September 8, 2014
    How Toddlers Can Benefit from Supplements

    [caption id="attachment_48958" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by David Goehring.[/caption]   The toddler years are a time of huge transition – and one of the biggest changes is in how the…

    The Role of Vitamin D in Fighting Infectious Diseases
    January 23, 2013
    The Role of Vitamin D in Fighting Infectious Diseases

    Vitamin D has at least two ways of reducing the risk of infectious diseases. One is through strengthening both the innate and adaptive immune systems, the other is through reducing inflammatory respon…

    Reflections of a New Mother: Wonder, Gratitude and Helping Others
    January 2, 2012
    Reflections of a New Mother: Wonder, Gratitude and Helping Others

    One day soon there’s going to be a new man in my life. Though I’ve been waiting around for 9 months for the big day to arrive, it’s nonetheless really hard to wrap my head around the idea that s…

    Creating a Healthy Sunscreen Balance -- Vitamin D and Skin Color
    May 12, 2010
    Creating a Healthy Sunscreen Balance — Vitamin D and Skin Color

    Over the past 150,000 years, skin color has evolved depending on the migration patterns of our ancestors.   Skin pigmentation changed to ensure our ability to adapt to new environmental and geograph…

    Vitamin Angels
    December 20, 2009
    Vitamin Angels

    Vitamin Angels work is really simple; we are 'reaching the unreachable', getting essential nutrients to children under 5 who are chronically malnourished, and saving lives. 1/3 of all child and matern…

    Dr. Greene on Vitamins
    September 15, 2008
    Dr. Greene on Vitamins

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Over the years I've learned to appreciate vitamins and the role they play in the healthy development of our children. I've seen firsthand how a mother's vitamin intake can help a …

    Vitamin D and Preventing Diabetes
    March 17, 2008
    Vitamin D and Preventing Diabetes

    Taking vitamin D drops in the first year of life may help prevent kids from developing type 1 diabetes, according to a study released March 13, 2008 in Archives of Disease in Childhood. The study is a…

    Conscious Preconception
    May 18, 2006
    Conscious Preconception

    The “trimester” before pregnancy is an important window of opportunity for a baby's health, whether this is a first pregnancy or a later one. And during pregnancy, the weeks between when conceptio…

    Smoking, Pregnant Monkeys, and Vitamin C
    May 12, 2005
    Smoking, Pregnant Monkeys, and Vitamin C

    All pregnant women, not just women who smoke, should hear the news about vitamin C and nicotine. About 450,000 babies are born each year in the United States to women who smoke (this is about 1 in 8 b…

    Zinc for Pneumonia
    May 25, 2004
    Zinc for Pneumonia

    What we eat affects our health. Zinc is an essential nutrient that has many functions in the body, including being critical for optimal operation of the immune system. We know that getting enough zinc…

    Zinc and ADHD
    April 15, 2004
    Zinc and ADHD

    Children who took zinc supplements along with their ADHD medications had greater improvement and improved much more quickly than those who took medications alone, according to a small, well-designed s…

    Mom’s Vitamins Help Kids
    February 7, 2003
    Mom’s Vitamins Help Kids

    Vitamin B12 consumed by nursing mothers can change the trajectory of their babies’ brain development. The Jan 31, 2003 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report told the story of a …

    January 1, 2003
    Infant Anemia

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The most common cause of anemia in babies is iron deficiency. This usually can be corrected pretty easily with supplemental iron. Supplements are quite safe at that age, at the ap…

    October 25, 2002
    Celiac Disease: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to celiac disease: The little child just never seems to be feeling well. She doesn’t like to eat. She’s clingy and cranky. It seems like she always has loose stools. She’s not growi…

    October 25, 2002
    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 sec…

    October 23, 2002
    Anemia (Low hemoglobin): A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to anemia: Blood is a straw-colored liquid packed with red blood cells (that deliver oxygen to the body), white blood cells (that provide protection from infections), and platelets (littl…

    Iron Needs Missed in Millions
    October 18, 2002
    Iron Needs Missed in Millions

    Iron deficiency in toddlers, preschool children, and teenage girls is still all too common in the US. Healthy People 2010 is a program that has set an achievable target of dropping iron deficiency rat…

    June 28, 2002
    Growth and Lack of Appetite

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Even most very picky eaters get plenty of calories every day, but one of the reasons we follow growth curves is to be sure that is true for an individual child. 27.5 pounds for a …

    Cookies n' Creatine?
    August 31, 2001
    Cookies n’ Creatine?

    Many children would like to build muscle, improve their appearance, and enhance their athletic performance. Supplement marketers are convincing them that they can do it all by taking creatine. And it'…

    Teens and Iron
    July 19, 2001
    Teens and Iron

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Rob, one of the adolescent boys in my practice, loved to compete in track and field. His running times in his sophomore year of high school were excellent, but try as he might, hi…