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Dr. M’s SPA Newsletter Audiocast Volume 12 Issues 14 and 16

SPA Audiocast Newsletter Volume 12 Letters 14 and 16

In issue 14, we look at carbs and exercise. We take a deep look at how carbohydrates are utilized by our muscle cells and what the science says about optimization.

In issue 16, we discuss hydration and sport. What is optimal for hydration? Is thirst the key signal for hydration? Are sports drinks useful? And more….


Dr. M

Dr. M’s Women and Children First Podcast #20 – Dr. Sanford Newmark – ADHD Without Drugs!

ADHD without Drugs
Sandy Newmark, MD is the Director of Clinical Programs at the University of California at San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Health. He is an Integrative Pediatrician and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF with the title of Osher Foundation Endowed Chair in Clinical Programs in Integrative Medicine. To me, he is an amazing teacher and onion peeler in the world of attention deficit.
I met Sandy back in 2006 as he was the lead Pediatric teacher in the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medicine Fellowship. He immediately made an impact in my career as a leader in this new way of seeing the world of medicine.
His bio lists: Dr. Sanford Newmark specializes in integrative neurodevelopmental pediatrics including autism, ADHD, and related conditions. Dr. Newmark lectures widely on both autism and ADHD and has authored three chapters in integrative medicine textbooks. He is the author of the book “ADHD Without Drugs, a Guide to the Natural Care of Children with ADHD.” His online video, “Do 2.5 Million Children Really Need Ritalin? An Integrative Approach to ADHD,” has been viewed over 4.5 million times.
Know this, this is an hour of your life that you will want to dedicate to Dr. Newmark’s thoughts. Especially, if you or your child has ADHD.
Enjoy my conversation with Dr. Newmark,
Dr. M

Dr. M’s Women and Children First Podcast – Covid Pathophysiology Deep Dive, Death Risk and Disease Prevention

Covid Pathophysiology Deep Dive, Death Risk and Disease Prevention

In this weeks podcast we go very deep into the world of why Covid19 was able to produce so much mortality in the United States. Why were we so unprepared to survive as a culture? Why is this virus so capable of hijacking our immune physiology for it’s benefit? What are the upstream risk factors for a bad outcome. But most importantly, we learn the immune based reasons why we are at risk at the micro level leading to concrete pathways to undoing the risk.

Diving deep is sometimes necessary to find the treasure below. This week is one of those journeys.

Dr. M

Dr. M’s Women and Children First Podcast #16 – Dr. George Munoz – Covid Risk and Prevention

Podcast #16 – Dr. George Munoz – Covid Risk and Prevention

Dr. George Munoz is a board certified Rheumatologist with over 30 years of experience with complex immune related disorders. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Columbia before heading to Mount Sinai School of Medicine for his medical degree. He pursued a Rheumatology fellowship at Harvard before we crossed paths during our Fellowship in Integrative medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.  George is a thinker and a gentleman whose mission has been to change the lives of individuals suffering from Rheumatologic disease.

As Covid has been omnipresent in our lives, we decided to sit down and discuss the underlying risk factors of Covid disease and what can be done to reduce future risk. It is a wide ranging conversation that covers the gamut of lifestyle related factors predisposing us to disease.


I hope that enjoy my conversation with Dr. George Munoz,

Dr. M

Insulin Resistance Tour with Dr. M


Have you ever wondered why we are struggling as a society to maintain health? This podcast is the place where you can start to understand the root cause or the headwaters of the disease river. Insulin resistance, in my mind is the root of the problem. The Answer to the dilemma is within these audio minutes for you to listen to at your leisure and at your pace to understand this complex topic distilled down into palatable bites.



Dr. M

Dr. M’s SPA Newsletter Volume 11 Issue 24

Did you ever suffer from a cold sore caused by the herpes virus? If so, this audio newsletter is for you. We go through all of the current data regarding cause and treatment.

Herpes Labialis is a common recurrent irritation for many children and parents alike. The Red Book, the bible of pediatric Infectious diseases, is the best resource for understanding Herpes viral infections. There are 8 primary herpes viruses that infect humans including: herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1), herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV2), varicella-zoster virus, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, Human herpesvirus-6, Human herpesvirus-7, and Kaposi’s sarcoma herpes virus……

Read More at https://www.salisburypediatrics.com/patient-education/dr-magryta-s-newsletter/955-volume-11-letter-24


Dr. M


Active Kids means Stronger Knees (Article)


 Summers spent sedentary can come back to haunt children once they are adults.  For some time now, physical activity has been recommended for children in order to improve joint health and function.  Now doctors are asking a more specific question: does an active childhood build stronger knees?  Are there physical changes, induced by physical activity during the early years of a child’s life, that carry benefit into adult life and even old age? The answer turns out to be a resounding, YES.

Data from a long-term follow-up study of approximately 300 children suggests that, indeed, active children may have stronger knees as adults.  Dr. Graeme Jones, head of the musculoskeletal unit at the Menzies Research Institute, reports that, “The response to physical activity in childhood is to increase the size of the bone to adjust for this and to spread the load out, and the cartilage will then expand to cover the bone area or the area of contact.” (1)  The idea is that if children are able to develop more cartilage, it will last longer in their adult lives, thus preventing or delaying the development of osteoarthritis. Dr. Jones’ research indicate that active running and jumping children grow more articular (cushioning bone on bone) cartilage than their sedentary friends!

Keeping kids active has always been important, and now, it may help them grow up with stronger knees.  “The take home message is we need to make our kids as active as we can,” says Dr. Jones.  “Send them outside.  Don’t leave them inside playing Nintendo, or Wii, or computer games.  Physical activity is good for them in many ways, and we can reassure parents that it is actually good for their joint development also.” “Like money in the bank collecting interest” as Doc Smo always says; physical activity, especially when a child is young, has tremendous benefits.  Don’t let your children miss out on every opportunity to be as physically active.  Add stronger knees to the list of reasons parents need to encourage their children be involved in active play.

Your comments are welcome at www.docsmo.com.  While you are there, take a few moments to check out the literally hundreds of pedcasts and articles on a wide range of pediatric topics. Until next time.

 Written collaboratively by Abbie Doelger and Paul Smolen MD