What Experts Say

I strongly recommend Dr. Newmark's book to all parents, relatives, and friends of children with ADHD, as well as the teachers, doctors, and other professionals who work with them. Before going to the pharmacy, we can use an integrative approach to help these children succeed and fulfill their true potential. Dr. Newmark tells us just how to do that.
— Dr. Andrew Weil

Dr. Newmark has finally crafted the book that I have long been wishing for: a wonderful self-help guide for parents looking for a thoughtful and science-based natural approach to treating ADHD. This integrative/holistic style reduces or eliminates the need for stimulant medications and offers sound advice about diet, sleep, nutrients, herbs and other key modalities. The book radiates a balanced wisdom that comes so rarely from practicing physicians today..
— Scott Shannon, MD Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; author of Please Don’t Label My Child; editor of Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health

If I had one book to read about ADHD, this is it. It is well-written, practical and filled with the uncommonly good common sense of an experienced and compassionate clinician with fair-minded and rigorous reviews of the state of the science.
— Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Integrative Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics, Social Science Health Policy, and Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Sanford C. Newmark, MD


Dr. Sandy Newmark is dedicated to helping children with ADHD live happier, healthier lives.

A leading integrative pediatrician with 23 years of experience, Dr. Newmark’s passion is working together with parents to treat children with ADHD using proven natural remedies.

Dr. Newmark is the founder of the Center for Pediatric Integrative Medicine, the author of ADHD Without Drugs: A Guide to the Natural Care of Children with ADHD, and a frequently published author and lecturer on the topics of integrative medicine, autism, and ADHD.

Since 1987, Dr. Newmark has treated hundreds of  children with ADHD. Initially using a conventional medical approach, Dr. Newmark was dissatisfied with the limited nature of this approach to treatment – one that rarely cured or even identified the underlying root causes of symptoms. Determined to find better results for his young patients, Dr. Newmark closed his 14-year pediatric practice to study with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona in the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Under the auspices of Dr. Weil’s full time, rigorous, two-year residential fellowship program, Dr. Newmark discovered his professional community and added an expansive array of effective treatment tools to his pediatric medical kit. In 2001, Dr. Newmark became the first graduate of Dr. Weil’s prestigious program to practice general pediatrics, and he now serves as part of the program’s faculty.

For the past 10 years, Dr. Newmark has been applying his integrative medical skills to the challenge of understanding the epidemic of children with ADHD, autism, and other behavioral problems. He has been able to fine-tune an effective set of natural treatments that can have a dramatic effect on the symptoms of ADHD. The results are astounding: children with ADHD who feel better, behave better, learn better and can fully express their inborn creativity and energy in positive ways.

Wanting to extend these results to more families than he can see in private practice, Dr. Newmark authored his first and just-released book, ADHD Without Drugs: A Guide to the Natural Care of Children with ADHD. In it, he shares his successful treatment strategies in plain language that parents can understand easily and implement immediately.. He also dispels  the myths and misinformation surrounding ADHD, as he explains the latest research concerning what ADHD actually is, what causes it, and how it can be treated. For those children who do need conventional medical treatment, he presents a research-based evaluation of the benefits and risks of the most common ADHD medications.

Dr. Newmark currently practices at Whole Child Wellness near San Francisco, having relocated from Tucson, Arizona, to California’s bay area. Married for 37 years to psychologist Linda Ishi Newmark, he and his wife had years of real-life experience parenting a son who was intensely challenging, as well as a daughter with special needs.

Dr. Newmark’s book, presentations, and blog are for every adult who cares for or influences the care of children with ADHD: parents first and foremost, plus caregivers, coaches, counselors, educators, physicians, psychiatrists, social workers and therapists – anyone who wants to learn how to better help all children with ADHD succeed. Visit his blog and learn more about his book at www.ADHDWithoutDrugs.info.


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Pediatric Integrative Medicine (detailed description below)
Department of Pediatrics
University of Arizona
Tucson AZ
07/01 –06/03


ADHD & Behavioral Pediatrics
Dr. Michael Cohen
Tucson AZ
03/97 – 04/97


University of Arizona, Department of Pediatrics
Tucson AZ
7/84 – 6/87

Medical School

Doctor of Medicine
University of Arizona
Tucson AZ
7/80 – 6/84


University of Arizona
Tucson AZ
09/78 – 05/79


Master of Arts, Anthropology
University of Arizona
Tucson AZ
09/73 – 06/75


Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
09/67 – 06/71


2/09- Present: Physician, Whole Child Wellness, Belmont CA

08/03 – 1/09: Physician and Founder, Center for Pediatric Integrative Medicine, Tucson AZ

7/03 – Present:  Faculty, University of Arizona, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson AZ

