July 1st, 2011
04:32 PM ET

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Where is the story?

    July 1, 2011 at 19:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Julie

      It's a quiz! You click on the link in the picture!

      July 3, 2011 at 21:47 | Report abuse |
  2. k0m8a7

    Lol now that's just lazy

    July 1, 2011 at 22:07 | Report abuse | Reply
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    July 1, 2011 at 22:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. tammy herrera

    i agree,where is the story?

    July 2, 2011 at 03:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Dr David

    The story is being tardy and should reimburse us for the waste of our time 🙂

    July 2, 2011 at 09:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. sissy

    Here are my stories. I feel better since I stopped drinking diet soda. I phone my Dr. before I go to my appt. to see if she's on schedule. I avoided T.V. in favor of activities with my children. I used planned and unplanned fun to teach and interact with them. One of their favorites was water play. Adding some safe color and or bubbles combined with making bizare hairdo's usually had us giggling. I would use a hand mirror to show them their Dr. Suess-like creations. Singing songs and playing games like patty cake and peak-a-boo help develope language. You would be supprised to know that many people never read to their children, yet this activity is one of best. So as a parent, I'd like to applaude those people who are investing in children's futures. It only takes a bit of planning, some inexpensive materials, alot of patience, and some research to find some age appropriate fun for toddlers. Providin

    July 2, 2011 at 13:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. sissy

    Sorry, please let me finish. Providing safe, interesting materials for toddlers to enjoy is great, too. Sometimes when you"re supervising their play, sjmply discribe what they are doimg. This is great to help them learn new words. Have FUN and don't forget to plan for time for yourselves, too.

    July 2, 2011 at 13:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Flour Sack Mama

    I'm so appreciate of all of the reading incentive programs via libraries, schools, etc. Reading is so underrated these days!
    Young children given an opportunity to share a book with a parent or other trusted loved one would appreciate it so much more than more electronic babysitters... Of course, children shouldn't be watching violent tv. But I would argue that they shouldn't be watching much at all.

    July 2, 2011 at 14:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. The_Mick

    Diet soda [they're all sweetened with aspartame] has been found to increase the chance of "metabolic syndrome" which involves low HDL (good) cholesterol and high triglycerides (fats). In terms of blood sugar levels, diet soda has ONLY been found to cause high FASTING blood sugar (>100 mg/dL). Consequently, the word is still out if you have type II diabetes, your HDL is good, your triglycerides are low, and your fasting blood sugar is under 100 mg/dL. I drink a few 12 oz diet sodas per day and yet my HDL and all the other cholesterol numbers and ratios are good, my triglycerides are excellent, and my fasting blood sugar, though higher than I'd like, is around 90. I see my PCP in a couple weeks and will talk about it. I should probably switch to more water anyway: This AM I rode a mountain bike 8 miles on the BWI Airport Trail in 90F humid heat [1144 calories burned according to my GPS watch/heart monitor!] and nearly emptied my 24 oz. insulated bottle of WATER, then drank a 23 oz. "Arizona" canned Iced Tea (sugar containing) when I got home. But I plan to have caffeine-free diet Pepsi with 51% whole-wheat spaghetti, sliced tomato, and marinated salmon this evening.

    July 2, 2011 at 15:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kasey

      "Diet soda [they're all sweetened with aspartame]"

      Many use Splenda now...

      July 2, 2011 at 23:50 | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    No more diet soda for me! I tasted yucky to me 30 years ago, and it continues to taste terrible.

    Tardy MDs should compensate me for extended waiting. They can alleviate some of this issue with multiple PAs, or just schedule fewer patients. Or, I can inform them that I'll be arriving between 8am and noon, and I expect to be seen immediately. Seems to work for many service industries – why not the medical profession?

    I watched tons of TV when I was a child (loved watching the Cartwrights beat the snot out of the bad guys Sunday nights at 9:00pm), and my crib was a drop-side model. Somehow I survived, and I'm doing fine.

