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I have spent the last 15 years of my medical career treating children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using an integrative approach, with medication as a last, rather than a first, option.
Although many families and a few physicians see that as a rather rational approach, believing that it is usually best to avoid using long-term psychotropic medications, others might disagree. Read more.
May 20, 2015
The Impact of Intramural Grants on Educators’ Careers and on Medical Education Innovation
The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators
Shelley Adler and her team recently published a study in Academic Medicine on the outcomes of the Innovations Funding program. If you have ever received an AME Innovations Funding (IF) grant, you may intuitively know that the grant provides new opportunities for knowledge, networking, national recognition for faculty and mentees, and creating a legacy. But, what impact did the study actually find? Read more.
May 5, 2015
Integrative Medicine Empowering Patients
One Healthcare Worldwide
Integrative medicine combines modern medicine with established approaches from around the world. By joining modern medicine with proven practices from other healing traditions, integrative practitioners are better able to relieve suffering, reduce stress, maintain the well-being, and enhance the resilience of their patients. Integrative therapies have been found to relieve pain and anxiety in cancer patients, to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans, and to hold promise in preventing and treating heart disease. Now, some promising new research suggests that an integrative medicine approach may be effective in treating chronic pain, stress and depression — and in helping people feel empowered to take charge of their health. Read more.
May 5, 2015
Breathing your way to better blood pressure
KALW The Spiritual Edge
Hypertension. Sixty-seven million Americans have been diagnosed with the condition, more commonly known as high blood pressure. Before they hit age 50, hypertension is less common in women than in men. The female hormone estrogen likely serves as a kind of protection. But after 50, women’s rates of hypertension go up. That increases the risk of heart disease. And heart disease kills more women than anything else. Read more and listen.
May 5, 2015
Menopause: What it Means and What Comes After
The best foods for children who have ADHD are the same as those for children who don’t have the condition. All children need lots of healthy unprocessed food and generous amounts of fruits and vegetables.
The right diet — and good nutrition — is especially important for anyone with ADHD. Many children can eat a relatively poor diet and function pretty well at school and at home, at least in the short term. ADHD kids can’t. Read more.
March 25, 2015
The Baby Blues: Motherhood’s Scarlet Letter
The Champagne Supernova Blog
…It’s critical to apply best practices and benefit from others’ lessons learned. There are a million different websites and available resources, but which ones provide information you can actually trust and put to good use? Below are some sites that offer tons of mindful birthing resources:
Ann has graciously volunteered to donate a copy of Nancy Bardacke’s book, Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond to three randomly-chosen individuals who comment on this blog post by April 30, 2015. Read more.
March 21, 2015
Treating ADHD Naturally
The People’s Pharmacy Radio
An amazing number of American youngsters is considered to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In some states, CDC data show that more than 10 percent of school children carries this diagnosis. The usual treatments for ADHD are stimulant drugs such as Adderall, Concerta and Ritalin. While they can be helpful in some cases, there is a suspicion that they are being overprescribed. Approximately two million children are currently taking them and are expected to continue on them for years. Not surprisingly, parents are often reluctant to start down that path. They worry about side effects such as insomnia, anxiety, or effects on growth. Listen to podcast of interview with Dr. Sanford Newmark.
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP): Innovation in birth preparation to support healthy, happy families
The International Journal of Birth and Parent Education
Childbirth education programs are widely delivered throughout the industrialized world. In the USA, approximately 3.9 million women give birth each year, and approximately half of them attend some form of childbirth preparation course. There is unfortunately little evidence that childbirth education, as currently structured, is effective in producing beneficial impact on the birth experience and may instead cause the undesirable result of increasing women’s fear of childbirth. Maternal stress in general is linked with preterm birth, and more focused examinations of fear of childbirth have demonstrated its links with adverse birth outcomes, such as greater risk of emergency cesarean. An innovative and efficacious approach to childbirth education is needed, which is the aim of our research on the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) program. Read more.
January 13, 2015
A Deep Breath for PTSD
KALW: The Spirtual Edge
It is typically hard to recruit veterans for a clinical study on PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). To admit to the disorder and seek treatment, which may involve some sort of psychotherapy, runs counter to the tough, stoic attitude embedded in military culture.
But one clinical trial may be doing better than most — a collaborative study out of the UC San Francisco Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). Its secret? The study offers a chance for veterans to exercise — something they’re quite familiar with. Then while they’re pumping weights, it teaches them how to breathe. Read more.
January 12, 2015
On point: Broadening pain management options with acupuncture, by Maria T. Chao, DrPH, MPA
Mission: Health Equity
As I think about the year ahead, one change that I’m really excited about is the prospect of acupuncture for patients at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). In the US, pain management is the leading reason that patients seek care from acupuncturists. Acupuncture utilization has increased by 50% over the past decade, but is not commonly used by non-Asian minority populations and those with limited income. Barriers to use include high out-of-pocket costs and limited access to services. Read more.
Tackling Childhood Obesity
Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self Healing newsletter
Five years ago, President Barack Obama established a national Task Force on Childhood Obesity, aimed at reducing the rate of childhood obesity to just five percent by 2030–the same rate seen before the problem began to increase in the late 1970s. It was an initiative driven by sobering statistics: According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 10 percent of children age five and younger, 18 percent of children ages six to 11, and 21 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 19 are obese. All told, about a third of kids and teens are either overweight or obese. Read more.