“I’m going to break my child!”
Every day in my pediatrics practice in San Francisco, California, parents come into my office in a bit of a tizzy. Or a really big tizzy. It is my job, one in which I take great pleasure, to help to calm their worries.
Who can blame parents for freaking out? As a parent, you face weighty decisions about how to keep your child safe and healthy every day. Parents have doubts about whether they should vaccinate their child, how they can prevent the so-called “super bug,” and which sunscreen to use. Parents worry about lead exposure and toxins in fish and cancer-causing chemicals in plastic.
We are inundated with interesting, frightening and often conflicting advice about our children’s health from family, friends, and the media. Even strangers in the coffee joint can make us question our parenting and the things we do to keep our kids healthy.
It sometimes seems there are untold threats to your child’s health and safety, and to your sanity. What are you to do as a parent but *panic*?!?
My message to parents is to take a deep breath. There is no need to panic.
In my office and in this blog, I would like to help parents and families process the information that they read and hear about their family’s health. Armed with sensible information from the middle ground parents can make sound, rational, evidence-based choices that promote growth, health and development.
I would like to take some of the anxiety out of parenting. I hope to create a little lightness and laughter about the latest health controversy. And perhaps I can bring some joy to the often hefty task of healthy living.
In the meantime I will shamelessly exploit the hilarious stories of the kids I take care of and equally shamelessly flaunt pictures of some of the cutest kids and families that I know.
As my very wise friend Shay (father of 2) said to me: “We do shop around for the worst news–just so that we have something to worry about.”
And so, shopping around for the worst news and finding its lighter side, let us begin…
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In the News: Detoxifying Fakery
You must listen to this hilarious piece from one of my favorite local public radio reporters, Sarah Varney.
She starts her report with this: “I know, you’re probably thinking, what kind of moron would believe that a toxin sucking foot pad could work. Well, the photos on the front of the box are really convincing.”
The reporter goes on to discuss her own experiment with the newest craze in consumer health: toxin removing foot pads. Continue reading →
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