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Special-Needs Kids Go Pharm-Free: Nutrition-Focused Tools to Help Minimize Meds and Maximize Health and Well-Being Paperback – Bargain Price, December 7, 2010

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About the Author

Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD, is the author of Special-Needs Kids Eat Right. A licensed registered dietitian specializing in nutrition care for children with special needs, she lives with her husband and son in Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399536221
  • ASIN: B0058M7YPE
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,367,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is becoming increasingly clear that most common pediatric medical issues are largely impacted, if not directly caused by, diet. As such, there is a pressing need for a practical book that helps parents and caregivers to understand how dietary factors can be manipulated to bring relief or cure. Ms. Converse explains that as the rate of birth by c-section and the use of antibiotics around birth continue to rise, the normal development of newborns digestive function is often adversely affected by altered flora. The cascade of problems (physical, mental, developmental) that can ensue is extensive. As conventional medicine continues to flounder in offering acceptable (i.e. effective yet without undesired side effects) remedies for exceedingly common diagnoses (chronic constipation, colic, the "Four A's: asthma, allergies, ADD and autism," which are irrefutably of epidemic proportions), this book is all the more timely. For all those in the medical profession who provide primary or even specialty care for kids, this book is a fascinating and eye-opening read. The humble provider will find as much (if not more) to learn here as from any textbook in pediatric gastroenterology. I also highly recommend this book for parents who aren't getting acceptable answers from their medical providers or who want to exhaust all reasonable options before starting pharmaceuticals.
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Most mainstream doctors don't know what to do with special needs kids so they medicate them and over-medicate them to cover up symptoms and make them more 'manageable'.

The trouble is that parents of these children don't want zombies - they want their children back! Drugs won't give them that though they can be used on a short-term basis if there are difficult issues that need to be dealt with while getting to the root of the problem.

And that is what this book does. It doesn't mask or cover up symptoms; it doesn't tell you that your child will always have these terrible issues.

Slowly, gently, scientifically, and even easily - it shows you how you can change your children's diet to help them recover from what is causing upheavals in their life. Your life will improve and your family life will improve and your child will change for the better if you follow the nutritional advice in this excellent book.

For those who have been putting this information down, my guess is that you have never lived with a special needs child (I have and he was recovered via nutrition and supplementation) and / or you have never considered how important diet is in every single aspect of our lives.

If you or someone you know is dealing with these issues, I can very highly recommend this excellent book and the other volumes by Judy Converse. She has walked the walk and can help you avoid the mistakes so many of us have made trying to find these answers.

Meryl Dorey
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Special-Needs Kids Go Pharm Free is filled with practical information that can help guide important medical decisions parents make for their children. Converse discusses the underlying nutrition problems that can impede focus, learning and mood, and how to assess and fix these problems without the use of drugs. She covers when the use of reflux drugs is appropriate, and how to wean your child off of them. She discusses what to do if your baby has colic or thrush. She covers how to assess food sensitivity in children, and what to feed them if sensitivities are present. She brings us up to date on current nutrition research, noting that people with depression have a lower than normal level of inositol, a B vitamin that can help with rigidity (OCD), mood and panic attacks. Many therapies suggested by the book can be used in addition to prescription remedies already in place.

Which children can benefit from the tools in this book? Children with anxiety, depression, ADHD, sensory problems, autism, and Aspergers are covered in this book. But you might be surprised that the following symptoms may also be improved with the right nutritional regimen:

delayed or slow growth
sleep problems
problems with focus
frequent infections
problems with bowel movements
serious behavior problems
asthma
seizures
food allergy
blood sugar problems
eczema

This book is not for parents who are interested in a quick fix. Nutritional supplements alone without dietary analysis and changes will likely result in only short term gains. For many children, this will involve food sensitivity testing and possible elimination of the two most inflammatory foods, gluten and dairy.
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This is a very good book for those with children with special needs who are wanting to limit or avoid the use of pharmaceuticals that, to me anyway, seem like they are way over-prescribed for children these days (often without being tested for use in children).
We have a child with autism and have used many of the tools in this book with great results, resulting in normalization of bowel habits and toilet training at age 3.5 and general better health.
The book is well-written, easy to follow and open-minded in thinking and approach.
Registered dietitians are experts in nutrition and Judy Converse has a vast amount of experience in treating children with special needs. It's nice to read a book written by a health and nutrition expert with solid suggestions and useful tips. I would recommend this book to all parents of special needs children.
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