Articles and information on Gut Health from the blog of GetzWell Pediatrics, a premier pediatrics practice in San Francisco, California.

Gut Health

Articles and information on Gut Health from the blog of GetzWell Pediatrics, a premier pediatrics practice in San Francisco, California.

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.

Baby’s First Foods: A Jump-Start to Lifelong Health

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.

Get Ready for Pregnancy by “Greening Your Womb.”

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.”

Live Longer (and Healthier) with Vitamin D

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.”

‘Slow Medicine’ at GetzWell: Part 2

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.

‘Slow Medicine’ at GetzWell

From day one, GetzWell’s mission has been to bring mindfulness back to medical care. Our approach is very much aligned with the ‘Slow Medicine’ movement which, like the Slow Food movement, is gaining momentum in the US. In a multi-part series, we’ll offer you an overview of GetzWell’s slow and steady methodology and why we believe it’s a vast improvement over traditional pediatric care.

How to Have a “Sugar Safe” Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for treating your family to fun and festive holiday fare! Even though this time of year is known for overindulging in sweet treats, it’s really important to keep your loved ones on a healthy path.

One of the biggest culprits impacting our overall health is the prevalence of sugar in our diet. In this post we’ll cover the health hazards of sugar and how you can you can fortify your holiday dishes with healthy alternatives.

Functional Medicine: Whole Kid Care from the Inside Out!

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.

The Beauty of Bacteria and Your Baby’s Health

We are all are teeming with natural gut bacteria (a.k.a. gut flora) that have myriad functions including facilitating digestion and safeguarding against harmful diseases and allergies. In fact, nearly 75-80% of immune function originates in the gastrointestinal tract.

In this post we’ll give you the inside scoop on the inner workings of good gut health and helpful tips on keeping your child’s intestinal tract in tiptop shape.

More Toxic Truths = More Reason to Limit Your Baby’s Exposure to Unsafe Products

Healthy Child Healthy World recently published “The Toxic Takeover of Baby Nurseries: Chemicals of Concern Found in Almost Every Common Product and Furnishing,” a staggering report featuring a long list of toxins in everything from baby shampoos to cribs to wipes and their potential health risks to babies.

Also, in just 7 minutes you can watch The Story of Cosmetics from the Story of Stuff Project about the harmful chemicals­ – some cancer causing! – that manufacturers put in our personal and baby care products.

The sum of these studies — and many more — points to an important truth: we can no longer turn a blind eye to the toxic ingredients our children are exposed to every day.