Researchers recently discovered a medically significant silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic: a marked decrease in most respiratory illnesses in children. This dramatic drop was a rare bright spot during such a challenging time.
From SF Gate’s StoryStudio.
GetzWell Personalized Pediatrics takes pride in their role as extended family for their patients, especially when so many Bay Area residents don’t have family locally. “We believe it takes a village to raise children.”
With the average American pediatrician seeing upwards of 25 patients a day, it’s no wonder that lightning-quick diagnoses and consequent prescriptions for medications never-approved for use in children (so called “off label” uses) have become the norm. In contrast, San Francisco holistic pediatricians Drs. Julia Getzelman and Nicole Glynn see fewer patients each day, take more time with each one, and have a larger toolbox with which to diagnose and treat kids.
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.
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.
At GetzWell we hold that, whenever possible, breastfeeding is the absolute best way to feed your baby.
With the many benefits to your child’s cognitive development, immune system, gut health, and bonding, the protective and health promoting properties of breastmilk are nothing short of amazing! At the same time, the reality of our modern world means that pollutants that contaminate our bodies on a daily basis can be passed on to our little ones. Breasts absorb and store chemicals in their fatty tissue, some of which is transferred during milk production. The presence of toxins is higher in first-time moms and during the first months of breastfeeding, so it is never too early to limit your exposure.