Information and articles on Functional Medicine from the blog of GetzWell Pediatrics, a premier pediatrics practice in San Francisco, California.

Functional Medicine

Information and articles on Functional Medicine from the blog of GetzWell Pediatrics, a premier pediatrics practice in San Francisco, California.

Dr. Getzelman’s Recommendations for Staying Fortified Against Viral Infections

Many have asked me to share what I personally have been doing to keep myself healthy and protected given the current threat of COVID-19.

In addition to eating a whole foods organic diet with an emphasis on vegetables, keeping my stress levels as low as possible (via meditation, mindfulness, yoga, prayer, gratitude practice, etc.), moving/exercising every day for at least half an hour, getting a minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night, washing my hands, wearing a mask in public, and staying connected to friends, family and community, here are the immune supports that I have chosen for myself and would recommend for you.

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May 18, 2020 Vol. 6: Restrictions Are Easing. Yikes, Now What? Perspectives on lower-risk behaviors that are more sustainable in the long term.

Hold on tightly folks. Shelter-in-place and other restrictions imposed by state and local governments to slow COVID-19 are being loosened, and even lifted in some parts of California and the United States, without any comprehensive federal plan or testing strategy. At the federal level, chaos, lies, and gaslighting are preferred over planning, testing and leadership. Last week, Mr. Trump opined that COVID testing increases the number of novel coronavirus infections. This truly outrageous statement is beyond magical thinking. It is akin to suggesting there’s no need to use birth control to avoid pregnancy—instead, just skip the pregnancy test.

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Flattening The Curve By Wearing Masks

I’m writing today about why wearing masks (almost any kind—even homemade) is an essential step in our war against COVID-19. Let me cut to the chase—MASKS MATTER: We all need to wear masks whenever we go out and we need to START NOW. What you have been hearing to the contrary is wrong. Here’s why mask wear can bring us back to some sense of normalcy sooner. Please help make this post go viral—we need to start a mass mask movement and demand that free masks be widely distributed ASAP.

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March 26, 2020 – Sheltering In Place Appears to be Flattening The Curve: Things You Need To Know Now About Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

First, I’d like to send all of you a giant virtual hug. We’re in this crisis together, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather do this with than all of you.

We’ve made it through our first full week of “shelter in place” here in San Francisco. More than that, the shelter in place order in San Francisco and other Bay Area counties, may have helped lead Governor Newsom to issue a similar statewide order last Thursday. These sweeping orders were designed to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) by forcing community-wide social distancing through April 7; however, our sourcs and recent comments by the Governor indicate that shelter in place is likely to be extended through most or all of April. It could be much worse: one family’s grandma grew up in Korea during the Korean War. When asked how she was coping with home quarantine here in the US, she said “Are you kidding” We were bombed everyday back hen, now I’m safe at home with wifi!”

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March 18, 2020: Dr. G’s Personal Request to the GetzWell Community

Dear GetzWell Families and Friends,

I never thought I’d be drafting a message like this. GetzWell Pediatrics and your children have been my babies since we opened our doors in 2008 and we have every intention of being here long into the future. And, therein lies the challenge. Not only are we facing a pandemic globally, at GWP we are also managing a small business crisis. Since early March, our business and revenues have dropped precipitously. Just as we are here for our GetzWell community, we are asking for your immediate active support if you have any health care needs in the days ahead.

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12.06.2020 Stay at Home Order – GetzWell Remains Open for ALL Appointments

This is important new information about safety protocols and new services that we’re rolling out March 15, 2020 in response to the current pandemic. Please read this carefully and contact us if you have any questions.

The safety and wellness of our patients, parents, and staff are our #1 priority. Informatoin is evolving daily. For now, this is how we’ll be tackling care and safety in our San Francisco offices and in connection with newly expanded house calls and virtual visits.

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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.

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