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Dangerous or Safe?: Which Foods, Medicines, and Chemicals Really Put Your Kids at Risk Hardcover

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press; 1 edition
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YX0F10
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,586,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Caring parents want the best for their children. The problem is, "the best" is all to hard to determine. The internet often makes things worse. Yes, it provides information about vaccinations, baby food, and environmental hazards. The problem is, it provides too much information: solid scientific research mixed in with outdated beliefs, exaggerated or simply false claims from both sides of a question, alarmism, and plain old superstition dressed up in scientific jargon. Simply figuring out which sources to listen to is hard enough. Weighing carefully researched and opposing claims against each other can be nearly impossible, even for specialists. Then, the search for real information has to be repeated again for each separate issue affecting us and our children: environmental pollution, food additives, medications, cell phones, ... the list seems endless.

Natterson, in her role as pediatricion, has heard all these questions from concerned parents. In her role as mother, she's had to answer them for herself. This book offers her answers. More than that, however, Natterson offers the data she has collected on each question, followed by the kind of reasoning she follows in turning the data into decisions. Far too often, the question is not "safe or not?" but "safer than what?" For example, oils in some foods can oxidize to form known carcinogens. So, when weighing potential effects of preservatives in food, potential effects of not using them need to be weighed, too. Seeing Natterson's reasoning won't make you agree with her in all cases. I know I found a few things to dispute. But, when the whole discussion is laid out, the reader can intelligently decide what to dispute, and why.
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As a mom of two young kids, I always have so many questions about the potentially "scary" things--milk, plastics, pesticides, soy. It was great to read a book that is no-nonsense and, best of all, tells me what a pediatrician does in her OWN home. I own all of Dr. Natterson's books and find them to be very useful reference tools. This book encourages readers to ignore the hype and consider the facts when making decisions on what their kids put in and on their bodies.
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Have you ever wished your pediatrician had all the time in the world to sit with you, and really go into detail about what is healthy for your child? I'm not talking about the 15 minute sick visit, I'm talking full out discussion about what you are putting in your child's body. Well, this pediatrician took the time. Dr. Natterson has written a fact filled yet highly readable version of that chat you wish you could have with your child's doctor.

Dr. Natterson has taken the hype and hysteria out of today's most common worries (micro waving food in plastic, vaccines, peanut allergies and the like), and lays out a solid explanation of the safety or dangerous nature for each topic she covers. She provides a great deal of scientific data, but you do not need a degree from Harvard or Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to understand it (she has degrees from both schools, by the way). And, if you want, you can cut to the chase, and skip the wealth of information to simply get the answer. At the end of each chapter, she provides a section called "What's the bottom line?". It puts the information in a nutshell. She then proceeds to tell you what she has/does in her own home, with her two children. (Interesting to know she is operating not only as a doctor, but as a mom).

While the book covers all the topics I expected in a book about children's health, there were a many pleasant surprises. I have a 4-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy, so the chapters on cell phones, cosmetics and antiperspirants don't really apply to them. Yet, they were still very informative, as they are products I use in my daily life. I didn't expect to find pearls of wisdom for myself, and yet, there they were.

The timing of this book couldn't be better.
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Kids don't have all the questions. Parents have plenty of questions of their own - and Dr. Natterson's book offers them answers. Well researched, reasoned, and written answers to questions that are a lot more complicated than "why is the sky blue?" or "how do I know if my goldfish is a girl or a boy?". The book is a clear and engaging narrative for parents and caregivers, but it is also the kind of book you will find yourself referring to over and over again as you contemplate how and when to expose the children in your life to everything from cell phones and antibiotics, to juice boxes. We can't child-proof the world. But this book will go a long way in helping you sort out what you can and should do to make wise decisions about what your children eat, drink, touch, take and do. If you buy it you will read it and refer to it over and over again. You will be tempted to loan it to friends - but the truth is they should probably have their own copy.
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I like how interesting and useful the information was, as well as the organized manner it was presented in the book.
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