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933 Healthy Minds in Healthy Bodies for Today's Kids

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Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here's what it's about:

Nearly one child in seven in the US is diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Are some youngsters being labeled with a mental illness when they are actually just being kids? We speak with a psychologist who has seen such cases and a pediatrician who offers us advice on how we can help keep our kids healthy following the classic ideal: healthy minds in healthy bodies.

With ever-present video games, fast-food diets and few opportunities to play outside, parents today may find it harder than ever to offer healthy minds in healthy bodies to today's children. Find out how it is possible.

Guests: Enrico Gnaulati, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience providing psychotherapy to children and families.  He practices in Pasadena, CA, and has written Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistake for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

His website is gnaulati.net

 Alan Greene, MD, FAAP, is founder of www.drgreene.com, cited by the AMA as "the pioneer physician Web site." He was founding president of the Society for Participatory Medicine and founder of the WhiteOut Now movement to change how babies are fed from their very first bite of solid food. His books include Feeding Baby Green and Raising Baby Green.

He is a practicing pediatrician, the father of four, and a friend of The People's Pharmacy.
 You can find more from @DrGreene on Twitter and Facebook. The picture is of Dr. Greene. 

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Hello, I am listening to your interview with Dr. Greene.
He said two things that troubled me based on the recent information about the effects of gluten, grains, &cholesterol. He recommended whole wheat grains as a way for children to eat better. But, I have studied readings and found that whole wheat bread has one of the highest glycemic indexes of any food!

He did not reference gluten at all! Then, he referred to the cholesterol in eggs as being harmful. My information said that eggs are now considered to be a healthy food! It seems Dr. Greene, a wonderful doctor and human being, may want to check out some of the cutting edge studies and studies that have been here all along but ignored.

I found his information about artificial coloring and its influence on behavior very interesting. I've heard about it before but hadn't paid much attention. I think we all should push for the FDA to ban artificial coloring from foods. Children being medicated for ADHD when the problem may be as simple as avoiding food coloring is a shame. I think all his recommendations are very helpful for parents of young children. I truly enjoyed the show.

By the way, he did not refer to eggs as being harmful, on the contrary, he said eggs had been given a bad rap.

I am a pediatrician and a big fan of Dr Greene however during his February 1 appearance on The People's Pharmacy, I was quite surprised to hear his attitude toward antiviral medications. Let me explain. Dr. Greene rightfully reported on recent research that confirmed that antiviral medications, given to children who are extremely ill with influenza, greatly benefit from taking it. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/news/flu-antiviral-benefits.htm This is true. Then he went on to point out that taking antiviral medications as early as possible in an influenza infection is the most effective way to use them. This is also true.

He then went on to say that he is working on bringing a influenza home test kit available in the US and that by allowing parents to test their children early in the illness, they can be treated earlier in the illness. While this is a good idea from the treatment perspective, it may not be good medical care. He stated that if one of his patients got a positive test on one of these home tests, that he would phone in an antiviral agent for them to take. This is where I have problems with his statements for the following reasons;

1. According to the CDC, only high risk individuals who are infected with influenza need or should take antivirals like Tamiflu or Relenza -http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/antivirals/summary-clinicians.htm The CDC defines high risk individuals as the following;
children aged adults aged ≥65 years;
persons with chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension alone), renal, hepatic, hematological (including sickle cell disease), metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus) or neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions (including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy [seizure disorders], stroke, intellectual disability [mental retardation], moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury);
persons with immunosuppression, including that caused by medications or by HIV infection;
women who are pregnant or postpartum (within 2 weeks after delivery);
persons aged American Indians/Alaska Natives;
persons who are morbidly obese (i.e., BMI ≥40); and
residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities.
2. Home diagnosis, when it comes to making treatment decisions should be approached with caution. Problems include test results reliability and parental truthfulness.
3. There was no mention of the side effects of antiviral medications which can be very significant.
4. Most importantly, I hope we are not going to approach the use of antiviral medications like we did with antibacterial agents in the past fifty years. Resistance does occur with antivirals when they are used frequently and is a real concern when considering their future usefulness. These medications are miraculously powerful drugs when used in critically ill children and those at high risk for complications, but will become useless if prescribed for every child with the flu.

Paul Smolen MD - DocSmo

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