Should I Give My Kid The Swine Flu Vaccine?

A mother asks tough questions about whether to give the H1N1 "Swine" flu vaccine to her toddler.This doctor addresses her questions the best he can.

Let Them Eat Cake

Do you eat Brussels sprouts? Do you sweat on an elliptical trainer? Do you ever wonder whether the things you do for the sake of your health are helping you? Sometimes your sacrifice will help, but sometimes you can quit worrying and enjoy life. (Read on: Purpose statement for this blog appears at the end of this post.)

What's up with "Colon Cleansing?"

Drove past a van on my way home today; the van advertised “Cleanse Your Colon,” with a phone number under the ad. Has our country gone crazy?

Doctor’s Diary: Drug Companies Buy My Booze

Starting today the pharmaceutical industry has agreed to stop handing out the prescription-drug-branded trinkets you see in doctor's offices. However, lavish "educational" dinners for doctors will continue. Learn what happens in this by-invitation-only world.

Cholesterol, Kids, and Screaming "Shamefully!"

This week the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement recommending that kids receive blood tests to check their cholesterol levels, and to start cholesterol medication in some who have high cholesterol. Pandemonium ensued!

Is Sunlight Good or Bad for You? (The Real Answer Is Here!)

Sunlight causes cancer (bad)! It also helps us make vitamin D (good). Should we avoid it? On Wednesday the Indoor Tanning Association gave us their opinion. Are they correct?

The Claim: Caffeine Causes Birth Defects

My pregnant friend has studiously avoided cats (toxoplasmosis), alcohol (fetal alcohol syndrome), tuna (mercury), soft cheese (listeriosis), and sushi (oy gevalt). Recently she sent me this, wondering if she should also give up her daily macchiato habit:“Too much caffeine during pregnancy may increase the risk of miscarriage, a new study says.”New York Times, January 21, 2008, “Pregnancy Problems Tied to Caffeine”