Research shows that teenagers are more inclined to enjoy liquor or binge drinking and develop substance abuse habits if they are viewing movie characters who are involved in unsafe practices, according to the journal Pediatrics.
Similar studies conducted in the Germany and U.S. have found deep relationship between kids that watch characters drink alcohol in film and then boozing in real life. Other studies have found similar associations for risky behaviors like early sex, tobacco addiction and dangerous driving.
By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives.
In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.