09/00 – 1/09: Urgent Care Physician, Northwest Urgent Care, Tucson AZ

09/00 –5/02: Pediatric Hospitalist, PHS Specialty Services, Tucson AZ

08/88 – 09/00: Physician, CIGNA, Tucson AZ, Pediatric Department Head,

1992 – 2000, Chief of Staff, Plaza Medical Center, 1992 – 1997

07/93 – 8/09: Pediatrician, Children’s Rehabilitative Services, Tucson AZ

08/87 – 07/88: Physician, Kachina Pediatrics, Tucson AZ

08/87 – 08/88: Clinical Lecturer, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ

01/75 – 05/78: Anthropology Consultant, State of Arizona, Alpine AZ

01/74 – 05/75: Research Assistant, Bureau of Ethnic Research, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ


Board Certified in Pediatrics – 1989

Recertified in Pediatrics – 1996

Certified in Clinical Hypnosis, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis  - 2005


Arizona Board of Medical Examiners #16648: 1987 – Present

California Medical Board #88450: 2009 – Present


Newmark, Sanford ADHD Without Drugs” A Parents Guide to the Natural Care of Children With ADHD, May 2010, Nurtured Heart Press.

Adams JB. Baral M. Geis E. Mitchell J. Ingram J. Hensley A. Zappia I. Newmark S. Gehn E. Rubin RA. Mitchell K. Bradstreet J. El-Dahr JM. The severity of autism is associated with toxic metal body burden and red blood cell glutathione levels. Journal of Toxicology. 2009:532640, 2009.

Adams JB. Baral M. Geis E. Mitchell J. Ingram J. Hensley A. Zappia I. Newmark S. Gehn E. Rubin RA. Mitchell K. Bradstreet J. El-Dahr J.  Safety and efficacy of oral DMSA therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders: part A–medical results. BMC Clinical Pharmacology. 9:16, 2009.

Newmark, Sanford, Nutritional Interventions in ADHD, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing Vol 5 No. 3 May/June 2009 P71-73.

Newmark, Sanford, Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics chapter in Pediatric Integrative Medicine, Timothy Culbert, editor, Oxford Press 2009.

Weber W., Newmark S., Complementary and alternative medical therapies for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism. [Review] [95 refs] Pediatric Clinics of North America. 54(6):983-1006; xii, Dec. 2007.

Newmark, Sanford, A Pediatricians Perspective on Homemade Blended Formula, in Homemade Blended Formula Handbook, Klein and Morris, Publisher, Mealtime Notions 2007.

Newmark, Sanford, The Integrative Treatment of Autism chapter in Rakel, David, ed. Integrative Medicine, Second Edition, Saunders 2007, 119-129.

Newmark, Sanford, Atopic Dermatitis in Integrative Medicine, eds. Kligler, Benjamin and Lee, Roberta, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2004.

Monthly Reviews – Audio Consult in Integrative Medicine, Johns Hopkins University and Oakstone Publishing, 2001 – 2003.

Newmark, Sanford, ADHD and Food Sensitivity (letter) Alternative Therapies, May/June 2002 Vol. 8, No.3, P.18.

Newmark, Sanford, Failure to Thrive, in Parent Articles for Early Intervention, Ed. Dunn-Klein, Marsha, Therapy Skill Builders, Tucson, AZ, 1990.


American Academy of Pediatrics

Pima County Medical Society

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis


Ward Attending, Tucson Medical Center, Biannually, 1992 – 1996

Preceptor, Medical Student Preceptor Program, University of Arizona, 1994 – 2000

Preceptor, University Medical Center, College of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner Program, 1996

Preceptor, University of Arizona, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, 2003 – Present


“Integrative Medicine,” Pediatric Grand Rounds, Tucson Medical Center, Tucson AZ, 5/6/03.

“An Integrated Approach to ADHD,” Children’s Research Center Lecture, Tucson AZ, 4/16/04.

“Autism and Allergies – Nutritional Approaches,” Program in Integrative Medicine, Nutrition and Health Conference, Tucson AZ, 3/04.

“An Alternative Approach to Autism,” Pediatric Grand Rounds, St Joseph’s Hospital, Phoenix AZ, 11/05.

“An Alternative Approach to Autism,” Pediatric Grand Rounds, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix AZ, 11/05.

“An Alternative Approach to Autism,” Pediatric Grand Rounds, Tucson Medical Center, Tucson AZ, 1/18/05.

“Immunity and Nutrition in Children,” Program in Integrative Medicine, Nutrition and Health Conference,  Tucson AZ, 3/05.

“Nutritional Treatments in Autism,” Pediatric Integrative Medicine Conference, New York NY, 10/05.

“An Integrative Approach to ADHD,” SALT (Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center) Lecture Series, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, 11/05.

“The Integrative Treatment of ADHD,” Grand Rounds, Tucson Medical Center, Tucson AZ, 4/06.

“Autism Spectrum Disorder,” High Risk Perinatal Program Annual Meeting, Phoenix AZ, 10/06.

