Thursday, January 24, 2013

KU Hospital ear nose and throat doctor publishes book on "Milk and Cookie Disease" affecting children

Julie L. Wei, MD, is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist which is a physician and surgeon specializing in the Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) problems in children from birth to age 18.

She coined the phrase the “Milk & Cookie Disease” after years of treating children referred to her with ENT complaints that mimicked chronic infections and illness. Often these patients were on several medications but not improving.

“I believe a significant number of the patients I see in my daily practice are misdiagnosed and overmedicated,” Dr. Wei explained. “Often it’s the child’s diet and eating habits that may be causing ENT symptoms.  I ask all my parents when and what they’re feeding their children especially at night.”

Dr. Wei discovered often children were eating foods high in dairy and sugar which led her to coin the phrase “Milk and Cookie Disease”. 

Dr. Wei published her findings in a book that includes healthy alternative foods and recipes entitled “A Healthier Wei: Reclaiming Health for Misdiagnose and Overmedicated Children”. 

Dr. Wei’s book is available in the Auxiliary Gift Shop at The University of Kansas Hospital.