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Doctor insights on: Raising Kids Is Part Joy And Part Guerrilla Warfare

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Why is fluoride an important part of our diet?

Why is fluoride an important part of our diet?

Flouride Works: There are tons of research showing the fluoride is important to strengthening the enamel of teeth. These lessens the chance of cavities. It can be added topically as in toothpastes and rinses. And it can be ingested in water and some vegetable. It is important to know that too much fluoride is also harmful to the teeth and body, especially in a young infant. See your dentist for more information. ...Read more

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Children born with intestines outside body, is it all because of genetics?

Children born with intestines outside body, is it all because of genetics?

No: Both ompahlocele and gastroschesis are associated with the bowel being outside the abdominal wall. It only rarely runs in families and has more to do with maternal factors like smoking, infection during pregnancy, or exposure to certain medications. ...Read more

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Is the attachment of a child and grandma carried through all their lives?

Is the attachment of a child and grandma carried through all their lives?

Yes: Child is lucky to have a loving grandma. It makes her secure as she grows up because the attachment gives her a lot of confidence that somebody cares for her aside from her mom and dad. ...Read more

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Is there an autoimmune disease that targets attacks, kills the nerves in the entire body which affects personality behavior loss of emotions, feelings?

Is there an autoimmune disease that targets attacks, kills the nerves in the entire body which affects personality behavior loss of emotions, feelings?

No but: It doesn't sound autoimmune. Depression doesn't require an autoimmune disease. It can make your mind attack itself, be associated with physical pain, loss of energy, insomnia, crying spells. Get seen, treatment will make difference. Only 30% of people get acceptable improvement on 1 med, insomnia, pain, low energy all need attn. Therapy and meds together is best if u have this problem. Gd luc. ...Read more

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I have Raynaud's and I'm thinking of accepting a job in Northern Canada. In winter the average temperature is -25. Is it safe?

I have Raynaud's and I'm thinking of accepting a job in Northern Canada. In winter the average temperature is -25. Is it safe?

It depends: it depends on the severity of your Raynauds. As a rule, temps that low significantly increase the risk for serious tissue damage. Inwould look to reside in less severe climates. ...Read more

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Is illness illusion the same of obsessive compulsive? The idea of being ill by heart attack is settled in my mind. I can't get rid of it. Thanks

Is illness illusion the same of obsessive compulsive? The idea of being ill by heart attack is settled in my mind. I can't get rid of it. Thanks

"Illness illusion": Some people with ocd focus on their health, becoming anxious about dire illnesses or contaminations -- but these are not the only obsessive thoughts they have. Others have high health anxiety but no other obsessions -- they might have somatoform disorders. So, "illness illusion" is not exactly the same as ocd. There is help for both conditions with cognitive behavioral therapy, though. ...Read more

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Is it possible that divorced parents at the age of 10 spark fear of abandonment?

Is it possible that divorced parents at the age of 10 spark fear of abandonment?

Divorce: It is certainly possible, try to follow your child's behavior to make sure he or she is not developing anxiety, make sure your child knows that he or she will be loved regardless, also family therapy can be very helpful in helping a child manage a divorcee successfully. Best. ...Read more

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Very stressful year(s)with my health, finances, relationships... What is the least problematic/symptomatic way of cleansing the psychological clutter?

Very stressful year(s)with my health, finances, relationships... What is the least problematic/symptomatic way of cleansing the psychological clutter?

Counseling: is at the opposite end of the spectrum from therapy. It helps one deal w/developmental phases of life, life stress, etc. You don't need a psychological diagnosis to get help via counseling. It can speed up and smooth out the process as we move through life. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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We are taught that the immune system recognizes self from non-self but do the non-self stomach bacteria that live in harmony with us count as well?

We are taught that the immune system recognizes self from non-self but do the non-self stomach bacteria that live in harmony with us count as well?

Simplistic idea: To answer this question would require a textbook-length treatise on all of biology. Our immune system can attack us and be evaded by enemies. Helicobacter hardly lives in harmony with us in the stomach, but the intestinal bacteria are physically remote from places that the cells and antibodies of our police force can go, and live happily with us. ...Read more

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If processed food is a major factor in the lack of weight loss, are we chemically killing ourselves?

If processed food is a major factor in the lack of weight loss, are we chemically killing ourselves?

YES!!!: Most processed foods contain trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils, preservatives, artificial colors & flavors, high fructose corn syrup, chemicals like msg & (unless organic) pesticides & herbicides. All of these are associated with increased risk of serious diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes & alzheimer's. An organic diet of whole foods is essential for maintaining optimal health! ...Read more

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My elderly (86 year-old) father in law is coming off of percocet, and while the source of his pain is better, he's anxious and fearful. Is this normal?

My elderly (86 year-old) father in law is coming off of percocet, and while the source of his pain is better, he's anxious and fearful. Is this normal?

Slow taper: It is not uncommon to experience fear and or anxiety while coming off of narcotics. The key is to keep support from friends and family strong and gradually taper off of the meds as instructed by your doctor. ...Read more

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When i, and other people i've asked, sneeze, its always through the mouth. This happens naturally, as part of the reflex. This is normal, right?

When i, and other people i've asked, sneeze, its always through the mouth.  This happens naturally, as part of the reflex.  This is normal, right?

Yes: Nose and mouth. One should avoid holding the nose when sneezing as this will force bacteria into the middle ears. The proper way to cough is not to use your hands, rather use the bend of your elbow to avoid spreading germs. ...Read more

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Why do we view death as a bad thing when it is inevitable and a natural part of life?

Why do we view death as a bad thing when it is inevitable and a natural part of life?

Some don't: But cause and timing may make one sad. Kids with disease, anyone with cancer, accidents , military losses are sensitizing to me. ...Read more

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Why is it important to understand the stages of social and emotional developmet of a 2 year old child?

Why is it important to understand the stages of social and emotional developmet of a 2 year old child?

Expectations: It's important to know so you have appropriate expectations of the toddler. By knowing where he should be and where he needs to be headed, you can avoid frustration and disappointment for the both of you. You should not expect him to name all the presidents in order, but he should be able to self-feed and assist with dressing himself. Knowledge of what is appropriate is key to raising healthy kids. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of crack fumes? My 2 yr cousin lives with his parents and they smoke crack while he is in the house. Is the baby being affected

What are the dangers of crack fumes? My  2  yr cousin lives with his parents and they smoke crack while he is in the house. Is the baby being affected

See below: I wouldn't be as concerned about the crack fumes, as i would the fact that his parents do not have the common sense to not smoke around the baby. And that they are using drugs. If you are truly concerned, i would call your local child services and make a report. ...Read more

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Can an autoimmune disease effect our nerves, brain cells , neurons, and part of our brain, so we lose our emotions feelings, empathy, inhibitions, ?

Possible: It all depends on the kind of autoimmune disease and place of involvement. For instance, lupus could cause cerebritis ie brain inflammation and even could go as far as causing coma. But lupus could be only localized to other places like causing kidney disease, lung diseases, skin disease, or arthritis. ...Read more