Nutrition

“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.

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…

Are You Tired of Your Kid Getting Sick? Fight Off Germs with These Immunity Building Tips

Parents are too often led to believe that “kids get sick, that’s just what happens.” But that isn’t necessarily true! Indeed, a child’s developing immune system makes them more susceptible to illness, especially with frequent exposure to germs at daycares, classrooms, and playgrounds. But there are many proactive measures that can help your child fend off common and seasonal illnesses.

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.