June 2009 Newsletter
Workshop for Parents and Caregivers of Children with ADD/ADHD
Learn effective ways to reduce family stress, become a collaborative
parenting team, and improve your child’s behavior with kindness and clarity!
Learn strategies for parenting the child with ADD/ADHD:
- Week 1: How to use positive feedback more effectively
- Week 2: How to discipline with less emotional energy
- Week 3: How to use a credit system
- Week 4: Questions and answers (co-facilitated by Dr. Sandy Newmark)
Each week will begin with a presentation of one effective behavioral
parenting skill to help your child. Suggestions for how to
apply this at home will follow, with time allowed for discussion,
and providing the opportunity to share specific concerns or
challenges. At the end of each meeting, parents will receive
a handout covering the
material and a simple homework assignment to
help them use this skill at home. The following week, they can report on how
it worked with their child and problem solve if needed. For
interested parents, participants can develop a network of
support for each other to continue outside the group or after the workshop series
ends. This 4 week series will provide a solid introduction
to Howard Glasser’s
Nurtured Heart approach for parenting children with ADD/ADHD.
About the Presenter - Linda Newmark, PhD:
Dr. Linda Newmark has been in private practice as a psychologist
in Arizona for many years. Her practice focused on adults,
couples and parents of children with special needs or challenges.
She supports the
whole family in challenging situations—helping parents meet the needs
of their children while maintaining closeness in their own
personal relationship. Linda is an Arizona licensed psychologist
#515, certified as a Professional
Life Coach, and currently applying for California licensure
as a psychologist. Her professional training includes: BA
from Sarah Lawrence College, PhD
and MA in Psychology from the University of Arizona, Arizona
Licensed Psychologist License #515, and Certified Professional
Life Coach through
||Tuesday evenings, 7pm - 8:30pm
June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21
||4 weeks: $150 person or $220 per couple, limited to
Payable in advance and in full, by check or cash, to Dr. Linda Newmark
||Whole Child Wellness
1601 El Camino Real, Suite 101
Belmont, CA 94002
||Please send name, address, phone number, and check to:
Dr. Linda Newmark, 932 Pilarcitos Ave., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
||Phone Dr. Linda Newmark at 520-300-0086
Rice Drinks and Arsenic
Rice and rice products have been known to contain higher
levels of inorganic arsenic than found in other foods.
Inorganic arsenic is
considered more harmful than organic arsenic. In May 2009,
the UK Food Standards Agency released a report that found
organic and inorganic arsenic
in all 60 samples of rice drinks that were tested. Many
of the rice drinks had levels that exceed the US Environmental
Protection Agencies standard
for maximum arsenic contaminant level in drinking water,
which is currently set at 10 parts per billion. This
was performed in England by the
UK Food Standards Agency, and found that the average concentration
in rice drinks of total arsenic was 23 parts per billion,
and inorganic arsenic was 12 parts per billion. Rice
Dream, Promavel, Lima,
and Balance Foods were among the products that were sampled.
read the entire
and a more complete report at
We wanted to share this information with all of our families
and friends. These levels of arsenic may raise concerns for infants
and children, especially those who are using rice milk as their major
milk substitute. A child drinking just 8 ounces of rice milk per day
would double their exposure to inorganic arsenic, compared to that
obtained in a normal diet.
At Whole Child Wellness, we are now recommending that rice
milk not be used as a major part of any child’s diet. We feel
that a rotation of various milks is the healthiest option. Good alternatives
to cow’s milk, depending on individual tolerance, may include
goat milk, almond milk, hemp milk, and nut and seed milks. We are happy
to work with you and your family if you have questions regarding your
child’s diet, and to ensure that your children are getting the
appropriate nutrition they require for optimal health and development.
Please feel free to make an appointment if you would like to discuss
this in more depth. We will stay on top of this topic and let you know
if and when other information becomes available.
Dr. Newmark Lecture Update
Dr. Newmark continues to lecture extensively on autism, ADHD, and holistic
pediatrics. We at Whole Child Wellness are thrilled to have
his expertise and wanted to share with you some of his most
recent teaching events.
In early May, he was invited by the Department
of Education in Hawaii to give 3 lectures on autism; one to doctors,
one to parents
and one to teachers. It was very interesting to see how
new the information was; there are only a few practitioners on
the island who have been trained in the Defeat Autism Now!
biomedical approach to autism,
and many of the parents and teachers had never been exposed
to this approach. Of course, we’re sure that it wasn't too painful
for Dr. Newmark to have to go to Hawaii to do these lectures.
The lava flows were
In mid June, Dr. Newmark went to Sedona for the "Pediatrics
in the Red Rocks" conference, which is an annual pediatric conference
for MD's from Arizona and the rest of the country. Dr.
Newmark again gave 3 lectures; 1 on autism, 1 on ADHD, and one on
alternative pediatrics in general. It was great to see
the high level of interest that these conventional doctors had
for an integrative and
holistic approach, many expressing interest in learning
more and incorporating this information into their practices.
On June 30th, Dr. Newmark will also be educating the developmental and
behavioral pediatricians and residents at Stanford about the biomedical
treatment of autism.
All of us at Whole Child Wellness look forward
to the day when there is no “conventional” or “alternative” medicine
- just medicine that treats patients in the most natural
and effective ways possible. In the meantime, we thank Dr. Newmark
for continuing his
efforts in educating practitioners and parents alike on
the possibilities that integrative pediatrics has to offer.
Dr. Newmark is available for well-child visits
and for consultations for a variety of health concerns,
including ADHD, autism, and chronic pain. More information
is available on our webpage at www.wholechildwellness.com.