As a dentist, I am constantly warning my young patients about the effects of sugar consumption on the teeth. The bacteria in your mouth love to feed on sugar, and after they have gorged themselves, they excrete acid all over the teeth which causes decalcification of the enamel, which in turn can lead to cavities. But oral health is not the only thing that is affected by sugar consumption. In his new book, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease, pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig explains how sugar is actually toxic to the whole body.
In a nutshell, table sugar, or sucrose, is broken down by the liver into two smaller sugar molecules: fructose and glucose. Turns out, the liver metabolizes fructose the same way it processes alcohol, which is to say as something that is toxic to the body. Except instead of making us tipsy, sugar makes us fat. And the much-maligned “high fructose corn syrup”? It’s like sugar on steroids! The biochemistry is fascinating, and the implications for our personal health and public policy are far reaching. It used to be that we were constantly counseling patients to quit smoking. Now I find myself repeatedly telling patients – especially my young ones – to QUIT SODA!
If you’ve ever wondered whether your child’s face is growing favorably, you can find out with a very easy test.
And if caught early enough, there is a solution that can help guide your child’s facial growth so that you can help prevent later orthodontic work and optimize facial esthetics by addressing problems such as a deep overbite, an under-bite, mouth breathing and other problems that can possibly affect long term health.
1.) Using a piece of ribbon, measure the distance between the edge of the upper front tooth and the very tip of the nose ( furthest point forward)
2.) Mark those points with a pen.
3.) Using a millimeter ruler, measure the distance between the two ink marks. This is the Cosmetic Line.
4.) Compare your child’s Cosmetic Line to the chart
Cosmetic Line – Female
Cosmetic Line – Male
Adult female: 38-42mm
Adult male: 40-44mm
If the Cosmetic Line is 5-mm or greater than the ideal measurement, this is an indication that unwanted facial growth has already occurred. If so, Biobloc Orthotropics® can help. Find out more in this video below:
You can also contact Dr. Ariana Ebrahimian at (831) 438-4411 for a consultation.
Positive Parenting expert Dr. Laura Markham has good news for you if you have been blessed with a particularly strong-willed child: if parented in a sensitive, empathetic way, your “difficult” child can grow into a fabulous leader! In a recent … [Read More...]
If you are one of the many parents who has a child on the autism spectrum or if your child struggles with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, or even schizophrenia, then you know all too well the feeling of … [Read More...]
If you’re like me, you’re constantly scouring the food blogosphere for new recipes to experiment with or to add to your weekly meal rotation. Nick Coffer, a stay-at-home dad of two adorable little ones, dishes … [Read More...]
The subject of school lunches has entered our national dialogue in a very real and urgent way over the last few years. Childhood obesity is continually rising, with one third of our nation’s children overweight … [Read More...]
With the ubiquitousness of tablets, laptops, and smart phones, it only seems logical that the school days of toting heavy backpacks full of textbooks are coming to a close. Until then, it seems that children will continue to struggle with … [Read More...]
I was so excited to interview Rachel Abrams, MD about food allergies and gut health for “The Healthy Child Show” web series in January. She shared the most fascinating information about how allergies create an inflammatory response within the … [Read More...]
Did you know that if you have an asthmatic child, swimming might be the best sport for him or her? When I interviewed Buteyko Breathing and Asthma-Free Naturally expert, Patrick McKeown, for “The Heatlhy Child Show” he spoke about the … [Read More...]
Are you frustrated by trying to feed a picky eater? Baby Led Weaning (BLW), as demonstrated in this video from BLW expert Gill Rapley, can be the answer to all of your aggravation. It allows the child to guide the … [Read More...]