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Bodywatch; Building Better Babies


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Building Better Babies
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Series host: Dr. James H. "Red" Duke, Jr., Texas physician and professor of surgery. Health correspondent: Dr. Holly Atkinson, physician and medical journalist. Commentator: T George Harris, editor-in-chief, "American Health" magazine. Program format: Magazine-style; each program is focused on a single health theme and includes feature stories as well as a commentary. Series release date: 1986

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From the ability to predetermine a baby's sex, to the possibility that fetuses can be taught inside the womb, BODYWATCH questions the advisability and reliability of recent infant research, offering a common-sense guide to babyhood. Experts discuss the perils of dieting while pregnant; show how some of the intensive learning techniques advocated by "superbaby institutes" rob babies of warmth and security; reveal some little-known nutritional information, such as why babies need butter, and finally, discuss simple methods for boosting a baby's intelligence without sacrificing emotional security.



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Chicago: “Bodywatch; Building Better Babies,” 04/10/1986, GBH Archives, accessed November 29, 2023,
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