THE WEED EXPERIMENT

by drnieman on July 5, 2018

in Monthly

CANADA’S CHILDREN AND YOUTH EXPERIENCE ABOUT TO START Since the current Canadian government informed the nation that they intend to legalize marijuana, much has been written on this extremely controversial and at times confusing topic. Some of the writing dealt with facts; some failed miserably to hide biases–both sides being guilty of dishonesty and subjectivity. […]

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NONPHARMACOLOGIC TREATMENT FOR ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

by drnieman June 27, 2018 Monthly

Many options other than the use of pharmaceutical products exist for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The most common medications used in the treatment are by far psychostimulants. Alternative medications to psychostimulants are the so-called non-stimulant products—a class of medications which is becoming increasingly popular, most likely because side effects impacting appetite and sleep […]

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NEW INFORMATION ON ALLERGIES

by drnieman May 14, 2018 Monthly

Introducing Allergenic Foods I have always maintained that there is a common theme when it comes to discussing politics, religion and food: consensus is virtually impossible, but compromise is an option. The current guidelines by Health Canada, the Canadian Pediatric Society and allergists on the matter of when to introduce foods which are known to […]

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THE YOUNG, HEALTHY GUT

by drnieman April 5, 2018 Uncategorized

In the development of health and disease there are key moments where future trajectories are established. This early programming sets the stage for long-term health and also the prevention of future diseases. These so called critical windows were originally known as the “Baker Hypothesis” Baker identified an association between fetal malnutrition and hypertension later in […]

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NUTRITION AND EARLY BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

by drnieman February 2, 2018 Monthly

THE FIRST 1,000 DAYS A few years ago I found myself in a huge ballroom of a hotel just outside Chicago. It was at a special meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that I discovered the AAP’s agenda of prioritizing early brain development. The discussions centered on toxic stress (bathing the fetal brain, […]

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LEG AND FEET ISSUES

by drnieman January 10, 2018 Monthly

Childhood development can be a time of both excitement and stress. On the one hand it is exciting for parents to document their baby’s progress. Who will forget that first smile or who will delete the video taken when a child took his or her first step? But what if the folks notice that the […]

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SHY CHILDREN

by drnieman January 5, 2018 Monthly

Not so long ago I had the opportunity to do a talk at a local high school. They asked me to talk about resilience, and although the main theme revolved around stressed teens, at some point during the question and answer part, the issue of children’s temperaments came up. One of the experts in the […]

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PLAYTIME

by drnieman December 30, 2017 Uncategorized

Plato once observed that “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” For many parents and social psychologists, the importance of families deliberately making the time to play seems logical and obvious, and yet, in an era where technology has become so dominant in our […]

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HAPPY PARENTING

by drnieman June 8, 2017 Weekly

After seeing families for the past 30 years as their doctor and being a parent myself since 1995, I am struggling with a common question: —Can a parent be happy and healthy if the child is not happy and healthy? Recently I did an interview with National TV (CBC Evening News) where we discussed optimal […]

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MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUR DOCTOR

by drnieman June 2, 2017 Uncategorized

The suicide rate among doctors remains among the highest in the general population and statistics suggest that male physicians die due to suicide at a rate nearly twice that for other men. For female physicians the risk is three-fold higher. This data may surprise some patients and even some doctors who are enjoying a career […]

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