acupuncture for kidsIf you are thinking there has to be a better solution for the ails of childhood than antibiotics, anti-anxiety meds, ear tubes and amphetamines; you’re right!

Our guest in this episode has his feet firmly planted in both conventional biomedicine and Chinese medicine.

Listen in for a conversation on how a shift in perspective can help to resolve issues that medications can’t really touch, the importance of a properly functioning digestive system (and how to tune it up), and a detour into how the endocrine system is intimately married to perceptual framework.

If you have kids and want to help them build a natural vitality, this show is for you!

Show Highlights:
4:14    Common conditions parents can take their kids to an acupuncturist for treatment.
5:49    How Chinese medicine can help for attention issues.
7:38   The magic of empty space
8:42    Sometimes kids don’t have a “disorder,” they are just really different than their parents.
12:06  The importance of shen.
16:38   Conditions you should seek out an acupuncturist for help, which you might not first consider.
21:51    It seems that kid’s digestive systems are more sensitive than 30 years ago, is this true? And if so, why?
25:44    Reconsidering our relationship with bacteria.
29:33    A holistic look at the endocrine system.
34:07   Treating thyroid issues with Chinese medicine.
38:40   Type two diabetes responds very well to lifestyle interventions.
48:39   Some issues you should consult an acupuncturist for first, instead of as a last resort.

D Miller-colorDr. David W. Miller, MD, LAc is one of the only MD physicians in the U.S. dually board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Dr. Miller received his Bachelor’s degree in Theoretical Mathematics from Vassar College, his M.D. from the Brown University School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. He then completed his Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine with the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.

Dr. Miller is currently in private practice with East-West Integrated Medicine, but is also an instructor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago where he designed the school’s Integrative Pediatrics curriculum. At Pacific College, he has also designed and taught curriculum for the study of Integrative Endocrinology, Nephrology, Public Health, and Medical Communications.

Dr. Miller is also involved with organized medicine and medical legislation, and is the chair of the American Society of Acupuncturists, president of the Illinois Acupuncture Federation, Legislative Director for the Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and sits on the Illinois Board of Acupuncture with Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. He is a subject matter expert and chair of the Biomedical Examination Committee for the NCCAOM, and is a peer reviewer for Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is a member of the Illinois State Medical Society and the Chicago Medical Society as well, and sits on the ISMS Council on Education and Health Workforce. Dr. Miller also participates in the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine.

David’s Clinic website:

Links and Resources:

Lecture on the Chinese medicine approach to pain management in children.
Lecture on introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine.


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