Disease prevention

2015 Dietary Guidelines: What Parents Need to Know

February 27, 2015
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You may have heard rumblings about the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Although the official guidelines are not here yet, the process has been kick-started with a major report that summarizes the evidence. Next is the public comment period (now until April 8th) followed by the creation of Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The 2015 Dietary […]

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Transform Your Relationship with Food by Doing This One Simple Thing

October 14, 2014
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There’s a package of chocolate chip cookies sitting on the table at work. Six different people have six different thoughts about it. Person A, who is trying to avoid gluten to lose weight, thinks of how every food on earth must have gluten. Person B, who is watching fat, tries to guess how many grams […]

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Feeding Struggles That Keep Parents Up At Night (and How to Solve them)

March 29, 2013
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I receive questions from parents all the time.  But there are some that I get over and over, indicating they hit a sore spot with parents.  So I am putting more food for thought behind the feeding struggles that seem to cause the most angst for parents.  Make sure to leave your own tough-to-deal- with […]

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Why Food Fads and Children Don’t Always Mix

February 22, 2013
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Food fads come and go. Consider how much the pendulum has swung from the low fat 90’s to the carb conscious face of the new millennium. Similar to modern-day politics, food choices have become increasingly polarizing. There are those who don’t do dairy, vegetarians of all types, raw foodies, people who skip gluten, or all […]

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6 Parenting Practices that Make For Healthy Kids

January 25, 2013
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When you think of raising healthy children, nutritious meals often come to mind. But there is a lot going on behind the scenes that can increase the chances of raising a healthy child. In fact, parenting practices, the things we do day in and day out, have a huge impact on the healthy choices our […]

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Making the Resolution to Meditate Every Day in 2013

January 19, 2013
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When I educate patients every week, many who have just had their first heart attack, the story is eerily familiar. They say they eat pretty healthily and try to exercise but then I find mentally they aren’t doing too hot: little sleep, lots of stress and pressures and not a lot of true self care […]

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Should 9 Year Olds Be Screened for High Cholesterol?

December 5, 2011
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In addition to checking growth and health, administering immunizations and prescribing medications, pediatricians have something else on their to-do list: checking cholesterol levels in all children. In November, a report from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), endorsed by the American Acedemy of Pediatrics (AAP), put out new recommendations for cholesterol screening and treatment in children.  […]

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How to Become a BPA Free Family

September 16, 2010
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No doubt you’ve heard about the harmful effects that BPA (Bisphenol-A) can have on health. As a busy parent you’re probably concerned but may be overwhelmed with yet another health hazard to watch out for. It’s important to consider the evidence when looking beyond the hype of potentially harmful additives. Is BPA really that bad? […]

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Think Sugar Causes Hyperactivity in Children? It’s Probably THIS Instead

August 27, 2010
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The kiddie party is about to end while a group of parents sit around and watch their children spiral out of control. They’re jumping around, the tantrums are escalating and no child seems to be listening. “Sugar always makes my kids hyperactive,” one mom says. “This is why we never give my son sugar before […]

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5 Surprising Facts About Kids & Food Allergies

July 1, 2010
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Expert Profile: Dr. Janice Joneja is a researcher, educator, author, and clinical counselor with thirty years of experience in the area of biochemical and immunological reactions involved in food allergy and intolerance. She holds a Ph.D. in medical microbiology and immunology, and is also a dietitian (RD), registered in the College of Dietitians of British […]

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