Myths & Facts About Children’s Eye Health

10-16eyehealthMany parents grew up with medical adages or advice that have since been proven by scientists to be incorrect or outdated. Here are five common myths about children’s eye health and the medical reality behind them, written by the physicians at The Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Continue reading

Myth 29: High Fructose Corn Syrup Is The Worst Of The Evils

sugarAside from the obvious nutritional benefits of ingesting natural sugars from their source, eating foods created from refined sugar of any kind seems to fall firmly within the jurisdiction of the epithet, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Continue reading

Myth 20: Avoiding peanuts prevents allergy.

Note: This myth is not 100% busted, but the premise is starting to show its slip a little. Read on.

11-7peanutNew research casts doubt on government health recommendations that infants and new mothers avoid eating peanuts to prevent development of food allergy.  The study, published in the November issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, shows that children who avoided peanut in infancy and early childhood were 10 times as likely to develop peanut allergy as those who were exposed to peanut.

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Myth 16: Gorging on candy rots your teeth.

CandyMark Helpin, pediatric dentist of Temple University, says that it is better to let your kids gorge themselves on candy periodically than to let them have a little piece here and there throughout the day.

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