Dr. Steve Cowan

Steve Cowan, MD

Stephen Cowan MD is a board-certified pediatrician with over 30 years of clinical experience working with children. He has a subspecialty in Developmental Pediatrics and is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics serving as a member of the AAP section on Developmental Disabilities. He is a clinical instructor at NY Medical College and a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is the author of Fire Child Water Child, how understanding the five types of ADHD can help you improve your child’s self-esteem and attention. Dr. Cowan has developed a unique holistic approach to evaluating and treating children struggling with chronic physical, emotional and cognitive disorders that integrates the principles of Chinese medicine and homeopathy. He is the founder of the non-profit Tournesolkids that fosters healthy character development in children through the mind-body program he developed. Considering the child as a reflection of the inter-related forces of family and environment is the central focus of his practice. This approach respects the inseparability of mind, body and spirit and promotes a deeper understanding of what it means to be healthy.



Kid on phone

Pay Attention! You Digital Natives

According to a new study recently published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) there is a significant association between the use of digital media and the subsequent symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) (Ra et al 2018). This should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched their teenager doing homework while texting, face-timing, snap-chatting or instagramming.


A Pediatrician Shares Some Invaluable Lessons For Parents

After 25 years practicing pediatrics, and caring for thousands of children, I’ve noticed some patterns that offer me a deeper vision of health. I’d like to share some of those invaluable lessons with parents.

Children and Medicine

Why We Drug Our Children

We stand at a crossroads in medicine today. Having practiced developmental pediatrics for the past 25 years, I have become increasingly frustrated by an alarming trend and find myself asking why we are drugging our children for the way they behave? Several recent reports have highlighted this phenomenon and they are worth mentioning here.

11 Flu Fighting Tips For Your Child

11 Flu Fighting Tips For Your Child

Once again Influenza is in the news causing panic. The signs of influenza are consistent with past years: red eyes, red lips, muscle aches and of course high fever. To ease your stress, here are a few tips to help your child weather the flu this year.

Back to School: Pausing to Prepare

Back to School: Pausing to Prepare

As the days become cooler and the fruit is ripening on the vines, our kids must go through the annual ritual of saying goodbye to the sweet carefree summertime and re-enter the world of institutionalized learning. Needless to say, this is not always greeted with exuberant cheers. And yet this time of transition can be a wonderful opportunity for your family to pause and prepare your child for the coming school year with a sense of heightened joy and anticipation rather than burden and stress.

Occupy Medicine Part 4: <br/>Occupy This Body-Mind

Occupy Medicine Part 4:
Occupy This Body-Mind

In part 3 of this series I spoke about the ways our survival depends on a radical shift in our vision of health away from a one-size-fits-all medicine that defines us by our diseases, towards a more whole-hearted embrace of our diverse adaptive powers. This is most important when it comes to raising healthy children. Once we know who our child is, we will know exactly what he needs to be resilient in the world and find long-lasting health.

Occupy Medicine Part 3:<br/>Nature Favors Diversity

Occupy Medicine Part 3:
Nature Favors Diversity

In the first two parts of this series we looked at the ways time and attention allow us to take back our healthcare from an industry that has occupied our lives for far too long. Adaptive Power to the People The real power of the 99% lies in its diversity. Studies have shown that the more diverse a group is, the more creative their problem solving will be. Our species’ adaptive power is defined by the variety of our human character strengths. Society may favor conformity in an effort to maintain order, but nature favors diversity, ensuring the kind of flexibility that is key to our long-term survival.