No cow’s milk = shorter height in youth?

Elimination diets, especially among health-savvy adults, are all the rage – especially when there is concern of inflammation following consumption. Dairy and gluten are the common offenders per many nutritionists and naturopathic practitioners. But what does the data show? Specifically among growing children- a subset of the population that is strengthening and fortifying new bone, developing robust tooth enamel, and avidly growing? A recent study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, ‘found that each daily cup of non-cow’s milk consumed (in place of cow’s milk) was associated with 0.4 centimeters (0.15 inches) lower height than average for a child’s age’.

“We found that children who are consuming non-cow’…

Essential Oil Review – Peppermint

Essential oils are a hot topic, and in recent months I have had a fair share of parents inquiring as to their efficacy in alleviating common maladies. My answer has been that the data is limited, but that it is certainly not harmful to use aromatherapy as an adjunct to medical treatment, and topical application of oils is likely fine as minimal amounts should penetrate the skin surface, but in all honesty, I don’t know enough about it. Essential oils are not med school fodder, and alternative medicine is rarely explored in allopathic medicine, not because all docs consider it fruitless, but more because we, as a whole, are skeptical of anything without strong scientific data behind it, especially if the complementary intervention could cause harm. I have definitely learned over time that “natural” doesn’t equate to “safe.” That being said, I believe it is becoming extremely important for medical doctors to understand the pros and cons of the …