Bright & Quirky Child Summit

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Session 2: Powerful Ideas from Integrative Medicine for 2e Kids with ADHD or Autism

Sanford Newmark, MD

Are the brains, guts, and nervous systems of neurodiverse children different than neurotypical children? What are the differences between food sensitivities and food allergies, and how do they affect my child's autism or ADHD? Dr. Sandy Newmark shares his whole-child nutritional and non-pharmaceutical approaches to wellness for children in this fascinating talk. Dr. Sandy shares the three nutrients every child should be tested for to see if they're deficient, as well as recommended supplements that can help ADHD symptoms. He also discusses the importance of good sleep and exercise, and shares his criteria for when pharmacological interventions may be beneficial.

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  1. Bev on March 17, 2020 at 9:42 am

    Great talk! Fish oil and multivitamins – is there a better time to take them (ie. breakfast vs. dinner or ??)

  2. Charlotte WILKINSON on March 15, 2020 at 7:23 am

    My son was (I believe wrongly) dx with ADHD about 2 months ago. He is 6. He also has SPD which is very very evident. This talk confirmed my belief of no pharmacological meds, and my naturopath recommended an 8 week gluten free diet that we are just starting, as well as fish oil. Things have improved at school but they have their hesitations about adding more classes for some reason. Anyways, really good talk, thanks!

  3. Kathleen Noronha from Bangalore, India on March 15, 2020 at 6:23 am

    Thank you Dr. Newmark. Your talk was truly enlightening and covered so many topics in a short time.

    • Danielle on March 16, 2020 at 4:50 am

      That was a wonderful talk and it’s left me feeling very optimistic.
      Is there a vegetarian alternative to fish oil? My daughter is a lacto ovo vegetarian.

  4. Tammy on March 15, 2020 at 2:25 am

    High Fructose Corn Syrup – we had to switch to an all natural ketchup – we saw a significant change in our son – and now watch products carefully with that ingredient.

  5. Gloria Gallardo-Walker on March 14, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    I was just left wanting to try a change of diet via elimination just to see if anything will happen to further our potential.

  6. Jane on March 14, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Great talk, thank you. What was Dr Sandy referring to when he talked about Nurture Card? That the school introduced and saw great results? Thanks.

    • Danielle on March 16, 2020 at 4:52 am

      He was talking about the nurtured heart approach.

  7. Amy on March 14, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    I really love this talk. I like the criteria to give medication for kids with ADHD. We do need to help children focus on their strengths, positive thinking and link their strength to future careers. Thank you, Debbie, for asking thoughtful questions. Thank you, Professor Newmark, for sharing wonderful insight.

  8. Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on March 14, 2020 at 2:52 pm
  9. Amanda on March 14, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you so much. Very interesting and helpful.

  10. Sabrina on March 14, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    How do you know what foods have casein in it?

  11. Abby on March 14, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    My son’s vitamin uses flax seed oil as the omega souce. Can that be OK or would you say fish oil is better.

  12. Sabrina on March 14, 2020 at 11:56 am

    I was introduced to the Nutured Heart Approach through my 2e daughter’s micro-school. I took the 6-week online course and found it to be helpful. One question I have is how to approach exercise when many of these kids are exercise-avoidant, either due to low muscle tone, visual tracking, or depth perception issues, noise sensitivities, etc. Is there a modified exercise program that would work for some of these Bright & Quirky kids?

  13. Sue on March 14, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Is integrated medicine the same as functional medicine?

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