facts and Fiction

    Let’s take a look at common misconceptions and offer a fresh perspective on children’s gut health for parents. Here are three childhood gut health myths that need to be busted. MYTH 1: Lactos…

    Baby and mom laying on a bed. Baby is exploring mom's nose with her mouth. How does that change the baby biome?
    By: Richard Sprague March 4, 2016 0 Comments
    Peeking into a Baby Biome

    Meet one-month-old baby girl Molly Aspen McAndrew. She’s a healthy infant whose first-time parents are interested in the microbiome (or shall we say, baby biome) and have tried to do everything they…

    Discrete image of a child using the toilet. As parents, understanding poop is a great tool to understanding gut health.
    By: Annie Salsberg ND March 3, 2016 0 Comments
    Understanding Poop: What Your Child’s Poop Can Tell You About Gut Health

    For parents looking to get a better handle on their child’s gut health, the bathroom is a good place to start! Poop will vary from child to child and day to day depending on what they eat, but the s…

    Kids playing tug of war at Summer Camp. Summer Camp FAQ.
    By: Sheana Whelan Funkhouser RN PhD February 29, 2016 0 Comments
    Summer Camp FAQ

    In my last post, “To Camp or Not To Camp: Day Camp, Overnight Camp, or No Camp?” I discussed some pretty big questions about deciding if your child is ready for summer camp and how you de…

    Kids sitting on a tree branch at summer camp.
    By: Sheana Whelan Funkhouser RN PhD February 25, 2016 0 Comments
    To Camp or Not To Camp: Day Camp, Overnight Camp, or No Camp?

    During a particularly long and cold winter, I decided it was time to send my 2 older kids to summer camp. They were 9 and 11 at the time, and I reasoned that they were ready, right? They had been on a…

    Happy little girl eating a peach to boost gut health and behavior.
    By: Annie Salsberg ND February 18, 2016 0 Comments
    Boost Happiness by Boosting Gut Health

    Recent research is starting to reveal that what we call a “gut feeling” is more than just an expression. In addition to influencing digestion and immune function, research is demonstrating that gu…

    Small boy watering a plant -- random acts of kindness.
    By: Janelle Sorensen February 15, 2016 1 Comments
    11 Ways Kindness Improves Your Health

    We all know being kind makes us feel good, but did you know it’s actually good for your health, too? It’s true. Doing good is like medicine for your mind and body with far-reaching impacts that wi…

    Young boy wearing a crown made of asparagus and eating a spear. A diet rich in fruits and vegetable promotes gut health in kids.
    By: Annie Salsberg ND February 9, 2016 0 Comments
    Better Gut Health for Kids: How Diet Can Promote A Healthy Microbiome

    Gut health is a hot topic for adults right now – with supplements, probiotics and even fermented food inching toward the mainstream. But gut health is important for children too. From a young age, c…

    A bowl of brightly colored children's cereal and soft drink, using artificial food dyes.
    By: Laura MacCleery February 3, 2016 8 Comments
    Food Dyes: Putting Kids First

    Just last week, at another of the kids’ birthday parties one (apparently) must attend as the parent of a kindergartener, I found myself once more huddled in a corner, stealthily scraping away the br…

    Young girl giving her teddy bear an injection. Seven Tips to Teach Kids to Play a Key Role in Their Own Health Care.
    By: Barbara Bronson Gray RN MN January 25, 2016 1 Comments
    7 Tips to Teach Kids to Play a Key Role in Their Own Health Care

    One of the most important skills kids can learn is how to take care of themselves. This goes well beyond growing up to be able to function in an adult world. Kids need to learn how to take care of the…

    By: Sally Loughridge PhD January 18, 2016 0 Comments
    Juggling the Needs of Healthy and Ill Children

    Serious pediatric illness disrupts much more than the health of one person. It impacts family dynamics, emotional resilience, daily routines, and finances. My picture book, Daniel and His Starry Night…

    Cart racing down a grocery store aisle. Pop Culture Influences Health
    By: Brittni Brown January 11, 2016 0 Comments
    Pop Culture: Watch for Its Influences on Your Health Habits

    Pop culture plays an interesting role on our psychological behavior, especially when it comes to the choices that we make. Popular clothing and hairstyles sported by celebrities suddenly become all th…

    DrGreene Founder Alan Greene and Cheryl Greene. Like a girl.
    By: Cheryl Greene December 30, 2015 12 Comments
    Like A Girl

    In 1995, shortly after the birth of our son, I co-founded, cited by the American Medical Association as “the pioneer physician website”. My co-founder is my husband, Dr. Alan Greene. …

    Image of a 1950s public school building. This type of building could have used asbestos during construction.
    By: Donna Fitzgerald December 8, 2015 0 Comments
    Asbestos Exposure: How Safe Are You? How Safe Are Your Children?

    Asbestos was a popular construction material during the 20th century because of its low cost and heat and chemical resistant properties. As a result, its use became mainstream, especially in the comme…

    Little boy, sneezing and blowing his nose outdoor on a sunny winter day, sitting on a bench. Natural herbs for children can help keep kids healthy in winter.
    By: Jonathan Leger November 29, 2015 0 Comments
    Natural Herbs To Keep Your Child Healthy Through The Winter Months

    We all know the basics: Wash your hands, stay warm, and stay away from crowds when possible. But for those parents who want to do the most they can to build up their child’s immune system throug…

    Portrait of happy girl eating an apple on-the-go.
    By: Samantha November 19, 2015 0 Comments
    Healthy Food for Families On-the-Go

    In today’s world, we live our lives constantly on-the-go. From ballet class to dentist appointments to grocery store runs to dropping the children off at school, most families spend a large amount o…

    Portrait runaway teenage girl on the street with a backpack. Runaway Prevention.
    By: Maureen Blaha November 12, 2015 0 Comments
    Runaway Prevention – Get Involved!

     It’s a parent’s worst nightmare—her child has run away. A series of questions and incomprehensible outcomes run through her head. She wonders what to do, where her child was last seen, and wha…

    Blue-eyed girl in a field of flowers - Gardening together with your kids gives them an appreciation for nature.
    By: Jonathan Leger October 27, 2015 1 Comments
    See Your Children Sprout By Planting Flowers

    Children are natural gardeners. They possess incredible curiosity and get excited to try and do new things–qualities that we adults can learn from! On top of that, children often learn better by…

    Two boys playing with Jerry the Bear.
    By: Hannah Chung October 15, 2015 0 Comments
    Jerry the Bear: 4 Ways to Learn About Health Through Play

    I met Hannah and the Jerry the Bear team over three years ago. We had a fabulous discussion and I’ve been following their work since that time. It’s our pleasure to have Hannah share her …