Monday, December 17, 2012

School Shooting Tragedy

I haven't written for quite awhile, but in the aftermath of the worst tragedy in the history of this country, and I obviously refer to the school shooting and massacer of 20 children and 7 adults in Connecticut.
I was on vacation in South America when I became aware of this tragedy. I cannot even imagine how the parents of those beautiful innocent 6 and 7 year old slained, how they must feel.
The most precious gift that we have on this earth is children. How any human being could slaughter all these people is incomprehensible.
I love kids, obviously I'm a Pediatrician. Each time I look at one of my patients in this age group my heart sickens and is broken as our entire nation and the world feels.
Life is so precious. Hug your children every day. Make them feel safe. When they ask questions pertaining to this shooting, tell them that there are bad people, but emphasize to your children that they are safe.
There are times such as this that it is very difficult to believe that there is a higher power that would have allowed this. We must all have faith, however, that something, somehow at some time in the future will come good.
The emptiness in the families heart and soul is indiscernible.
Touch your child and express love and how precious they are. If you don't have children, reach out to any child in need.
As a Pediatrician, as a father, and as a member of the human race, my heart aches with all those affected families.
I am really at a loss for words, except love your children and protect them. And let us all say our prayers to comfort those families that suffered such a loss.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Parents Love

A few weeks ago, I read an article in The LA Times telling the true story of a parent's incredible love for his child.
Leon Weinstein was a Holocaust survivor and one of the fighters at the Warsaw Ghetto uprising during the Nazi occupation.
Prior to his capture, he left his 18 month old daughter on the steps of the local police station disguising her and changing her name , so that others would believe she was a non-Jew. He knew that most of the Jews in Poland would eventually be rounded up by the Nazis and almost certainly meet a horrible death.
Mr Weinstein eventually searched and found his daughter after the war.
He believed that when he left the baby at the local police station, that he would never see her again.
They were reunited and remain close to this day.
There is no better example of a love of a parent for his child.
Our everyday problems pale when compared to that time in history. But, we can each learn an important lesson from the courage and love of Leon Weinstein.
Love your children today.
All my best,
Dr. Blumberg

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Kids Less Fortunate

Hi Everyone:
Sometimes I wish I didn't keep up with the news and world events.. Today the refugees from Somalia were attack by the rebel army and took whatever food and provisions these poor people had. The families with so many children are low on water, food, and have no source of plumbing. Infection will soon run unabated.
The freedom protesters in Syria are being shot down and killed by their own government. Innocent children are also suffering.
Our own Government embarrassed themselves in waiting until the very last minute to compromise and come up with a deal, that in point of fact, without the legislation, our country would have gone bankrupt.
All of the above and more affects your families, because it may dictate what the future will bring for your children.
Let your children know how lucky they are, and that there are millions of children that probably went to bed tonight without eating. Teach your kids how to be charitable and reach out and touch other kids less fortunate.
Love and enjoy your kids every day you have.
All my best,
Dr Blumberg

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


As I sit home writing this, I am reminded again how fragile our life is. Two days ago as I was up around 6am to go to the hospital to see a baby, I was unaware of a large water slab leak in my garage by the steps. I slipped on the water, flying in the sky and landed on my back on the hard concrete of the garage floor.
My old athletic abilities instinctively protected my head. I ended up with a puncture wound of my left elbow, bruise of my right thigh, and severe cartilage tear and muscle tear of my left side of my back.
Being a patient in the ER is never fun, especially when one is a physician as a patient. But, I was a good patient, put that I was a physician to the side, and listened to my nurses and took direction.
I'll probably be back to work in a few days. I will be walking and working obviously slower, as the back injury will take 4-6 weeks to heal.
I am reminded again, that life is so fragile and so fleetingly short. To my patient's families, I want to emphasize as I always do, to enjoy your children, save time for them, and teach them the finer things in life apart from our Orange County materialism. Play with your kids, have them enjoy nature. Teach them to reach out and help those less fortunate. Do things just because it is FUN with no alternative goal in mind.
Enjoy the time you have with your children, as life is so fragile.
All my best,
Dr Blumberg

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day as a child

I was down by the ocean this evening, and as I walked along the surf I could hear my late father's voice. As a child, my Dad and I would walk on the beach often. He was a veteran of World War Two, fought with Patton's Army in Europe, and then was part of the occupational force in Japan.

On Memorial Day past, he told me stories of men he knew killed in battle. And that although, Memorial Day was the beginning of summer fun , barbecues, etc. that I should never forget those men and women who scarified their lives for our freedom.

As our children grow, it is essential that they are made aware of the true meaning of so many of our holidays. Part of a child's complete health is that of an educated and healthy mind. It is incumbent upon parents to take this active role in maintaining your child's health. If only our children would take just a minute to pause and understand what Memorial Day really means, only a brief moment in their day, then their soul will be enriched, and hopefully a better chance for a peaceful and healthy life. It might be just that simple!!

I wish you all a happy and safe holiday.
All my best,

Dr. Blumberg

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


As I travel back to New Jersey this weekend for my Mother' funeral, thoughts of my childhood are flashing right in front of my eyes.

Perhaps the reason I love the practice of Pediatrics and children, is because of fond memories of my upbringing.

What I remember most is that I really had fun. Now don't be fooled, there was appropriate discipline and intense teachings of good values.

I grew up in a simpler time. There was no texting, computers, etc. We had to personally communicate with our parents and our friends.

As a Pediatrician, I implore the parents of their children to spend time with them in person, reach out and touch a human being, and for once leave the cell phone and texting aside for a short period of time.

I have 3 year old kids in my practice that can use the applications in an IPhone. This is great and certainly the tech. future. But what I fear most is that the children of today will lose that special personal touch of a human being.

Just have fun and enjoy your kids.

All my best,
Dr Blumberg

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Arts and the Child

I had the fortunate experience this past weekend to attend an Art showing for a brilliant abstract artist, Mr Dennis Hare.
As I spoke with several of the patrons and it was established that I was a Pediatrician, the conversation, at times, evolved around how the Arts can be used in the treatment of ill children.

Artistic creativity may include not only the graphic artist, but the sculptress' and the artistic world of music.

Some of you, as my patient's families, might ask how is this possible?? Artists are basically gentle people that are interested in expressions that come from one's soul.

President Kennedy always felt and said, that the future of not only our country, but also that of the world, would be much simpler and peaceful if we as parents just teach our kids the meaning and appreciation of the Arts. Let their aggression, if any, be expressed in artistic expression and not killing machines.

If your school has cancelled its Arts Departments because of budget constraints, please look to other means so that one vital part of your children's education will not be lost.
And, it can really be fun!!
All my best,
Dr Blumberg