Parents! Collect Those Cell Phones Before Bed and Watch Your Teenager’s School Performance Improve

TeenOnPhoneWhen my house was full with eight children, most of them teenagers, most with cell phones, it was obvious that cell phone use after typical bed time hours was contributing to daytime fatigue and suspected poor school performance. With my daughter who simply couldn’t unplug from socializing, we collected her phone before bed.  I learned years later, that she would do chores for her older brothers to get access to their phones!

The study Effects of Instant Messaging on School Performance in Adolescents found that students with the most cell phone use after lights out reported the least sleep duration, a higher rate of daytime sleepiness, and poorer academic performance.

The solution is simple. Have a family policy that all phones and smart anything (Ipads, laptops, etc.) are turned in for overnight charging to a location like the parents bedroom!

Training your child and your family in general to unplug from this constant need for connectedness will improve more than just sleep and academic performance. You might even find that your teenager comes and says good night and tucks you in at night!


Dr. Paul

PaulThomasDr. Paul Thomas, M.D. is an award-winning Dartmouth-trained pediatrician with nearly 30 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, he is an expert on addiction and board certified in Addiction Medicine. His practice, Integrative Pediatrics, serves some 11,000 children in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—from Pregnancy through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine 2016).

Join Dr. Thomas for the Autism Intensive Expert Interview Series!

Autism-Intensive-AllJanuary 10-18: The Autism Intensive

Why the Autism Intensive Summit?

Autism spectrum disorders are the fastest growing developmental disorder in the world today.

In the United States a child is diagnosed every 11 minutes. For the past three decades the rates have increased at an accelerating rate and are currently 1in 68 children; 1 in 48 boys and 1 in 189 girls are affected.

This is the first online Autism Summit. The compilation of experts across multiple disciplines with cutting edge and innovative therapies make this summit unique, with a comprehensive, inclusive, credible approach to a much-debated issue.

Learn from video interviews with Functional  Medicine visionaries and innovators that are experts in root cause resolution. 

Autism spectrum disorders are a complex chronic condition with a large variation in symptoms. The cause remains elusive. A series of scientific studies over the last decade document that the increase is a real and cannot be attributed to better diagnosis.

There is a need to think deeply and objectively about this disorder. We know that multiple body systems are impacted, including: brain, nervous, immune, gastrointestinal, oxidation/reduction, inflammation, and mitochondria

We have assembled an outstanding group of doctors, parents, clinicians, chiropractors, nutritionists, and researchers that can shed light on this complex chronic condition. Our experts discuss the environmental connection and share with you cutting edge information about what you can do to improve the health and well being of your child.

Learn the latest, most up to date information about autism spectrum disorders, including ADHD. Discover how early intervention and treatment, and life-long support can make a difference for individuals with autism and their families.

The real answers are likely not being offered by mainstream medicine. We have traveled the country to interview 35 respected and trustworthy practitioners. It can often seem like there’s no options and no one else to turn to, The Autism Intensive Summit will help you get to the root of dysfunction in you child by giving you information you need to address:

  • Diet, nutrition, supplements, neutraceuticals, pharmaceutical, helminth therapy, essential oils
  • Healing the leaky gut
  • How to detoxify/eliminate heavy metals and environmental pollutants in food, air and water.
  • Treating chronic infections.
  • Hear from parents how they have been able to make dramatic positive changes in their children.
  • Understand biochemical and physiological basis for efficacy of biomedical interventions
  • How to begin a comprehensive approach
  • Body oriented therapies

There are many reasons why we seeing an alarming increase in autism spectrum disorder, by sharing this information we can do something about it! Collectively we know enough to prevent and remediate autism spectrum disorders.

Join Dr. Thomas and Other Guest Speakers This Next Week For The Free Online Summit!

In-Person Interviews with Over 35 Functional Medicine Visionaries

Sign Up for Dr. Thomas’ Interview Here!

PaulThomasDr. Paul Thomas, M.D. is an award-winning Dartmouth-trained pediatrician with nearly 30 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, he is an expert on addiction and board certified in Addiction Medicine. His practice, Integrative Pediatrics, serves some 11,000 children in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—from Pregnancy through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine 2016).


New Years Resolution 2016

Happy GuyShould you make a New Years Resolution? If everything is exactly as you want it to be, then no. For the rest of us, why not? I see this as an opportunity to reflect on what in my life needs an adjustment, then outline concrete simple steps that get me closer to my goal.



Should you have any? If everything is just as you want it to be, then no. For the rest of us, a big yes! Studies show that those who make goals get a lot further and closer to accomplishing them than going through life without goals.

While hitting the mark each time is rare, if your goals are huge, even missing the mark will be a big improvement. Just keep adjusting, resetting goals, and chase after them, if it is important to you.



No one keeps their New Years resolutions so why bother?

I would rather try and fail than to do nothing to improve my life and that for those around me. Too often we forget that failure is not to be feared, but embraced. Virtually nothing huge and important has happened without massive failure before it was accomplished. This is true whether it be a child learning to walk, Edison and the light bulb, or our own attempts at self improvement or starting a new business.


