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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061685984
  • ASIN: B0046LUEY6
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"According to a Harvard study, Americans now pay more visits to alternative practitioners in a year than they do to primary care physicians.... They're spending $250 million a year on homeopathic remedies, and close to $4 billion on nutritional supplements.... But is this stuff safe for kids?" Yes, claim physicians Ditchek and Greenfield, practitioners of "integrative pediatrics" (as derived from Andrew Weil's Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona). In this clear and compassionate guide, the authors combine the best of alternative and conventional treatments, medications and lifestyle choices to bolster children's immune systems, address health questions with the least invasive but most effective treatment available from the pantheon of global medical practices, and offer recommendations for common illnesses like ear infections and asthma. They conclude with a 12-month program whereby families can incorporate integrative choices into their lives. Seeking to address the "whole child," Ditchek and Greenfield's expansive reach includes issues like societal messages, physical fitness and environmental dangers and their impact on children's health. For quick reference, call boxes highlight critical topics, including "Ten Reasons Our Kids Are Couch Potatoes" and a "Summary of Useful Herbs for Children," and a comprehensive appendix of resources for everything from vaccinations to ADHD, with an array of Web sites, is included. Friendly, balanced and commonsensical, this demystification of nontraditional medical practices and options will be appreciated by parents of children of all ages. Agent, Richard Pine.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Integrative pediatrics combines natural healing therapies with conventional medical treatments. The physician-authors, both experienced and trained in traditional medicine, have written a thorough guide for parents who are interested in complementary methods of prevention and healing and are looking for a reliable text directed at pediatricians unfamiliar with alternative treatments. Section 1 discusses preventive medicine, including strengthening the immune system, vaccination, proper use of antibiotics, nutrition, rest and exercise, and protecting children from environmental and cultural hazards. Section 2 covers complementary therapies that can safely be used on children, including massage, therapeutic touch, botanical and homeopathic medicines, acupuncture, acupressure, Reiki, and other energy systems. Section 3 addresses the use of integrative treatments for common pediatric complaints such as respiratory illnesses, sore throats, ear infections, colic, upset stomachs, asthma, allergies, and attention disorders. Complete with extensive references and resources, this book neatly balances traditional pediatrics with naturopathic/herbal healing books and is recommended for childcare and natural health collections. Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp., NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
Review Summary: Drs. Ditchek and Greenfield take Dr. Andrew Weil's approach to combining conventional and alternative medicine (called "Integrated Medicine") and apply it to younger children. As a result, you will get new ideas for ways to avoid recurring ear infections, chronic colic, allergies, asthma, and various attention-related problems. The book provides a sound foundation for having a healther, happier child. As compared to other books I have read on the subject, this one is the best overall resource.
Review: Your child is just undergoing her or his 37th ear infection. Your pediatrician has informed you about putting in tubes to drain the ears as a possible solution. You don't want to do that. What now? Chances are that if you read this book, you will never have to face that exact dilemma. Chronic ear infections are often a consequence of other kinds of problems such as allergies. If you don't eliminate the causes, how can you hope to eliminate the symptoms?
Integrated medicine is based on a belief that the best thing to do is to boost the body's natural immune defenses; consider the interaction of body, spirit, and environment; focus on preventing disease rather than curing later; customizing treatment for each individual; tring gentle and noninvasive methods first; integrating the best of conventional and unconventional medicine; forging a nonauthoritarian healing partnership with patients and their parents; acknowledging that patients and their parents have good insights into the problems; and treating children as children, rather than as small adults.
Where do you find these pediatricians who practice integrated medicine? Well, there are few formally trained ones today. But some traditionally trained pediatricians operate in a similar fashion.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Healthy Child, Whole Child" is a terrific guide to childcare for the 21st century. Drs. Stu and Russ and Lynn Willeford offer smart, actionable advice on raising healthy kids--weighing in on everything from herbs to conventional medicine to mind/body therapies--all written in easy-to-understand, entertaining language. Dr. Russ's training with integrative medicine physician Andrew Weil is a plus. I'd recommend this book to any parent.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Debora Valis on July 27, 2001
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Healthy Child, Whole Child gives parents useful information in a remarkably enjoyable book. It is more than a reference for raising healthy children; it stimulates parents to think about their choices for creating a healthy childhood experience.
As a physical therapist for 27 years, I have seen in my clinical practice some of the same principles motivating this book: a belief in the innate healing powers of the body and a recognition of the interaction among, body, mind, spirit and environment.
I recommend it to parents and grandparents. It will reinforce your common sense notions about children, and surprise you with good new scientific information. Above all, it is highly readable.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2001
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When I received this book, I was looking at it from a fairly critical point of view. I wanted to give my daughter the best start that I could without wanting a medical "fix" for everything that went wrong, while at the same time being prudent about what she would need from modern medicine to be healthy. After reading chapters that had addressed issues such as immunizations, eating, sleeping, and antibiotics, I had found that the pediatricians who wrote this had a good mix of conventional medicine as well as alternative medicine. It is a book has pulled methods of both scopes of practice and has formed a new way of looking at health through both conventional and alternative methods.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2001
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This must-read book is rational, grounded in scientific medicine, open to safe and effective combinations of conventional and alternative medicine, and extremely well written. I really liked the authors' respectful and friendly tone, and their comprehensive consideration of everything that affects the health and well-being of children. Well organized into 3 easy-to-use sections: foundations for healthy living; alternative forms of medicine that are safe for children; and how to combine conventional and alternative treatments for run-of-the-mill problems. Good guidelines on when to call your health professional and what you can try on your own. Great references and resources for all parents. I've been giving it as a gift for showers and new parents.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2001
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Drs. Ditchek and Greenfield were both personally trained by Dr. Andrew Weil, whom I trust more highly than any other contemporary medical authority. Dr. Weil wrote the Foreward to HEALTHY CHILD, WHOLE CHILD and his essay makes it clear that this book is essential reading for parents of young children. I read it from cover to cover and came away empowered with a new understanding of my childrens' health and what I can do to enhance it.
This is a great and important book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Shapiro, MD on July 21, 2001
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Parents want to do the right thing when it comes to their children's health. They are bombarded by conflicting (sometimes dangerous) advice from friends, books, and the media. This book provides clear, medically accurate explanations for the choices it offers. It is well-researched and easy to read. It improves upon "Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care." I have been a physician for 27 years and a father for 22 years. I will give this book to my daughters when my grandchildren are born.
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