Nutrition

Tylenol Revisited: It’s NOT as Benign as People Think – Especially During Pregnancy

What you choose to put in your body during pregnancy directly impacts your child’s health – and Tylenol (aka acetaminophen/paracetamol) is no exception. For decades Tylenol has been commercially endorsed as THE “go-to” over-the-counter pain reliever, with over 60% of women in the United States relying on it to alleviate aches and pains related to pregnancy. However, mounting evidence continues to underscore the potential short- and long-term health risks it poses to babies – before and after birth.

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.

Could Gluten be to Blame for Your Child’s Behavioral Issues?

Some kids simply can’t tolerate gluten and that can manifest in different ways. The array of complaints can include, but aren’t limited to, stomach aches and other digestive issues, nasal congestion, headaches, itchy/watery eyes, skin rashes, and mood complaints such as anxiety or depression. It’s also becoming more and more apparent, especially among functional medicine pediatricians, that a gluten sensitivity can negatively impact a child’s behavior.

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.”

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.

Dairy, Dairy, Quite Contrary: Debunking Milk’s “Nutritional” Impact

Milk has long been considered the ultimate source of calcium – the builder of strong bones and overall health. However, in the world of pediatric care, its actual impact on a child’s wellbeing is a growing cause for concern. In this post we’ll unravel the truth behind dairy’s nutritional value and offer alternatives for growing strong and healthy kids.

Sunlight: Growing Healthy Kids from the Outside In

he sun gets a bad wrap for its cancer-causing reputation, which of course is a reason for serious concern. However, pediatricians are learning more and more about the vital role sunlight plays in your child’s overall development. If fact, studies show that as kids spend more time playing indoors and in front of screens, they’re more susceptible to a host of chronic ailments.

Let’s take a look at three important ways sunshine can help you grow a healthy kid in San Francisco.

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.”

Using ‘Slow Medicine’ to Combat Childhood Obesity

According the Centers for Disease Control, the number of children and adolescents with chronic disease has quadrupled since the 1960s, and obesity is a large contributor. With most pediatricians practicing ‘fast food’ medicine— 10 minute appointments for treating only symptoms rather than considering the whole child— it’s not surprising that even a city as healthy as San Francisco has a childhood obesity rate of nearly 10%. While this rate falls well below the national average, it is still unsettling. However, less than 1% of GetzWell Pediatrics’ patients suffer from obesity and the chronic diseases linked to it.

21st Century Care for Your Child

In the last hundred years the world has seen some amazing advances that have forever changed the way we live. The internet, robotics, and artificial intelligence have left the realm of science fiction and entered into our everyday lives all because a few people didn’t settle for the way things had always been done. Given these tremendous advancements, it’s a wonder so many physicians remain locked in an outmoded medical model which reduces the body to a set of independently functioning organ systems instead of an integrated whole.