La Peer Health Systems Surgeon Speaks About Beer and its Anti-Viral Properties

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Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia, responded to a study on the anti-viral effects of beer and its potential use in children.

Sonu Ahluwalia
Alcohol is a toxin. While the brain is being formed and while things are in development, why would we feed someone a toxin? We strongly discourage anybody to feed alcohol to any child.

A recent study conducted by Sapporo University in Japan claims that beer has anti-viral properties that may be beneficial to children. The compound called humulone, present in very small quantities in beer, may help to prevent infection from a virus that causes the common cold in adults and bronchitis and pneumonia in children. The study estimates that thirty 12 oz cans of beer would be required to achieve this anti-viral effect.

Sonu Ahluwalia, MD, La Peer othropedic surgeon and clinical chief of orthopedic surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, was asked by CBS news to comment on the controversial health study.

“Alcohol is a toxin,” Dr. Ahluwalia explained to CBSNews.com. "While the brain is being formed and while things are in development, why would we feed someone a toxin? We strongly discourage anybody to feed alcohol to any child."

Even if the humulone present in beer does have this curing effect, the amount needed is not advised. Not only does the virus in question rarely cause serious complications in children, but giving alcohol to children could have some very dangerous side effects.

Sonu Ahluwalia, M.D., is an internationally-acclaimed board-certified orthopedic surgeon at La Peer Health Systems, as well as the Clinical Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. His private practice specializes in sports medicine, shoulder, knee and hip surgery.

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 40 world-renowned physicians in 13 specialties, we offer comprehensive medical treatment that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. Our 13 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer's unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment. More information about La Peer Health Systems can be found at http://www.LaPeerHealth.com

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