Vaccines Dissected: Part 1

I want to spend the next few weeks really delving into the dynamics of the argument against vaccines. A Facebook friend shared an article about the hazards of vaccines, under the premise of copious toxins within vaccines that will surely sicken your child or change his or her baseline constitution. It is an easy claim, and when you read the information sheets provided with vaccines the ingredient list can be overwhelming. However, without thorough research regarding vaccine ingredients and their innocuous presence in our general environment, the argument carries little weight.

I believe there is some truth to old wives tales – kind of like when someone tells you they are joking but you know the joke carries some honest thought. Do you know the old wives tale about eating a pound of dirt before you die? What tinge of truth does this tale parlay? Well, let me tell you how I see it apply to health today. The immune system, as complex and intelligen…

House Rules

I was busy seeing patients in the office last Monday when Sonia Azad from channel 8 news called my office to see if Dr Hubbard, a regular contributor to WFAA, could offer some advice regarding how her own children are preparing for the upcoming school year-what sports will they play? How will she help them balance rigorous academic demands with those of competitive team sports? Even though I’m sure Dr Hubbard has wisdom to share on the matter, she thought the issue would be best addssed by a pediatrician’ mom with kids at home! So this is how I ended up on channel 8 news last week. I answered Sonia’s questions in real time – no chance to prep prior to our discussion, but since we met and spoke on the matter I’ve had some more time to think on the conversation. I struggle with work-life balance daily, and so do our kids – more now than ever.

What can help our kids manage this quandary – how do they excel, or even survive, multiple st…

Autism – does inflammation play a role?

One of my patient’s moms, a well-researched, actively engaged parent with a high-functioning autistic son, asked my opinion regarding an article recently published via Autism Speaks that outlines the discovery of a functioning lymphatic network in the brain. The data was initially published in Nature online magazine June 1st of this year and confers additional support to a growing body of evidence supporting the role of inflammation in both brain and body dysfunction.

Autism, essentially defined as a neurologic disorder manifesting in disordered communicative abilities and restricted interests, has long been thought to be due to an interplay of both genetics and environment. In my own practice, I have observed a multitude of presentations– from kids with altered parental/peer interaction that initially appeared more anxious or conduct disordered, to children presenting with classic signs – poor eye contact, little or no speech, excessive…