Behavior & Development

Magnesium: The Wonder Mineral

So much is made about our need for vitamins and nutrients, with Vitamins C, D, and calcium often taking center stage. But seldom does magnesium make it into the conversation, when it’s one of our most vital minerals.

The healthful benefits of magnesium are so wide ranging that its impact on our overall health cannot be ignored. Let’s shine the proverbial spotlight on this wonder mineral and find out why it should stand front and center of your child’s pediatric care plan.

Holistic Pediatrics: The Importance of Combining Physical, Emotional, Social & Environmental Factors in Your Child’s Medical Care

With the average American pediatrician seeing upwards of 25 patients a day, it’s no wonder that lightning-quick diagnoses and consequent prescriptions for medications never-approved for use in children (so called “off label” uses) have become the norm. In contrast, San Francisco holistic pediatricians Drs. Julia Getzelman and Nicole Glynn see fewer patients each day, take more time with each one, and have a larger toolbox with which to diagnose and treat kids.

Three Ways to Encourage Your Infant’s Speech Development

There’s nothing quite like the joy you feel when you hear your child speak her very first word, and there’s so much you can contribute to your child’s speech development. The San Francisco pediatricians at GetzWell Pediatrics are here to help you navigate the uncertainties of every aspect of your child’s health and growth, including how to nurture your child’s receptive and expressive speech.

Arm your child with a lifetime of healthy eating habits

“Eat your vegetables!” — a classic, and common plea from desperate parents to kids with turned up noses. And yet many could argue that our hectic lifestyles and the convenience of packaged foods have quieted this age-old battle.

ADD & ADHD: Does diet make a difference?

Although Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are the most studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorders affecting children, there is still little consensus about the root causes of the disorders and their appropriate treatments.   According to the CDC, almost 10% of all children in the United States have received an attention deficit disorder diagnosis.  Treatment of the telltale symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders (including chronic inattention, frequent distraction, impulsivity, fidgeting and difficulty controlling behavior) now accounts for a significant proportion of all drug use in children between the ages of 4-17.  In fact, there are now 17 different drugs approved to treat ADHD, contributing to a multibillion dollar ADHD industry.  However, a new study conducted by Radboud University Medical School and the ADHD Research Centre in the Netherlands1, presents compelling evidence that this blanket pharmacological approach to ADHD is misguided.  According to Dr. Lidy Piesser, the author of the study published in last month’s The Lancet medical journal, up to 64% of children who experience symptoms of ADHD might actually be experiencing sensitivity to foods.

Kids in the Kitchen

Most parents avoid letting their kids get involved in the kitchen because of the negative images they conjure up: giant clouds of flour, eggs smeared from one end of the counter to the other, peanut butter hair-do’s. However, a whole host of studies from organizations as diverse as the American Heart Association and the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University strongly encourage parents to reconsider their children’s roles in helping to prepare the family meal.

Link Between ADHD and Pesticides

Research published in the June issue of the prestigious journal, Pediatrics, suggests that exposure to high levels of organophosphate pesticides may increase the risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

“Organophosphates are one of the most widely used pesticides in agriculture,” to quote from the article.