Complementary and alternative healing modalities – Complementary and alternative therapies follow these basic principles: (1) complementary and alternative therapies are based on the body’s innate ability to heal itself, (2) complementary and alternative medicine does not rely on prescription drugs, surgery, and other conventional medical procedures, however, these options and their potential benefits are not discounted either; (3) complementary and alternative medicine looks at the underlying cause of the problem and addresses the whole person (mind, body, emotions, spirit) without just masking the symptoms; and (4) the goal is to create optimum health by focusing on preventing disease and helping patients feel the best they can as much as treating disease.
Western Medicine – Western or allopathic medicine is recognized in the United States as mainstream or conventional medicine, as opposed to alternative and complementary medicine. Western medicine is the educational approach followed by the vast majority of American medical schools and residency programs.
Board certified pediatricians – The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) (www.abms.org) is an umbrella organization that awards 24 specialty certifications through individual medical boards for each specialty. Specialty boards have been approved jointly by the ABMS and the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education (AMA/CME) since 1933. Pediatricians are subject to review and certification by the American Board of Pediatrics (www.abp.org). All of the doctors at GetzWell Pediatrics are board certified pediatricians.
Several very recent polls have indicated that 40% of American families do not plan to vaccinate their children against the H1N1 flu. Meanwhile, CDC and state health officials continue to stress the need for children, teens, pregnant mothers and other high risk groups to obtain the vaccine. Who is right?
All pregnant and lactating women should have their vitamin D levels checked because many of us are deficient and don’t know it. Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy has been linked with an almost 4 times higher Cesarean-section rate (J Clinical Endocrinol Metab. 2009 Mar; 94(3):940-5). Maternal deficiency during pregnancy has also been correlated with low birth weight, pre-eclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure, swelling, protein in the urine, and in some cases maternal death), and gestational diabetes.
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Learn more about Omega-3s during your pregnancy and while breast feeding, plus see Dr. Getzelman’s Favorite Fish Taco Recipe.
Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria and yeast that live in our intestinal tracts and help support not only good digestion and optimal absorption of nutrients but our overall health and well being. It sounds strange, but these single cell organisms affect us in ways we can hardly imagine and which modern science is now beginning to elucidate. Probiotics may help promote healthy mood, keep us from sniffling and sneezing, and bind toxins and heavy metals (like mercury) in order to better excrete these poisons. By the time we are adults, 3-4 lbs of our body weight is accounted for by these organisms alone! However, most of us in modern industrial society do not have an optimal mix of intestinal bacteria due to antibiotics, antacids, stress, lack of sleep, fast food, and hydrogenated oils, among other culprits.
What does it mean to be a vaccine friendly pediatric practice? While we believe vaccines play a vital role in keeping our patients and communities healthy, we support parents in their right to adopt a vaccination schedule different from the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We recommend that all parents considering an alternative vaccination schedule read The Vaccine Book in addition to understanding the CDC (www.CDC.gov) and AAP (www.AAP.org) recommendations. We encourage an open discussion about vaccines and want to understand and address the concerns of our families. We strive to use and provide sound information as a basis for decision making regarding vaccines and children’s health in general.