Grounded in cutting-edge science, Cure Your Child with Food reveals the hidden connections between nutrition and chronic childhood ailments, and gives parents the simple, straightforward solutions they need to help their children thrive.
Discover how zinc deficiency can cause picky eating and affect growth. The panoply of problems caused by dairy and gluten. How to cure sleep disorders with melatonin, hyperactivity with magnesium, anxiety with fish oil.
Kelly Dorfman, a nutritionist whose typical patient arrives at her practice after seeing three or more specialists, gives parents the tools to become nutrition detectives themselves. She shows how to recalibrate children's diets through the easy E.A.T. program, and how to get kids off drugs—antibiotics, laxatives, Prozac, Ritalin—and back to a state of natural well-being.
"In her terrific book, Kelly Dorfman clearly explains how to decipher the clues to nutritional disorders that affect the body and brain. Parents will find it packed with sound advice and useful information." —Maurine Packard, MD, pediatric neurologist
A Nautilus Book Award Gold winner.
Dorfman, a nutritionist who specializes in working with children and who calls herself a "nutrition detective," reveals that many common childhood ailments are avoidable or can be dealt with nutritionally. The author advises parents to observe, analyze, and be curious, and laments that most pediatricians are not especially "food savvy." Using the "binary law of nutrition" (something is either missing from or irritating the body), Dorfman follows clues to uncover the hidden causes of various problems. In one chapter, a child diagnosed with bipolar disorder turns out to be reacting to gluten; in another, chronic ear infections are linked to the milk protein casein. In another, a picky eater is found to have a zinc deficiency, which can cause foods to taste unpleasant. Dorfman explains the difference between allergies and reactions or sensitivities; introduces the "E.A.T. Program" (eliminate, add, try), a method for rounding out the diets of fussy eaters; and emphasizes the importance of eating organic and avoiding pesticides, additives, and food coloring. This fascinating and potentially life-changing advice reveals that nutrition isn't a simple matter of finishing one's broccoli. Food has a significant impact on a child's health and well-being, and Dorfman helps parents ensure that the impact is positive.