Dinesh Thekke-Karumathil
Dinesh Thekke-Karumathil, MD

Dinesh Thekke-Karumathil, MD

Dinesh Thekke-Karumathil, MD
Specialty

Pediatric Hospitalist

  • Accepting Children: Yes
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Insurance Accepted:

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Additional Information:

My varied clinical interests include asthma; congenital cardiac disease; infectious disease; pediatric intensive care; rheumatology; tropical medicine; infant care and professional education of residents and allied health staff. I am especially interested

Philosophy of Care

Treat the acutely ill child's symptoms and disease, keeping in mind, each child is an individual, with a unique family and environment that play important roles in his/her overall health.

Personal Interests

Hospital management of acutely and chronically ill children, and integrating all aspects of a child's health in the medical management process. Professional education of residents and allied health staff. Travel, photography, cricket, reading, music.

Medical School

Calicut Medical College, India

Residency

Residency and Internship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans

Board Certifications

Pediatrics

Additional Information:

My varied clinical interests include asthma; congenital cardiac disease; infectious disease; pediatric intensive care; rheumatology; tropical medicine; infant care and professional education of residents and allied health staff. I am especially interested

New nutrition labels, same healthy eating advice

We all know that as a nation, we are getting bigger and heavier. Worse still, our future - our children- are becoming obese and unhealthy at increasingly younger ages. For decades, the scourge of obesity was blamed on a high calorie, high fat diet. Turns out, we have probably been doing it wrong all these years and our bulging waistline attests to this colossal failure. Research and the medical community now have increasing evidence that the real villain of the story is a very sweet little molecule called fructose. Fructose is what gives us the sweetness in table sugar (sucrose)…also in brown sugar, honey, agave, and of course, high fructose corn syrup. Call it by any name, but sugars are dangerous to our health. Fructose is addictive, much in the same way as alcohol and illicit drugs are. In fact, sugar (fructose) metabolism closely replicates alcohol metabolism except for the acute effects on brain. Sugar has been likened to alcohol without the buzz!

You may already have heard about First Lady Michelle Obama’s work with the FDA which has led to newly proposed changes to nutrition labels on packaged foods. The amount of sugars, specifically, “added sugars” will be part of that new label. I am not implying that a zero added sugar diet will be the panacea for the pandemic of obesity and ill health. We still need to eat healthy and exercise right. There is no magic pill, no startling new advice. Remember what our grandmothers used to say:
 

Mother Nature’s Role in Healing Our Children

I am a pediatric hospitalist. That is, I am a pediatrician who takes care of children sick enough to be hospitalized. So my writing about the importance of children spending time outdoors and enjoying nature might be surprising. Even though I may only take care of a child for the worst few days of their life, I am still quite passionate about the fundamental role of outdoor play in a child’s health and well-being.

Even during acute illness, I find that children often heal faster when they are given more opportunities to be playful and (illness-allowing) go outdoors to allow Mother Nature to heal them from within. So needless to say, I am often amazed at how little exposure many of these children have had, even prior to becoming ill, to spend time playing outdoors and getting to know their environment.

Now especially, as the days begin to get longer, and the refreshing spring air returns to our beautiful Pacific Northwest, I start thinking about all the wonderful outdoor fun I used to have as a child, and the importance such activities had on my own health and overall sense of well-being.

I worry that children of today encounter ....

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