Healthy Child, Whole Child: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine to Keep Your Kids Healthy (Anglais) Relié – 2 juillet 2001
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At a time when caring for your children has become increasingly complex and parents are bombarded with new and conflicting information, Doctors Ditchek and Greenfield provide authoritative and thorough advice for raising healthy kids. As devoted fathers and as open-minded but conventionally trained physicians, they blend the best of conventional medicine with alternative approaches for keeping children healthy.
With the goal of optimizing children's natural healing systems, the authors offer reliable information on the prevention of as well as the latest conventional and alternative treatments for common childhood ailments -- from colic to ear infections, asthma, allergies, viral illnesses, and more -- and explain which therapies are safe and effective for children. You will learn how to prevent ear infections without having to resort to powerful antibiotics, why immunization is important, and what you can do about childhood obesity, the number-one health problem among American children today. In Healthy Child, Whole Child you'll find a complete program to keep your children healthy from birth to their preteen years; you'll receive practical suggestions on how you can incorporate healthy behaviors and attitudes into your family's daily lives; and you'll learn about other healing approaches such as mind/body medicine, herbs, and acupuncture, which can be included in good pediatric care.
Filled with insightful wisdom, Healthy Child, Whole Child is sure to become the essential child care resource for a new generation of parents.
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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!
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.