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New Services, New Partners & a Puberty Webinar

We hope you are taking advantage of this lovely Spring weather by getting outside to feed your souls and bodies! We would like to let you know about a couple of exciting things at GetzWell: 1) Neurofeedback & More – Addressing Stress-Related and Chronic Conditions As part of our StressWell offering, we are now offering neurofeedback for children ages 6 and up. Neurofeedback is a painless, non-invasive method that enhances mind-body awareness and reduces the impacts of stress. Neurofeedback has been shown to be helpful for a wide array of conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, impulse control, and chronic pain and

The Magic of Sleep

In my articles on boosting immunity and supporting an anti-viral gut, I touched on the importance of sleep. But sleep deserves more than a brief mention, especially considering most people spend about a third of their lives snoozing! Sleep is a key part of the foundation on which we build our health and wellbeing. In this article I introduce some background information on sleep itself, several of the many incredible things it does for us, and I suggest ways to prioritize sleep in a modern society where there’s always pressure to do more and rest less. What Is Sleep? Sleep

Spring Cleaning

Of course, “a fresh, new start” sounds a lot like spring cleaning—right? Whether it’s cultural traditions, seasonal product marketing, or extra daylight revealing the dust in our homes, this is the time of year when many many of us turn to tidying our houses. And it’s with good reason—there are so many mental and physical benefits to having a neat and clean home. Read on for approaches to make spring cleaning easier and products that not only work well but are also safer for our bodies and environment. Benefits to Spring Cleaning We’ve all experienced how good it feels to

Introducing TeenCare: 21st Century Adolescent Medicine for the Minds and Bodies of Teens & Tweens

Do you remember back when you were first looking for a San Francisco pediatrician for your baby? Whether you took advantage of our newborn house call offering or you found your way to us later, you probably sensed we would support your child’s health in all the ways that are most important to you. Whether it’s our unrushed well child visits, 24/7 access to a provider, or our whole child, customized approach, families tell us that what we do at GetzWell contributes to healthier kids and greater peace of mind for new parents–and peace of mind can be scarce when

Neurofeedback – Training the Brain to Balance

As an integrative pediatric practice, we care for your whole child. In addition to physical markers you would expect any pediatrician to look at, we consider the mental, emotional and developmental aspects of health and well being. Looking at the full picture of your child’s health allows us to get to the root of any symptoms your child may be experiencing. We created StressWell because we know that addressing stress and the related symptoms children experience  is critical to promoting health in all its dimensions. As adults, many of us have a variety of techniques in our toolbox to help deal with feelings

Generosity: The Ultimate Gift

For many of us, this winter holiday time is a season of giving. There are so many opportunities to support organizations that are doing meaningful work, and it’s also super fun to surprise friends and family with gifts. But this season can be emotionally and financially exhausting because of our society’s consumerist focus. My inbox (and likely yours, too) has been exploding with offers and “reasons” to spend more money! As I have been reflecting on traditions of giving and the related pressures, I have come to realize that what really matters is generosity, and I’m interested in how we

Winter Wellness

Now that we’ve “fallen back” to Standard Time, it feels like winter is already in the air even though we’ve still got some autumn ahead of us! And are you hearing more coughs and sniffles out in the world (or even in your own home)? We certainly are. It’s that time of year, and at GetzWell, we want you and your family to enjoy the upcoming holidays without being laid up in bed with colds, coughs, or the flu. Keep reading if you’re interested in some practical suggestions to help keep you and your family healthy and boost immunity. I

“You Matter!”: Defeating Toxic Achievement Culture While Promoting Self-Motivation

You may have heard about the new book, Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic–And What We Can Do About It, by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. The author has appeared on several podcasts and news shows, which is how she and her book caught our attention. In Never Enough, Wallace takes a deep dive into achievement culture and shows how it is negatively affecting kids by increasing their anxiety, depression, and isolation. She also identifies concrete ways families and communities can counter these effects and move towards behaviors that will protect kids and send them into adulthood better equipped to manage

Stress Is Making Our Kids Sick: Learn How, Why, and What You Can Do About It

Now that autumn is here and school is in full swing, we are hearing more and more about how stressed-out parents and kids are. In addition to signs of anxiety and depression, families are seeing physical symptoms like outsize fatigue, frequent headaches and belly aches, all of which often are caused or worsened by stress. We are seeing an epidemic of mental, emotional, and physical complaints in our children and teens. According to an article published in JAMA Pediatrics in 2022, between 2016 and 2019, anxiety and depression were becoming more common among children and adolescents, increasing 27% and 24%

Getting To Know Your Body’s Anti-Viral Superhero

Introduction Q: What’s within your body but not inside your body, about 30 feet long, has 800-900 folds, would cover an entire tennis court if laid out flat, comprises the majority of your immune system, and contains about 3-4 pounds of microbes? A: Your gut! Amazing, right? As I’ve mentioned before, the gut, or the intestinal tract––the long tube that goes through the body from mouth to anus––is a very big deal. Among other things, it helps keep us safe from viruses and other pathogens thanks to its large surface area, the epithelial barrier, which includes epithelial cells, plus proteins