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“Dorfman does an excellent job of outlining how nutrition can affect a child's development and when to turn to other medical approaches; she persuasively argues for greater knowledge from pediatricians and specialists. Recommended.”
Library Journal

“Her research is solid, her insights are excellent and her advice is just what you need.”
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“Informative and inspiring. . . . Offers solutions that can change the lives of children and their families.”
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“This fascinating and potentially life-changing advice reveals that nutrition isn’t a simple matter of finishing one’s broccoli. Food has a significant impact on a child's health and well-being, and Dorfman helps parents ensure that the impact is positive.”
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“Important advice for parents . . .”
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“Nutritionist Kelly Dorfman’s book gives parents the tools they need to be nutritional detectives and help their children thrive.”
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“This book is a wealth of easy-to-read information for parents―or anyone wondering whether food could be causing their health problems.”
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From the Back Cover

Why treat your child with drugs when you can cure your child with food?

Grounded in cutting-edge science and filled with case studies that read like medical mysteries, What’s Eating Your Child? reveals the hidden connections between nutrition and chronic childhood ailments, and gives parents the simple, straightforward solutions they need to help their children thrive.

Discover the importance of zinc. The panoply of problems caused by gluten- and casein-intolerance. How to cure sleep disorders with melatonin, hyperactivity with magnesium, anxiety with fish oil.

Ms. Dorfman, a nutritionist whose typical patient arrives at her practice after seeing three or more specialists, offers parents the tools to become nutrition detectives themselves; to recalibrate their children’s diets through the easy E.A.T. program; and finally, to get their kids off drugs―antibiotics, laxatives, Prozac, Ritalin―and back to a natural state of well-being.  
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Reprint edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761175830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761175834
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read Dorfman's previous book about kids nutrition. This book is the same book but updated. I love these books! The chapter about the kids that don't grow helped out my friend with very small kids for their age. This book helped me out with my son with alopecia areata where your hair falls out. There is no cure for the autoimmune disease so all I could do was make sure he ate health. So I followed her book and his hair grew back! This year his hair fell out because I got lazy and stopped following her book. Now I am back following her book again. This book reinforces what my mom has said all along about eating well and how it is so important. Too many kids are on nutritional deficient white diets (all carbs) and their parents wonder why they are not growing, are over weight, or have bad behavior.

Thank you Kelly Dorfman for writing your books! I wish you would come out with a book with recipes, meal plans, or food product suggestions which will help parents in implementing your food suggestions.
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This is such an interesting book. I would explain more but I think you can browse the book online before buying like I did. It is a must read if your child has any of the issues listed on the front cover. My daughter was diagnosed with ASD about 4 months ago at age 3. The developmental pediatrician pretty much made my husband and I feel like there was nothing we could do for our child except get ABA therapy and Occupational therapy. He discouraged special diets and supplements beyond the standard RDA allowance found in children's multi-vitamins (and other things like chelation). What a crock! After reading this book, I realized my daughter may have been diagnosed with ASD but the reason she didn't have receptive language is because she has Speech Dyspraxia as described in this book. Anyhow, the author notes that this is an issue for children who don't get enough essential fatty acids and lists three that will help as well as the dosage level. Its titled under, The Best Dyspraxia Program Ever. She also notes that speech therapy won't get you very far by itself. But if you add the essential fatty acids she recommends through supplements or the food it will improve speech greatly. I had been using one of the EFA's as a supplement but not the other two. When combined it worked really well. My daughter was finally able to get words out to ask questions. Before she really struggled. Yesterday while I was washing the dishes, she tugged on the back of my shirt and asked me, "Mommy, can I paint?" and she now responds to questions with one to two word answers routinely and sometimes a short sentence. The gains have been slow but steady. She did not call us mommy or daddy 4 months ago before adding essential fatty acids. I was really impressed with this book. Its worth the money.
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We know at least one of the medical conditions of our son were cured by her information. Our own pediatrician couldn't tell us what caused "chicken skin". The author was right on! If only more pediticans were open to using these interventions rather than pharamacecutucal the world would be a better place! Very easy read!
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Since he was an infant, my seven year old son, Henry, has been difficult. He was a colicicky baby, a violent toddler, and recently, an increasingly disruptive student. He also suffers from chronic, year round eczema and constipation, violent outbursts at times and general hyperactivity.

When he was four, we put him on the Feingold program. It has been around since the 70s and is known to help kids with ADHD and ODD, which I suspected he had. That program eliminates artificial color, sweetener, flavoring, and petroleum based preservatives. For two years we followed the program exactly, with very little improvement. His eczema got a little better, but was still painful. His behavior improved slightly, but we still got notes home from teachers and he never had a "green" (problem free) day at school.

I have long suspected that either dairy or gluten might be something problem for Henry, but the thought of eliminating these from our diet is overwhelming. I know just enough about nutrition and how to read labels to know that either dairy or gluten is hiding in just about everything, in some form. I work full time, I have other kids and I am 8 months pregnant - there are only so many hours in the day!

A friend recommended this book, and I downloaded it immediately. I am so very glad I did.

Kelly has written this book in such a way that it calmed this overextended mother's fears about the amount of work that will go into an elimination trial.

She recommends a six week trial of what you suspect your child's problem food is. She stresses that you don't have to go all out, in most cases. For example, if you are eliminating dairy, don't stress about the small amount of milk that is in bread.
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My daughter has some sensory issues she was not concentrating and was acting out a little for us. So one of her therapist suggested this book. I love this book!!! I switched her to a new vitamin mineral supplement & put her on an Omaga 3. I saw a difference in her in just two days & so did her therapist.
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