La Peer Health Systems Surgeon Speaks Out on the Controversial Topic of Children's Vaccines, Provides Advice for Managing Stress

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During his weekly appearance on Good Day LA, La Peer's Dr. Ahluwalia discussed the safety of vaccines for children and the difficult task of managing stress.

Sonu Ahluwalia
There's a resurgence of measles, which we never had. There's a resurgence of whooping cough that we never really had. Can you imagine having polio in our country? These are things that should not exist.

A weekly feature on Fox's Good Day LA, Sonu Ahluwalia, MD, provides insight into a variety of health topics ranging from orthopedic conditions and injuries to general health. This Monday, Dr. Ahluwalia took on the controversial subject of children's vaccines.

“Vaccines are safe,” said Dr. Ahluwalia, a Beverly Hills orthopedic surgeon with La Peer Health Systems. “We've always maintained that they're safe.”

A recent study from the Institute of Medicine confirmed these findings and indicated that previous reports, which suggested vaccines may be causing mental health conditions such as autism, were actually fraudulent. Further, parents who choose not to vaccinate their children may be putting them at risk for harmful illnesses like measles and whooping cough.

“There's a resurgence of measles, which we never had. There's a resurgence of whooping cough that we never really had. Can you imagine having polio in our country? These are things that should not exist,” said Dr. Ahluwalia.

As these diseases reemerge, it's not only healthy children who may be suffering. According to Dr. Ahluwalia, when we're overly cautious about vaccines, we risk exposing children who cannot be vaccinated—due to conditions like Leukemia and AIDS—to these usually preventable illnesses.

Dr. Ahluwalia reminded Americans that the recent fervor about vaccines being dangerous lacked a valid medical basis. “Just because someone has an opinion doesn't make it true,” he said.

The doctor went on to suggest that health-related concerns were among the more significant stress sources for older Americans, with younger individuals losing sleep over financial matters and work. With factors like the poor economy creating an additional burden, knowing how to manage stress is more important than ever.

Along with exercising, eating right and getting plenty of sleep, Dr. Ahluwalia advises anyone who is feeling stressed to speak to his or her doctor. Medical professionals can provide valuable tips to help alleviate stress and improve overall health and wellness.

Watch Dr. Ahluwalia's entire news segment on My Fox LA.

For more health tips from Dr. Ahluwalia, as well as videos of his FoxLA segments, visit his Facebook page.

Sonu Ahluwalia, MD, 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.

Dr. Ahluwalia completed his orthopedic training at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program in Boston, one of the most sought after training programs in orthopaedic surgery. He has completed three fellowships, two at Harvard Medical School and one at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, on shoulder surgery, sports medicine, and joint replacement and joint preservation surgery. For more information please call310.659.2910 or visit http://www.Ahluwalia.org.

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