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Ep. 99: Gut Health & Chronic Disease in Children with Dr. Elisa Song, Holistic Pediatrician

This week, Joy chats with Dr. Elisa Song, a holistic pediatrician who shares tons of incredible tips and actionable steps that you can take to support the microbiome and overall health of you and your family.
Aug 1, 2023 | Joy McCarthy

This week, Joy chats with Dr. Elisa Song, a Stanford-, NYU-, UCSF-trained holistic pediatrician. She integrates conventional pediatrics with functional medicine, holistic nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and essential oils. She founded Whole Family Wellness, an integrative pediatric practice – one of the first and most highly regarded holistic pediatric practices in the country. She has helped thousands of kids get to the root causes of their health concerns and helped their parents understand how to heal their children from the inside out.

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In this episode Dr. Song shares tons of incredible tips and actionable steps that you can take to support the microbiome and overall health of your kids. But even if you don’t have kiddos, this episode is still great to listen to since anyone can benefit from making the same dietary and lifestyle shifts, no matter their age. You’ll walk away feeling empowered to make the changes you need for you and your family to thrive!

If you want to learn about the connection between your child’s gut health, immune system, and the development of chronic childhood disease, then you won’t want to miss this episode. So settle in with a cuppa gut-nourishing tea and get ready to be inspired to heal your child’s gut, naturally.


Episode Highlights:

  • What being a holistic, integrative pediatrician means to Dr. Song.
  • How she became interested in a holistic approach to pediatrics.
  • Why she’s moving away from the term “chronic” in her practice.
  • The roadmaps she’s found to help children recover from illness.
  • The shocking stats around persistent childhood illnesses and mental health.
  • Why our children are expected to have a shorter life expectancy than us.
  • The power of epigenetics for changing our future health.
  • Markers that can predict risk of autoimmune disease.
  • The importance of the microbiome in the development of autoimmunity.
  • How kid’s microbiomes develop from birth to teenage years.
  • Dr. Song’s process for examining gut health in kids.
  • How to support the microbiome after antibiotic or medication exposures.
  • The gut-brain connection and the vagus nerve.
  • How to strengthen the resilience of the microbiome through the vagus nerve.
  • The power of breath & mindfulness for vagus nerve health.
  • Tips for fun mindful moments to practice with your child.
  • How the gut and immune system are connected.
  • Why babies get reflux & why antacids are not the best treatment.
  • How mom’s stress can impact baby’s reflux.
  • Dietary tips to support kid’s microbiomes and keep them happy and healthy.
  • Lifestyle changes that can support a healthy microbiome.

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