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Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right Paperback – September 5, 2006
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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
About the Author
Joel Fuhrman M.D. is a board-certified family physician, best-selling author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. As one of the country's leading experts on nutrition and natural healing, Dr. Fuhrman has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including: ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, Today, Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, TV Food Network, and The Dr. Oz Show. His own PBS television show, "3 Steps to Incredible Health", began airing nationwide in June 2011.
His best-selling book, Eat to Live, published in 2003 (Little Brown) has gone through over 20 printings and been published in multiple foreign language editions. The revised version was released by Little Brown in January 2011. His recent works include Super Immunity and Disease-Proof Your Child and has had published a total of 7 books on human nutrition to date.
Dr. Fuhrman is actively involved in scientific research in human nutrition. His discoveries on food addiction and human hunger were published in the scientific journal, Nutrition Journal, in November 2011 entitled, The Changing Perception of Hunger on a High Nutrient Density Diet. Dr. Fuhrman is the research director of the Nutritional Research Project - a project of the National Health Association. Dr. Fuhrman is on the board of directors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He is also a member of the Whole Foods Market scientific advisory board. Dr. Fuhrman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1988).
As a former world class figure skater, he placed second in the United States National Pairs Championships in 1973. Dr. Fuhrman has been involved professionally with sports medical committees, advised professional and Olympic athletes, and lectured to athletic trainers and world-class athletes for maximizing performance and preventing injury.
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I do wish Dr Fuhrman would publish an updated version, as some of the book is a bit outdated (published in 2006). For instance, he states that peanuts should not be given to children under the age of two- an old guideline that has been debunked by current research.
There is also no mention of GMO's and he advocates soy milk and tofu quite a bit which most current health experts do not.
However, this book is a great read and offers many good reasons to switch to a healthy plant based diet!
If only all pediatricians focused on what our children eat!!!
I have been reading and digesting books, articles, videos about healthy living: diet, exercise, chemical exposure etc. to keep our family safe and healthy. There is so much conflicting information and it gets very overwhelming to decide what is truth and what works?
Finally with his book, everything became clear and the solution to healthy diet presented itself so clearly. We are as a family still not perfect but we try hard to get most of our calories from plant based foods. I stopped buying butter, cheese and milk. We stopped eating chicken, red meat and fish, only occasionally.
That means a lot of green smoothies, all kinds of vegetables raw and cooked (steam mostly), nut butters, Ezekiel bread, water.
Just in 3-4 weeks I noticed:
- I'm not bloated, my tummy doesn't get bigger and bigger as the day goes on.
- I don't get cravings after dinner to eat something starchy and sweet.
- I'm always full but never stuffed or starved.
- I have more energy in general.
- The kids (I have young kids) get over their runny noses quickly without becoming sick.
I started mentioning and recommending this book to many friends. Also to my family. It turned out that the book that changed my sister's life (she became a functional vegan and lost like 25 pounds and kept is for the past 2+ years) was also Dr.Fuhrman's book - Eat to Live.
If you are one that enjoys his/her comfort foods a lot and finds it very hard to change habits in general, this book will not work for you. But for anyone who is looking to make a positive change, it is life changing.
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Yes...it will be stressful having those dinner/food time discussion with your children if you just throw a big plate of veggies at them and never let them eat a fast food meal again...
I read other reviews that said it was not a good book because there is no way their kids would go along with this. I believe it is my responsibility, as a parent, to lay a good foundation now, in all areas, regardless of how hard it is to do.
I know that making small changes, over time will do the trick and the kids will never know what hit them! Not too long after presenting more veggies and fruit as options instead of processed food/snacks my child asked for fruit instead...it was a pleasing shocker. Even better, I see the food choice trending in a whole foods direction and that keeps me motivated!
I have first hand experience with curing illnesses with nutrition and I know that the information presented here is good, solid advice. I have most of Dr. Fuhrman's books and I recommend them all.
The book is well written. Presented in an organized fashion and easy to understand.
I'm already a vegan but it gave me some great ideas on some things I should be adding to my children's diet as well as my own. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.