For years, Zantac (the brand name for the drug ranitidine) and generic equivalents have been marketed as a safe, effective way of alleviating reflux, better known as heartburn. Millions have used this product to suppress reflux…but in recent days, CVS, Walgreens and other retailers have pulled these products from their shelves and in Canada the drug has been recalled.
Our bodies are teeming with microbes – inside and out. In fact, we walk around with 100 trillion single celled organisms (4 pounds of bacteria!) that we rely on to keep us healthy. The number of bacteria that live in and on us is so vast that they (those not originated in the body) outnumber our own body cells 10 to 1!
Chronic constipation is one of the many conditions on the rise among children. Unfortunately, it’s one that is too frequently treated by most pediatricians with over-the-counter medications, often MiraLAX, which comes in at #1 but ultimately may be harmful to our little ones.
As natural medicine pediatricians we can’t overstate how critical good nutrition is for building healthy bodies and brains. However, we also recognize that hectic lifestyles and the convenience of packaged foods are real-life challenges to feeding your kids unprocessed, whole foods.
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.
More and more studies are proving that our earliest exposures to food – both before and after birth – set the stage for lifelong flavor preferences and eating habits. This means, as parents, you have more control over what kinds of foods your child likes than you probably realize.
Preconception care means comprehensively preparing your body to provide the healthiest possible environment for your developing baby. At GetzWell, where we believe pediatric care should begin before your baby is born, we have named this process “greening the womb.”
We all know vitamin D’s bone-building power does a body good. However, mounting research indicates that this sunshine vitamin is becoming more and more crucial to our overall health.
Recent studies reveal that vitamin D may help to increase our life expectancy. How? Because it bears the possibility of “affecting genes that impact both longevity and age-related diseases.”
In our last post, we introduced you to the wonders of Slow Medicine and how it relates to the mindful and personalized care we deliver at GetzWell. In this second installment, we’d like to expand the conversation by highlighting a point of view espoused by GetzWell and other Slow Medicine practitioners.
Everybody is unique. When it comes to your baby’s health, it’s important to get the kind of care that addresses their individual needs.
At GetzWell we take an innovative approach to health care that combines the best of traditional western medicine with what is called Functional Medicine. This approach focuses on the whole child, not just a set of isolated symptoms, and we strive to understand the root causes of health concerns.