Paul's "Docsmo" Pearls from the podcast

July 26th, 2021

Here are a few:

1) It is a terrible mistake for parents to underestimate their influence on their children. They are paying attention and learning from us through watching and direct communication. We should use this pulpit to help them at all times.

2) Parents create the reality that their children experience. Free play, increased outdoor time, structured travel and event experiences or the contrary is to give unlimited screen access, whatever food they want and no guidance.

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Cognitive Dissonance Redo

Juluy 26th, 2021

 - because it is so important to avoid this behavior and teach our children the same!

I have long thought about the world of manipulating one's thoughts to maintain a wrong belief because it aligns with what the thinker wants or needs. In the field of medicine, I am constantly amazed at the entrenched beliefs of my colleagues when they are faced with solid evidence that the belief that is held tight is likely untrue. This brings me to the theory of Cognitive Dissonance as written by Leon Festinger in 1957:

1) the existence of dissonance, being psychologically uncomfortable, will motivate the person to try to reduce the dissonance and achieve consonance 2) When dissonance is present, in addition to trying to reduce it, the person will actively avoid situations and information that would increase the dissonance. What Dr. Festinger was looking at was the reality that I am seeing play out in medicine.

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Dr. M

 

 

School and the Covid Generation

July 26th, 2021

More than a year later, as we had feared, we are starting to see and feel the repercussions of the school closure pandemic phenomenon. The K shaped recovery of the economic pandemic is also playing out similarly in the school system. Last year, private schools stayed open while public schools shuttered. Of those in public school systems, many that could afford one, hired tutors to bridge the academic dysfunction of zoom education. The gap between the rich and poor just widened like never before right before our eyes. Regardless of the intent behind the outcome, we are now here. It serves no purpose to blame teachers unions or local governments or parents living in fear or any other publicized reason to date.

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Volume 11, Letter 32

 July 26th, 2021

Yesterday, you should have received a newsletter post discussing the first podcast with Dr. Paul Smolen. I hope that you enjoy it and the great wisdom that he shares.

Please bear with me during this transition period as I navigate the worlds of the newsletter and the podcast. This is an exciting time as I am having so much fun talking to the experts and gleaning concrete ideas and data from them to share with you. I have completed three interviews and the content is fantastic.

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Next Podcast

July 26th, 2021

Dr. Danny Benjamin, a Professor of Pediatric Infectious diseases at Duke University and principal investigator on the large North Carolina Covid school study, has shared a wealth of knowledge on COVID, vaccines and getting back to school. We discuss the safety of vaccines, to mask or not to mask, and other pertinent topics for a back to school view.

Over the next few weeks I will be following up with podcast discussions with these guests:

1) Dr. Randy Jirtle, a retired Duke University Professor of Epigenetics and Time Magazine's 2007

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Podcast #1

 

 July 26th, 2021

Dr. Paul Smolen, pediatrician, author of two books and 11 year podcast veteran of Practical Portable Pediatrics is the inaugural guest on the Women and Children First podcast for many reasons. He is a mentor, friend and a transition guru for me moving forward in the new medium of podcasting.

We get into his career and the many "Docsmo pearls" that he has dispensed to parents over the years. He has a broad range of knowledge and has completed over 40 book reviews and 500 podcasts on pediatric medicine topics.

I hope that you will enjoy my conversation with Dr. Paul Smolen, aka, Docsmo.

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follow up for Unifying Theory

July 19th, 2021

For the Unifying Theory of SARS2/COVID19 pathology that was published in September, please follow this link. In this piece, I lay out what appears to be the pathway to infection and subsequent significant illness. It will be updated in the coming months.

 

Dr. M

Vaccine Information

July 19th, 2021

Guillan Barre found to be associated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. GBS is an ascending paralysis that occurs in humans following infections with certain viral and bacterial disease and the corresponding vaccines.

"Based on an analysis of Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting (VAERS) data, there have been 100 preliminary reports of GBS following vaccination with the Janssen vaccine after approximately 12.5 million doses administered. Of these reports, 95 of them were serious and required hospitalization. There was one reported death.

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Volume 11, Letter 31 Coronavirus Update 40

 July19th, 2021

Delta is here in significant volumes and almost all cases are in unvaccinated individuals. This is not an accident of viral activity so much as a problem of choice and outcome.

Latest numbers google/CDC

Most states are at a steady state with vaccinations but now disease from SARS2 is on the rise again because of the steady state. Almost all cases are in unvaccinated persons. There does not seem to be any further movement on the vaccine front. There are increasingly larger pockets of disease in poorly vaccinated communities. Hospitalizations are mildly on the rise but that is likely to change rapidly for all unvaccinated communities and people.

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Section III The Mouth

July 12th, 2021

 The mouth has a diverse oral microbiome that appears to be affected by what we eat. While this data emerges, it is likely that in the future we will be targeting good oral bacteria through prebiotic foods and potentially even probiotics.

