July 2017                                                                              Volume 103
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Radio interviews: ACPeds member & president Dr. Cretella
Last month, ACPeds president Dr. Michelle Cretella was interviewed on gender confusion in children. Click here to listen to her interview on Mission America.
ACPeds member and board certified in Obesity Medicine, Dr. David Olson was also interviewed last month. Click here to listen to his radio interview on obesity in America and how parents can establish healthy habits for their children.
July at a glance...  
The month of July commemorates the following
Member Spotlight: William Stigall, MD, FCP

Dr. William Stigall is a pediatric cardiac critical care physician and interim medical director of the Congenital Heart Surgical Unit at Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas, TX. 

During residency and fellowship, Dr. Stigall received a Master's in Philosophy from the University of Dallas. His thesis, entitled Children's Rights: An Orphan of Philosophy, analyzed the philosophical underpinnings of the children's rights movement and the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

He is scheduled to talk at the national Catholic Medical Association conference on the biopsychosocial effects of oxytocin.

Dr. Stigall has been a member and chair of multiple bioethics committees and has taught bioethics at the University of Dallas since 2012. His current philosophical interests include the interaction of mind and body, the social nature of man, and the philosophy of medicine. Dr. Stigall lives in Irving, TX with his wife and 3 sons. They enjoy reading, travel, running, tennis, and any excuse to get outdoors.
Special Interest News, Articles and Studies
TheFederalist.com features member article on OTC contraceptive risk for teens
Recently, the AAP publicly endorsed teen use of over-the-counter (OTC) oral contraceptives.  

In an article published on TheFederalist.com, ACPeds member and pediatrician, Dr. Robin Pierucci explains that there are risks associated with teen use of OTC oral contraceptives such as higher rates of blood clot issues than adults; problems acquiring adequate bone mass; and increased rates of depression 

Teen's Increased Risk of Depression

According to Dr. Pierucci,

"Making hormonal contraceptives available over the counter not only removes physicians from good medical decision-making for the teenager, it removes them from an important conversation about so many of the choices teens are making-choices that might be informed more by peers or perceived norms than by long-term consequences or a concerned adult."
To read the full article, please click here.

Parenting is like any endeavor in that the more effort you invest, the greater the reward.

Click here to view the ACPeds webpage on parenting. 

ACPeds Board member responds to AAP article on flu vaccine
In response to the April 2017 AAP issue of Pediatrics and the article, "Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Against Pediatric Deaths: 2010-2014," pediatrician and ACPeds Board member, Dr. Scott Field wrote to the editor of Pediatrics.

Click here to read Dr. Field's letter and  click here to view the original Pediatrics article.
The Addis Clinic: Medical Missions without leaving home!

A non-profit organization, the Addis Clinic  uses telemedicine to connect skilled physicians in the United States with underserved patients around the world by partnering with local organizations serving in resource-limited settings.

How Addis Clinic Telemedicine Works

Many physicians have a desire to serve in the developing world, but do not have the time or means to travel for even a short duration. The Addis Clinic provides the means through which physicians in the US can serve patients in East Africa and around the world.

Interested in learning more? Visit https://addisclinic.org/ourwork/ or use the information below to connect with Addis Clinic today!

The Executive Director of the Addis Clinic, Michelle Turner, MSHS, can be reached at 
mturner@addisclinic.org and  (339) 225-9886 .
Emeritus member writes National Review on perils of legalizing marijuana

After viewing a recent article in the National Review calling for a federal law decriminalizing the use of marijuana throughout the country, ACPeds member Dr. Felipe Vizcarrondo took the time to write the magazine.

Especially worried about drug use in children as the age of debut appears to be younger and younger, Dr. Vizcarrondo included information on the detrimental effects of marijuana on our youth. 

Although increasing legalization of marijuana has contributed to the growing belief that marijuana is harmless, research documents the risks of its use by youth are grave.

Thank you, Dr. Felipe E Vizcarrondo from your colleagues at the American College of Pediatricians for your efforts to bring awarness to the danger marijuana poses to our youth!

