General pediatrics is filled with kids who have chronic runny noses, poorly controlled eczema and asthma, and many of them need allergy testing.
When I know a child has an increased risk of asthma or any other type of inflammatory issue like allergies, constipation, or reflux, I look at the bigger picture and ask, How can I reduce this child’s overall systemic inflammation?
The gut is the hub for about 70 percent of our immune system. An inflamed gut makes our bodies struggle to effectively and efficiently absorb all the nutrients from our food.
Celiac disease is more prevalent in people of Northern European descent. One can have symptoms without having celiac disease.
The outdated use of genetics says that our genes are fixed and we will likely have the same diseases our parents or grandparents had.
Neither Mom nor I remember exactly what age I was when these fevers started, but we think it was first grade and that it happened about four or five times over a two-year period.
In the winter of 2011, Sandra brought two of her four children to my private practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. It had been a difficult flu season for everyone in the family except her son Hasan, who hadn’t shown any signs of illness. Sandra’s daughter had tested positive for flu and after checking on her […]
Ear infections are the bane of modern parenthood, and Americans spend $4 billion each year treating them. Yet, despite their prevalence, these common infections are poorly understood and often over-treated. During medical school and residency, I learned to treat ear infections with antibiotics but once I began practicing integrative medicine and incorporating nutritional recommendations into […]
Swimmer’s ear (medical term otitis externa) is very different from the run-of-the-mill inner ear infection (otitis media). Swimmer’s ear is an infection along the ear canal, when the ear canal remains moist (think swimming) and creates an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and create an infection. In North America, 98 percent of cases of […]
Between 5-30% of children are constipated. Here’s how to address this condition