Much More Than An Apple A Day: Integrative Therapies for Optimizing Health in Children

Friday, November 14, 2014

School of Nursing Auditorium
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, Kansas

Sponsored by University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Integrative Medicine and University of Kansas Medical Center Continuing Education & Professional Development.

Course Director

Jeanne Drisko, MD, Riordan Professor of Orthomolecular Medicine and Research, Director of Integrative Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.


Patients and their families believe pediatric integrative medicine and nutritional approaches can decrease use of conventional pharmaceutical medications. As a result, there is growing demand by consumers for dietary and integrative approaches as adjuncts to conventional pediatric treatments. More than 50 percent of children with chronic disorders use integrative therapies (Vohra et al. 2012). The majority of healthcare practitioners who care for children with chronic disorders are unaware of the growing body of literature that supports integrative therapies. There is growing evidence that diet and nutrition can improve outcomes in children with chronic disorders. For example, micronutrient insufficiencies, such as iron and zinc, have shown to be associated with children diagnosed with ADHD (Millichap & Yee 2012). As a result, it is necessary to explore and evaluate the practice of nutritional and integrative approaches to common health disorders in children through the lens of scientific evidence. This will result in a workforce that is better prepared to discuss these issues with patients and their families when questions about integrative therapies arise (Adams et al. 2013, Vohra et al. 2012, Millichap & Yee 2012).

Target Audience

This symposium is designed for physicians (MD and DO), registered nurses (RN), advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), social workers, psychologists, naturopathic doctor (ND), dietitians (RD) and nutritionists.


At the completion of this symposium, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss with patients and their families the current evidence for or against the use of nutritional integrative approaches as treatment adjuncts in pediatric disorders.
  • Evaluate integrative nutritional approaches to common pediatric disorders.
  • Define methods in managing pediatric nutrition-related health problems through laboratory assessment and individualized treatment plans.


Financial contributions and supporters of this program will be acknowledged in print at the symposium.


Commercial vendors are invited to exhibit at this meeting. Limited exhibit space will be available. Call Randy Evans at 913-945-6742 or e-mail for an application or more information.

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