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Does Coke Money Corrupt Kids' Dentistry?

By Allen D. Kanner and Joshua GolinIssue 129, March - April 2005 John Ruby was angry.  So outraged, in fact, that the associate professor of pediatric dentistry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham found himself hanging a provocative poster on the general bulletin board at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s annual meeting in May 2003. The poster disappeared, and when Ruby put up another, he was told by the executive director of AAPD to take it down or be thrown out of the conference. The poster featured the familiar Coca-Cola logo in a black circle... read more

Poison In Our Vaccines

By Lyn Redwood Issue 115, November/December 2002 More than 60 years ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a little-known product, thimerosal, to be used as a preservative. Today, many parents question if this product is responsible for the current epidemic of children diagnosed with learning disabilities and autism. Thimerosal Current thinking suggests that exposure to mercury comes primarily from environmental and dietary sources, dental amalgams, and rare catastrophic events. Recently, however, another common and pervasive source of mercury exposure... read more

Helping a Child with Tourette Syndrome

By Pamela S. LewisWeb Exclusive When my son, David, first began to crawl, he made strange movements and seemed uncoordinated. His pediatrician and naturopath told me not to worry; every child has his own style, they said. When David was two, he began making odd stretching facial expressions, especially when eating. I thought to myself, "Tourette?" I'd been an RN for 20-some years and had never identified a case of Tourette syndrome. I immediately went into denial and did not give Tourette another thought for years. David developed other symptoms, such as pushing his... read more

Searching for Reasons Why: A Mother's Report on Autism

Issue 115, November - December 2002 Will was the perfect baby. He ate and slept well, played, walked, and talked, all by one year. Shortly after his first birthday, however, things changed dramatically. He developed multiple infections, including strep throat, rotavirus, and an upper respiratory infection, the latter requiring hospitalization. It was at this time that he began to regress. He lost speech, interaction, and eye contact. Although he was often in his own little world, he remained very affectionate and loving. Will was evaluated for his unexplained... read more

Natural Parenting Toolbox: When to Call a Doctor

As you become intimately familiar with your child's body signals and behavior when healthy, you will be more aware of your child's signs of illness. Linda White, MD, counsels parents to contact the doctor if your ill child:   Has a fever over 104 degrees, or a fever accompanied by chills or excessive sweating. Appears unusually limp, apathetic, or difficult to awaken. Complains of severe pain. Has a bulging fontanel (soft spot) with a very strong pulse (a sign of meningitis). A healthy fontanel should not sink in or protrude, and the pulse should be regular but... read more

Follow Your Heart

By Corbin Lewars Web Exclusive - July 25, 2008 "I hear a strange swooshing sound in her heart. I think you better take her to the doctor," my midwife Lisa said the day after my daughter was born. Coming from Lisa, this made me a bit nervous. I'd gotten used to the reassurances she dispensed at every potential hurdle we encountered throughout my pregnancy. I'd grown accustomed to her saying, "Don't worry. Everything will be fine." And everything had turned out fine. With the labor over and newborn Stella curled up in bed next to me nursing away, I was just starting to... read more

Confessions of a Nitpicker

by Christine SchoeferIssue 92, January - February 1999 Nothing prepared me for my first encounter with a live louse--not the big cockroach battalions invading the shared kitchens of my student days, not the fleas leaping from cat to carpet, not even the "Lice Alert" notice from my daughter's school. One morning during the routine act of tethering my six year old's willful hair into braids, I noticed a dark fleck scurrying among her tresses. I had never seen a head louse before, but I knew that this tiny insect could be nothing else. There is something so repulsive about... read more

Modified Sun Salutation

This is an excellent stretcher and invigorator. Go slowly at first and learn each step thoroughly. Then you can begin to let each step flow to the next one. Inhale and exhale evenly as you execute each step. 1. Put your hands together in prayer position. 2. Draw your hands over your head while you arch your back as much as is comfortable. 3. Bring your hands over your head and down to the floor placing one hand beside each foot. Bend your knees slightly. 4. Pull your left leg back as far as it will go, resting on your left knee. Arch your head back as though trying... read more

Dr. Andrew Wakefield Defends His Research

January 10, 2011 On January 5th, 2011 the British Medical Journal published the article "How the case against the MMR vaccine was fixed" by journalist Brian Deer--spurring controversy surrounding the research methods used in a 1998 study published in the Lancet by Dr. Andrew Wakefield et al. The study, which suggested a link between Autism and the MMR vaccine, and was later retracted by the Lancet. The Boulder Vaccine Safety Coalition has compiled several media resources where Wakefield and others defend his research and gives important information for understanding... read more

What the Numbers Say: Birth, Breastfeeding, and Family in America

By Tiffaney IsaacsonIssue 111, March/April 2002 Note: All data are for the US , unless otherwise specified. Health Insurance/Expenditures National health expenditures(1) 1998: $1,149.1 billion 1992: $ 838.5 billion Percent of Gross National Product (GNP) spent on health care 1998: 13.4 1992: 12 1965: 6 Percent of GNP spent on health care by other countries, 1998 Germany: 10.6 Japan: 7.6 UK: 6.7 Total expenditure on health, per capita(2) $4,178 Country with next closest spending on health, per capita Switzerland, $2,749 Amount by which 1998 US healthcare expenditures per... read more

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