pediatric housecalls Robert R. Jarrett M.D. M.B.A. FAAP

Hello, and welcome to Pediatric House Calls. I am…
A Physician board certified in Pediatric medicine with Clinical experience including caring for infants, children and teens – well these days mostly children and teens up to twenty-one;
An Administrator experienced in top medical management for several national health insurance companies;
An Author of health care manuals, newspaper columns and even children's stories;
A Business Medical Consultant for drug companies, insurance companies and physician practices;
A Veteran of the US Navy in the Vietnam era;
And…
I make House-Calls.

The “Art” Of Caring in Children’s Surgery

Ok, this is here because it rings a very loud bell in my head remembering Doctor Richard Elwin (1930-2004) at Primary Children’s Hospital. Anesthesiologist, physician’s physician par excellence! I was the student, he the mentor who taught me that: when a child cries—you failed… everything else like surgery, procedures etc. is secondary.”

Dr. Elwin routinely did all that this doctor shows us and more—in the era of Sesame Street before PCs or internet. Dr. Rodriguez’s parent’s watched Sesame Street, he’s kickin’ it up a notch!

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Medical Marijuana

Perhaps most, if not all, of you think of gangsters, terrorists, drug dealers and low-life “users” when you think of the word marijuana. And, with all the idiocy going on by politicians over “legalization” you might also think of societal breakdown, corruption, destruction of families… loss of moral values.

Or, after being beaten into a frazzle by the constant bombardment of so-called “do-gooders” on the media, you may be starting to feel guilty for living the life you’ve always lived trying to do right, knowing what you know about human nature and thinking what you think about the good and evil you’ve seen all around you during your life.
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George Papanicolaou: Cytopathology, Cancer

If Dr. George Papanicolaou isn’t considered with our list of the top 50 influential physicians of all time; then, who is?

I must confess that I must have said the words “Pap test” thousands of times in my training without once thinking about the man whose name those words were associated with.
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Marijuana: Test What You Know

Yea, I know there have been some reports about possible “benefits” of smoking Marijuana but you have to realize that I’m from THE generation where Leary convinced millions of gullibles to indiscriminately use drugs of all kinds with the sweeping generality: “look man, it don’t hurt nobody if I do it!”

That was looooong before the goofball that told me that had absolutely ANY proof of what he was saying… one way or the other. NOW we do!
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Prenatal Marijuana (Cannabis) and Brains

To my way of thinking the very thought that medical researchers are forced to stop what they are doing on important issues beyond our control and do research to prove that marijuana is bad for you and shouldn’t be used as a “toy” is unconscionable to the extreme.

We just can’t let the scammers and dealers destroy unborn babies like they did pushing tobacco however; so, that’s just what researchers had to do.
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Children’s Fitness: The Bleep Test

A previous article compared children’s health of today with those of 50 years ago and found our kids come up wanting. The fitness of your child can be easily improved by making a game out of “the BLEEP” test, a 20 meter (21.87 yards) running aerobic fitness test done in time to “BLEEPS”—or beeps—on a music player. The trick is that the beeps keep getting closer and closer together. Also known as the “multistage fitness test” (MSFT) it is so simple and engaging that it’s used all over everywhere at police academys, military units, major league sports teams, schools and youth sports venues. The information below is how it’s done. [As you know I usually don’t link with sites containing ads but such sites on this topic aren’t available. This gives an excellent promotion of the test but I don’t support the site that it references.]

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Children’s Health: Less Healthy Than 50 Years Ago

Your grandparents and great-grandparents are always the shortest ones in all your family photos, right? It’s the same with all of us.

Your kids are taller, better fed and wealthier than your grandparents; so, why are today’s children LESS healthy than 50 years ago? Children’s health has actually gotten worse!
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