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After I read Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live book I discovered that everything I thought I knew about nutrition and eating healthy had been wrong. This led me to another book by Dr. Fuhrman’s – Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right.
This book is a must-read for every parent. Hospitals should literally include it in the goody bag you take home with you. Most of the nutritional information and advice I had as a first-time mom came from what I learned growing up at school and at home, from other moms who did the same and from my pediatrician. After reading Disease-Proof Your Child I felt so empowered. As a society we often think that children “just get sick”, usually from germs or because their immune systems are still being built. Both of these could be true, but I think the most important thing we forget is how much of our health, especially our children’s health, is dependent on the food we and they are consuming.
In Disease-Proof Your Child Dr. Fuhrman helps the reader understand proper nutrition, how this nutrition can be used to prevent and treat illnesses, and how what we eat in our first few years of life could have a correlation to cancer and other health issues later on. The book also includes recipes you can use to get your child on a nutritious diet.
Format I Read: Paperback
If you have a child who is constantly suffering from colds, ear infections, allergies, eczema or asthma and feel like the medications and advice you are getting from your doctor are only putting a band-aid on the symptoms instead of curing the cause, this book may help you get on the road to true recovery. There are inspiring stories from actual parents with sick children who followed Dr. Fuhrman’s advice and now have healthy thriving children.
Prior to changing our diet, Kuya was eating what the average American child eats. He would also regularly get rashes on his skin. The rashes weren’t diagnosed as allergic reactions or eczema and when I would ask my pediatrician about them, I always received the same answer – put some hydrocortisone on it. I did that and sooner or later the rashes always came back. After reading Disease-Proof Your Child I changed Kuya’s diet and he stopped getting rashes.
If you are ready to take your child’s health into your own hands, educate and empower yourself instead of relying on others to tell you how best to keep your child healthy, Disease-Proof Your Child is a great place to start.
The Not So Good
The only critical thing I could say about this book is that many recipes call for soy. There is a lot of controversy over the use of soy and how the body handles it, which I myself am still learning about. Until I feel confident about whether or not to use or avoid it, I try to avoid it or only have it in very small amounts. With that said, if you don’t feel comfortable with soy you could always substitute soy milk with nut milk or other non-dairy milks and tofu with beans.
If you are feeding your child processed food and dairy, this book may make you feel like an awful parent. After finishing the book I felt guilty and upset with myself and even more upset with society. I wondered why the information in this book wasn’t general knowledge to every parent out there. If you end up feeling the same way don’t dwell on those feelings. Acknowledge them and use them as fuel to help your children flourish the right way.
As parents there is so much information out there on what we should and shouldn’t do with our children that sometimes thinking about what we feed them ends up on the bottom of the priority list. This book demonstrates that the quality of the foods our children are eating matters just as much as whether they are eating or not. If you are ready to play an active role in the quality of life and health of your child instead of relying on your pediatrician, this book will help you do that.