Interesting Child Health Links 6/25/18


The Following are Dr. Smo’s links to interesting articles about children and child health for the week of 6/25/18

Article #1– First chocolate was shown to reduce coughing and now, it will make you smarter and slow aging. What is not to love! Your kids will love taking their medicine! Tell them that Doc Smo recommends they eat their salad and chocolate.


Article #2– This discovery may be a game changer since we know that early diagnosis and treatment can be extremely beneficial to those #children that suffer from #autism. If this discovery holds, it looks like autism may “speak” a lot younger. Continue reading

Could the Flu Pandemic of 1918 Pay Us Another Visit? (Pedcast Book Review)

Pale Rider

By Laura Spinney

Hachette Books

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Welcome to this book review edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. I’m your host, Dr. Paul Smolen also known as Doc Smo. I just finished reading a fascinating book titled, Pale Rider, by British journalist Laura Spinney, a work in which she gives her readers a detailed look at the effect of a global influenza pandemic that is known today as The Spanish Flu of 1918. Ms. Spinney makes the case that this single event was the worst human tragedy in human history, killing an estimated 50-100 million people; a number greater that the number of deaths in both WW1 and WW2 combined! How did this tragedy happen and could it happen again?  Is this tragedy relevant for today’s world population including your children? Find out and hear my review of this Pale Rider in this edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics, which is being brought to you by Audible, a place where you can sit back, rest your eyes, rev up your imagination, and listen to great books like Pale Rider. Consider joining today by clicking the banner displayed on my website, accompanying this post. Continue reading

Interesting Pediatric Health Links 6/11/18

The Following are Dr. Smo’s links to interesting articles about children and child health for the week of 6/11/18


Article #1– Is your parenting style “Authoritarian” or something else. Learn how psychologists classify parenting styles and which type of parenting style tends to yield the best outcomes in their children. Don’t miss this very interesting article by Kendra Cherry. @KendraCherry


Article #2– Denise Witmer gives parents 6 tips on how to raise successful strong teens. See what she suggests. @ParentingWithD

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Can Pesticides Harm Your Kids? (Pedcast)



News flash-the world that your children are growing up in is a world full of chemicals.  We are just beginning to understand what these chemicals do to your children’s health. Pesticides, manufacturing chemicals, jet fuel, chemicals in sunscreens and cosmetics, household chemicals, flame retardants, plastic packaging, medicines etc etc.   The EPA requires that manufacturers log their manufactured chemicals in a database and by 2012; they had logged 82,000 chemicals being manufactured and used in the U.S.!  Very worrisome, since many of these chemicals have strong biologic effects on children, persist in the environment long after use, have potentially damaging effects on a child’s nervous systems, have the potential to alter a child’s delicate hormone balances that regulate much of their physiology, and can even triggered some cancers. Continue reading

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