Alan Greene, Jane Goodall, Cheryl Greene -- meeting Jane Goodall
    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 w…

    I Found My Spark, Have You Found Yours?

    In December I was so honored to give my TedX Talk as part of TedWomen. On that day there were more than 150 TedX events around the world happening at the same time all featuring women speakers. What a…

    Environmental Health Concerns for Kids
    Environmental Health Concerns for Kids

    Every parent wants their child to be healthy. One of the biggest barriers to this today is the fact they are born on planet Earth. We humans have polluted this planet to such an extent that every baby…

    Jessica Capshaw for Moms Clean Air Force
    Jessica Capshaw for Moms Clean Air Force

    I'll admit it. I'm addicted to Grey's Anatomy. My dad was a surgeon, and as a kid I really wanted to go to medical school when I grew up. But I couldn't even get through premed. Advanced calculus undi…

    Stress and Environmental Toxins

    Of course reducing toxic exposures is an important way to reduce risks from unhealthy chemicals, but a growing body of research suggests paying attention to positive habits ? such as good food, health…

    Which Diapers Are Better for the Planet?

    As a father and pediatrician, I've changed many diapers -- enough to teach me that diapers are a daily reminder that as humans we deplete resources as we consume, and we make messes with our waste. Th…

    Protection from Past Lead Damage
    Protection from Past Lead Damage

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Theresa, I'm so glad you asked! When we get lead in our mouths, it makes its way into our bloodstreams where it can cause damage to our brains and other organs. Our bodies take th…

    Our Children and Our World
    Our Children and Our World

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Illnesses arise from interplay between our genes and the environment. When you look at all the conditions on the rise in kids ? problems such as asthma, ADD, high blood pressure, …

    A Better Beginning
    A Better Beginning

    Having a baby is a time of pivotal change. The world will never be the same. You are embarking on the journey of a lifetime together. Much will be spontaneous and unexpected, yet there is also somethi…

    Wheezing
    Wheezing: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction: Our airways are designed to be responsive to harmful substances in the air. If we walk through clouds of smoke, our airways will shrink, protecting our delicate lung tissues from the nox…

    Lead Poisoning
    Lead Poisoning: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to lead poisoning: Most people aren't aware that lead remains a top environmental health hazard for US children. More than one in 25 American children have blood lead levels high enough t…

    Bronchiolitis: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to bronchiolitis: Worried parents stand over the crib, listening to their baby cough and struggle to breathe. He may have bronchiolitis. Most parents have heard of pneumonia or bronchitis…

    Common Cold: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to a common cold: It's called the "common cold" for a reason. Your child will probably have more colds than any other type of illness. Most kids have had eight to ten colds by their secon…

    Asthma: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction: Asthma is one of the most common disorders affecting children. As many as 10 percent of children have some degree of asthma, and the number has been rising steadily since about 1980.1 Th…

    Allergies (Allergic Rhinitis): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to allergies: Children with allergies tend to get more ear infections, more colds, and have more sleepless nights than their peers. Far too often, the underlying allergies are missed and …

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to ADHD: Over-diagnosed? Under-diagnosed? Probably both ? and certainly real. ADHD affects children's school performance and their relationships with others. Parents who are wondering if …

    Cancer - Environmentally Linked?
    Cancer – Environmentally Linked?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: What a tough time for the family! Most tumors in kids come from a combination of genetic susceptibility and some kind of environmental insult. Not all susceptible kids get cancer,…

    Antibacterial Soaps
    Antibacterial Soaps

    Dr. Greene's Answer: In the Journal of Hospital Infections, June 1995, researchers from Georgetown University declared that handwashing remains sporadic and ineffective in all health care settings and…