Doctor of Science in Holistic Pediatrics (D.Sc)
What is Holistic Pediatrics & How is it Different from Traditional Pediatrics?
Our children today face stressors, unlike any other generation. Processed foods, social media, increasing environmental toxins, and changing genetics demand a new approach to pediatric care. Sensory disorders and nervous system disorders are increasingly more common, and the conventional approach to pediatrics often does not provide the answers.
Most parents realize the benefits of seeking holistic pediatric care for their children.
Holistic pediatric care takes an integrative and functional medicine approach by focusing on nutrition and diet, the connection between gut health and brain health, the impact of genetics on lifestyle, and innovative diagnostic technology.
What is Holistic Pediatrics?
Holistic pediatrics combines Integrative and Functional ideologies to provide the child with whole-person health. This means considering not only the body but also the mind and spirit of the child. Besides focusing on maintaining a healthy body, holistic pediatrics focus on preventative care by establishing and maintaining balance in a child's body, mind, and soul. The holistic pediatrist is a partner in health, providing lifestyle and wellness coaching, emotional and mental healthcare, and more.
In holistic pediatrics, prevention and treatment of conditions are not solely focused on eliminating symptoms but also on getting to the root cause of a disease. This means a holistic pediatrist will take the time to get to know the child and parents during the child's health appointments to understand the factors that contribute to the child's overall health.
How is Holistic Pediatrics Different from Traditional Western Pediatrics?
Holistic pediatrics differs from traditional western pediatrics because it focuses on the whole child instead of focusing primarily on their physical health. Rather than being a place where children and families visit when sick or for annual health checks, holistic pediatrics is a partner in whole health, encompassing the child's lifestyle and emotional health, and physical health to provide optimal health and balance.
Whole-Child Approach To Health
One of the most significant differences between traditional pediatrics and holistic pediatrics is the whole-child approach to health. In holistic pediatrics, the holistic pediatrist believes that the child's mind and spirit also contribute to their overall health and the body. In addition to sick visits, growth charts, and wellness checks, a holistic pediatrist will also monitor a child's mental and emotional wellness.
Underlying Causes, Not Just Symptoms
Another significant difference between traditional western pediatrics and holistic pediatrics is the focus on determining and treating and underlying cause of a health issue rather than treating the symptoms.
For instance, holistic pediatrists believe that treatment for a challenge such as ADD/ADHD should include natural supplements, and dietary or lifestyle changes that help bring the child into balance for improved regulation, including alternative therapies to improve overall emotional and physical health and eliminate symptoms.
Holistic pediatrists believe that all body, mind, and emotion systems are interconnected. By partnering with holistic pediatrists for the child's health, the child's parents will notice they're less likely to hyper-focus on a single system. Instead, they will look at how the different approaches may interact and how that may impact the child's health.
For example, suppose the child has asthma, instead of focusing purely on the respiratory system, as traditional Western pediatrics often see. In that case, a holistic pediatrist will look at lifestyle, food allergies or sensitivities, or other factors that may be triggering an autoimmune response that may be causing or exacerbating the child's asthma. Instead of treatment using an inhaler, the child may be advised on herbal supplements, dietary or lifestyle changes, allergy treatments, or other remedies that will treat the underlying cause of the child's asthma.
Pursuing Optimal Health
While all pediatricians seek your child's optimal health, traditional pediatricians consider health to primarily includes the body. In contrast, a holistic pediatrist will also consider the mind and soul. This means providing diagnoses and treatments for specific conditions and coaching and recommendations for lifestyle changes that can balance the child's mind, body, and spirit to improve long-term whole-child health.
Longer Appointments & More Listening
Parents of children visiting holistic pediatrists often mention that appointments feel more caring and personal than appointments with traditional pediatricians. Holistic pediatrists genuinely believe in the power of relationships. They know that they must start with a loving, compassionate, and open relationship between the family, child, and themselves to achieve optimal health. The holistic pediatrist will take the time to get to know the child, their mind, habits, lifestyle, and more. The holistic pediatrist believes all these factors contribute to the child's overall health.
Partner In Health
Finally, a holistic pediatrist is more than just a person the child's parents visit when their child feels unwell. A holistic pediatrist is more than just a person who makes sure the child grows correctly. Holistic pediatrists partner with parents and the child to restore optimal whole-child health throughout their growing years.
Upon completing this course, and your payment plan has been completed, you will be conferred the Doctor of Science in Holistic Pediatrics (D.Sc), and be professionally recognized as a Certified Holistic Pediatrist Practtiioner (CHPP), and a Certified Holistic Medicine Practitioner, (CHMP). You will be Board Certified by the American University of Holistic Sciences' Integrative and Functional Medicine Certification and Accreditation Board, the American University of Holistic Sciences' Holistic Health and Wellness Certification and Accreditation Board, and the Holistic Diagnosis Certification and Accreditation Board. Details will be included with your course materials.
Textbook and Course Materials are included with this purchase.