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My Son/Daughter Has Knee Pain: Is It Osgood-Schlatter?

Osgood-Schlatter (OS)…sounds ominous, but it’s actually the most common cause of knee pain in children. It occurs most often in children participating in sports that involve running, jumping or quick direction changes; think soccer, basketball, even figure...

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Food Rules: Words to Live By

Last week I made A Case for Moderation, and I gave you my “Food Philosophy,” if you will. Today, I want to share some simple “Food Rules” from one of my favorite authors, Michael Pollan. In “Food Rules, an eater’s manual” you find simple food...

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Fish and The Mercury Dilemma

We have heard about the health benefits of fish and we know they are packed with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and lean protein. But what about the mercury? What exactly is it and how does it affect you? Which fish have the...

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Navigating the Fast Food World: Finding What’s Best

You know I’m a big proponent of eating more home made meals; you can control sodium, sugar, fat and quality of ingredients as well as portions. But let’s face it, we all have very busy lives; we don’t even have time to sit down at a restaurant…from school...

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Does Your Child Need More Fiber? Yes! Learn Why and How

We all try hard to feed our families the best food we possibly can. We know about complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. But what about Fiber? How much do kids need? Why is it important? How do you add fiber to your...

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Return-to-Play After Mono; “Doc, When Can I Play?”

Jason is a sixteen year old high school football player admitted to the hospital with fever, sore throat and dehydration and diagnosed with mono. The first thing I hear on the day of discharge from most young athletes is “When can I go back to play?”...

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Measles: What Every Parent Needs to Know

We are living in the midst of a measles epidemic here in California, with more than 59 cases of measles reported in our state alone since the end of 2014 and 42 cases directly linked to an initial exposure at Disneyland and California Adventure. Parents...

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