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August 23, 2016

Getting Kids To Eat Veggies

Advertising is tricking our kids

If you have young kids and you let them catch some cartoons so you can get things done around the house, you’ve most likely seen how commercials tell our kids everything that they need. From toys to Lucky Charms, Madison Avenue knows what it’s doing. And my guest today, Dr Drew Hanks has done some really interesting research behind how our kids make less nutritional choices because of all the advertising that’s out there. He’s a behavioral economist who focuses on consumer food choice and eating and the economic and psychological factors that influence these decisions.

Dr. Hanks says that his research and [...]

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June 21, 2016

The Teenage Brain – Frances Jensen


The Teen Brain

Not only is Frances Jensen a neurologist, and an expert on the adolescent brain, she is the single mother of two boys who are now in their 20’s.  She set out to learn about the teenage brain from the perspective of a scientist and as a parent.

When they get to a certain age, teens undergo physical changes that trick us into seeing them as adults. In fact, until the early 20th century, economic factors caused us to treat them like junior adults. The old assumption was that brain growth was complete during childhood and that the adolescent brain was the same as the adult brain.

They may look older, but…

Synapses and [...]
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August 26, 2015

New Dads – How to be a good man in crazy times

Pedram Shojai welcomes guest Nick Polizzi to The Urban Monk. Both are new fathers and while the change to becoming a father wasn’t anything unexpected, the changes and effects in their lives as the result of having a child was beyond anything either of them could have imagined. The two discuss in depths the joys and pains of being a father and how all the advice from their friends could not have prepared them at all for the changes that resulted from having a kid.

As this is a new podcast and we’re still messing around with the format, please comment and give us a review on iTunes and let us know what you like about the show and what you would like to see us do [...]

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August 19, 2015

Still Undecided About Breastfeeding? This May Change Your Mind

Ask any mom how important her baby’s health is to her and she’ll likely say it’s worth any sacrifice. But when it comes to breastfeeding, it’s not always so simple. I’ve talked to lots of moms who struggle with breastfeeding, whether because their babies aren’t latching on, they can’t produce enough milk to keep up with their baby’s appetite or other breastfeeding problems. In these cases, the bottle is the only option… and that’s OK.

These women are NOT bad moms and they’re NOT sacrificing their children’s health. In fact, there is very little evidence that bottle feeding is bad for babies; most evidence simply supports that breast milk provides more benefits to a baby’s [...]

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