For more i nformation, please view the ACPeds position statement  Marijuana Use: Detrimental to Youth .
Thank you to member Dr. Jane Hamner for help editing Parent Talk,
and Dr. Leah Willson for her help in editing the Newsletter.
Treatment for children with gender issues not supported by science," experts warn
The New Atlantis recently published a report entitled, "Growing Pains: Problems with Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria," which summarizes the conclusions of fifty peer-reviewed studies on gender dysphoria in children and challenges the treatment that provides pharmaceuticals to children to block puberty.
ACPeds member Dr. Paul Hruz, a pediatric endocrinologist and associate professor of cell biology and physiology, is the principal author of the report.
Thank you Dr. Hruz for speaking out in the best interest of children!
Real Estate for Life
Save babies while buying or selling your home or business!

Here is how it works:
  1. You or a friend decide to purchase or sell a home or business anywhere in North America
  2. Then, BEFORE you call a real estate company (i.e., Century 21, Remax, etc.) call Real Estate for Life who will make the necessary arrangements with them to market your home.
With that one call, Real Estate for Life donates money already being spent on the services of a professional real estate broker on your behalf!

Contact Real Estate for Life today!

877-543-3871    *    proliferealestate@yahoo.com    *     http://realestateforlife.org

All it takes is one call to support pro-life efforts with the American College of Pediatricians.
A victory for the books
Guidestar, a leading source of information on US charities, recently instituted 'hate group' labels as produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Along with 40 other organizations including the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage, ACPeds protested this move in a letter to Guidestar president and CEO, Jacob Herald.
As a result, only two days after receiving the letter,
GuideStar announced it would remove the "hate group" labels!
Click here to read the letter and here for the Guidestar press release announcing the change.
MOC controversy and certification alternative
Delegates from the American Medical Association (AMA) recently rejected parts of a resolution requiring the AMA to help doctors prevent insurers, hospitals, and large group practices from decredentialing and dropping them for deciding not to participate in maintenance of certification (MOC) programs. Click here for more on the AMA meeting.
An alternative process for certification, the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) promotes lifelong learning and is committed to providing certification that ensures physician compliance with national standards. For more information, visit https://nbpas.org/
Strength in unity and persistence
The American College of Pediatricians, along with local Missouri members, were recently instrumental in helping concerned Parkway School District parents fight a comprehensive sex education (CSE) program which contained graphic and explicit, radical, pro-LGBT, and pro-abortion content.

As a result of refusing to have the Board re-vote on the controversial "comprehensive sexuality" curriculum, School Board Chairman Chris Jacob was subsequently defeated in his bid for re-election to the Board

Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) goes far beyond sex ed, and is a dangerous assault on the health and innocence of children

Click here for more information on the Parkway School Board election. 
POTUS issues human trafficking Executive Order, funds SRA education

ACPeds is pleased that President Trump and his team have deemed the issue of human trafficking of high importance. President Trump issued an Executive Order on Transnational Crime and Human Trafficking early in February soon after he took office. 

Behind the scenes, ACPeds has been working with other groups to combat such atrocities and will continue to support the efforts of the Trump administration to this end. For more information, view the ACPeds blog post Putting an End to Human Trafficking .

President Trump has also included funding for Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Education in the FY2018 budget . Reports suggest the new budget would provide a 50% increase in funding for the SRA Education program, which "teaches participants how to voluntarily refrain from non-marital sexual activity."

According to the CDC,  teens who abstain from sex are much healthier than their peers who engage in sexual activities.

For more information on sexual risk avoidance, please view the ACPeds page Sexual Risk Avoidance Education and the ACPeds position statement Abstinence Education.
Pro-life medical students, physici ans and healthcare professionals are
marginalized, discriminated against and increasingly pressured to violate their moral conscience. 

CLICK HERE to help send future doctors to the conference, equipping them with the skills they will need to address some of the most difficult life and death decisions they will face professionally.

Please share with pro-life family and friends.
Patient Handout Reminder

Patient handouts are available for download free of charge  on the Handouts page of the Health Professionals  (and Parents ) section of the ACPeds website. Available In t he members' section of the website are  patient handouts shared by other ACPeds practitioners , some of which may be helpful to your own patients and practice. Contact the office to get the username and password for access to the  Member Hub
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