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Healthy Child, Whole Child: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine to Keep Your Kids Healthy Paperback – Bargain Price, January 27, 2009
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"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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
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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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. The book can also be used to help you get better results while working with a traditional M.D.
The book looks at a lot of key issues for smaller children: optimizing immunity beginning during pregnancy, vaccinations, proper use of antiobiotics, the right kind and amount of food, getting enough water, exercise, rest, relaxation, protecting children from environmental hazards, and offsetting the bad cultural influences of television and advertising.
There is also an unusually open-minded discussion about mind/body medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, massage, herbs, homeopathy, Chinese medical techniques, and energy based medicine (like Reiki and Qi Gong). I'm pretty open minded on thse subjects, and the authors go beyond my openness.
The book's final section looks specifically at how to avoid and deal with colds, flu, sore throats, ear infections, colic, reflux, abdominal complaints, headaches, allergies, asthma, skin problems, and attitude issues.
Most people would give the book five stars just for the colic, ear infection, and allergy materials.
The materials on food, eating, and exercise are good, but you will want to supplement them. I recommend Marilu Henner's new book, Healthy Kids, for that purpose. It espouses many of the same principles in those subject areas and has recipes, as well.
Despite being the father of four with plenty of experience for these complaints and illnesses, I was impressed by how much new information was presented here. My only complaint about the book is that it wasn't written 30 years ago when I was preparing for fatherhood. Dr. Spock wasn't nearly as helpful on these subjects!
On the matter of ear infections, I would like to note that you can gently rub your child's Eustachian tubes through the skin on the neck and often relieve the interior pressure on the ear drum. While it may not stop the infection, the pain will be less and you can probably avoid a punctured ear drum. A partial vacuum often forms near the top of the tubes. By getting air in there, the air pressure is equalized and comfort is improved. Most dictionaries have a drawing to show you where they are. Basically, they go straight down from the base ear into the throat. You can usually feel them as swollen tubes through the skin.
Forewarned is forearmed. Use this information . . . and pass it on!
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