18 June

Kaetlin L. Lindsay, RD, LD

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Baby Led Weaning: Using Table Foods to Teach Babies to Chew

New Mom or Dad? Trying to decide WHEN and HOW to transition your baby to “real” food?  Many of you may be battling this predicament. Kaeti Lindsay, a Registered Dietitian based in Alabama, offers some insight into “Baby-Led Weaning,” an alternative approach that has gained recent attention. -- Dr. Stan What is Baby Led Weaning (BLW)? Usually initiated around 6 months of age, BLW...

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01 March

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Peanuts Early In Infancy May Lower The Risk of Developing Peanut Allergy

Milk and some other food allergies can go away with time.  But peanut allergy seems to last a lifetime and it can be severe, taking people to an Emergency Room.  That’s why there’s been so much of an effort to try to prevent it. We previously reported on the 2015 Leap Study (which stood for Learning Early About Peanut Allergy).  That formed much of the basis for new guidelines...

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01 March

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Peanut Allergy: Big News About Little Peanuts

Peanut allergies have quadrupled in the last 15 years.  In the US, where 1 out of 13 children has food allergies (that's 6 million children), peanut allergies are the second most common, affecting 20% of allergic children--which is approximately 2% of all children (and just behind cow's milk which affects 25% of allergic children). How common are food allergies? The second problem is that...

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01 March

Dr. Stan Cohen

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$120 Billion Spent On "Ailment Foods" Annually

Forbes magazine recently reported on a Nielsen study (B Kowitt, The Rise of the Ailment Shopper, November 2016, p 14) that focused on the amount of food purchased to help our various ailments.  Turns out 39% of food shoppers suffer from some condition, and that of course drives their buying.  The 7.3 million families with a diabetic in the home for example spend $45.8 billion food...

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01 March

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Child eating high carbohydrate crackers

Picky, Picky, Picky: The Child Who Won’t Eat

Trying to get a picky eater to eat better?  Twice today and once yesterday, parents came to see me because their children wouldn't eat.  When I took a complete history, I found that wasn't entirely true. They were eating, or at least putting what passed for food into their mouths, and they were gaining some weight, but…. The cute little 2 year old pictured here was going into the...

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18 October

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Huffington Post Article Overstates Findings About Cause of Crohn’s Disease

A recent study by senior author Mahmoud A. Ghannoum, professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, and his colleagues (mBio, published 20 Sep 2016) emphasizes the importance of the intestinal flora in Crohn’s disease.  Unfortunately, it may not be the cause of Crohn’s disease--as was suggested by the...

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24 August

Dr. Stan Cohen

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FDA Studying Arsenic Levels in Rice, Other Foods

The earth's minerals are commonly absorbed and incorporated into the fruits and vegetables we eat--in fact, that's one of the reasons they're recommended--so you can get your zinc and selenium and copper, for example.  But some toxic metals are also absorbed. Arsenic is one of those.  We don't need or use it in our bodies, but it can accumulate and eventually contribute to tumor/...

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23 August

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Can You Trust the Label On Many Herbal Supplements?

A study commissioned by the New York State Attorney General has found that six different types of herbal supplements sold in GNC, Walmart, Target and Walgreens stores do not contain what their label says they do. According to the widely reported story, DNA testing of hundreds of bottles of the supplements found that 80% contained none of the herbs appearing on the label at all. ...

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17 August

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Blood Test For Gluten Sensitivity

Non-celiac Gluten Sensitivity: Diagnosis and Treatment

Doctors have always talked about gluten in terms of the damage it does to the intestine in celiac disease.  Always is actually a relative term, going back to just the 1940s when it was discovered that the damage could be linked to wheat.  Children with celiac disease were dying of malnutrition.  But then the mortality rate dropped when wheat famine hit northern Europe.  And it...

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21 March

Dr. Stan Cohen

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Vitamin D Deficiency Widespread: CDC

We don’t judge whether you have enough vitamin D just based on what you eat anymore.  In part that's because the sources of the vitamin are both sun exposure and diet.  They aren't the same every day and they really aren't the critical issue.What is? Well, it's how much vitamin D is floating around in your body and is it making a difference on your bone mineralization and immune system...

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