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TMHS 802 - Why Childhood Illnesses Are Skyrocketing & How to Raise Healthy Kids in Our Modern World - With Dr. Joel Gator

June 24, 2024

The Model Health Show


Over the last few decades, the rates of chronic illness and obesity in children have skyrocketed. Some folks argue that this is due to increased awareness and testing – but what is really contributing to increased childhood illnesses? And more importantly, what can we do about it? That’s exactly what you’re going to learn on today’s show. 

Today’s guest is Dr. Joel “Gator” Warsh, a board-certified integrative pediatrician and author of the new book, Parenting at Your Child’s Pace. He’s joining us on this episode of The Model Health Show for an important conversation on the increasing rates of childhood illnesses, simple dietary swaps for healthier kids, and how to make more informed parenting decisions. 

You’re going to learn about making more confident parenting choices, and how to navigate the landscape of childhood health and lifestyle choices. Dr. Joel “Gator” Warsh has an extensive knowledge base, as well as invaluable experience on what it takes to create healthy, thriving children. If you’re ready to feel empowered about your children’s health, just click play!  

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How childhood obesity rates have changed in the last several decades.
  • What obesogens are. 
  • The percentage of children that have chronic diseases. 
  • Why we’re seeing more diagnoses in children today. 
  • The importance of taking ownership over our children’s health.
  • Why our modern lifestyle is causing so many health problems. 
  • How lifestyle interventions can reverse diseases or minimize symptoms. 
  • The impact sugar has on the developing brain. 
  • How integrative medicine and western medicine can work in tandem. 
  • The #1 thing parents can do to make better choices for their kids. 
  • Why our healthcare system can be a barrier to creating real health.
  • Tips for managing picky eaters. 
  • How to cultivate a healthy relationship with food and cooking. 
  • Why you are the only person who can keep your kid healthy. 
  • The importance of repeated exposures when it comes to new foods. 
  • How to teach your children to listen to their bodies. 
  • The critical practice of skin-to-skin care with newborn babies. 
  • How to take a balanced approach to your parenting decisions. 
  • Why social media can create a negative comparison trap. 
  • What to consider about screentime. 
  • The necessary steps for nurturing a healthy child. 

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