There is so much information in the chaos of COVID, so today we just want to talk with you about other subjects.

QUEST LAB RESULTS IN EPIC:
Now that you can see labs in MyChart, please note that certain labs tend to have patterns of being elevated. The most common of these is glucose which is automatically incorporated in a Chemistry Profile in which the upper limit of normal, according to the lab, is 100. Probably, 1 in 5 results will show an “abnormal” glucose between 101-110. The one basic reason is kids are not fasting when we do the test and in fact, they don’t need to unless instructed. So for results between 101-110 please assume it is normal.

ALCOHOL HAND SANITIZER IS FLAMMABLE:
Please be careful with alcohol hand sanitizer around open flames including a gas stove or BBQ pit. Alcohol is highly flammable- the gel tends to leave a little alcohol residue behind on your hands, and we have seen some serious burns recently.

GOOD AND BAD NEWS FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH:
Great news! California has banned all flavored tobacco products including menthol – the racist and child predatory product (please watch video Black Lives/Black Lungs). In not so good news, JUUL just opened an office in Washington, D.C. to better lobby the government with its new ‘artificial intelligence’ products that they claim are designed to help users quit. If you can, please join www.ParentsAgainstVaping.org to keep up the fight against this predatory industry.

HELP OUR SOUTHERN NEIGHBORS AND GET A HOBBY:
As someone who lived on the Gulf Coast and was an avid shell collector (an amateur malacologist), my family and I often traveled to the beaches of Pensacola and Panama City, Florida. I ask that you consider helping the of Alabama and the Panhandle of Florida in the wake of Hurricanes Sally & Laura by donating to the Red Cross HERE. Speaking of collections, in these times it would be wonderful if families could develop hobbies with their kids. This might help reduce children’s screentime and produce timeless memories.

ALTERNATIVE INTERNET SCHOOL MODELS:
As parents become increasingly concerned about remote learning for their children, here are a few newer, alternative, remote learning systems. While we think these internet school alternatives are interesting – we don’t endorse any specific schools or models. Here is an article from the New York Times about some of these alternative programs.

May you have a safe and peaceful Fall!

Lester Hartman, MD MPH
“Proactive in your child’s care. Empowering families for over 60 years.”

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