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Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right Hardcover – July 28, 2005

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“…a timely response to America’s health care crisis. The time to effectively institute healthy nutrition is during childhood. Dr. Fuhrman provides solutions for children, parents, and physicians.”
-- Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., Preventive Cardiology – Cleveland Clinic Foundation         
 
“Dr. Fuhrman’s latest book couldn’t have come at a better time given the epidemic of obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease which is reaching earlier and earlier into the lives of our children. It is destined to take its place among the most important child-rearing books ever written…”
-- Mark A. Huberman, President, National Health Association
 
“The reduction in disease and suffering from this book could exceed any ‘medical’ advance one can conceive of.”
 
--John Kelly, MD, MPH, President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University

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“A powerful tool for insuring that the children you love will live healthy and happy lives.”
--Doug Lisle, Ph.D. and Alan Goldhamer D.C., authors of The Pleasure Trap

“Dr. Fuhrman’s book offers your family the solution to the epidemic of obesity and sickness that afflicts nearly every child eating the rich Western diet.”
--John McDougall, MD, Director of the McDougall Live-in Program
Santa Rosa, CA

“If you truly love your children and your grandchildren, or if you are simply concerned about the health of the nation, then read this book and put it into practice. It's light years ahead and is a magnificent source of salvation for our children.”
--Groesbeck P. Parham, M.D., Professor of Gynecologic Oncology and Preventive Medicine Senior Scientist, Comprehensive Cancer Center University of Alabama at Birmingham

“Dr. Fuhrman reveals the secrets to long-term, sustainable health using diet choices for growing up smart and growing old happy. Take your doctor a copy!”
--Mehmet Oz, M.D., Director, Cardiovascular Institute, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

“A timely response to America's health care crisis. The time to effectively institute healthy nutrition is during childhood. Dr. Joel Fuhrman provides solutions for children, parents, and physicians.”
--Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., Preventive Cardiology - Cleveland Clinic Foundation

“Dr. Fuhrman’s latest book couldn’t have come at a better time given the epidemic of obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart disease which is reaching earlier and earlier into the lives of our children. It is destined to take its place among the most important child-rearing books ever written.”
--Mark A. Huberman, President, National Health Association

“Has the potential of turning the tide on the epidemic of chronic disease afflicting children in the first world. If the health principles so convincingly and warmly presented in this text were to be adopted by our children and their families, the reduction in disease and suffering would exceed any "medical" advance one can conceive of.”
--John Kelly, M.D., MPH, President, American College of Lifestyle Medicine; Professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University

“Dr. Fuhrman provides information, easy to read and understand but science-backed, that will help every parent raise healthy children who will later become disease-proofed adults.”
--Neal Pinckney, Ph.D., Founder and Director, Healing Heart Foundation
Author: Healthy Heart Handbook

“Should be required reading for every parent.”
--Howard F. Lyman, author of The Mad Cowboy and No More Bull!

“Joel Fuhrman, M.D. shares his nutritional and healing wisdom in this practical, readable book. [It] will help you give your offspring the healthiest start possible.”
--Michael Klaper, M.D., Director, Institute of Nutrition Education and Research
Manhattan Beach, California

“An essential guide for every parent. The nutrition and health information, practical meal plans and recipes, and medical advice from one of our nation’s leading preventive medicine physicians is invaluable.
--John Westerdahl, PhD, MPH, RD, Nutrition Editor, Veggie Life Magazine, Director, Wellness & Lifestyle Medicine, Castle Medical Center, Kailua, Hawaii

“Children don't need to be chronically sick--as children or adults. Dr. Fuhrman's book compels parents to re-think the way they raise their children, starting with what they eat.”
--James Craner, M.D., M.P.H., Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Reno, NV, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312338058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312338053
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Disease-Proof Your Child does two things no other book has ever done. First, it clearly and persuasively presents scientific research that shows what our children eat now will more or less determine their risk of developing cancer and other killer diseases as adults. After reading the first few pages, you will never again view sodas, donuts, fries, pizzas, candies and other "All-American" junk foods as innocent again.

Allowing and encouraging our kids to eat this garbage on a regular basis is excusable only when we don't know what we're doing. Now that Dr. Fuhrman has exposed the truth - we can cause or prevent 99% of all diseases by what we eat - no parent who reads this book will be able to allow their child to develop "cancer on the installment plan" through malnutrition. And if you're not into long-term thinking, Dr. Fuhrman also demonstrates the link between the Standard American Diet and the national epidemics of childhood asthma, ear infections, colds, flus, and allergies.

So a warning: do not buy this book unless you're willing to exert your responsibility to protect your children. If you read it and do nothing, you'll go through hell as you watch your kids poisoning themselves with their favorite addictive substances and starving their immune systems by not eating nutrient rich foods.

Which brings me to the second thing this book does that no other has: it provides tools and a roadmap and a philosophy for transitioning your family to a healthy diet. Remember paint by numbers? This is the diet transition equivalent.
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It is books like this one that fuel revolutions. Our society, now facing a frightening cancer and heart-disease epidemic, is hearing information from all sorts of "reliable" sources on how to find a solution, none of which seem to be working. Hospitals continue to overflow with disease-stricken patients (many of whom, unfortunately, are poorly-nourished children) who could have avoided medical intervention through better nutritional choices. We are blessed to live in a world where we can decide what kinds of food we put in our bodies; why do people keep bringing food into their homes that cause such harm to their families?! Our children are depending on us to provide them with food that fuels a healthy immune system so they have a chance at a disease-free and enjoyable life. You owe it to your family to read this book right away.

Our health-conscious and educated family has always been open to various alternative "remedies", but we have often felt confused as to whether they were helping promote our family's core health or if these approaches were just addressing the symptoms. Dr. Fuhrman goes STRAIGHT to the core of our health. "Remedies" are not necessary in our lives if we build a solid foundation for our body's immune system from the get go. This book explains, in a no-nonsense manner, how to do this through nutritional excellence.

I thought our family ate well. In comparison to most families, I'm sure we did. I still felt that there was room for improvement. I bought this book when my son became a toddler and wanted to drink things in addition to breast milk. We were told by nutritionists and doctors to "feed him whole milk, melt butter and cheese on everything he eats, feed him meat, and give him peanut butter" to "get his weight up".
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This book should be required reading for everyone who has a child (or one on the way) or who works with children. Rather than pumping our children up with sugar, toxins, carcinogens and frankenfood and then medicating them for the side effects, why not just feed them what nature intended and watch them thrive. Behavioral issues as well as serious health concerns can be resolved, alleviated, or completely avoided with a few lifestyle adjustments.

Dr. Fuhrman drives home an important point: it's one thing to trash your own health with poor choices, but it's irresponsible to trash the health of trusting children.

The tone of the book is not scolding however, just direct. In fact when he's done explaining the consequences of poor food choices (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.), he comes accross very upbeat and and encouraging with ideas for coping with the bombardment of toxic food out there. He also has great suggestions for meals and treats.

Forget about what one reviewer said about nut allergies. This book not only has alternatives for eating nuts, but offers suggestions to help Prevent nut allergies. I also don't agree with the person who says it's "difficult". It's very simple and straightforward and really the only thing making it difficult is lack of education, unscrupulous marketing techniques, and the limiting belief that children won't eat healthy food.

This is a book full of hope and an important work. At long last, an MD is addressing children's diets in a real way. Two books that go along quite nicely with this one is THE CHINA STUDY by Campbell and GREEN FOR LIFE by Boutenko. The former illustrates in great detail with hard evidence why a vegan diet is necessary and the later focuses on greens.
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