Vaccine Ingredients?!

“I mean, I’m not the….wait, actually I am the expert. And even more than me, the researchers at the CDC and the infectious disease physicians ar...

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Vaccine Ingredients?!

“I mean, I’m not the….wait, actually I am the expert. And even more than me, the researchers at the CDC and the infectious disease physicians are the experts. You really have to be careful about researching vaccine integrity and safety on Google, where anyone can be an expert.” She was offended, and possibly to a greater extent, unconvinced. Her fear of the inactive ingredients in vaccines – the trace aluminum mainly, prompted her to refuse the booster vaccines recommended for her daughter. What made this case so strange was that I have known and cared for this family for years. This relationship had depth, but the clear distrust of the allopathic medical community had taken root as well. I have no issue with wanting to discuss medical recommendations, but I do have an issue with assuming that knowledge obtained from non-expert, non…

The Pixie

 

Chloe plopped down beside me on the couch, a beaming smile spread across her face. Her eyes bright with excitement. Chloe vibrates; she always has. “I know what I want for my birthday this year!” she exclaims. We are a few weeks out from her big day, her 11th birthday. I can’t recall what we did for her 10th, had a few friends join her for pizza and a movie I think. She’s number three in our family, and has always just gone with the flow. She’s the pleaser in this bunch. “What?!” I ask. “Don’t say no without thinking about it” she says. “I really want to shave my head and donate my hair to one of those groups that make wigs for kids with cancer. I just really don’t care about my hair and think I should give it to someone who really does care and can’t have their own.” My initial thought is she hasn’t thought this idea through, but also I’m clearly impressed with her depth. She …

Younger Kids in a Grade More Apt to be Diagnosed with ADHD

It is July and before we know it, another school year will be upon us. Over the last several months, I have had several discussions with parents in my practice regarding whether they should start their 5-year-old in Kindergarten or hold her back a year. It is a complex question with many points to consider.

A recent article published in the Journal of Pediatrics showed an approximate 75% increase among the youngest kids in a grade and the receipt of an ADHD diagnosis. In fact, if you examine the data, you can see an increase in the chance of obtaining an ADHD diagnosis with each month younger a student is relative to his or her peers. In the elementary school years, perhaps more so than in later grades, a few months makes a significant difference with regards to social and emotional maturity, as well as overall development. This immaturity can impact the ability to stay on tas…