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How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1987
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"How to Raise a Healthy Child" does two very important things. First, it gives parents information about common childhood behavior, illnesses and accidents so that they can treat their child at home when possible and can discern when medical help is necessary. Second, it warns parents about questionable practices and attitudes common in the medical community.
It is important for parents to realize, though, that the book is a little dated and that some things have changed for the better (for example, pediatrics does not seem to be as formula-happy as it once was and now favors natural breast feeding). However, some things are as bad as ever or even worse (a respected private hospital near me has close to a 50% C-section rate when research shows that 95% of births are uneventful if allowed to take their natural course).
The greatest benefit of this book is that it will give you the frame of mind needed to make safe judgement calls when a doctor tells you you "must" do such-and-such for your child.
In the end, you may wish to do further research before making final decisions about things like vaccines, which seems to be a very emotional issue for some. For example, one reviewer here referred to the author as "biased" against vaccines but only refuted the least relevant point made in the book, ingnoring several others; this made me wonder whether the reviewer is biased in favor of vaccines.Read more ›
As a child, I had all kinds of childhood illnesses, and my mother would take me to the doctor for every little thing. I had a LOT of ear infections, and they always gave me antibiotics, which actually made me more prone to getting sick and having even MORE ear infections. I'm glad I read this book, because it basically tells you that you don't always need all the antibiotics, vaccinations and various medications to treat everything. He lists the side effects and complications that can and do happen from blindly listening to your doctor. When my son has a fever, flu, or cold, I don't even think about going to the doctor, and he's been one of the healthiest kids I know. I also don't get him vaccinated, as the pediatrition bullied me into it when he was four months old, and my son got very sick as a result. He said these were "normal reactions", but I think if vaccinations and medications cause a baby to convulse, have a high fever, and vomit, then we need to rethink these vaccinations and medications! My dad, who is now 61, never had an immunization as a child. He had measles, mumps, whooping cough, and just about every other child-hood illness you can imagine. He, and millions of other people, survived just fine, but a lot of doctors will want to scare you anyway.
There are some people who are very angry at this book because it tells you to think for yourself. It tells you the truth about these important issues, and a lot of people would rather blindly believe the government and their doctors, who by the way recieve government and pharmacutical funding to push these drugs. This is a very informative read, and should be read by anyone who prefers to trust their instincts, think for themselves, and make their own decisions!
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This is a great book. We are first time parents looking to do things in a more natural way and this book along with research really helped us be more confident in our decision. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jocelyn
Very good book! Love old school. But, be aware, it is so old school, that he recommends whiskey on gums. Overall, you get a lot of good advice.Published 1 month ago by Harvey Smith
Much of the advice in this book is "old school" in a good way. As a new parent, I did not want to be terrified of every little common childhood illness or injury, but I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Farra
Great insights about strep and other common ailments that can be treated at home and without so much medication.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This was recommended to me by my chiropractor when I was pregnant with my first child. I didn't read it until after my third baby, and wish I listened earlier! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gloria Andolina
Good book with a lot of good information in it. Some of the information in it seemed a bit dated but over all the information was good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by 5piggies