“The Integrative Treatment of ADHD,” Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment, Albuquerque NM, 10/06.

“Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Probiotics in Children,” CAMEXPO West Conference and Exposition, Los Angeles CA, 11/06.

“Pediatric Obesity,” American Heart Association, Go Red Luncheon, Tucson AZ, 11/06.

“Integrative Medicine,” Sierra Vista Regional Health Program, CME Series, Sierra Vista AZ, 3/07.

“Pediatrics: Autism/Immunization,” Southwestern Conference on Medicine, Tucson AZ, 3/07.

 “Autism,” Pangea Conference, Pediatric Integrative Medicine, San Francisco CA, 10/07.

“Integrative Medicine” Panel Presentation, American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting, San Francisco CA, 10/07.

“Our Children’s Health: Obesity and Nutrition,” Junior League Meeting, Tucson AZ, 10/07.

“The Integrative Approach to ADHD: Do 4 million children really need Ritalin?” Grand Rounds, St Joseph’s Hospital, Phoenix AZ, 11/07.

“Systemic Lupus Erythematosis in Children,” Grand Rounds, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, Sierra Vista AZ, 1/08.

“A Pediatric Integrative Medicine Consulting Practice,” Program in Integrative Medicine, Residential Week Lecture, Tucson AZ, 1/08.

 “ADHD, Diet and Nutrition,” 5th Annual Nutrition and Health: State of the Science & Clinical Applications Conference, Course Director Dr. Andrew Weil, Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix AZ, 4/08.

“An Integrative Approach to ADHD,” Nurtured Heart Approach Leadership Training Conference, Tucson AZ, 1/09.

“Integrative Approach to Newborns and Infants,” Blossom Birth Parents Group, Tucson AZ, 3/09

“Autism: A Brain Disorder or A Disorder That Affects The Brain?” Parent and Physician Conference, Hawaii Department of Education, Hilo HI, 5/09.

“An integrative Approach to Autism,” Stanford University Resident Conference, Palo Alto CA, 6/09.

“Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for ADHD: What is the Evidence?” American Academy of Pediatrics Conference, Pediatrics in the Red Rocks, Sedona AZ, 6/09.

“Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for Autism: What is the Evidence?” American Academy of Pediatrics Conference, Pediatrics in the Red Rocks, Sedona AZ, 6/09.

“Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Pediatrics Workshop,” American Academy of Pediatrics Conference, Pediatrics in the Red Rocks, Sedona AZ, 6/09.

“An Integrative Approach to ADHD,” Nurtured Heart Approach Leadership Training Conference, Tucson AZ, 1/10.

“An Integrative Approach to Autism and ADHD,” University of Arizona, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Tucson AZ, 1/10.


Pediatrician, St. Elizabeth’s Clinic, Tucson AZ, 1988 – 2006

Pediatrician, St. Andrews Clinic, Nogales AZ, 1992 – 2009

Pediatrician, Tucson Community CareFair, Tucson AZ, 1992 – 2000

Board Member, Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona, Tucson AZ, 1995 – 2009

Board Member, Asian Institute of Medicine, Tucson AZ, 2005 – 2009




Since the fellowship in Integrative Medicine is not a typical fellowship, I would like to describe it in some detail. The fellowship was funded from a National Institutes of Health Complementary and Alternative Medicine grant through the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona. The principal investigators on the grant were Dr. Fayez Ghishan, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Andrew Weil.

It was a combined research and training grant in the scientific investigation and use of complementary and alternative medicine in pediatrics. The clinical aspect of the program was closely associated with Dr. Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine, also at the University of Arizona, where I received most of my clinical training. My work in the fellowship was as follows:

Research – I was regularly involved in research activities. I was part of several grant applications, and worked actively on two research projects.  The first was the use of acupuncture and osteopathic manipulation in the treatment of Cerebral Palsy; the second in the use of Progressive Muscle relaxation and Guided Imagery in the treatment of asthma. I was actively involved in performing the guided imagery and relaxation for the project.

Clinical – Although there was very little clinical activity when I began the program, I developed an ongoing consultative practice in Pediatric Integrative Medicine for both outpatients and inpatients. I saw over 60 full outpatient consults and 30 inpatient consults.

Teaching – I developed an excellent working relationship with the pediatric residents at the University of Arizona. I attended at the outpatient clinic, gave attending rounds, and presented short lectures on Pediatric Integrative Medicine to both medical students and residents.  The residents on the developmental elective saw patients with me as part of their rotation.  Many of the referrals I received came from the residents and pediatric attendings. I take pride in having been able to bring an Integrative Medicine approach much more into the consciousness and practice of the pediatric department there.

Didactic Training – Mainly through Dr. Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine, I received both didactic and hands on training in various complementary and alternative medicine modalities such as botanicals, nutrition, osteopathy, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, energy medicine, and mind-body medicine. I was especially interested in mind-body medicine.  I attended several training workshops, and am certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis.