The Best Health Advice from Doctor Moms


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There's a doctor in the house! Thirteen to be exact. And these women are about to give you their personal prescriptions for beating stress, eating smart and keeping yourself (and your families) healthy.

Alexe Page, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon with Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California

I keep my kids healthy by...
making sure my teenaged son and daughter drink skim milk at breakfast and dinner. Teen girls especially need calcium because they build peak bone mass by age 20.

When I need to de-stress...
I do Sudoku. 

Best thing moms can do for themselves: 
Pay attention to bone health by getting a daily dose of 600 IUs of vitamin D and 1000mg of calcium—1,200mg if you're postmenopausal.

The #1 question I get from patients: 
Is it broken or fractured? They're the same thing.

Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., R.D., Nutritionist in Rockville, Maryland, and author of Doctor's Detox Diet: The Ultimate Weight Loss Prescription.

I keep my kid healthy by...
making sure he brushes and flosses twice a day. I give my son pick flossers because they're easier to use.

What's for dinner in a pinch? 
A super-fast vegetarian chili. It's a can each of low-sodium black beans, diced tomatoes and corn with some chili powder. I also make and freeze burgers of half lean beef and half turkey so my 9-year-old can cook one by himself in a hurry. It takes one minute in the microwave and a few minutes of broiling in the toaster oven.

When I need to de-stress...
I take a 10- or 20-minute power nap right after I come home from work. Then I feel refreshed for the rest of the evening.

My favorite smart snack:
If I'm having a meal in an hour, pink grapefruit or an apple will do. When I need something to stay with me longer, I choose a small handful of unsalted almonds, pistachios, walnuts or peanuts.

Polly Dunn, Ph.D. Child Psychologist and director of the Auburn University Psychological Services Center in Auburn, Alabama; founder of

What your doctor won't tell you but I will: 
Be the kind of person you want your children to be. If you're concerned that they're yelling too much, examine your own actions.

The best thing moms can do for themselves: 
Resist the temptation to compare yourself or your spouse to others. In reality, none of us are perfect.

Boost your emotional quotient by... 
strengthening your friendships. You need a core group of friends to provide support through the ups and downs of life. Otherwise, you end up internalizing problems and becoming overwhelmed.

When I need to de-stress...
I get away alone with my husband for a long weekend. It's important for our four kids to know everything is not always about them.

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  • BEHAPPY24-7
    Great INFO!!! - 1/5/2014   3:22:08 PM
  • 1
    I use Sudoku to relieve stress. I find it ideal last thing at night. It takes my mind off everything - and it doesn't matter if I can't finish it - I can go back to it tomorrow. - 9/10/2013   8:24:27 AM

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