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Dr. M’s SPA Newsletter Audiocast Volume 12 Issue 7, Covid Updates 54

Coronavirus Update #54 – This audiocast is a deeper dive into policy and opinion based on the same for Omicron.

In my opinion, our children’s mental and physical health need to take primacy over pandemic fear at this time. They are in a very very very low risk scenario from COVID, however, they remain in a high risk scenario from a mental and metabolic health perspective. The scales do not favor current school based mitigation measures based on risk and health from Omicron and the downstream events relate to it. If you are a young person, boosting is questionable, especially if you are a male with myocarditis risk. The WHO and European Union are not recommending it at this time. The CDC is recommending down to age 12. Let us say that you are 18 years old and male. If a young adult receives a third dose of an mRNA vaccine which provides marginal to no transmission benefit for 90 to 110 days and minimal disease severity reduction because it is already almost zero after a 2 dose series, what is the point. Are our youth supposed to protect the unvaccinated? The vaccinated and boosted with risk factors? For how long? Then what? Do it again, and again every three months as immunity wanes rapidly? Has this ever been done before or well studied? Nope.
Be well,
Dr. M

“Food Decisions” with Dr. Kilbane (Pedcast)

In today’s podcast, Dr. Sheila Kilbane returns to bring us some of her insights regarding nutrition that can help parents make food decisions for their children.  This is one of those podcasts you don’t want to miss.   In today’s pedcast, you will hear a  discussion of  organic versus non organic food, which is best for your family? Dr. Kilbane will help you make your family’s food decisions!


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Smo Notes:

1. http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

2.  Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Urinary Metabolites of Organophosphate Pesticides
Maryse F. Bouchard, David C. Bellinger, Robert O. Wright and Marc G. Weisskopf.   

        Pediatrics; originally published online May 17, 2010; 

3.  Organic Diets Significantly Lower Children’s Dietary Exposure to Organophosphorus Pesticides

        Chensheng Lu, Kathryn Toepel, Rene Irish, Richard A Fenski, Dana B Barr, & Roberto Bravo.


Environ Health Perspect. 2006 February; 114(2): 260–263.

        Published online 2005 September 1. doi:  10.1289/ehp.8418

4.  Pesticides

  • Bernard Weiss,
  • Sherlita Amler,
  • and Robert W. Amler

Pediatrics 2004; 113:Supplement 3 

 

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Dr. Kilbane on “Winterizing” Your Children (Pedcast)

Integrative pediatrics is all about disease prevention and wellness.  Listen to a conversation with our very own integrative consultant, Dr. Sheila Kilbane, when she tells parents how to reduce their children’s chance of getting sick this winter.

 

SmoNotes:

1. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hand-washing/HQ00407

2. http://www.ajcn.org/content/91/5/1255.full

3. http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamind

4. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hand-washing/HQ00407

5. http://www.ajcn.org/content/91/5/125

6.http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheet/vitamind

7. Weizman Z, et al, Pedaitrics (205)115:5-9: Effect of a probiotic infant formula on infections in child carre centers-comparison of two probiotic agents.

8. Rennard, et al, Chest October 2000 vol 118 #4, pg 1150-1157: Chicken Soup inhibits neutrophil chemotaxis in vitro.

9. Urashima, et al, Am J of Nutrition, May 2010 91:5,  1255-1260: Randomized trial of Vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren.

10. Chest, vol. 118, 2000 Drs. B. Rennard, Ertl, Gossman, Robbins and S. I. Rennard.
Store-bought chicken soup (listed in order of presumed effectiveness):
Knorr’s Chicken Flavor Chicken Noodle
Campbell’s Home Cookin’ Chicken Vegetable
Campbell’s Healthy Request Chicken Noodle
Lipton’s Cup-o-soup, Chicken Noodle
Progresso Chicken Noodle.
Other brands, including some of Campbell’s, were less effective.
Here’s the recipe. More work of course, but you can cut the excessive use of salt found in store-bought types:

1 5-to 6-lb stewing hen or baking chicken,
1 package of chicken wings,
3 large onions,
l large sweet potato,
3 parsnips,
2 turnips,
11 to 12 large carrots,
5 to 6 celery stems,
1 bunch of parsley,
salt and pepper to taste.

