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Holistic Pediatrics for Parents and Practitioners

by Randall Neustaedter OMD

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Voice America Health and Wellness

These weekly shows were broadcasted live at the Voice America Health and Wellness website from September through December 2005. The shows are hosted by Randall Neustaedter, OMD and Lawrence Palevsky, MD.

About Dr. Palevsky

Lawrence Palevsky MD, FAAP, ABHM
Dr. Palevsky is a board certified pediatrician who uses a holistic approach in his practice of pediatric medicine. He integrates the use of western medicine and alternative therapies to prevent and treat children’s illnesses, and offers options to families who are interested in a broader medical approach to their children’s health and wellness. Dr. Palevsky is the president of the Holistic Pediatric Association (HPA) and the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA).

Dr. Palevsky received his medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine in 1987. He completed a three year pediatric residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC and a one year fellowship at Bellevue Hospital-NYU School of Medicine in the pediatric outpatient department and emergency room. Dr. Palevsky’s clinical practice includes experience in pediatric emergency and intensive care medicine, in-patient and out-patient pediatric medicine, neonatal intensive care medicine, newborn and delivery room medicine and conventional, holistic and integrative pediatric private practice. Further
information at www.holisticchildhealth.com.

1. What is Holistic Pediatrics, why it is needed and safe for children?

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program date: 09/21/2005
Presenting the principles of holistic medicine applied to children’s preventive health care, acute illnesses, and chronic medical problems. Discover the benefits of a holistic approach to diet, personal care products, behavior, learning, and medical treatment for your children.

2. Nutrition for Infants & Children: The Western medical perspective

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program date: 09/28/2005
The principles of proper fats for brain development, the appropriate introduction of solid foods, whole foods, avoidance of toxic substances, and reliance on nutrition for health and wellness. Guest: Kelly Dorfman (www.kellydorfman.com)

3. Nutrition for Infants & Children: The Chinese medical perspective

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program date: 10/05/2005
Addressing the digestive needs of children to create harmony of the organ systems, and creating diet plans for individual children based on their specific types and tendency to energetic imbalances. Guest: Efrem Korngold, OMD

4. Vaccinations for Infants & Children-Part 1

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program date: 10/12/2005
Are vaccines safe? Do parents have a choice? Challenging the one-size-fits all approach of mass vaccination policies and discussing vaccine safety issues, possible risk factors for adverse responses to vaccinations and parents’ right to make informed, voluntary vaccination decisions. Guest: Barbara Loe Fisher, President of the National Vaccine Information Center

5. Vaccinations for Infants & Children-Part 2

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program date: 10/19/2005
This show will focus on a discussion of the specific diseases, their vaccines, and a holistic perspective on disease prevention. The HPA is committed to working with parents to provide the information they need to make a truly educated decision about vaccination.

6. Holistic Approach to the Prevention & Treatment of Ear Infections, Colds, Sinus Infections

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program date: 10/26/2005
Antibiotics are not the appropriate first line of treatment for childhood respiratory conditions. Nonetheless, children receive repeated antibiotic courses through the winter that lead to an escalating problem of recurrent infections. This cycle can be broken using simple holistic measures. Effective prevention and holistic treatment are the best methods for managing these acute and recurrent problems. Proper nutrition, avoidance of toxic drugs, herbal protocols, homeopathic medicines, and chiropractic adjustment can all play a role in preventing, treating, and eliminating these illnesses that plague our children.

7. Chinese Medicine for Children

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program date: 11/02/2005
This 3,000 year old system has always addressed pediatric health care with a holistic approach emphasizing the use of herbs and acupuncture techniques based on the specific type of child and their tendency to display energetic imbalances that can be corrected with an individualized approach to chronic and acute illness.

Guest: Jake Fratkin, OMD
Dr Jake Fratkin has practiced Chinese medicine since 1978. He is the author of Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines: The Clinical Desk Reference and an esteemed teacher. In 1999 he was recognized as the Acupuncturist of the Year by the American Association of Oriental Medicine

8. Homeopathy for Children

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program date: 11/09/2005
Homeopathy provides gently, nontoxic, and effective treatment for acute illness, often using medicines that parents can learn to use themselves at home. For chronic illness patterns homeopathy provides a profound system for generating a healing response as part of a holistic medical approach.

Guests: Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND and Robert Ullman, ND
Doctors Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Robert Ullman are licensed naturopathic physicians and board-certified diplomates of the Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians. They are co-authors of many books on homeopathic medicine, including their newest book A Drug-Free Approach to Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, the best-selling Ritalin-Free Kids, and Homeopathic Self-Care, The Patient’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicine.

9. Childhood Asthma: The Holistic Approach to Prevention & Treatment

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program date: 11/16/2005
Children are being overtreated with toxic medications that do nothing to address the underlying problem. This show will describe the holistic approach to asthma including nutritional concerns, the use of Chinese medicine, and homeopathy to replace allopathic drugs and actually cure the child.

10. Holistic Approach to the Prevention & Treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorder

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program date: 11/23/2005
Attention dysfunctions, developmental disorders, and autism can all be effectively treated with holistic medicine. This show explores the options.

Guest: Stephen Cowan, MD
Stephen Cowan, MD, FAAP is a board-certified pediatrician with over 15 years of clinical experience working with children. He has a subspecialty in Developmental Pediatrics and is New York State Certified in Medical Acupuncture. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the AAP Section on Child Development, a member of the Autism Research Institute’s DAN practitioners and a member of the NY State Acupuncture Society. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric problems such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Migraine, Tourette’s syndrome, Asthma and Allergies. Understanding the child as an inter-related part of family and environment is the central focus of his practice. This approach respects the inseparability of mind, body and spirit and promotes a deeper understanding of what it means tobe healthy.

11. Holistic Approach to the Prevention & Treatment of Allergies & Eczema

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program date: 11/30/2005
These problems are easily managed with holistic medicine, eliminating the need for antihistamines, topical steroids, and other toxic, suppressive drug treatment.

12. Chiropractic Care for Children

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program date: 12/07/2005
The advantages and appropriate use of chiropractic care in a pediatric setting.

Guest: Jeanne Ohm, DC
Executive Coordinator and Executive Secretary for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Editor of the I.C.P.A.’s quarterly magazette. Dr. Ohm’s professional mission is to provide Doctors of Chiropractic with the skills and motivation to take care of pregnant mothers and children.

13. Mindful Parenting: Babies and Toddlers

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program date: 12/14/2005
Doctors Neustaedter and Palevsky will discuss the holistic model of parenting with a focus on child development, temperament, goodness of fit models, discipline, and appropriate handling of difficult situations at different stages of children’s growth and development.

14. Mindful Parenting: School Age Children

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program date: 12/21/2005
Doctors Neustaedter and Palevsky will discuss the holistic model of parenting with a focus on child development, temperament, goodness of fit models, discipline, and appropriate handling of difficult situations at different stages of children’s growth and development.

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