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What's Eating Your Child?: The Hidden Connection Between Food and Childhood Ailments Paperback – April 28, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


“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.”
Washington Post

“Informative and inspiring. . . . Offers solutions that can change the lives of children and their families.”
Kirkus Reviews

“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.”
Publishers Weekly
“Important advice for parents . . .”
“Nutritionist Kelly Dorfman’s book gives parents the tools they need to be nutritional detectives and help their children thrive.”
USA Weekend

“This book is a wealth of easy-to-read information for parents—or anyone wondering whether food could be causing their health problems.”
Gluten Intolerance Group Magazine

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: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (April 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761161198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761161196
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This review is going to be primarily a review of the author, based on my family's direct personal experience, and how she has practiced what she wrote about in her book. Our son was a 90% height and 90% weight baby and early toddler. As he entered preschool, his height remain 90% but weight dropped to 50%. Through elementary school, he continued to lose ground, reaching about 50% height and 10% weight around 6th or 7th grade. Added to this, he demonstrated ADD (although not hyperactive) and anxiety problems, he had regular diarrhea and significant gas. We were scared. We tried child therapy, psychiatry, and eventually turned briefly to ADD medications (with horrible results). Finally, one of his teachers pointed us to Kelly Dorfman, who worked within a drivable distance. We contacted her through email, sent her records of our son's eating, and spoke with her on the phone. She concluded he wasn't absorbing what he was eating. She ordered some digestive tests, we met with her, and she recommended some supplements and diet changes. Over the next year, our son gained 20 lbs and grew about 8 inches. He's now 16 yrs old, pushing 6 feet, and his other symptoms have improved tremendously. Kelly Dorfman knows what she's talking about. Oh, and yes, my wife read the book and loved it.
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I'm not exactly sure what my intention was in reading this book. Curiosity mostly. I had some concerns about my daughter's health, but I honestly didn't expect any amazing answers from this book, but thankfully I was wrong. Chapter seven described my daughter perfectly--short in stature (3rd percentile for height though she has maintained that curve for a few years), extremely picky, small appetite, loose bowel movements, and an extremely sensitive sense of smell, but other than that very smart and energetic. I had googled her smelling issue, but couldn't find anything relevant, but it did seem abnormal. Almost all food smelled bad to her. She couldn't eat dinner with us at the same table. Bananas were the worst. She hated the smell of bananas and could smell them across the house. There were always arguments when her sister wanted to eat one.

Her symptoms exactly matched that of someone who is deficient of zinc. I immediately started giving her a supplement and within 4 days she was eating bananas! She almost seems to be a different person. She primarily subsisted on oatmeal, pasta, bread and apples and occasionally a few other things. Now she is eating meat, she is willing to try other foods, her appetite is greater, and she can sit next to someone who is eating something she doesn't want to, and not complain of the awful smell, she doesn't complain as much about textures of food and different food touching. I am optimistic that she will continue to expand her diet. I am so thankful that I read this book and it had this information in it. Meal times have become so much less stressful. After two weeks taking the supplement, all her symptoms are gone and I am anxious to see if she experiences a growth spurt soon. Thank you, thank you, thank you Kelly Dorfman for writing this book! I would like to see one for adults addressing issues like migraines, headaches, acne, joint stiffness, etc.
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I was super excited to read this book. I have been battling behavior issues with my son and wanted a dietary fix instead of a pharmaceutical fix. The first half of the book was great - talking about milk allergies, gluten allergies, effects of sugar, etc... but then she started talking about adding whole grains to the diet and soy products. As a Paleo follower, this was appalling to me, so I stopped reading. I browsed the chapters list to see if there was anything else I felt was relavent to our lifestyle and found nothing. I did like the chapter on "picky eating" and have implemented her suggestion of adding a multi that includes lots of zinc (Flinstones Complete has 12 mg of zinc per serving) and an Omega 3 (found one at Amazon.com that uses fish as the omega 3 source instead of plants). I like her advice about eliminating dairy, gluten and sugar as possible triggers for poor behavior, and her suggestions for supplements to improve sensory issues, vitamin deficiencies, and the like.
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This book is amazing. There is so much information in this book that has changed my life. My child was diagnosed with autism about two months ago. This book makes perfect sense. We have tried most of the ideas in this book and they have worked! Also, as a bonus, I emailed the author and she actually responded!!
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Kelly Dorfman has managed to transform very comprehensive information about nutrition and its impact on children's health into a very palatable form. Wise and warm, funny and engaging, this book provides insights and advice that clearly address the kinds of issues kids face when they do not get the nutrition they need. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I was amazed at how many of my clients I recognized within these pages-- the child who eats just a few foods, the child who always has a tummy that hurts, the child with goose bumpy skin, the child who doesn't sleep well. Kelly provides essential, practical information to help kids feel better and function optimally. I have already bought several copies for my clients, and will keep it handy on my desk. Thanks for this great resource, Kelly!
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