ISEPP 2014 International Annual Mental Health Conference: Transforming Mad Science and Re-imagining Mental Health Care

Los Angeles, CA. Nov. 14-16, 2014

ISEPP 2013: Pediatrician Dr. Bose Ravenel on the benefits of a Functional Medicine Approach

Posted by Maria Mangicaro
ISEPP’s 16th Annual Conference is a child-centered mental health conference.
Rethinking Mental Health Care for Children & Adolescents:  Evidence-Based and Experienced-Based Alternatives to the Medical Model takes place November 1-3, 2013 at the Embassy Suites (Airport) in Greensboro, NC.
Our conference presenters will lecture on a wide variety of topics and we are happy to announce ISEPP board member Dr. Bose Ravenel will be providing important information on the value of functional laboratory testing and treating underlying conditions.

An Integrative Approach to Common Behavior and Learning Problems in Children:  A role for gluten sensitivity and MTHFR polymorphism

Dr. Bose Ravenel, a practicing pediatrician specializing in a functional medicine approach to chronic health problems in children, will present his experience over a two year period dealing with common behavioral and emotional problems in children with a non-pharmacological  approach.  Dr. Ravenel has published in the areas of child discipline, parenting, and ADHD. He is co-author, with psychologist John Rosemond, of The Diseasing of America’s Children: Unraveling the ADHD Fiasco and Empowering Parents to Take Back Control
Dr. Ravenel will discuss the importance and surprising frequency of two under-recognized but important underlying causal factors in behavioral and emotional syndromes such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression.
Gluten sensitivity is a rapidly growing phenomenon in contemporary medicine that is being recognized as causing a wide array of clinical manifestations, all of which can be effectively managed by dietary change and avoiding drugs that are otherwise commonly used to mask symptoms and which may have significant adverse effects.  Likewise, genetic variations known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (“snips”) will be shown to be present among a high percentage of these children and contribute to the relevant behavioral/emotional syndromes under discussion.
Case presentations will illustrate the potential for successful resolution of ADHD behaviors and clinically significant anxiety with a non-pharmacological approach relying upon dietary changes and additional nutritional interventions.  One child with ADHD who had been treated with stimulant medication was found to have evidence of thyroid hormone resistance with clinical hypothyroidism that resolved following discontinuation of stimulant medication.
This experience within a general pediatric practice over a period of two years illustrates the fallacy and inappropriateness of interpreting the simple existence of behaviors or symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, or depression as justification for suppressing the symptoms with powerful pharmacological agents, begging the question of whether these agents are truly effective in the first place.

Uploaded on Dec 7, 2010

Mark Hyman believes that functional medicine is the way of the future, and that we can only improve medicine if we understand the body’s system, not just symptoms.


2 comments on “ISEPP 2013: Pediatrician Dr. Bose Ravenel on the benefits of a Functional Medicine Approach

  1. johntshea
    September 23, 2013

    I take it the refreshments won’t include sugar sandwiches so…

    • johntshea
      October 31, 2013

      I apologize for the lack of sky-diving cat videos in that comment.


      On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 12:46 AM, ISEPP 2013 International Annual Mental

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