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March 4, 2005  
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Holistic Pediatric Association to Sponsor Pediatric Track at CSOMA Expo

By Editorial Staff

The Holistic Pediatric Association has announed it will cosponsor a pediatric track at the California State Oriental Medical Association's (CSOMA) Annual Conference and Exposition in San Francisco the weekend of April 29, 2005. The track provides an excellent opportunity for acupuncturists to learn more about the Chinese medicine approach to pediatric care from some of the country's leading experts.

The Holistic Pediatric Association ( is a non-profit 501c3 corporation that provides education and support to both health professionals and parents through its interactive website, seminars, conferences, and other educational projects.

The HPA challenges the accepted wisdom of current standards of children's health care and offers an additional understanding of health, wellness, and illness.

HPA Vision and Mission

The HPA's vision is to influence and support a major transformation in the current practice of pediatrics into a safe, nurturing, and sensible holistic health care system for children. The association envisions and supports a transformation in parenting by empowering parents to trust their natural wisdom and make informed choices on behalf of their children.

The HPA offers a practical approach to pediatric care that focuses on the principles of health, wellness, and the safe resolution of illness. The association teaches alternative approaches and treatments to pediatricians and other health care professionals to use in their practices, and provides networking and exposure opportunities to pediatric health professionals through a health professional directory, member forums and conferences. The goal of the networking and exposure opportunities the HPA provides is to open holistic health professionals' practices to a wider field of patients.

The HPA's board of directors, advisory board, education committees, and editorial staff are composed of leading experts in the field of holistic pediatrics and practitioners with many years of experience in teaching, writing, and clinical practice.

Pediatric Track at CSOMA Expo

Dates: April 29-May 1, 2005
Location: San Francisco, California; SFO Airport Westin Hotel

Description: Six workshops, each three hours in length, plus a pediatric panel. Co-sponsored by the California State Oriental Medical Association (

Pediatric Track:

Childhood Development - An Integration of Five Elements with Piaget and Freud
May Loo, MD

This course presents an original theory for understanding human development, treatment of complex conditions, and for finding the origin of chronic conditions. Non-needle treatment of children, including use of magnets, and Hand Microsystems in the treatment of children will be discussed.

Child Development - Five Types
Harriet Beinfield, LAc; Stephen Cowan, MD, FAAP; Efrem Korngold, OMD, LAc

Beginning with embryology and development of the infant and energetic organ systems through the early childhood years, this course includes the unique perspective of five phase typing in children as a basis for treatment. It also includes identification of the five stages (elements) of child development to discover the root of the illness and treating the root based on the formative stage at onset and the current stage of illness as treatment strategies.

Holistic Pediatrics & the Integration of Modalities
Stephen Cowan, MD, FAAP & Randy Neustaedter, OMD, LAc

Bringing together the concepts of OM philosophy, Chinese and Western understanding of nutrition, vaccination, management of illness with natural treatment modalities, and children's emotional and spiritual wellbeing, this workshop will outline the basic method for running a holistic pediatric practice.

Childhood Acute Illness
Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, Dipl. Ac., Dipl. CH, & Soma Glick, DOM, LAc

This course covers OM treatment of fevers, otitis, colds, sore throats, and infectious diseases with herbs and acupuncture.

Asthma and Eczema Pediatric Track
Efrem Korngold, OMD, LAc & Steve Cowan, MD, FAAP

This course features OM interpretation, treatment, and management of the allergic child with in-depth discussion of both acute and chronic treatment with herbs and acupuncture. It also includes the long-term management of the asthmatic child and integration of OM with drug therapy.

GI Disorders in Children
Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, Dipl. Ac., Dipl. CH & Soma Glick, DOM, LAc

Colic, GERD, acute and chronic diarrhea, and the concept of leaky gut syndrome and allergy triggers will all be covered with clear management strategies in this course.

Pediatric Panel -- Challenges & Controversies: Chinese Medicine for Children
Sponsored by the Holistic Pediatric Association

Moderator: Randall Neustaedter, OMD, LAc
Panelists: Stephen Cowan, MD, FAAP; Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, Dipl. Ac.; Soma Glick, LAc, DOM;Efrem Korngold, OMD, LAc

Each panelist will present their own approach to the holistic management of children's illnesses. The focus of the panel will include Oriental medicine's unique perspective on holistic pediatrics. Questions from the audience will also bring to light specific areas of pediatric practice.


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