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Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right

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In his private practice, Joel Fuhrman, M.D. helps families transform their eating habits and recover their health. His nutrient-rich eating plan can have a significant impact on your child's resistance to dangerous infections, and a dramatic effect on reducing the occurrence of illnesses like asthma, ear infections, and allergies. Dr. Fuhrman explains how you can make sure ...more
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Published September 5th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published August 1st 2005)
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Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe marked it as stricken
He also presents the fascinating science that demonstrates that the current epidemic of adult cancers and other diseases is closely linked to what we eat in the first quarter of life. Eating well in our early years may enable us to win the war on cancer.

Clearly Fuhrman doesn't understand science, particularly cancer. The only connection between "eating well" and cancer is that people who starve to death early will never develop cancer.
If you are interested in the truth as longevity studies, cancer studies, diabetes studies and cardiovascular studies currently demonstrate, this book is a must read. If you want to know what we have learned and are learning from ramifications of the western diet, and you think that "moderation" is the cure-all, you should read this book. If you are actually interested in understanding health, diet, behavior and long-term implications within a context that fits the LDS gospel understanding, you s ...more
Toni Daugherty
May 28, 2008 Toni Daugherty rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all parents
Recommended to Toni by: nutritionist/doctor
What an eye-opener!!! Are we poisoning our children? Is cancer related to our diets more than anything else? Yes, says Fuhrman! I thought "not going to McDonalds any more than once a month" was such a feat. My kids are appalled in the mornings now that I put berries on their plates (along with their Ego, which will soon be replaced by 100% whole wheat, homemade waffle - which they love, luckily & another serving of fruit) and for dinner? 2 servings of veggies rather than one. Wait till next ...more
The title is a little over-the-top but I guess it helps sales. After reading a couple of Fuhrman's other books and wondering how his advice for adults might apply to children, I read this and it actually has some great ideas but like his other books I think the recipes are overly complicated. A few of them are great, though, like St. Patty's peanut butter sandwich, and the general advice on how to get kids on board with healthier eating is good. We might have an exceptional 8-year old but she's ...more
There are a lot of people out there (particularly ones with radical ideas) that think if you don't agree with their ideas, it's just because you are simply "uninformed." That bugs me, so I read this book in order to defend my position against it intelligently, thought I knew before I read it I would disagree with it.

This doctor advocates a vegetarian--leaning towards vegan--diet, stating that it will make your child healthy and protect them from ADHD, diabetes, cancer, and many other diseases.

Dr. Fuhrman appears to be a master manipulator of both people and data.

Sentences such as: "Little do parents know - their children are eating themselves to death" seem primarily designed to put parents on a guilt trip in order to get them to get with the program prescribed by Dr. Fuhrman.

There is probably some truth to his claims, but he seems to exaggerate in order to strengthen them. Since his references are not readily accessible to me, I can not be bothered to look them up, but he appears to
Very helpful information about food, nutrition, and eating for health. I like the charts that show how much (calcium, iron, etc.) is in a certain food. Although we aren't going vegan anytime soon, there are some adjustments we can make to our family's diet. We've been working on eliminating as much processed food (food with more chemicals than real food), and eating more fruits/veggies/whole grains.
The recipes scared me- not my style- I'd rather eat a plain apple or banana than make those recip
While I was reading Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live, I went ahead and ordered this book because I knew that I wanted to change the diet of my children as well. While they eat healthy already, I was concerned about their dairy intake and became even more concerned when I learned how high the relation is between diary products and prostate cancer. They have a very high rate of this cancer in their family already, so I wanted to do something to lower their risk. I wish I had found this book when the ...more
A good break down of what should be pretty straight forward stuff. Stop feeding your kids junk. I skimmed some of it (been veg*n for more years of my life than not, so some was old news to me). But think it explains in a clear and non condescending way why it is that a plant based diet is best for us, and why all those negative things you hear about those diets aren't true. I also like that he doesn't pull his punches, so yes, I get dinged for my habit of indulging in baked goods and french frie ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It explained things from forks over knives and "The China Study" in a more clear way. The only thing I didn't like was the recipes at the back. I don't think I could ever make cabbage raisin soup and convince my husband that sounds good (or myself). I think instead of trying to come up with kid friendly recipes when changing the way you eat, they need to come up with husband friendly recipes. Just my opinion.
An important book for parents to read. I appreciate Dr. Furhman's honest, educated information on hazards for our children. I never knew why organic was supposedly better, it just seemed like another marketing scheme to me. Now I know it has more nutrients. I practice many of the positive eating habits in the book, but my family does not, and I worry about them. I hope to add this to a family night activity sometime soon.
Fuhrman, who also has a book on adult nutrition, argues that studies such as the Framingham China study show that individuals who have a lifelong diet low in meat and dairy products have much lower incidents of disease. He includes recipes and suggestions for feeding your kids a more plant-based diet. He describes a diet somewhat close to how I eat, but I'm not sure how to wean my son from his processed meat and macaroni and cheese!
I couldn't finish this book. I made it most of the way through the chapters on nutrition, but quit before the end and only briefly perused the recipe section after ruling out several recipes that sounded like they'd be expensive flops. Tofu hot dog soup anyone? Not in my house. The biggest reason that I didn't finish the book was because it made me feel like my nutrition decisions have already channeled my kids into lives of obesity, cancer, diabetes, asthma, ADHD, and more. The more I read, the ...more
He basically says that how we feed our children makes all the difference in how healthy they are now and as adults. They are building immunity and the types of foods fed determine how strong these cells are now and in the future. He believes dairy is a problem and prefers nut milks, and sauces made from nuts. We are basically in control of what our children eat and if they are only offered healthy food, they will only eat healthy food. And it can taste good! Vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, seed ...more
I wish I had read this when we were worried about our infants and toddlers who were below the 5th percentile on the growth charts. But it's never to late to teach good eating HABITS.