Slomka J Clinical Periodontology

 

Section II Dental Care

  July12th, 2021

Spend any time in a pediatric clinic or school setting and you will notice two things: crooked teeth and cavities. Why is this the norm? An article in Scientific American tackles this question.

Peter Ungar, a dental anthropologist and evolutionary biologist, thinks that the issues of today are not the issues of the past. Our ancestral kin did not have similar issues with crowding and cavities. If they did not and we do, why?

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Volume 11, Letter 30

 

 July 13th, 2021

Dental Care - Why is it so important?

 We have intermittently discussed dental care over the last 11 years with regard to oral health as well as systemic health. There was an excellent podcast between Dr. Peter Attia and Dr. Patricia Corby two weeks ago looking at all things oral health. I am going to distill the 2 hour podcast down into a manageable read in this newsletter.

Dr. Corby is an oral health researcher from Penn Dental Medicine in Pennsylvania.

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Memory

July 5th, 2021

Remember that the immune system is poised to respond to a recurrence of a pathogen because of memory T and B cells that have been programmed in response to a natural infection or a vaccine. The reason that we develop memory immune cells specifically targeted to each pathogen that we encounter is because of the reality that if we kept the pathogen specific proteins called antibodies to all of the pathogens around in high volume, our blood would turn to sludge and we would die. Therefore, yet again, we see the elegance of a system set up to expand and contract as needed for a given risk.

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Volume 11, Letter 29 Coronavirus Update 39

July 5th, 2021

 Latest numbers google/CDC

Most states are at a steady state with vaccinations and disease for SARS2. There does not seem to be any further movement on the vaccine front or the significant infection front. There are some pockets of disease in poorly vaccinated communities.

The vaccines continue to be effective against all of the variants including Delta.

As it stands today, the United States has had 33.7 million known cases and almost 605,000 deaths.

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Gut Healing Turkey Bone Broth

June 28th, 2021

One of the most nourishing remedies that I think everyone should have in their food arsenal is bone broth. Nowadays in our fast paced world we grab at the canned or boxed chicken broths on grocery store shelves to help us get that 30 minute meal on the table. I used to make everything with boxed organic soup, that is, until I learned of the incredible healing properties of homemade bone broth. Its so easy to make, it now seems silly to use boxed broth when cooking.
Our ancestors have been making bone broth for thousands of years.....

Recipe Link

Enjoy,

Nicole Magryta, RD, MBA

Chemicals in women's care products may be effecting hormonal physiology.

 

June 28th, 2021

"The peer-reviewed study, published in Environmental Science & Technology, detected what the study’s authors characterized as “high” levels of organic fluorine, an indicator of PFAS, in over half of 231 makeup and personal care samples. That includes lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, foundation, concealer, lip balm, blush, nail polish and more.
The products that most frequently contain high levels of fluorine include waterproof mascara (82% of brands tested), foundations (63%) and liquid lipstick (62%). (Perkins T. 2021)

I have been tracking these issues for years. Read this article and then get ready for the 2 upcoming podcasts with

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Why are we subsidizing obesity as a government and by definition us the people who elect the government?

June 28th, 2021

I have been frustrated by this annual reality for the better part of two whole decades. How can we continue to allow our elected officials to allow certain farmers, convenient stores and the healthcare industry to profit from making our children ill? The scourge of this country is and remains the constant access of our children to government funded low

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Do you know what your teenagers are texting?

 June 28th, 2021

As our teenagers learn and attempt to navigate the modern world replete with ever time consuming social media applications and devices, we must stay tied to them for safety. Dr. Laura Berman has a cautionary tale that discusses the hidden dangers of children using social media to communicate their desire to use and obtain drugs. She stated in a post, "Instead of writing out words and structuring sentences, teenagers and young adults are using emojis to express thoughts or emotions in conversations with their friends and online strangers. So, it’s important that parents become educated on the language our kids are speaking. " (Berman, L)

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Volume 11, Letter 28 

June 28th, 2021

Teenagers are in need of our guidance despite what they may tell you. Stay involved in order to love and guide them.

Podcast

The audio recording of the Insulin Resistance Newsletter is available now at this link or on your smart phone at Apple Podcasts under Practical Portable Pediatrics label with Docsmo.I highly encourage everyone to listen to this podcast as it truly is the answer to many of our human disease related problems of aging. If you enjoy it, please like it on apple podcasts or forward it on to others as this information is vital to our health and that is the only dog I have in this fight.                                      Dr. M

 

Happy Father's Day

June 21st, 2021

Happy Father's Day to all of the men that give of their time while they muster the courage to practice temperance and provide for the protection and mental nourishment of their children's souls.

Although it is just a day, I smile at the beauty of being a father. I still remember the smell of my newborn son's skin while I marveled at the miracle of his birth. Then again, when my daughter blessed me. From child to young adult to father, we follow paths hoping that we live up to the ideals of character and fortitude in the face of adversity that always follows the parent role. We love, we laugh, we cry, we struggle, we learn, we try, we pray, we hope, we live and then repeat in perpetuity.

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