Cover the chicken with cold water, and bring it to boiling. Add chicken wings, onions, sweet potato, parsnips, turnips and carrots. Boil about 1 1/2 hours, removing fat regularly. Add the parsley and celery. Cook all about 45 minutes longer. Remove the chicken, which is no longer used for the soup. Put the vegetables in a food processor until chopped fine or pass them through a strainer. Add salt and pepper
Enjoy!
Doctors Test Chicken Soup for a Cold – Don’t Laugh Bibliography

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Baby’s First Solid Food: When and How (Pedcast)

This Pedcast is a must listen for parents with young infants.  Dr Smolen presents a referenced discussion of how and when complimentary foods (i.e. solids) should be introduced into your child’s diet.  Kick back and find out what the experts are thinking is best for your infant when it comes to infant nutrition.

 

SmoNotes:

1. Selected Complementary Feeding Practices and Their Association With Maternal Education

2. Solid foods: How to get your baby started – MayoClinic.com

3. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition – How did babies grow 100 years ago[quest]

 

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Breastfeeding Decisions with Anne Gessner PNP (Pedcast)

Regular listeners of DocSmo will recognize Anne Gessner who is a wonderful resource for information regarding breastfeeding and other topics.  Today we discuss the decision that mothers have to make whether or not to breastfeed their infant.  Ms Gessner has many years as a practicing lactation consultant and understands the dynamics of the decision that new mothers are presented.  Listen to her intelligent and informed perspective in this “Let’s Talk Kids”.

 

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SmoNotes:

1. llli.org La Leche League, find local peer support
2. kellymom.com   information
3. aap.org,   American academy of pediatrics
4. ilca.org  locate a lactation consultant
5. Section 4207 of the Affordable Care Act 2011,   federal mandate that employer must provide a break in a private area that is not a bathroom for a mom to express milk for an infant up to one year of age.

 

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Probiotics Update with Dr. Sheila Kilbane (Pedcast)

The “Let’s Talk Kids” podcast is fortunate to have as our returning guest, Dr. Shelia Kilbane who is an expert in integrative medicine.  She focuses her expertise in this Pedcast on teaching us about the role of  microbial life in maintaining your children’s good health.  You don’t want to miss her perspective on the topic of probiotics. As always, Dr Kilbane is informative, practical, and up to date.  Join us won’t you.

 

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SmoNotes:

1.    Weizman Z, et al.  Pediatrics (2005)115:5-9.

2.    Isolauri E, Arvola T, Sutas Y, et al.  Probiotics in the management of atopic eczema.  Clin Exp Allergy (2000);30:1604-10.

3.     Isolauri E, Juntunen M, Rautanen T, Sillanaukee P,Koivula T.  A human Lactobacillus strain (Lactobacillus casei sp strain GG) promotes recovery from acute diarrhea in children. (1991) Pediatrics 88:90-7.

4.     Kalliomaki M, Salminen S, Arvilommi H, et al.  Probiotics in primary prevention of atopic disease:  A randomized placebo-controlled trial.  Lancet (2001)357:1076-9

5.     Vanderhoof J, Young R.  Probiotics in Pediatrics.  Pediatrics (2002)109;5:956-8.

6.      Szajewska H, Mrukowicz J.  Probiotics in the Treatment and Prevention of Acute Infectious Diarrhea in Infants and Children:  A Systematic Review of Published Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trials.  J of Ped Gastroenerology and Nutrition (2001)33:S17-S25.

 
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ADD-An Integrative approach with Dr Sheila Kilbane (Pedcast)

It is my honor to be able to interview Dr. Sheila Kilbane, a pediatrician trained in both traditional Western medicine and the integrative medical approach. In this Pedcast, Dr. Kilbane will explain the “Integrative Approach” and give specific examples of how this approach relates to children with ADD. As you will see, Dr. Kilbane has a gift of making complex subjects easy to understand and is full of  practical suggestions that can help your child, whether they have ADD or not.  Make sure not to miss this informative conversation between Dr. Smolen and Dr. Kilbane.

 

SmoNotes:

1. Addressing ADD Naturally, Improving Attention, Focus, and Self-Discipline with Healthy Habits in a Healthy Habitat by Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH
2. ADHD Without Drugs A Guide to the Natural Care of Children with ADHD by Sandford Newmark, MD
3. The Kid Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook, the ultimate guide to the gluten-free casein free diet by Camela Compart MD and Dana Laake, RDH, MD, LDN

 

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