NEVER GIVE UP (personal example)

I had the goal of becoming a doctor. My motives were pure (well OK, in addition to wanting to help people, I probably was attracted to the prestige, status, and income potential). My freshman year in college, first year back in the USA having grown up in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), I got B’s and C’s. GPA: 2.5 …ouch! I transferred from Kalamazoo College where I had discovered there was no way I would ever be a doctor if I stayed there and started over at the University of the Pacific in Stockton California, as a biology major and vowed to tell no-one at that school I was pre-med.

I got A’s and B’s my second year, a 3.5 GPA which resulted in a two year average GPA of 3.0 …ouch again! I was basically a straight A student my last two years, ending up with a cumulative GPA of 4.3 in college.

After 12 rejection letters, that first year of applying to medical school, I enrolled for my masters in biology, became a teaching assistant and made plans to re-apply to medical school. Over the next two years I would retake the MCAT and improve my scores, complete my masters program and, after 33 rejection letters, I finally received that acceptance letter  to Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire.


KEEP TRYING- When the goal is worthy

While moving this last year I stumbled on a poster I had made in 1989, of new year resolutions. I had forgotten that I used to do that, make a large visual poster of my goals. This one had a pyramid shape with top priorities at the top of the pyramid. My top #1 resolution in 1989 was to stop drinking. I used to drink more than I thought was healthy. That goal remained at the top of my list until 2002 when I had my last sip of alcohol. It took 13 years of trying and I now have 13 years since alcohol entered my body. I don’t drink today, and for me, it had to be all or none. It seemed I just couldn’t do moderation! But I kept the goal, and fought hard. Funny the solution on that one was surrender. Surrender to win. Sounds crazy right? Sometimes you just need to get some help outside of your own thinking.


MY GOALS for 2016

I share a few of my goals here in case this may be helpful to you. (Remember to be specific in your goals)

  1. Slow Down. I am poised to have the busiest year of my life. I run 4 clinics (Integrative Pediatrics, Pediatric Urgent Care, Fair Start, and Natura Integrative Medicine) I’m publishing a book, doing extensive research, and starting a new online business. I simply must take some time off. My goal is to take a lunch break, and Sundays off.
  2. Eat Right. Lose weight. For me sugar, gluten, and dairy (and processed foods) all result in weight gain and health challenges.

My goal is to eat no added sugar, gluten or dairy and minimize processed foods – focusing on organic fruits and vegetables, meats, nuts and seeds.

  1. Exercise. More is what I need. Specifically, I’ll work out a minimum of 3 times a week for at least an hour and try to add one long work-out each week where I build stamina.

I could write a very long list of things I will do for family, for work, for my businesses, and for personal and spiritual growth. The list I shared above was simply those things that I personally needed to focus on.  If I lose my health, none of the rest matters.


What really matters most in your life?

I encourage you to write down three things you are willing to do to make 2016 that year that you finally got over the hump on a personal goal. Keep these goals in front of you. By the end of the first week, only 75% of us are still on track with our resolutions, and more than half have given up by 6 months. Clearly, the first weeks are key. Once you have created a new habit, a new routine – your chances of success are much improved.




Dr. Paul



Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D., F.A.A.P., received his M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School and completed his pediatric residency at the University of California San Diego. He is a board-certified fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, board-certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He opened his own practice in 2008, Integrative Pediatrics, LLC, and he currently serves over 11,000 patients in the Portland, Oregon metro area. He is the co-author (with Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.) of The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—From Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years, which is forthcoming from Ballantine.  Join the 66,000 other subscribers who follow Dr. Paul on YouTube or find him on Facebook. Learn more about autism for free at the Autism Summit, where Dr. Paul is one of the speakers:


Last Chance To Use Your Tax Credit!!

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Oregon’s Political Tax Credit –
Use it or Lose it by December 31!

It’s your last chance to use your Oregon Political Tax Credit and support medical freedom in Oregon. Your contribution of $25, $50 or even $100 can make a difference to our coalition as we fight to protect our rights to medical freedom and informed consent—and it doesn’t have to cost you anything!

Sound too good to be true? It’s not…

Through our tax system, the state of Oregon gives each tax-paying Oregonian a $50 gift. But you can’t keep it—you either send the money back to the state in taxes, or you donate it to a qualified political action committee like Oregonians for Medical Freedom.

If you file an Oregon tax return, you may be eligible* for the Oregon Political Tax Credit which allows you to make a contribution of up to $100 (married filing jointly, $50 individual filers) to committees like ours and receive every dollar of it back when you file your income tax return next year.

This is not a deduction. It is a tax credit. That means that if you owe money to the state at the end of the year, you will owe up to $100 less. If you are due a refund, your refund will be that much more.

You must use it before December 31, 2015! Donate online today!

You can read more about the Oregon Political Tax Credit on our website here.

*Please note, due to a recent change in Oregon law, individuals with adjusted gross income over $100,000 or joint filers with combined income exceeding $200,000 no longer qualify for the Political Tax Credit. You can consult your tax advisor for more information. 

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