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Is it normal for a younger brother to bully an older brother?

Is it normal for a younger brother to bully an older brother?

Heard of it: It's not typical, but I have heard of it happening. This kind of relationship is complex. It is impacted by temperament, parental involvement (or lack thereof) family politics, shame, and rage, just to name a few factors, but there are others. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Bullying (Definition)

Bullying is an abnormal behavior in which a person (the bully) treats others in an abusive way, uses force to harm others, or otherwise scares others into responding the way the bully wants. Bullying is common, and involves verbal abuse, physical assault, coercion (forcing others to do things) and is often targeted at selected victims, sometimes because of the victims' race, ...Read more


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My newborn is 42 days old now. Her skin colour is darker than mine or her dad's or her younger brother, is that normal or is it gonna change by time?

My newborn is 42 days old now. Her skin colour is darker than mine or her dad's or her younger brother, is that normal or is it gonna change by time?

Normal: Children in a family can take on a variety of skin tones, facial features and genetic traits. Remember children are not a perfect "mix" of mom and dad. Ever met a red headed child and no one else in the family has red hair? In terms of skin tones, these can vary also on ethnicity and race. Skin tones typically do not get lighter. ...Read more

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My 17 year old brother has fits of rage and sumtimes hurts our younger brother?

My 17 year old brother has fits of rage and sumtimes hurts our younger brother?

Diet again: I suspect that this is high calorie malnutrition, i.e. Too many calories (particularly sweets, pop, caffeine etc) and insufficient vitamin content. It puts stress on vitamin b1 metabolism and it results in emotional irritability, often associated with violence. I have suggested that this is a major cause of the school shootings. Nobody has looked at diet mayhem and it needs doing. ...Read more

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My 17 year old brother has fits of rage and sumtimes hurts our younger brother and?

My 17 year old brother has fits of rage and sumtimes hurts our younger brother and?

DIET: My experience is this: empty calories induce oxidative dysfuncion in the part of the brain that generates our emotional responses. Emotions are too easily iniitiated and are severely exaggerated, even to the point of violence. I have suggested publicly that "junk" diet may even be responsible for the school shootings. I thnk that high calorie malnutrition is very dangerous. So--check his diet! ...Read more

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My younger brother is 30 years old. He weighs 80kg. I weigh 69 kg. I can't put on weight. What can I do? He can easily gain and loose weight.

My younger brother is 30 years old. He weighs 80kg. I weigh 69 kg. I can't put on weight. What can I do? He can easily gain and loose weight.

Dietician: If you are otherwise healthy(nondiabetic,normal thyroid),visit a registered dietitian for one visit. Your eating habits will be reviewed,your ideal weight will be determined,your proper daily calories will be outlined depending upon your level of physical activity and a healthy diet will be prescribed to get you to your ideal weight. ...Read more

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My younger brother , a five years old boy, has a fever with cough but we noticed that their is a little blood inside his phlegm. Is this a risk?

My younger brother , a five years old boy, has a fever with cough but we noticed that their is a little blood inside his phlegm. Is this a risk?

See below: Blood streaking in the phlegm could be due to a blood nose (epistaxis) that drained to the back of the throat, but it may also be due to other reasons, like a tear in the throat from hard coughing or worse . . . A bronchitis or pneumonia.. Especially if the child is having any breathing difficulty, get him seen asap. ...Read more

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