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Intelligent Medicine Potpourri: I didn’t want these stories to end up on the cutting-room floor! Part 2
May 23, 2017
Ease up on the thermostat, spare the a/c to access cardiometabolic benefits of Paleo lifestyle; Should you avoid the hospital during the July changing-of-the-guard? Just a modest increase in kids’ physical activity could save billions in medical costs. Click HERE for part 1.



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Combating Dietary Misinformation, Part 1
April 25, 2017
Tom Naughton is an “edu-tainer,” committed to combating dietary misinformation in his books and films. After the recent success of his book and film “Fat Head,” he has written a sequel, "Fat Head Kids: Stuff About Diet and Health I Wish I Knew When I Was Your Age." What has prompted the current epidemic of obesity and diabetes in our kids and adolescents? How to impart a message of healthy eating without stigmatizing overweight kids? Tom shares his personal background of fighting overweight, and how he ultimately conquered it; Who’s at fault, misguided “experts,” or gluttonous consumers? What’s wrong with government policies that influence food choices? Is more legislation the answer? Are programs like “Let’s Move” missing the point? What’s Tom’s quibble with Morgan Spurlock’s “Supersize Me?” What’s Tom’s vision for a healthier America? Click HERE for part 2.



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Combating Dietary Misinformation, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Tom Naughton, author of "Fat Head Kids: Stuff About Diet and Health I Wish I Knew When I Was Your Age." Click HERE for part 1.



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Q&A With Leyla, Part 2
February 1, 2017
What supplements can my 47-year-old daughter take with multiple autoimmune conditions? What supplements should I take after surgery to repair a ruptured bicep tendon? My husband has hemochromatosis, what should his ferritin level be? Help! My 9-year old granddaughter is significantly overweight while the rest of her family is not. What could be the cause? Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: The Dirt Cure, Part 1
January 16, 2017
"The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids with Food Straight from Soil." Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein is an integrative pediatric neurologist. She takes a holistic approach to challenging childhood developmental and behavioral disorders rather than relying solely on pharmaceutical remedies. Her office even features a demonstration organic garden where she grows produce and raises chickens. The Dirt Cure explores the Hygiene Hypothesis—the notion that exposure to microbes is essential to optimal immune system programming. Are occasional mild, self-limited illnesses normal for kids? Should we ditch the disinfectant soaps and cleansers? What role do healthy bacteria and even viruses play in guarding us from disease? What are the downsides of ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and antibiotics? What natural products can be substituted for minor childhood illnesses? How can you allergy-proof your child? Why might unpasteurized milk be better for kids? Why is soy problematic for some children? Why should kids play outside more? Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: The Dirt Cure, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein, an integrative pediatric neurologist who takes a holistic approach to challenging childhood developmental and behavioral disorders. Click HERE for part 1.



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ENCORE: Screen Addiction Among Kids, Part 1
December 28, 2016
The devastating effects of screen addiction among kids: Dr. Nicholas Kardaras discusses his book “Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids and How to Break the Trance.” Why do experts now refer to an epidemic of "digital crack” afflicting children and teenagers? Do the brain changes associated with screen addiction resemble those of alcohol and drug abuse? Can hooked individuals go through physical and psychological withdrawal? How can you tell if your kid is screen addicted? Are schools doing youngsters a disfavor by giving them touchscreen devices in the classroom? How are conditions like psychosis, depression, anxiety, ADD and ADHD, aggressive behavior, moodiness, insomnia, obesity and metabolic syndrome linked to screen time? Are there ANY redeeming features to digital proficiency for success in the modern world? Are children becoming desensitized to violence? What will be the effects of new holographic and 3D technologies? How can you set limits for kids’ use of electronic devices? How young is too young? What initiatives are certain countries taking to stem the tide of digital dependency? What’s a “digital detox”? Why should parents sign a “Technology Opt-Out Letter"? Click HERE for part 2.



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ENCORE: Screen Addiction Among Kids, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, author of "Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids and How to Break the Trance." Click HERE for part 1.



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The Over-Diagnosis of ADHD, Part 1
December 15, 2016
Alan Schwarz, author of "ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic" issues a clarion call about the over-diagnosis and medicalization of childhood behavioral problems. It’s to the point where 15% of children, and 20% of boys, will be diagnosed with ADHD by the time they turn 18. Schwarz explains the origins of the use of amphetamine-like drugs for ADHD over 75 years ago. Vague, subjective diagnostic criteria and aggressive marketing by the pharmaceutical industry along with complicit doctors created a bonanza for drug companies. It’s estimated that 50% of kids diagnosed with ADHD don’t actually suffer from it. ADHD medications have a strong potential for abuse and dependency. Drug company advertising and medical education programs have minimized the risks. Schwarz believes that awareness can help stem the tide of overuse, but with current incentives so strongly aligned for prescribing, it might take time to return to rational deployment of ADHD drugs. Click HERE for part 2.



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The Over-Diagnosis of ADHD, Part 2

Dr. Hoffman continues his conversation with Alan Schwarz, author of "ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic." Click HERE for part 1.



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