Covid-19 Preventable in Kids-Magryta M.D. Says Yes (Pedcast)

Are some children more likely than others to get sick with Covid-19? If so, why? Integrative pediatrician Dr. Chris Magryta has given this question a lot of thought and his answer may both surprise you and help you prevent severe illness in your children. Listen to integrative pediatrician Dr. Chris Magryta explain all this in this special edition of “Portable Practical Pediatrics”.

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Introduction: I am very excited to have a special guest today, the brilliant integrative pediatrician Dr. Chris Magryta, who practices at Salisbury Pediatrics in Salisbury NC..  In addition to the standard education all board-certified pediatricians get, Dr. Magryta added an integrative fellowship with the famous Dr. Andrew Weil to his database of knowledge. As you will quickly see after we start talking, this added education added an additional layer of knowledge that Dr. Magryta uses extremely well. I strongly recommend that you subscribe to his weekly newsletter (linked in the show notes) where he discusses a wide range of topics affecting the well-being of children.  Reading his newsletters is one of the highlights of my week.  Welcome Dr. Magryta.

The Interview with Dr. Chris Magryta

Question 1: Let’s start by explaining to my listeners what “Integrative Pediatrics” is and how it differs from traditional pediatrics.


Question 2: Dr. Dr. Magryta, you’ve written a lot about Covid-19 in the past six months and I think it is safe to say that you are an expert on the subject. Tell us why you think there is such a wide variety in incidence and severity of Covid-19 in both children and adults? It’s the same germ infecting everyone but the outcomes range from no symptoms to life threatening disease. How can this be?

-Disease with SARS-CoV-2 more about the host than the germ?

-Inoculum related or more about the host?


Question 3: From what you just said, it sounds like you saying that some children may look perfectly healthy but are not actually healthy, setting them up for a bad encounter with SARS-CoV-2?  Could you explain this please?

-Link inflammation?

-Can the inflammation be measured accurately?


Question 4: How can a parent tell if their children are metabolically healthy and more importantly, what can parents do to remedy this poor metabolic health? In other words, what is the formula for good metabolic health in children?


Question 5:  Do you think that poor metabolic health explains why African American, Native American, and Hispanic children are more likely to have a difficult time with SARS-CoV-2?



Question 6:  Dr. M, would you please summarize your recommendations to my parent listeners of what they can do, today, to prevent their children from getting sick with Covid-19.

-By maximizing healthy immune response.

-By minimizing inflammation.


Question 7: Could Covid-19 be a huge wake up call for America and our convenience lifestyle? Could this be the silver lining behind all this tragedy?

-We might to need to end the lifestyle of convenience.

-Crept into this lifestyle

-Duncan Heinz instant cake. They eased us into the convenience lifestyle. Need to ease us out!


– Maybe vertical gardens ending fresh food deserts, the death of fossil fuels that will improve air quality, more attention to water quality, and a slowing down of childhood will make things better.



Outro: Dr. Magryta, you have presented us with some great insights to minimize the effects of what we are all experiencing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Sounds like prevention of illness with SARS-CoV-2 comes down to living like grandma taught us: eating a diet of only whole foods, getting plenty of exercise, spending a lot of time outdoors actively playing surrounded by fresh air and sunshine, getting good quality sleep, and avoiding toxins. Preventing serious illness from SARS-CoV-2 sounds a lot more pleasant than treating the diseases it causes. Like all pediatric disease, prevention beats treatment… every time.


Dr. Magryta, thank you so much for sharing your insights with my audience.

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This is Dr. Paul Smolen…until next time.