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November 13, 2018

As has become my habit, my schedule is punctuated in rare intervals with a block of time where I can unload the accumulation of some thoughts on you. Of necessity, these tend to be somewhat lengthy. To give access to those areas of specific interest to you, I am listing the content up front with links to the target topic in the body. Hopefully this will avoid the necessity of reading the entire content to get to the areas of interest.

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April 6, 2018

MARCH 17-24, 2018

So, for those who tried to get in to see me the previous week and were rebuffed, you might have been tempted to ask “where on earth is Dr. Brus when we need him???” Well…I’m glad you asked. Take a brief journey with me…to adventure, tropical warmth, poverty, a loving and kind people, medical missions, and new friendships…

Six months ago my daughter, Olivia, and I were deep into planning a medical mission trio to the central Amazon...

February 20, 2018

As we make inroads in this type of medicine called “Functional Medicine”, I would like to keep you abreast of my meanderings. I am personally walking this road with many of you so that when I make recommendations for certain interventions I can “speak from experience.” So I wanted to give you a brief history of Me, the guinea pig as I really can’t use any of you due to HIPAA privacy. I am allowing you into some of my medical issues in order to ill...

February 19, 2018

I try not to be one to write for the sake of writing. When I do, it is usually not worthwhile reading material. Occasionally my brain goes into overdrive (usually at 4 AM) and a LOT of things start spontaneously forming inside my head that I feel like I need to share. This, of necessity, produces something quite lengthy so, not generally conducive to the modern sound-bite mentality. The issues that I bring up are the product of the constant flux a...

October 16, 2017

I think of some of the things we have recommended in Pediatrics out of convenience, tradition, lack of adequate thoughtfulness, or, worse, out of downright ignorance and I cringe. In January of this year the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a committee opinion that was meant to guide practice in the specific area of timing of cord clamping after a baby is born. It seems that the midwives had it right all along; d...

October 6, 2017

I want to re-address this fever control issue yet again. I know that a parent's first instinct when their child has a fever is to get rid of it as quickly as possible; to make things better. Remember that fever has a beneficial function during illness. It enhances immune function and allows the child to get over the infection more expeditiously. When we drop that fever, the immune system may founder. In the process of trying to "make things better...

October 3, 2017

Vitamin D3:

Age 12-24 months 5,000u daily until well then 2000u daily.
Age 2-3 yrs 7000u daily until well then 3000u daily.
Age 4-6 yrs 10,000u daily for 3-5 days then 5000u daily through winter months.
Age 6-10 yrs 20,000u daily for 3-5 days then 5000u daily through winter.
Age 11-teen yrs 50,000u daily for 3-5 days then 5000u daily through winter months.

Zinc: Only use for a couple weeks during illness
Age 1-6 months: 7 mg daily crushed
Age 6-24...

September 28, 2017

Whether to give a newborn a Vit K shot or not is a topic of interest to many of you as it keeps cropping up on a regular basis. I wanted to give a brief summary of the “what, why, where, how?” of Vit K then you make up your own mind. Frankly, this is still a free country, no?

We hear quite a stir when a baby who does not get Vit K shot ends up in the ICU with a brain bleed. The risk of this happening in this sort of situation is around 1 chance in...

September 20, 2017

Show Time!! For the last month, I have been busy setting up a web site and figured it was time to get you all on board. It is certainly NOT streamlined yet and will continue to add functionality but I wanted you all to be a part of its growth from ground up. Several observations and notes:

1. I enter this non-private venue with a certain bit of trepidation. I have felt that over the past 20 months or so, we have developed a kind of online “family”...

September 14, 2017

I wanted to go into a bit of detail as to why magnesium is recommended as a baseline starting point for a whole host of physical and behavioral issues. As many of you have noticed, regardless of what kinds of problems your child is having, whether it be ADHD, stomach issues, poor behavior, chronic diarrhea, etc, I will usually try to raise the nutritional status of the child by trying to remove unhelpful foods (or non-foods, as the case may be)  a...

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