Fall time, Flu shots, and Fallacies

Fall time: kids are going back to school, many of them new drivers getting out on the road for their first high school commutes. And we're stocking up on flu shots to get us all through the winter as healthy as we can. When we humans make decisions, sometimes we use the rational, logical parts …

“Brain Hacking” Part 3: Training Kids To Use Devices Healthfully

Technology can be our master or our tool. I think of electronic devices in our kids hands like a drug: good when used at the right doses, for the right purpose and in the right time and context, but also a dangerous poison. Education and training are required to discern what makes the difference. In …

Vaccine Myths and FAQs: Should I Follow a Delayed Vaccine Schedule?

It can be hard for parents to know what to do when they hear people talk about following a delayed or alternative schedule for vaccinating their babies. It can even become an emotional hot button issue. Parents will hear many opinions from friends, family and self-proclaimed internet 'experts' in addition to your doctor’s recommendations. But …

Will Your Baby Benefit From Modern Medicine’s Greatest Preventive Health Measure?

There are so many times in my work as a doctor that I yearn for prevention, whether in the case of leukemia, a drowning, a car accident, or a teen suicide. We doctors (perhaps more than pharmaceutical companies) place a high value on prevention. It’s great to be able to treat diabetes, stop heart attacks …

Brain Hacking, Part 2: Could Violent Video Games Really Make Your Kid More Aggressive?

Isn't it interesting how we decry violence starting when our kids are very young, and bristle at the thought of our children hurting other children, or being hurt by others, yet at the same time, we accept and even celebrate violence in our entertainment? Is it ironic that kids and parents alike find it entertaining …

How Your Kid’s Phone Could Be Hacking Their Brain

If you haven't heard the buzz about screen-time lately, you may have been hiding under a rock, or maybe behind a screen. Recent studies and compelling reports have been implicating excessive screen time in poor mental and physical health. Collin Kartchner has been crusading throughout Utah against smartphones and social media with his #savethekids Parent …

Your Teen Might Be Depressed- Know the Signs. Know What To Do.

The teenage years are full of ups and downs. Every day presents a new challenge. Teens are learning who they are, finding their place within the social structure of their friends and classmates, adjusting to physical changes, figuring out their sexuality, all while trying to be good at something, do well in school and be …