Metabolism

Can Excessive Sugar Intake Be Toxic to Your Children? (Archived Pedcast)

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Can dietary sugar be toxic to your children?  Not worried about your children’s liver health? Maybe you should be as I am about to explain in this week’s post.

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6 Reasons Your Children Need Breakfast (Pedcast)

Introduction

I think this pedcast title speaks for itself. Today we are going to go over six reasons your children need breakfast and why all parents with young children should make providing breakfast a priority for their children. Stay tuned for this informative and important pedcast that’s coming at you right now with me, your host, Dr. Paul Smolen. Continue reading

DocSmo’s “Crunch Out” Campaign Continues (archivedPedcast)

Today, we will be talking about one of my personal pet peeves, how seemingly innocent snacking poses some serious consequences for your children’s health. Diabetes, heart disease, pancreatic issues, obesity, and tooth decay are only a few of the problems that arise from babies and young children eating little puffs, pastries, and crackers and drinking sugary drinks throughout the day. In America, children are treated to little snacks almost round the clock, from sugary cereals at preschool to after-sports snacks of cupcakes and cookies. Oftentimes, mothers carry these little snacks around in their purse to calm their child while they are out running errands because it seems so very convenient. However, when weighed against obesity, heart disease, tooth decay, and pancreatic troubles, not to mention a potential risk for addiction to carbohydrates, the snacking eating pattern is incredibly destructive. Continue reading

Kids, Holidays, and Sugar (Pedcast)

Doc Smo here. Thank you for joining me today. I am fortunate to have many patients who are new immigrants to the the US.  I care for the children of many families who, just a few years ago, lived in India, China, Taiwan, Iran, France, Germany, and the UK just to mention a few. Charlotte is becoming a very diverse place, with it’s rapid growth. It is definitely not the little sleepy southern town I moved to 33 years ago. I was talking to a mother from Taiwan the other day, which happened to be a few days before Easter. She made the comment that holidays in America are very different from those she experienced where she grew up. Here, holiday always means lots of candy and sweets. When she was a child, that just wasn’t true.  Here ,every holiday is an excuse to have candy, soda, cake, ice cream etc etc. She had also noticed that children are rewarded in America for every accomplishment with candy; good grades, winning of a sporting event, birthdays, end of the school year or just about everything.  Sugar, sugar, sugar!  You can’t get out of a store without your child being tempted by a huge display of candy at the checkout counter and the frequent argument that this candy precipitates. Continue reading