Catch up on necessary childhood vaccinations
Q: I have been afraid to take my 6 year old to the doctor for a year. Recently the office started to pressure me to get her vaccinated (not COVID-19). Can’t I put it off? – Jenny P., Mobile, Alabama
A: Even before the pandemic, Americans under-immunized their infants and children. In 2018, just 72.8% of young people aged 19 to 35 months had received the seven recommended vaccines, according to a new study from Health Equity. We are aiming for more than 90%. As for safety, the vaccines themselves are 35,000 times more beneficial than risky! Your 6-year-old should have already received vaccines against hepatitis B, rotavirus, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), pneumococcus, polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), chickenpox (chickenpox) ) and hepatitis A. They are given between birth and 6 years; you can consult the calendar at www.cdc.gov/vaccines.
Vaccinations have transformed childhood, spared parents tremendous grief and protected millions of adults from the disease. A measles epidemic in Germany in 1964 sickened 12.5 million Americans; killed 2,000 babies; and caused 11,000 miscarriages. The vaccine entered service in 1969; there have been 15 cases in the past nine years. In 1952, nearly 60,000 children contracted polio; thousands have been paralyzed and over 3,000 have died. The first polio vaccine was available in 1955; the country has been polio-free since 1979.
And as for the safety of the doctor’s office or clinic, banish any worry about going there by asking them the following four questions. Yes, this is the answer you want for everyone. Are staff and visitors required to wear masks? Do they follow cleaning protocols and disinfection measures for examination rooms, waiting areas, washrooms, elevators and other frequently touched surfaces? Do they apply social distancing in waiting rooms? Do they limit the number of people who can be in the office or clinic at the same time? Then you can make an appointment and protect your child and your community.
Q: I don’t like to eat a lot of heavy food at lunchtime; this makes the afternoon’s work more difficult. Having a great, great dinner is so relaxing. Why do you continue to advise against it? – Bob H., Pine Plains, New York State
A: My recent book, “What to eat when,” presents the scientific evidence that shows that it is healthier to consume most of your calories for breakfast and lunch (around 80%), then to go light at. having dinner. In a nutshell: it takes advantage of the built-in synchronization of your body clock to burn fat (during the day), manage inflammation (ditto), process carbohydrates, and keep blood sugar under control (ditto). It also allows your body to repair your cells, and you don’t want to block that out with overeating late in the day – all of that digestion is interfering with the work of the nighttime cleanse crew. Recently, a study confirmed how risky it is to eat late. Researchers at the University of Alabama conducted a laboratory study and found that animals eating foods containing so-called long-branched amino acids (such as leucine, isoleucine, and valine) in late in the day saw a 75% increase in the size of the cells that control a heartbeat, and there was an acceleration in the progression of heart disease. These amino acids are strengthened in meats, dairy products and egg yolks. The Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology study also found that eating long branched amino acids before activity does not do this to the heart muscle; in fact, they stimulate the formation of protein in muscles and can help prevent muscle breakdown. Timing is really everything! Our tip: Get your branched chain amino acids early and from beans, canned tuna, salmon, turkey breast and 1% milk. Time your meals so that you are eating unprocessed carbohydrates and healthy fats early in the day, when your body is most sensitive to insulin. Then it can control your blood sugar and appetite more effectively. You will prevent weight gain and heart problems.