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(We participate in Amazon's Affiliate program.) When I was 13 years old I weighed 100 pounds (I’m 5’6”). I was, for a brief period, what people would call skinny. I counted calories, fat grams, and minutes exercised each day to...
I have struggled with weight all my life—all 46 years. My first weight loss memories are of attending Weight Watchers with my mom when I was in 3rd grade—1981. I don’t think it lasted long, but it did last...
As an advice nurse at a busy pediatricians office, talking about ear infections (in medical lingo: otitis) is among one of the more frequent calls I deal with. I feel a pang for the stressed out, busy parent who...
Ok, so you can’t drink like you used to, me neither. Gone are the days of late nights and tequila shots followed by sleeping in all.day.long. Now, after a date night or moms' night out, I have to jump...
This post is in partnership with Blix Bikes. This past Sunday, Blix Bikes held a test drive for their newest e-cargo bike, the Packa, at Nealon Park, in Menlo Park.  Almost a dozen people came out to ride the awesome...
Maybe you're in an afternoon slump or you just settled into the first minute of calm after a hectic day—at some point during the day, you probably find yourself with an intense craving for SUGAR. You can’t undo a...
Let’s talk about menopause: a normal phase in a woman’s life, yet one that is shrouded in mystery for many of us. I found out how little I knew about menopause when I suddenly and somewhat prematurely, at age...
There’s a new trend afoot—moms and teens getting orthodontic treatment together. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontics, nearly 1.7 million adults sought orthodontic treatment in 2016—a 50 percent increase since 2006. We sat down with Roseville, CA...
Before tackling the topic of unhealthy sexual behaviors in children (e.g. Is my child masturbating too much? Is that appropriate play or talk for their age?), it’s important to know what normal sexual development looks like. Having this baseline...
In this series, we will have informal conversations with our resident child psychiatrist, Meredith, covering common questions many parents have about mental health. One of the most common questions I’m asked by parents in the community is, "Does my...

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