More proof that soda is bad for kids

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co Owner of The Academy

It seems that the majority of American children aged 5-12 years old are hooked on caffeine coming primarily from soda; and it’s keeping them awake at night.  According to the Journal of Pediatrics, kids ages 8-12 are consuming up to 109 milligrams of caffeine a day.  That’s the equivalent of nearly 3 cans of soda or one cup of coffee.  Unfortunately, researchers don’t know much about the health effects of caffeine in children since most studies have been done in adults.  We do know that caffeine is a stimulant and soda consumption is linked to childhood obesity, so it’s not recommended.  Parents are advised to limit their kids to an occasional cup of soda.

Pain in the fingers & toes!

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

Winter is upon us and temperatures are dropping.  Do your hands and/or feet hurt when its cold outside?  If so, you could be suffering from Raynaud’s Disease.  It’s a condition that causes some areas of your body like your fingers, toes, and even your ears to feel numb and cold when exposed to cold temperatures.  This is because the cool temperatures cause the small arteries to narrow, limiting blood flow to the fingers and toes.  For the most part, Raynaud’s is just a nuisance.  In most cases, you should try to avoid exposure to cold and cut back on things that increase the risk of narrowing blood vessels, like smoking and caffeine.  You may also have to avoid over the counter cold medications that contain Pseudoephedrine and birth control pills, as they too can cause narrowing of your blood vessels.

Is coffee bad for our teenagers?

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

It seems that more and more teens are drinking coffee these days.  Is coffee bad for our teenagers??  If your child is healthy with no heart or blood pressure problems or neurological problems, drinking coffee probably isn’t going to hurt them; however, it is not desirable.  The main concern with coffee is caffeine, which is a stimulant.  Many teenagers drink coffee and get caffeine from lots of different sources like energy drinks and soda.  So, educate your kids about the warning signs of too much caffeine like palpitations, shakiness, nervousness, irritability and nausea.  Once they have this information, they’ll be more likely to limit or decrease their intake.