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Dr. M’s Women and Children First Podcast #26 – Dr. Bonnie Kaplan – The Better Brain

Dr. Bonnie Kaplan is an emeritus professor in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She is a research psychologist who has published widely on the biochemical etiologies of developmental disorders and mental health. She studied at Brandeis University, University of Chicago and Butler University. Her focus is the contribution of nutrition to brain development and brain activity. Dr. Kaplan is the recipient of the Dr. Rogers prize for excellence in complementary and alternative medicine.
This week we sit down to discuss her research, her book, The Better Brain and the science of mental health. Her book is a treatise in how to overcome Anxiety, combat Depression and reduce ADHD and stress with nutrition.
I hope that you enjoy my conversation with Dr. Kaplan,
Dr. M

Dr. M’s SPA Newsletter Audiocast Volume 12 Issue 7, Covid Updates 54

Coronavirus Update #54 – This audiocast is a deeper dive into policy and opinion based on the same for Omicron.

In my opinion, our children’s mental and physical health need to take primacy over pandemic fear at this time. They are in a very very very low risk scenario from COVID, however, they remain in a high risk scenario from a mental and metabolic health perspective. The scales do not favor current school based mitigation measures based on risk and health from Omicron and the downstream events relate to it. If you are a young person, boosting is questionable, especially if you are a male with myocarditis risk. The WHO and European Union are not recommending it at this time. The CDC is recommending down to age 12. Let us say that you are 18 years old and male. If a young adult receives a third dose of an mRNA vaccine which provides marginal to no transmission benefit for 90 to 110 days and minimal disease severity reduction because it is already almost zero after a 2 dose series, what is the point. Are our youth supposed to protect the unvaccinated? The vaccinated and boosted with risk factors? For how long? Then what? Do it again, and again every three months as immunity wanes rapidly? Has this ever been done before or well studied? Nope.
Be well,
Dr. M

From the desk of Doc Smo: Pediatric Practice, the New Frontier (article)

I get a lot of reading material each week, way more than I can possibly digest with a full time job and a cutting edge blog to run. On Sunday, I received a newsletter from the Center for Disease Control with recent information that they have collected and published. I also get various pediatric new journals, including the journal Pediatrics, as part of my membership to the Academy of Pediatrics. While diving into these publications this week, I was struck by the number of articles that revolve around mental health issues. I went into the practice of pediatrics because I really enjoyed the practice of infectious disease. Pediatrics was an infectious disease specialty when I signed up for duty. Not any more; it seems to be evolving into a mental health specialty. Let me give you a flavor of some of the information that is coming at pediatricians these days:

Pediatrics, November 2011
“Media, Profanity, and Aggression”
“‘Action signs’ for Child Behavioral Health Problems”
“Shyness vs. social phobia”
“School Nurse Treatment of Adolescent Smoking”
“Correlates of Sedentary Behavior in Preschool Children”
“ADHD: Clinical Practice Guideline”
“Media Use by Children Younger than Two Years of Age”

The Mortality and Morbidity Newsletter from the CDC, January 2012
“Quick Stats- Depression in the population divided by age”

Pediatric News, December 2011
“Don’t Let Comorbidities Keep Obese Child on the Couch”
“15 Minute Interview for Serious Mental Disorders”
“Teen Behavior Involving Sexting Varies Widely”

The shift in pediatric practice from infectious disease to a mental health is undeniable. Fortunately, I feel that I am much better equipped to advise families with regards to behavioral issues now that I have 30 years of pediatric experience under my belt. Those families that I tried to help 30 years ago didn’t get as much bang for their buck. We were simply not trained or prepared to help families with behavioral problems, let alone families encountering true mental illness. If things keep going in the direction that I am seeing, the next generation of pediatricians better get ready for an ever-increasing amount of childhood anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, developmental disorders, and autism. Hopefully they will up to the challenge.