Summer Fun: Tick Talk and Sunblock

School is out, and summer is here, even though San Francisco fog and wind may keep us reaching for sweatshirts and jackets a while longer. (Of course, if you’re missing the heat of summer, all you need to do is venture a few miles to the North, East, or SouthBay to find it.) Summer invites us to spend more time outdoors, whether we’re playing, hiking, swimming, or picnicking. Time outdoors not only connects us with awe-inspiring nature but also promotes a healthy microbiome, good vision, and, importantly, lots of fun. One of the best ways to ensure more fun on

Make Room for Summer Boredom

When you think of summer vacation, what comes to mind? I think of my summers as a kid. My family had a large yard, a pool, and a nearby park. My siblings and I had free rein of the neighborhood, and we took advantage of it. Our schedule was simple: Be home for dinner. I remember starting a club called The Number 7 Goldies with some neighborhood friends and producing musicals and plays with my siblings and buddies. I rode my bike, swam in our pool, bossed my younger siblings around, roller skated, and read a bit. And sometimes? I

You Asked & We Listened: GetzWell Adult Care

Over the years, many of you have asked us how to find the type of care for yourself that we provide to your children, and we are excited to announce that we have found a naturopathic doctor to partner with! However, before moving forward, we want to know if there is genuine interest from you, our parent community. The goal of naturopathic medicine is to treat the whole person and heal the root causes of symptoms or illnesses, not just to suppress symptoms. Naturopathic medical doctors (or NMDs) embrace many modalities including botanicals, peptides, bio-identical hormones, nutraceuticals, lifestyle medicine, and

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 therapy 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

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 our newest stress management service, 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

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