Pediatrics

Foul Air, Fast Rx’s Fuel Childhood Obesity

By Erik Goldman

Exposure to air pollution and overuse of antibiotics may be important risk factors for childhood obesity, according to recent studies. The findings suggest that there’s more to the obesity equation than excess calories & lack of exercise.

Homeopathy Offers Drug-Free Options for Kids with ADHD

By Molly K. Hartle, Contributing Writer - Vol. 13, No. 1. , 2012

With the recent shortages of drugs to treat ADHD, and changes in insurance coverage of these treatments, many families of children with this complex condition are searching for non-pharmaceutical alternatives. Homeopathy may not be top-of-mind for most primary care doctors, but it is worth considering.

How to Minimize Antibiotic Overuse In Kids with Upper Respiratory Illnesses

By By Nina L. Shapiro, MD Contributing Writer - Vol. 12, No. 4. , 2012

Despite clear guidelines to the contrary, many doctors still expect that they must provide antibiotic prescriptions when parents or caregivers bring a child with a respiratory illness. Likewise, ,any parents will be disappointed, and even question a doctor’s judgment, if no antibiotics are offered. The result is a continued overuse of antibiotics and an inordinate rise in bacterial resistance, a need for stronger antibiotics, and the use of adult dosing to treat bacterial illness in pediatric patients. There are other non-antibiotic options that should be first line choices.

CEFALO: Mixed Signals on The Cell Phone–Brain Tumor Issue

By Erik Goldman - Vol. 12, No. 3. , 2011

A high-profile international study of the impact of cell phones on childhood brain tumor risk is sending the signal that there is no “exposure-response relationship. However, some environmental health experts contend that significant safety concerns are hidden within the data.

Sublingual Immunotherapy: Allergy Relief Under Your Tongue

By Scott Rollins, MD / Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 4. , 2010

 

Sublingual immunotherapy is a safe, highly effective alternative to injection-based treatments for managing allergies. Moreover, it enables primary care physicians to treat patients that they are currently referring out to specialists.

 

Wellbutrin for Mommy, ADHD for Baby?

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 11, No. 3. , 2010

Analysis of data from more than 38,000 families suggests that maternal use of the popular antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion) during pregnancy correlates with a 3-fold greater risk of ADHD in children exposed to the drug in utero. The study is not definitive proof that bupropion causes ADHD. But author Roberto Figueroa says doctors need to be a lot more cautious with this, and any other drug that crosses the placenta.

Holistic Healthcare News Briefs: Do These Phthalates Make Me Look Fat?

By Staff Writer - Vol. 10, No. 2. , 2009

There appears to be a strong correlation between teenage obesity and exposure to phthalates—endocrine-disrupting compounds found in many personal care products and a myriad of plastic and vinyl products.

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Environmental Health for Children

By Joel Kreisberg, DC, MA - Vol. 9, No. 4. , 2008

Pound for pound children absorb more environmental toxins than adults, and they are also more vulnerable to adverse health effects of these exposures. Parents are desperate for help with environmental health problems, and green-minded physicians can play a vital role in ensuring healthier futures for the next generation.

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