My guest, Akil Palanisamy, MD,Akil Palanisamy, MD, a Harvard-trained physician who practices Integrative Medicine, discusses how eating an anti-inflammatory diet can help kids with ADHD, ADD, food allergies and asthma. This is extremely important for children, especially those who have challenges.
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Dr. Palanisamy, MD, received his medical degree from UCSF, completed his residency in family medicine at Stanford and his Fellowship in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil. He is certified by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.He has helped thousands of adults and children recover from chronic diseases using dietary changes, nutritional supplements and a blend of western medicine and holistic approaches like functional medicine and Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. Dr. Palanisamy practices at The Institute for Health and Healing in San Francisco and is the author of the The Paleovedic Diet, a breakthrough book on blending Paleo with Ayruveda.
In this interview you’ll discover:
- Dr. Akil’s aha moment when he realized he wanted to move from conventional medicine into integrative medicine.
- Does he see a difference in the health of the kids he treats today vs 5-10 years ago?
- What is Ayurveda? What is functional medicine?
- How does he combine the two in his work with children?
- What is his general approach to pediatric holistic medicine?
- What kind of testing does he do on children?
- Why does he think it’s important to heal the gut in children?
- Recurring ear infections can be a nightmare. Why does he think they happen and what are some things that parents can do?
- How did his own experience with illness affect his philosophy and practice of medicine?
- He shares why, and which, spices are a key to healing?
- In The Paleovedic Diet there’s a chapter about nutrient density where he talks about wild apples – where can people find wild apples and how is that specifically relevant to children?
- Is there a link between physical activity and ADHD?
- Lyme disease and the role of chronic infections?
- Is Lyme misdiagnosed as a behavioral problem?
- Is there an epidemic of myopia? And is there research showing that spending time outdoors is protective for children against developing myopia?
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This episode of Kids in Crisis originally aired on BoldBraveMedia.