Diet & Nutrition

Are you getting enough iodine?

iodized salt

I’ve been throwing down prenatal vitamins every morning for more than a decade, so I was shocked to realize that I’m deficient in iodine, a nutrient essential for thyroid function and brain development. I’m not alone, almost a third of pregnant women in the United States don’t get enough iodine in their diet, and only about 15% of prenatal vitamins contain iodine (mine didn’t.) This month, The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement about iodine deficiency, making the recommendation that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should be taking at least 150 micrograms of iodine daily.

Everyone needs iodine, but new research on iodine deficiency

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Bribing Kids to Eat Well-- Has Positive Reinforcement Gone Too Far?

Bribe our kids to eat healthy food?! Did I really just read this in a respected medical research journal? I did a double-take, but yes, someone actually published research suggesting that bribing kids to eat healthy food is an approach to fight the American obesity epidemic.

One third of American children are overweight or obese, and 70% of these children will grow up to be overweight adults. American medicine has defeated polio, smallpox, and the other infamous killers of children. But we’re failing when it comes to obesity. Our children might be the first generation of Americans to die younger than their parents. We are now so frustrated by our inability to combat addictive junk food that we’re willing to stoop to bribery to get kids to eat right.

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The 5 most disgusting things I saw in the ER in 2013

Flamin' Hot Cheetos Poop

1)      Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Poop
Looks like bloody poop, doesn’t it?  Actually, this is what happens when you eat an entire bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.  These spicy treats burn going down and they burn coming out.  Ouch.  Eat enough Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, and you can get abdominal pain, too.  Why do people eat the whole bag?  Here’s my medical explanation for why you just can’t stop eating them.


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The Medical Risks and Benefits of Raw Milk

I am a cheese snob—I lavish a rich cheese and a dark red wine at the end of a long day.  Some of the best cheeses are made from raw milk, but I haven’t eaten them in nearly a decade, since I became a mom.  Bacteria in raw milk products can cause virulent infections including meningitis and blood stream infections.  For pregnant women, these infections can result in miscarriage or stillbirth.  Infants and young children are more susceptible to the ugly bacteria that can live in raw milk products, including Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter jejuni, Salmonella species, Brucell

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