June 28, 2002
    Growth and Lack of Appetite

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Even most very picky eaters with low appetite 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. …

    Where to Get the Calcium When They Won’t Drink Milk
    June 28, 2002
    Where to Get Calcium When Your Child Won’t Drink Milk

    Dr. Greene's Answer: I'm glad you are paying attention to your daughter's calcium intake. The AAP guidelines for calcium are 800mg per day from age 4 to 8, and then 1300 mg a day from 9 to 18. They al…

    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'…

    Mercury Questions
    July 11, 2001
    Mercury Questions

    Two questions came up in chat about news urging us to reduce children's exposure to mercury. Is there mercury in fish oil capsules? And should we delay or forgo vaccines in children because of the mer…

    Dads Make a Difference
    April 27, 2001
    Dads Make a Difference

    Dr. Greene on the importance of dads! Men with multiple sclerosis seem to be more than twice as likely to transmit the disease to their children as women with this disease, say researchers from the Ma…

    Breastfeeding and Vitamins
    April 24, 2001
    Breastfeeding and Vitamins

    Dr. Greene's take on breastfeeding and vitamins... Research has shown that women who are dieting and exercising tend to produce breast milk lower in certain nutrients, such as vitamin B6, that are imp…

    Nutrition and Secondhand Smoke
    December 26, 2000
    Nutrition and Secondhand Smoke

    Secondhand cigarette smoke saps nutrients directly out of kid's blood, according to a report in the December 2000 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Important antioxidants, such as b…

    The Calcium Supplement Scare
    September 27, 2000
    The Calcium Supplement Scare

    A study in the September 20, 2000 issue of JAMAreported that lead was discovered in a calcium supplement! A "public health concern" as some are proclaiming? I'm more concerned about the scare than abo…

    All Natural Does Not Mean Risk Free!
    January 5, 2000
    All Natural Does Not Mean Risk Free!

    Use of St. John's Wort to treat depression has skyrocketed over the last year, increasing by more than 2000%. St. John's Wort has become a multi-billion dollar industry. (more…)…

    Benefits of Zinc in Reducing Illness
    December 10, 1999
    Benefits of Zinc in Reducing Illness

    An Ounce of Prevention... Kids who don't get enough zinc get sick more often and get well more slowly. Zinc is necessary for the immune system to be in top form. Where do kids get zinc? This is one in…

    More Safety Reminders
    November 16, 1999
    More Safety Reminders

    Dr. Gaylord Lopez of the Georgia Poison Center has mused about new poisoning dangers on the horizon. His concern: the new great tasting flavors of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Acetaminophen overdose is al…

    Preventing Down Syndrome?
    September 29, 1999
    Preventing Down Syndrome?

    Is Down syndrome just a random event that more commonly strikes the children of older mothers? Is there nothing that can be done to prevent it except  getting pregnant at a younger age or detecting a…

    Calcium for Teens
    January 7, 1999
    Calcium for Teens

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Adolescents need to take in at least 1200 mg of calcium per day during the adolescent growth spurt to build strong bones to last a lifetime. Almost half (45%) of the bone mass the…

    Fresh eggs gathered from a chicken's nest. Egg are on Dr. Greene's list of iron rich foods.
    October 14, 1996
    Iron Rich Foods

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Improving your child's diet is the most important way to prevent and to treat iron deficiency. Many foods are good sources of iron. Here's my list of iron rich foods: Good -- Gras…

    October 14, 1996
    Iron Deficiency Anemia

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Blood is a straw-colored liquid packed with red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets (little clumps that help the blood clot when needed). The red blood cells carry oxyge…

    Pale young girl. Could she have Anemia?
    October 14, 1996
    Anemia

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Blood is a straw-colored liquid packed with red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets (little clumps that help the blood clot when needed). The red blood cells carry oxyge…