Vaccine Ingredients?!

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…

Can Vitamin D Improve Autism Symptoms?

Can Vitamin D Improve Autism Symptoms?

Vitamin D is essential- it plays a critical role in everything from bone strength and growth, to immune system function and cardiovascular health. Until recently, the merits of Vitamin D were poorly recognized and at least in pediatrics, levels were infrequently checked. Now, when I am drawing labs for concerns of hyperlipidemia or short stature, chronic fatigue, anxiety or almost anything really, I add a Vitamin D level – because without fail, the levels are always low. It seems counterintuitive, that in our mild climate with sunny skies that anyone would have sub-therapeutic levels, but since vitamin D is relatively sparse in our edible diet and skin synthesis of the vitamin requires ultraviolet light – it is the norm to see serum concentrations below 30.

I came across an interesting case report yesterday at work that was published in the journal Pediatrics (Volume 135, number 1, January 2015) that noted that lower concentrati…

Where is Chloe?

Where is Chloe?

Every parent knows this moment… an instant passes, you divert your attention and your child is suddenly not in sight. Thankfully, these moments are generally rare and end happily with our little one snuggled in for a hug (likely after a stern reprimand) and a silent or audible prayer of thanks. Last Friday night, at our son’s schools homecoming football game, we lost our littlest. She didn’t know she was lost of course, she was gallivanting around the stadium with a couple 4th grade girls she’d latched onto–little girls that were going out of their way to include her and even took her across the stadium to the snack bar to get a Gatorade. Police were present, the place was literally packed with families and I think as safe as any public place can be, but my stomach filled with fear and dread in those moments when I couldn’t locate her. The “what ifs” were unbearable. So, how do we raise independent children in a world that we often fe…