    July 2, 2011 at 17:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kasey

      THANK YOU! Not about the diet soda part, because I don't drink either one, but about the T.V. and drop side cribs. Please. What it's really called is lack of parenting. I raised my daughter in a drop side crip. She didn't stick her head through the slats, mainly because I'd put bumper pads all around. And most of the drop side cribs sold in the last 5-10 years have an optional way to make them stationary instead of drop side. Ours did. Too much government regulation. As for T.V., I grew up watching it (loved Bonanza, too, and Wonderful World of Disney) and I managed to read books and play outside, too.

      July 2, 2011 at 23:54 | Report abuse |
    • Familydoc81

      Errr.....because you often never know whether you are walKing into a room with a train wreck or if it is a simple complaint. So it's often not possible to know if the visit is going to be 15 minutes or 45 minutes. Keep in mind that when you see a dedicated attentive physician there are often late because they gave due attention to the patient before you. Try to keep that in mind. All shirts may take the same predictable time at the dry cleaners. Cars may take a predictable amount of time to wash. Sorry folks . That rule does not apply to patients.

      July 3, 2011 at 21:22 | Report abuse |
  11. sissy

    Here's another bit on books. Your pre-schoolers might enjoy making books with you.You could use their scribbles,drawings, and photos.You can use junk mail, too. Children can use a glue stick to fasten catalogue photos on card stock. Use yarn through punched holes to bind. Tape, glue or staple light-weight paper pages together. Some printers give away their scrap paper away. Others sell it by the pound. Hand crafted books can be any size. Once the illustrations are made, the pre-schooler can dictate their ideas or stories. You can help them enhance their work by asking questions. Read the book your child made to him. Newspapers sell roll ends by the pound. Draw around the child and they can make a life-sized image of themselves and their imaginary pet dragon.Many grandparents would treasure books by their grandkids. Some mini field trips could be made by dropping of your child's whimsical art to the fire dept., a senior center, radio station, the guy who fixed your car, ect.This is great,especially if it relates to that person, their job ect. If not too busy, and you phone ahead,you can enhance your family experiences. I did these things with my children. I have one grand daughter aged 3. My son is a great dad. I worked in early childhood education for many years. I try to compliment parents I see doing a great job and encourage the ones who are struggling. Be excellent to each other.

    July 2, 2011 at 18:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Sportsmeddoc

    IF you do not want to wait for your doc, see someone else. There are many choices. The better docs are usually the busier ones. Most try to stay on time but patients are not very accurate in describing problems over the phone so appointment times will never be accurate- some take longer and others are quick. GOod docs may be running late but give you the time needed when it is your turn- that is enough time to evaluate you , give you an answer and answer questions. COme prepared with a list of concerns about the problem and things run even better. Show up 10 minutes early to do the paperwork that the Feds require (docs don't need all of the paperwork, that is the blessing of the Feds). Make sure all of the patients do the same and guess what, the doc will be on time. OR just realize there is not much more most good docs can do to make everyone happy- BUT there obligation is to diagnose and treat and that is what you should really look at. People wait 2 hours for a table at a restaurant so 30 min in a waiting room to help you with your health is not much in the big scheme of things. But, you can always choose another doc and remember if there is not a wait there is probably a reason (just like the empty restaurant). Really most do the best they can under the current terrible conditions of our system

    July 3, 2011 at 09:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Robin

    It's a Quiz. Not a story. Click the button to take the Quiz, 7 questions, that's it.

    July 3, 2011 at 20:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Mike

    I'd love to receive a prostate exam from Dr Elizabeth Cohen.
    Ga'head baby, GA'HEAD !

    July 4, 2011 at 06:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. WellnessDrive

    The Quiz was fun & Easy! The first one about Diet Soda contributing to Diabetes is HUGE. I've know all along to avoid all soda's, not just due to the weight gain it can cause, but for health reasons.

    I'm hypoglycemic and I keep it under control by eating right, avoiding the unnecessary sugars, and by going on a WellnessDrive. Come and try natural supplements to optimize yourself. Do you?

    July 5, 2011 at 12:10 | Report abuse | Reply
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