Holiday Message 2015 (Pedcast)


Dr. Paul Smolen here, you know…Doc Smo, your pedcast host.  I can’t believe it but this is my fifth year blogging and now my fifth holiday message. I’ve got to tell you, who would have figured I would have this much to say and having so much fun saying it. I now have a newly published parenting book and one of the most successful pediatric blogs in the country with an average of 40,000 visits each month. Thank you for your support, your comments, and your enthusiasm. It is my privilege to be able to contribute to your parenting knowledge and hopefully improve your children’s well being.  Today, we are not going to talk medicine, pediatrics, or expert recommendations but rather, we are going to talk about some of what makes your family unique and special and I am going to try and convince you that your family’s absolute one of a kind nature is worth passing onto your children. The holidays are the perfect time to do that passing on. Children benefit from having a place in  their family, their community, and a place in the world. To a large part, they get these things from you, their parents and grandparents.  So today, let’s explore that theme a little today, especially in light of the upcoming holidays, shall we?

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The Power of an Elimination Diet w/ Dr. Sheila Kilbane (Pedcast)


Welcome to one of the most popular pediatric blogs out there, We love children and parents here and try to bring you ideas, guests, and practical strategies to help you be the best parents you can be. Portable practical pediatrics is our motto and what we try and deliver with each pedcast. I am thrilled to have a returning guest today, integrative pediatrician, Dr. Sheila Kilbane. She is a board certified pediatrician who has extra training in integrative pediatrics. Check out more about Dr. Kilbane on her website, Infinite Health, Welcome Dr. Kilbane. I hope you are having a good evening. Continue reading

Teens Thrive w/ Trainers (Pedcast)

Not all of you have teenagers in your home but if you have children, you will some day so listen up. Has your preteen or teen gotten a little plump– have a few extra pounds stored up? This happens all to often in our culture. No wonder, with 40% of teens eating fast food daily! And those sugary drinks–they are ubiquitous. Each soda usually has the equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar. That’s a candy bar in each glass. No wonder 1/3 of children in America are overweight and 20% are obese. Can you imagine maintaining your healthy weight eating fast food and drinking soda every other day? Today, I thought we would talk about the obesity epidemic in America among children and tell you about an observation that I have made over my career that might be very useful for you if you have an overweight preteen or teen in your home.

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