ADD-An Integrative approach with Dr Sheila Kilbane (Pedcast)

It is my honor to be able to interview Dr. Sheila Kilbane, a pediatrician trained in both traditional Western medicine and the integrative medical approach. In this Pedcast, Dr. Kilbane will explain the “Integrative Approach” and give specific examples of how this approach relates to children with ADD. As you will see, Dr. Kilbane has a gift of making complex subjects easy to understand and is full of  practical suggestions that can help your child, whether they have ADD or not.  Make sure not to miss this informative conversation between Dr. Smolen and Dr. Kilbane.



1. Addressing ADD Naturally, Improving Attention, Focus, and Self-Discipline with Healthy Habits in a Healthy Habitat by Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH
2. ADHD Without Drugs A Guide to the Natural Care of Children with ADHD by Sandford Newmark, MD
3. The Kid Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook, the ultimate guide to the gluten-free casein free diet by Camela Compart MD and Dana Laake, RDH, MD, LDN


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  1. Lorie Wells says:

    Is elimination the only way to determine food sensitivity? And can a child have a food sensitivity without a food allergy? Do food sensitivities tend to go away with age? Thanks for the info! Lorie Wells

    • DocSmo says:

      Dear Lorie, thanks for your excellent questions, and my apologies for the delay in responding; I’m new at this blogging game, and sometimes I miss comments that get submitted. ‘Elimination’ and ‘challenge’ are the gold standards for determining food allergy; traditionally, you would eliminate the questionable food and then challenge the child on three separate occasions and demonstrate that symptoms develop. However, we now have a new technology called Immunoassays which can pinpoint food allergies in children of all ages. Infants (children under 1 year of age) tend to be allergic to cow’s milk, soy protein, and egg albumin, but these allergies typically disappear with age. Tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, and scaly fish allergies tend to be lifelong in most people who suffer from them; they also tend to be more dangerous. Traditionally, these allergies can be tested with Immunoassay or skin testing, you wouldn’t want to ‘challenge’ people with these foods because of the dangers they pose.

      Regarding food sensitivity: yes, a child can have a food sensitivity without a food allergy, though perhaps a better term would be food intolerance. An ‘allergy’ implies an immune response to a particular food, whereas a food intolerance may give someone physical symptoms, but it is not immune-based.

      I hope this information helps, and please let me know if you have any other questions!

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