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Dr. M’s Women and Children First Podcast #6 – Dr. David Rakel, Stress and Optimal Woman’s Health

Podcast #6
Dr. David Rakel, MD is a nationally recognized leader in integrative medicine. He is the Chair of the department of Family Medicine and Community health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is an expert in mind body stress and human health.
Dr. Rakel obtained his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1991. During his time at the University of Wisconsin–Madison he founded the Integrative Medicine Program (now known as the Integrative Health Program) and received the Gold Foundation’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the school’s highest honor for excellence and compassion in care. His team worked with more than 50 clinical systems within the Veterans Health Administration to implement changes to make care more personalized, proactive, and patient driven.
An author of both academic and popular writings, David Rakel says one of his missions is to communicate medical information in a way that is accessible to people of all backgrounds. He has published 11 books, including the Textbook of Family Medicine, Current Therapy, and Integrative Medicine, as well as peer-reviewed research on the impact of measures such as mindfulness meditation and the power of the therapeutic encounter. He serves as editor-in-chief of Practice Update, a website devoted to commentaries on primary medical care research. His 2018 book The Compassionate Connection focuses on how relationship-building can influence health outcomes.
Today we will take a deep look at maternal and child health as it relates to stress.
I hope that you enjoy my conversation with Dr. Rakel,
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 March 2017 (Pedcast)

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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)

 

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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)

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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

Diagnosis via Cell Phone (Pedcast)

Topic Introduction

Doc Smo here with another installment of Portable, Practical, Pediatrics. It seems all we hear these days is how screens and technology are hurting our children’s health. Many think these digital devices are putting childhood on hold and ruining what should be a thrilling time in a person’s life. Cyber bullying, sexting, obsession with friends, and replacement of real human interaction with virtual social discourse among other things. Well, I’m here to tell you about a use for cellphones that actually was very beneficial to one of my patient’s health. Let me explain. Continue reading

Interesting Conversations w/ Parents -January 2016 (Pedcast)

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