Why you shouldn’t listen to TV doctors

The doctors

There you were at the holiday table filled with your closest friends and family.  Inevitably somebody at the table has traded in their love of soap opera stars for an obsession with those handsome daytime TV doctors.   Good looking, smart, and oh so helpful.  So your aunt Martha is going on and on between helpings of stuffing about all the latest advances and advice she has learned from her dapper daytime medical consultants.  You listen with an open mind and most of it sounds interesting and plausible but generally you’re a bit skeptical.  Maybe you think Martha is a bit of a nut for believing everything she sees on TV.    She is after all wiping her mouth with her new ShamWow she bought on QVC and she did bring beef, turkey, chicken, and vegetable jerky from her new Jerky machine.  But maybe what she learned is true, the TV doctors are real doctors after all. Continue reading

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Kids, television, and obesity…

Photo from almightydad.com, a parenting website.

Photo from almightydad.com

I was recently trolling the obesity literature – weird hobby, I know – to try to find some new and interesting information to bring to you, my loyal followers.  I found some great facts and figures to help all you parents out there keep your kids from sliding down the slippery slope to pudgeville.  I have long been a foe of the boob tube.  We don’t have a TV in our house because I don’t like what it does to kids.   Continue reading