Run Like A Girl

Have you seen the new Always ad campaign? If not, I’ve attached the video to this post. As a mother of two young girls and a doctor to many, this marketing ploy made me stop and really think – how do our girls see themselves? What do they believe they are capable of accomplishing? What facets of their personhood do they believe really matter?

We have all witnessed the change in self-esteem that accompanies puberty in kids, both girls and boys. For many girls though, the pressure to look and act a certain way begins to reign paramount to a once strong interest in academics and sports. For the girls who continue to excel in the classroom and on the field, their success in these realms is often tempered by their physical appeal. Do they successfully emulate the images they see around them constantly?

It is a lot to ask of anyone, much less someone who is still trying to figure out their place in the world, to look beautiful, maintain schoo…

Autism rates jump by 30% per CDC

On March 28th, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control issued a press release detailing a concerning jump in the incidence of autism spectrum disorders. Among 8 year old children (and their families) interviewed in 1 of 11 ADDM (Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring) national sites, the prevalence of autism had grown markedly. Still significantly more common among Caucasian boys (1 in 42) with a mixed gender and race incidence of 1 in 68, autism has reached epidemic proportions. Why the jump? Without question, some of this increase is secondary to more astute observation by both physicians and parents, as well as a broadening of attributes that lend themselves to this diagnosis. But these two factors are not the only issue affecting incidence – the number of children with social skill disruption and poor communicative abilities is actually increasing. We have all been privy to the tireless debate concerning vaccines. Could this be the culprit?…