Interesting Conversations

Dr. M’s Women and Children First Podcast #9 – Dr. Tracy Shafizadeh, Evivo Probiotic for Babies

Dr. Tracy Shafizadeh is a nutritional scientist, speaker, and author with over 15 years of experience in scientific communications and life science research. Prior to serving as the Director of Scientific Communications at Evolve BioSystems, she led both product development and research services at various start-up life science companies, including Lipomics Technologies, Tethys Bioscience and Metabolon, Inc. Dr. Shafizadeh received her PhD in nutritional biology from UC Davis, studying intestinal development and folate metabolism in newborns.

Today, we spend the hour discussing the maternal and infant microbiome with respect to maternal breastmilk, human milk sugars and childhood outcome. Evolve Biosystems has produced a probiotic with excellent science to help guide us in new therapeutic discovery. We head to the beginnings of disease onset when the infant is only starting to take his or her first breaths.

I hope that you enjoy my conversation with Dr. Tracy Shafizadeh,

Dr. M

 

Dr. M’s Women and Children First Podcast #7 – Dr. William Parker, The “Macrobiome” and Human Health

Dr. William Parker, Associate Professor of Surgery and Global Health at Duke University, will discuss the biome depletion theory and how our cleanliness is disrupting normal immune function. These processes can have profound downstream effects on maternal and child health. From the Duke Medical School: What is widely known as the “hygiene hypothesis” is more appropriately described as the biota alteration or biome depletion theory: Changes in symbiont composition in the ecosystem of the human body in Western culture has led to immune dysfunction and subsequent disease. We are working on several aspects of this theory. Our earlier studies probe the immunological differences between laboratory-raised and wild-raised animals as a means of assessing differences between humans with and without Western culture, respectively. Other studies probe the role of biome enrichment, in particular the addition of helminths, in the treatment of disease. Studies are ongoing in both humans and in animals, with particular attention to the role of biome depletion in cognitive dysfunction.

We discuss the future of human health with a specific focus on our macrobiome friends, parasites, with whom we have co evolved. They are now missing and we are not better off because of it.

 

Please enjoy my conversation with Dr. William Parker,

Dr. M

3 Interesting Conversations w/ Parents, November 2017 (Pedcast)

Topic Introduction

Thanks for joining me today. I started a series of pedcasts that I call, Interesting Conversations w/ Parents a few years ago when I realized that the parents of my patients frequently bring up subjects that I either had never heard of or know very little about. Well, here is my latest installment to that series. More fascinating topics all brought to me by some of the most informed and interesting parents on the planet. Let’s get started shall we? Continue reading

Interesting Conversations w/ Parents (Pedcast) May 2017

Introduction

Doc Smo here. Thanks for joining me today. I was looking at the stats for my blog the other day and noticed something interesting; 3 of the top 7 downloaded pedcasts for 2016 were my interesting conversations series. In other words, parents like to hear what other parents are talking about. And why not… I have interesting and well-informed parents bringing their children to me.  In that vein, here we go with my next edition of the “Interesting Conversation w/ Parents” series. Continue reading

Interesting Conversations March 2017 (Pedcast)

Voice Intro

Welcome to another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. I am your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician. People call me Doc Smo. My patients bring up such interesting topics…so interesting that a few years ago, I started sharing some of them with my blog audience. I have to say that after 35 years of practicing pediatrics I have learned and lived this Doc Smo pearl, “The best doctors listen way more than they talk.” With that in mind, I am going to share with some of the interesting things my patients have told me recently. I think you will see that by listening intently, I learn a lot from my patients.   So let’s get into the next set of “Interesting Conversations” I’ve had recently with my patients and their families, shall we? Continue reading

Teaching Kids to Enjoy Vegetables (Pedcast)

 

Introduction

I don’t know if you have noticed, but the vegetarians of the world are winning the argument about what constitutes healthy eating. After a half century of poor nutrition creeping into the American child’s diet, I feel like the pendulum is beginning to swing back toward healthier eating. Meals are becoming more often, lower on the food chain with a lot more fruits and vegetables. If you are not already on this movement toward a more vegetable friendly diet, you need to listen to today’s edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics.  Today we are going to explore two new ways you can help your children move toward a balanced diet, a diet rich in vegetables. Continue reading

Interesting Conversations w/ Parents July 2016 (Pedcast)

Topic introduction

I’ve got to say, I have the some of the best-informed patients and parents on the planet. I am constantly learning about new and interesting things in the world of pediatrics, health, and nutrition from them.  Because of their insights, that I started my series, “Interesting Conversations with Parents”, to bring you a little bit of their wisdom. Here is a Doc Smo pearl for you; enjoying a good conversation is more about listening than about talking. In that vein, I am going to share a few of these recent conversations. Let’s get started, shall we? Continue reading