A Mother’s Instinct

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When my son was little he used to get the croup. I can remember the first time he had it. We had no idea what it was, we just knew that the sound coming from his little baby chest was unlike anything we’d ever heard. It’s funny though. After a couple of times dealing with… Read more »

Be a Filter, Not a Sponge

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“New health data is something you should pay attention to, but it is almost never something you should build your life around” -Steven Sander Ross, Associate Professor, Columbia University As promised, I am following up on my Family Table Tuesday column with some information on choosing what to believe and what not to believe. What… Read more »

Whooping Cough Vaccine Recommended for Adults

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We’ve all seen the commercials over the last year or two trying to raise awareness of whooping cough (also known as pertussis). Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease that in rare cases can be fatal. It leads to severe coughing that causes children to make a distinctive whooping sound as they gasp for… Read more »

Every Little Girl Should Know a Belly Dancer

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I’m hoping the title piques your interest enough to question my motives as a mother, an educator and a health professional and to read the story behind the title. A couple weeks ago, I attended an Eating Disorders Awareness event at a local college campus. The annual event features testimonials, performing art and visual art… Read more »

Has Obesity Gone Viral?

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As a nation we have simplified the causes of obesity: too much food, not enough exercise. Scientists, however, are not willing to explain this epidemic away without digging a little deeper. After all, we are seeing obesity in very young children who seldom sit still and really haven’t had enough time to saturate their fat… Read more »

Advocating for Activity

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Many of you commented on my article Recess for All, so I thought I would follow up with some ideas about advocating for more physical activity. Although I was pushing for more recess, physical education also has plenty of benefits for our kids and promotes their academic success. Unfortunately, few states see the value in… Read more »

Should Sugar Be A Controlled Substance?

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After reading this article, I was angry enough to spit nails! Then I decided maybe I was a bit hasty; perhaps the researchers were misquoted or their information was misrepresented by Fox News.  So I read the news article on UCSF’s very own website, no misinterpretation. In fact, I think Fox actually toned it down.  Not only… Read more »

Nipping Disordered Eating in the Bud

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When a teenager is hospitalized with anorexia or bulimia, the condition is serious and parents are often left to wonder, “Why didn’t we see the signs?” Before anyone starts placing blame, they should consider the answer to that question: “Eating disorders are not easy to spot.” Their victims are secretive and sensitive.  However, there are… Read more »

A Mother's Take on ADD

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I recently came across an article on nytimes.com about ADD. The author of the article talks a lot about how medication to treat ADD/ADHD is given to easily. He also talks about a few studies that show over time the effects of ADD/ADHD medication stop working. In fact Mr. Positive mentions a study done in… Read more »

Getting Serious About Eating Disorders

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Every time I teach my students about eating disorders, I end by sharing the memorial wall on this site. The wall displays over 600 candles lit in memory of men and women who have died from an eating disorder. A name is printed beneath each candle and you can click on any of those names… Read more »