Functional Medicine information from the blog of GetzWell Pediatrics, a premier pediatrics practice in San Francisco, California.

Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine information from the blog of GetzWell Pediatrics, a premier pediatrics practice in San Francisco, California.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Explained

At this point, most people have heard about the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. But what are they and why should you care? How much should a person consume? What are the best sources of omega-3s? If your family is vegetarian is there still a way to get them?  How about if you’re vegan? These are common questions that we will clarify here.

How Dr. Getzelman Uses Genetic Assessments to Treat ADHD and Anxiety

Behavior and anxiety disorders among children are at an all-time high. A recent study revealed that attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids has become more common over the past twenty years, with an increase from 6.1 percent in 1997 to 10.2 percent in 2016 – that’s over 6 million kids between 2-17 years! This is the “new normal,” but this is NOT normal.

Could Mercury Be the Cause of Your Chronic Illness? Dr. Getzelman Tackles This Heavy Metal Head On.

Mercury is a toxic heavy metal and it’s everywhere: in the fish we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the products we use, and the amalgam fillings on our teeth!
 
Its toxicity is insidious, accumulating in the body over time, and for some is the underlying cause of such chronic conditions as anxiety, depression, irritability, digestive issues, food allergies, insomnia, tremors, etc.

Ways to Boost Your Kid’s Immune System – All Year Round!

Do you feel like your kid is constantly getting sick? Well, that’s likely because a child’s developing immune system makes them more susceptible to illness, especially with frequent exposure to germs at daycares, classrooms, and playgrounds.

Milk and Milk Alternatives

Until infants are 12 months old, their primary nutrition source comes from breast milk and/or formula with the addition of solids typically at 4-6 months. Once the 12-month birthday comes around, and the rate at which children grow decreases, the nutritional needs for toddlers change as they no longer require the dense nutrition provided in formula.

Preconception Care: The Key to Growing A Health-Resilient Baby

Preconception care (PCC) aims to help women make informed and proactive choices to optimize their health and the health of their future children. But what does that really mean? Well, what if someone told you that you could have a positive impact on your unborn child’s lifetime health by some of the choices you make even before you get pregnant? And, since most women don’t know exactly when they will conceive (>50% of pregnancies are unplanned and by the time medical care is sought, the fetus has undergone a great deal of significant primary development (1)), we urge women to begin thinking with a preconception mindset as early as they start to think about becoming pregnant.

“An Inside Out Approach:” How Dr. Getzelman Helped To Transform the Health of an Entire Family with 23andMe Genetic Testing

We recently announced that Dr. Getzelman is using 23andMe genetic data to combat chronic illness and deliver ADHD treatment without medication. We’re continuing to see phenomenal results from the families who’ve sought out our groundbreaking service.

In this post, we’ll share the story of one family from our San Francisco practice whose lives have been radically transformed by working with Dr. Getzelman and treating their conditions at the root.

Featured guest post by Kelly White: “Astonishingly Good”

Today is my 101st consecutive day of meditation, and I feel astonishingly good. I feel calm, alert, and super smart. Amazing, right? Most importantly, I don’t feel anxious.

The constantly looping, stomping, and crashing parade of worries and what-ifs disbanded and left my mind about a week ago. Only a few of the more reasonable concerns remain, and they’re cool. They’re sitting down and hanging out quietly until I choose to deal with them.

The Dish on Fish Oil & Why’s It’s So Essential!

It’s impossible to overstate how important fish oil is to our overall health. From growing healthy babies to keeping our brains, hearts, joints, skin, and eyes in tip top shape – fish oil’s benefits are myriad.

In this post, we’ll draw from our expertise as functional medicine pediatricians to define the essential fats fish oil affords, explain why we need them, and most importantly:  how to get enough of them. So, let’s start with the basics…

Natural Alternatives to Treating ADD/ADHD & Anxiety – With The Help of 23andMe

In our last case study, Could Gluten be to Blame for Your Child’s Behavioral Issues?, we shared Kasey’s story – she is a patient from our San Francisco practice who came to us for help with an ADHD and anxiety disorder diagnosis. As the title suggests, we were able to link Kasey’s behavioral issues to a gluten sensitivity. But it turns out that gluten was only partially to blame.