Young boy adding salt to a plate of french fries.
    Too much sodium is bad. Hidden sources of sodium are worse!

    Sometimes in the hubbub of today, we miss simple things that can have a lasting impact. This is true for parents and for doctors. As part of my ongoing board certification as a pediatrician, I was thr…

    Is Organic Food Really Different?
    Is Organic Food Really Different?

    A 2012 analysis estimates that today's children age 0-5 in the US have lost more than 16 million IQ points from exposure to organophosphate pesticides. They're exposed to these pesticides almost entir…

    The Ultimate Silent Game
    The Ultimate Silent Game

    Remember playing the Silent Game with your parents so that they could have a few moments of silence? Perhaps you just played this game in the car with your kids? Let me introduce to you another versio…

    Food Allergy Series Part 1: Does My Child Have a Food Allergy and If So, What Caused It?
    Food Allergy Series Part 1: Does My Child Have a Food Allergy and If So, What Caused It?

    Having a child with food allergies can be a life-changing experience both for the child as well as everyone that takes care of him or her. I know first-hand having children in my family with food alle…

    Five Things to Do Before You Get Pregnant
    Five Things to Do Before You Get Pregnant

    So you're ready to be a parent. Congratulations! That's a big decision. To give yourself the best chance for a healthy pregnancy and baby, there are a few things to do before you get pregnant. 1. Go s…

    Vitamin D During Pregnancy and lactation
    Vitamin D During Pregnancy & Lactation

    Adequate vitamin D levels are very important during pregnancy and lactation. In addition to the classical role of vitamin D in calcium and phosphate absorption and metabolism, vitamin D during pregnan…

    Cancer and Vitamin D
    Cancer and Vitamin D

    There is a large body of evidence that vitamin D reduces the risk of many types of cancerand improves survival after cancer diagnosis. Solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) light is the primary source of vitamin …

    Depression, Despair, and Suicide Risk in Children and Teens
    Depression, Despair, and Suicide Risk in Children and Teens

    Depression If any of the below occur and you see these in your child (or in yourself, a spouse, or another relative), get professional help fast. Your pediatrician or family doctor can guide you. (mor…

    90 Seconds to Change the World
    90 Seconds to Change the World

    Tick tock. Tick tock. TICC TOCC. The difference 90 seconds can make. At the moment of birth, only about 2/3 of the baby's blood is in the baby. The remaining third is still in the umbilical cord and p…

    5 Smart Tips for Letting Toddlers Use Smartphones
    5 Smart Tips for Letting Toddlers Use Smartphones

    It's becoming an ever more common sight: babies and kids playing with smartphones. According to NPR's Health Blog, one recent survey found that as many as 1 in 4 toddlers has used a smartphone and for…

    Their Eyes Tell the Story: Babies Fascinated By What You Say
    Their Eyes Tell the Story: Babies Fascinated By What You Say

    Guessing what babies and toddlers are thinking about can be difficult before they have words to tell the story. Over the first year parents usually do get increasingly adept at recognizing when their …

    Do You Know What’s In Your Child’s Juice Box?
    Do You Know What’s In Your Child’s Juice Box?

    When I was a kid, you didn't see many juice boxes. That product category was still in its infancy ? a novelty at best. Now, they're everywhere and there are tons of different kinds. Do you know what's…

    Spark a conversation: Why it’s a good idea to talk with your mouth full!
    Spark a conversation: Why it’s a good idea to talk with your mouth full!

    Family dinner is one of the best ways to keep our kids healthy. Children who eat dinner with their families more than five times a week (along with good sleep and limited TV watching) are 40% less lik…

    Antibacterial Wipes: Ubiquitous but Not Safe
    Antibacterial Wipes: Ubiquitous but Not Safe

    It seems like that handy canister of antibacterial cleaning wipes is everywhere these days. Grocery stores dispense them for dabbing at the handle of your cart, gyms park them conveniently for wiping …

    Strategies for Countering Texture Issues
    Strategies for Countering Texture Issues

    Texture was an unexpected learning for me. When I look back on the whole of Battle Orange, the number of recipes and the lengths I went to, I have to shake my head and sigh. One recipe solved the whol…

    The Importance of Reading Ingredients Labels on Children’s Medicines
    The Importance of Reading Ingredients Labels on Children’s Medicines

    I have been an avid label reader for many years. It takes me forever to get through the grocery store because I read the label of everything I pick up, from food to personal care products. One thing i…

    Organic Foods - Not For Me!
    Organic Foods – Not For Me!

    Did you ever taste a cookie you didn't like? Probably. What about ice cream, do you enjoy EVERY flavor? Probably Not. (more…)…

    Endometriosis Is Scary, Too
    Endometriosis Is Scary, Too

    There is something growing inside of my body that's not supposed to be there, and I can't do anything about it. It hurts me physically as well as my relationships with those around me. Too little is k…

    Exercise Good for You, Good for Your Baby
    Exercise-Good for You, Good for Your Baby

    It was not long ago, just a few generations back when mother-to-be were told that exercising was not good for pregnant women. That in fact as little movement as possible was best. Unless a pregnant wo…

    What’s Happening to our Children?
    What’s Happening to our Children?

    I am honored to serve as a guest blogger on Dr. Greene's marvelous site. My wife is a holistic physician, and we tried to raise our children green, but there was much less knowledge about green parent…