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Here is a recommendation given by doctors that is consistently being ignored:  limit your child’s electronic exposure.    Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics policy was explained this way:

The policy is aimed at all kids, including those who use smartphones, computers and other Internet-connected devices. It expands the academy’s longstanding recommendations on banning televisions from children’s and teens’ bedrooms and limiting entertainment screen time to no more than two hours daily.

Under the new policy, those two hours include using the Internet for entertainment, including Facebook, Twitter, TV and movies; online homework is an exception.

So, two hours a day.  Got it?  Of course you don’t because this technology is ubiquitous and we are 100% addicted to it.   How can a kid stop using his/her computer/smartphone/TV/xbox or whatever if Dad won’t stop?  It reminds of the 1987 commercial above.  Times have changed and so have the vices (except the kid is still weed but now he his playing Call of Duty instead of listening to music).

And these recommendations don’t even encompass the problems from having too much EMF exposure.   An issue that is just starting to be understood.

Insane in the Membrane

  Above is a list of reasons for admission to an insane asylum in the late 1800’s.   Wow.  I would have committed so many patients over the years that I would be out of patients.  Even worse, I would have to have committed myself as well.   We all would have been in there…

Osler Inspiration

  I read a nice commentary in The Consultant magazine on William Osler MD.  It is called the Inspirational Teacher and can be found here.  There were some other nice nuggets in the piece so I highly recommend you take a look at it.  It may change you just a little but unfortunately, it won’t last…

Saturated Fat is Back

I think we are at the point that we need to rethink everything.  Since the 1970s, it has been drilled into us that saturated fat is bad.  As a doctor I have been proselytizing about this more than anyone.  And yet people have been getting fatter and fatter with more and more neolithic disease.  What…

End of Nov For Obamacare

Yes, that is what the government pledges.  All will be great around turkey day.  All they need is 5 more weeks!  FIVE MORE!  So, to summarize, let’s pretend this is a company that wants to survive and make a profit.  They come out with a product and the system fails.  They claim they were overwhelmed,…

Mean Patients by Val Jones MD

As I sat in my orthopedist’s exam room, the discussion quickly turned from my chief complaint to his: “I don’t know why I’m doing this anymore,” he said. “Medicine is just not what it used to be, and I don’t enjoy my work anymore. The bureaucracy and regulations are bad enough, but what really gets…

Everything’s Fine, Just Fine by Pat Conrad MD

Sooo, in and around all the good will and happy thoughts surrounding the coming out for the Affordable Care Act, how is the first U.S. program for coast-to-coast health care going?  If you ask CMS officials, they’ll tell you Medicare is going great, seniors love it, and doctors are not bailing on the program just as soon…

Quote of the Week

“Last year we knocked on the door. This year we beat on it. Next year we’re going to kick the son of a bitch in!” Bum Phillips R.I.P., old buddy.   The NFL, and the world, needs more characters like you!   Tweet