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Dr. Culbert on Childhood ADHD: "The Kids Are All Right"

Excerpt. Mpls St Paul Magazine; January 30, 2015

The Kids Are All Right

Who’s fighting America’s childhood ADHD epidemic? Dr. Tim Culbert, one deep breath at a time.

Culbert winces and shrinks when he describes the pressures on doctors to diagnose ADHD in kids.

“A lot of characteristics we are supposed to medicate these kids for would be positives in another context: High-energy people who can shift focus easily—that can describe Albert Einstein just as easily as it can describe a kid who can’t sit through six hours of lectures in a classroom. Someone who makes frequent loose, tangential associations? You could call that person unfocused, or a good musician or marketer. Yet if you give a kid a label, you’re going to leave him thinking he’s a lousy thinker,” Culbert says, adding that people tend to give up more easily after the diagnosis has been made.

“A lot of schools say: If you can’t sit in a classroom for six hours and...

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Be Well in February: Love and Connection

February... love is in the air. Let that wind nearly knock you over as you practice more connection and self-care. With that in mind, our intention this month is: 

Love and Connection

Here are four strategies to focus on:

Face Time: Human Connection

Spend time with family and friends in person, not just via social media.

Be Together: Importance of Community

Join a club or take a class to engage with others who have similar interests or perspectives.

Radiate Kindness and Compassion

Visualize yourself radiating waves of love, kindness, and healing intentions to yourself and to friends, community members, and even those who are different from you or that you struggle with.

 


Missed January? Don't worry, January practices are good for every month! Find them here >>>

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Be Well in January: Supplement Wisely

January is a great time to give your brain a boost and move into the next year with energy, clarity, and confidence. With that in mind, our intention this month is: 

Supplement Wisely

Here are four strategies to focus on:

Balance Is Key

Your mind and body rely on key factors to maintain health and balance. Look for a high-potency, broad spectrum multivitamin and activated b-vitamins to support production of the chemicals of emotion and to balance your entire system.

Support Your Foundation

Tune up your brain with these key nutrients:

Favor Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Antioxidants are essential for the proper function of mitochondria. You can think of mitochondria as the power generators for your brain cells. That means as you fuel up with antioxidants, you keep your brain running strong. Colorful fruits and veggies will give you the best fuel. Add supplements as needed. 

 


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Resilience and Mindfulness for Teens and Kids

Perspectives on Technology-Assisted Relaxation Approaches to Support Mind-Body Skills Practice in Children and Teens: Clinical Experience and Commentary

Abstract

Culbert, T. (2017). Perspectives on Technology-Assisted Relaxation Approaches to Support Mind-Body Skills Practice in Children and Teens: Clinical Experience and Commentary. Children, 4, 20. 

doi

:10.3390/children4040020


It has been well-established that a variety of mind-body (MB) techniques, including yoga, mental imagery, hypnosis, biofeedback, and meditation, are effective at addressing symptoms such as pain, anxiety, nausea, and insomnia, as well as helping with a wide variety of medical, emotional, and behavioral issues in pediatric populations. In addition, MB skills can also be health promoting in the long-term, and with regular practice, could potentially contribute to longer attention spans, social skills, emotional regulation, and enhanced immune system functioning. Importantly, the benefits...

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Webinar: Mind-Body Therapies in Children and Youth

Interested in mind-body therapies for adolescents? Dr. Culbert and several other practitioners discuss different modalities and their effectiveness. 

Watch the webinar here >>>

You can also download the slides here.

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The 2017 Pioneer in Integrative Medicine Award Goes To... Dr. Culbert!

Congrats to our very own Dr. Culbert for his award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)! Here's what the AAP had to say:

The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Integrative Medicine (SOIM) is excited to announce the recipient for their prestigious Section Award, Pioneer in Integrative Medicine to Dr. Timothy Culbert. SOIM created an annual award recognizing a pioneer in pediatric integrative medicine. SOIM would like to raise awareness by publicly acknowledging key figures who have advocated for pediatric CAM research, education and clinical care. This is the first award of its kind in pediatrics and the 4th year SOIM has handed out a section award.

Dr. Culbert is board certified in developmental-behavioral pediatrics and has training in medical hypnosis, biofeedback, functional medicine, nutrition, aromatherapy, integrative psychiatry and Reiki. He was the medical director for the Integrative Med Program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN from...

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Who's Behind NMH & Why Natural Approaches to Mental Health Matter

Greetings, Resilient friends! It’s me, Tim! Here’s the dirt on NMH…

Henry and I  have collaborated for many years and share a passion for promoting “Natural Mental Health” for all ages (our bios are over here). Though we can go toe-to-toe on scientific jargon, experts often agree that I'm more handsome and vibrant than Henry (let’s see what Henry comes back with…).

We first met when I took a class that Henry was teaching called A Year of Living Mindfully. I wasn’t initially sold on the mindfulness stuff… or the year. “I won’t make it three months!” I cried. Fast forward some years and we’re now close friends and present lectures, workshops, and programs together on topics such as resilience across the lifespan, mindfulness and natural therapies for mental health, and resilience training for teens and adults.

Recognized as pioneers in holistic and integrative medicine, we are motivated to share our...

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