by on February 5, 2019

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P When Dr. Benjamin Spock published his seminal book, “Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care” in the middle of the 20 th Century, he may have been motivated by parents who asked similar, recurring questions. At the time there were far less cooks in the How-To-Parent-Wisely kitchen. Spock became internationally renowned for his down-to-earth wisdom […]

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by 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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by 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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by 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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by April 27, 2017 Uncategorized

Colorblindness, also known as Color Vision Deficiency (CVD), affects 1 in 12 boys and 1 in 200 girls. It is genetically transmitted via the X-linked chromosome and thus CVD is far more common in boys. It works like this: a grandfather, who is color blind, is very likely to transmit CVD to his grandson, via […]

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by March 3, 2017 Uncategorized

According to the World Health Organization, 10% of all births worldwide are either low birth weight (weight below 2500 grams) or premature (birth prior to 37 weeks of gestation). Premature birth and a lower weight at birth impact early brain development and set the stage for future neurological outcomes. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics […]

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by June 13, 2015 Uncategorized

Many children and adolescents find it difficult to swallow pills. A recent survey of close to 300 parents revealed that 30-40 % of children refused or rejected a pill or liquid medication; more than 50% of children were unable to swallow a standard size pill or small capsules. This becomes particularly problematic where there are […]

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by July 5, 2014 Uncategorized

EPIGENETICS A few years ago the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that one of their four top priorities will be epigenetics. At that time I was curious as to how many pediatricians—both in Canada and the USA— were able to explain to the public what the science of epigenetics may involve. Very few doctors felt […]

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by July 3, 2014 Uncategorized

HERBS AND BREASTFEEDING The use of herbs during breastfeeding has become increasingly popular. Yet many doctors remain unaware that mothers use herbs while breastfeeding, because they only inquire about the use of pharmaceutical products. One of the main motives for using herbs during lactation is to increase milk production. Herbs that are taken for this […]

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Antibiotic Use Reduced

by January 28, 2014 Uncategorized

Not so long ago I had a father in my office. He was also a general practitioner who trained in the Middle East. One of his concerns was that his 4 year old daughter received numerous antibiotics—and strong ones–in the past. He felt the doctors who cared for her over-prescribed antibiotics and questioned if this […]

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