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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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From Publishers Weekly
"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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
As a physical therapist for 27 years, I have seen in my clinical practice some of the same principles motivating this book: a belief in the innate healing powers of the body and a recognition of the interaction among, body, mind, spirit and environment.
I recommend it to parents and grandparents. It will reinforce your common sense notions about children, and surprise you with good new scientific information. Above all, it is highly readable.
This is a great and important book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book when I got it five years ago, in 2007, and read it many times then and thereafter, often referring to it to look at the recommendations for natural and herbal... Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by ciaparker
I am very confused by some of the scathing reviews and accusations that the authors are in cahoots with the vaccine industry. Read morePublished on April 1, 2011 by ND
Given the fad in "alternative medicine," the title and concept will undoubtedly make it popular with its target demo -- that credulous lot who insist Reiki has measurable effects... Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by Jennifer M
I was recommended this book by my boss, who . . . is a bit of a fruitcake, but once in awhile, she's right on the money about something. This book proved to be that case. Read morePublished on March 3, 2010 by Sara R. Olson-Liebert
I read this book prior to having my daughter and was so glad I did. It offers real world advice on raising your baby and child. Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by A. Montgomery
I picked this book up at the library today and perused through it and found some of the alternative methods intriguing - then I got to chapter 3! I have never seen such propaganda! Read morePublished on April 6, 2009 by Sandor B. Bors
This book is not what I was expecting it to be, I am very disappointed. The authors are biased in favor of vaccines, and as a new parent who is researching the dangers and... Read morePublished on February 16, 2009 by K. Caruthers
Is this what it's come to? I am just in shock.
Apparently doctors have to publicly endorse vaccinations these days or be regarded as kooks. Read more
This great book is must-have for all parents. I have read several chapters of this book since I checked it out from the library. Read morePublished on August 6, 2003