Dr. Phil – Kissing Issue Posted on April 11th, 2012
I am a big fan of Dr. Phil. He’s probably the most well-known mental health professional in the world, and a leader in daytime talk. He is a tell-it-like-it-is kind of guy who encourages his guests and audiences to “get real.” But I take exception to Dr. Phil kissing his grandchildren on the mouth.
Last Friday you’ll have to watch the replay of the cutest show with Dr. Phil and his adorable grandchildren. All is well until “pops” gives his two year-old granddaughter Avery, a kiss – right on the mouth. By now you’re probably calling me old-fashioned, a prude, germ-phobic, too rigid etc. But kissing little ones on the mouth is not a good idea, because it spreads germs. I was raised in a medical family. My father and grandfather were both doctors and my mom was a dietician! We were taught to be aware of the spread of germs from one person to another. It is one thing for a husband and wife to kiss each other on the mouth – and good thing too! But kissing a child on the mouth has some obvious ramifications. I am sure Dr. Phil as healthy as he is, is unlikely to be on medication. But what if he, like millions of people, was on heart medication, hormones, such as testosterone, or thyroid medication? Any of these medications could affect the child. I know of one family who discovered their child developed thyroid issues because Grandpa, who was on a high-dose thyroid medication, was kissing junior on the mouth! So Dr. Phil, please keep kissing your grandbabies – yes, but on their little rosy cheeks! Don’t miss the segment – it’s adorable!