Help me raise money to fight childhood cancer — featuring a listicle and a blog update

The Pediatric Insider

© 2017 Roy Benaroch, MD

Hello Insiders! In a few weeks I’ll be getting my head shaved to help raise money with St. Baldricks to fight childhood cancer. It’s a great charity, and I’d sure appreciate if you’d click here to contribute! There are many compelling reasons to join in:

  1. Help children with cancer!
  2. Help me get a badly-needed haircut!
  3. Help me raise more money than son, who needs a haircut even more than I. He’s joining me at the event for the first time this year (or, contrarily, you can contribute to him. It’s all a good cause!)
  4. Help celebrate, if that’s the right word, my 50th Which happens to be today. Really. So I’m thinking that’s a good reason for you to pony up some cash.
  5. Help get yourself some nice warm fuzzies – guaranteed, you’ll feel great after donating, or you can get your money back* (*Note you cannot get your money back, and this is not a guarantee of warm fuzzies or anything else. What am I some kind of miracle worker or something?)
  6. Help keep this blog running! I don’t have sponsors or ads (though maybe WordPress runs some ads, but I don’t see them or get any of the filthy lucre) – and I barely remember to try to sell any of my courses and books here. This blog is purely a labor of love, and I’m thinking if you guys donate, why, I’d love you even more!
  7. Help celebrate, can you believe it, both the 10th year I’ve done St Baldricks, and the 10th year of this blog! Crazy!
  8. To summarize: I’m 50, I’ve been at this 10 years, I need a haircut, my son needs a haircut, you need warm fuzzies, and some great kids need your help – so donate if you can!

And now, a short blog update – things have been a but quiet around here, I know. I’ve been working on a new series for The Great Courses – you’ll love it. It’s called “A skeptic’s guide to medicine and the media.” It’s a romp through media portrayals of health stories, the good and the bad, and how you can equip yourself to tell a useful, reliable, and accurate story from a bunch of crazy lies and propaganda. I’m getting it written to tape around October, and it will be out… well, I’m not sure when, honestly, but I’ll let you know!

Meanwhile, please send in some new ideas to get the blog juices flowing again. You know the rules: Good questions about unique general topics that will interest a lot of people, especially me, will probably get answered quickly. Long questions that are specifically and obviously about a problem your child is having will probably not get answered at all.

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7 Comments on “Help me raise money to fight childhood cancer — featuring a listicle and a blog update”

  1. Megan Says:

    Can you address the use of the doc band for babies with flat heads? I’ve seen it recently on Mom Instagram accounts. Is it necessary or when is it really necessary? As far as I can tell it seems expensive and not covered by insurance. My first son had a flat head but he’s 3 now and I can’t really tell it that it was flat. My second is only 6 months and it seems way flatter but no one has said anything so I figure it will work out. Just curious if you could address it as I’ve seen them around online more and more.

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  2. barktrader Says:

    Good stuff indeed Dr. Roy. So I’ll throw a general Q out there for ya. I read an article in my local paper (I beat you to 50 y/o, can ya tell?) recently, entitled “Teen depression guidelines equip primary providers.” I am a Psych NP and treat a lot of young people with depression. No specific question here, just looking for general thoughts r/t primary care treating psych stuff, referring to psych, and perhaps your thoughts/experiences on Psych NPs treating your C&A pops. Cheers, and welcome to the new old.

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  3. Olivia Haimani Says:

    I’d love for you have a pro flu shot blog post.

    Also one to address the rise in essential oil use – is driving me crazy as too many of these people think their essential oil use is an adequate substitute for vaccinations, antibiotics, medical care in general, etc. and are filling their air and slathering it on their infants, children and selves, but perhaps a medical weigh in that is more scientific than my just quit driving me crazy 🙂

    On Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 9:36 AM, The Pediatric Insider wrote:

    > Dr. Roy posted: “The Pediatric Insider © 2017 Roy Benaroch, MD Hello > Insiders! In a few weeks I’ll be getting my head shaved to help raise money > with St. Baldricks to fight childhood cancer. It’s a great charity, and I’d > sure appreciate if you’d click here to contri” >

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  4. Mom of nine Says:

    I really liked your “Medical Grand Rounds”. So I’m looking forward to your new one!

    Our 15 year old son was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (ankle) this week. It all started after he scratched his ankle with a thorn/brier in the woods last fall. Could there be a connection? No other joints are affected and blood work didn’t show anything. Even the rheumatologist at Cleveland Clinic seemed a little puzzled.

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  5. Dr. Roy Says:

    Megan, I talked about those a little while ago, here: https://pediatricinsider.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/flat-head-helmets-arent-the-answer/. Bottom line: they’re rarely needed. There’s a lot of pressure-marketing about these, which is unfortunate. Many parents are guilted into using them on heads that would have improved either way.

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  6. Dr. Roy Says:

    Olivia, I talked about essential oils here, in a post called “Essential oils: when shady marketing and quackery meet.” I’m still proud of that title. The post continues to get a fair amount of attention, and I still get flamy tweets/comments now and then from essential oil enthusiasts. Hint: do not insult essential oil enthusiasts — those essential oils must make them cranky or something.

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  7. Dr. Roy Says:

    Mom, thanks, I’m glad you liked the Medical Grand Rounds course! I did three of those: a general one, one focused on emergency medicine, and one focused on pediatric cases. They go on sale a lot, hint hint! Buy copies for your friends, they make a great gift (I think!).

    RE: your son, I’m not sure I can help you out, especially if your son puzzled a specialist. An external scratch should have nothing to do with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. It’s quite unusual for an 15 y/o male to have a monoarthritis (one joint) at all. I hope you find some answers soon!

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