"It is exceedingly rare for a child to eat too little."

"Being thin compared to his or her peers does not necessarily mean that your child is not the perfect weight for him or her."

"Remember that healthy children come in many shapes and sizes."

"Both omnivorous and vegetarian diets can be made healthful or harmful, dep
I loved Eat to Live, but as pregnant woman and a mother of two young children, I needed this additional resources on nutrition that isn't as focused on weight-loss, but on meeting the various nutritional needs of growing kids. While we already use avocados, nuts, and flaxseeds occasionally, we will be incorporating them daily and rely less on milk to supply the necessary fats. That said, I don't think I'm willing to nurse my kids until the age of two as he recommends, and I have a hard time seei ...more
This is an amazing and powerful book. It quite clearly presents an abundance of scientific research that shows how what our children eat has such a dramatic effect on the rest of their lives. He is quite persuasive in explaining how eating exceptionally healthy is the foundation for good health! As a parent, I feel the need to be very proactive in the health of my children. This book has the potential to help you change any bad patterns in your children's diet and replace them with wonderful, he ...more
I think it's a great book to get started. Chapters are short and he uses graphs. GREAT information, easily explained....However, I was not so keen on his approach. I had the feeling that he equaled the way you feed your children with your love you feel for them.

I also don't like the heavily soy use and throwing ALL your cheese away. Cheeze Whiz yes, but all cheese?

The biggest point that bothered me was that his biggest statement was that our poor nutrition is a big culprit to cancer. It's a con
This book is phenomenal. I think every parent should read it (even if you don't choose to adhere to or heed all of his recommendations/warnings and care to put less emphasis on some nutritional elements - it will educate you and make you think more about food and how important it is that you feed your kids well).

I debated about giving it four stars because I think the recipe section isn't that great (though admittedly I'm only just trying some of them and read this months ago), but I think the
Tracy O
My co-workers are laughing at me because I call this the Scared Straight version of a cookbook for your family. This book is extremely informative and I found the lists of good foods, bad foods and the information about which foods offer nutrients the body can most effectively absorb to be exactly what I needed. I've made some important changes in the available snacks in our home (but, I'm still a little flumoxed about how to deal with soy allergies in a non-red meat home - it's going to take so ...more
I agree with Dr Fuhrman's philosophy and learned quite a few things from this book. I guess the biggest thing I learned was that my kids DON'T need three glasses of milk a day and meat to be healthy. I liked the charts that help you see the foods other than meat & dairy products that are high in calcium and protein.

One thing that is very appealing about the book is that Dr Fuhrman is an optimist. He talks about what TO DO, instead of what NOT TO DO. This approach is much more likely to
Great, great book. Furhman pulls together so much of the research I have only seen snippets of in a compelling argument for how we (Americans) are systematically destroying our health through our poor diet. It's startling how much what he has to say just makes sense. Some have commented that he is preachy but it didn't seem that way to me. He seems righteous in his position... but that is OK because he's right.

I am going to try to start incorporating the diet he recommends into our lifestyle. I
John Stepper
To think what I fed my kids without even thinking about it. Whoever designed the kids menu must be an investor in pharmaceutical companies!

Still, it's not too late. And this book helped me be much more mindful of the choices I'm making for what I feed my children and myself.
A good read if you are interested in nutrition and your kids health. Similar to his book "Eat to Live", he often quotes studies as proof for his gastro-lifestyle suggestions when I often found those studies showed merely an association (as compared to causation). He often makes very bold statements through out the book with out any reference to any type of study which makes me somewhat skeptical of his support. I'm still grateful I read the book and while I don't agree with everything he suggest ...more
Some of the information was helpful in beginning a vegan diet. Some of it however made me feel terrible about the omnivorous diet I had begun in my daughters lives.

It was also a little confusing when he talks about recommending some meats and eggs. I figured that was to help patients transition, but I'm not sure about that.

This man also sells his own brand of vitamins. By eating a whole foods plant-based vegan diet, you eat all your vitamins and minerals. We only need supplemented or fortified
Ginger Price
Good medical evidence for feeding your children whole plant based foods. It gave us a lot of good ideas for providing healthier snacks and introducing more whole foods to our kids diets.
Ok, so I scanned the last 30 pages, but I read everything else. This is like reading "The Jungle" - but about what you've fed your kids. YIPES! My daughter lives off milk and after reading this and another book that quantified how many puss cells were in milk on average I wanted to throw up. I still eat ice cream but we have switched Megan off milk and her diet is finally filling in with real food - not liquid comfort. I am curious to read Eat to Live or some of his other books. The diet is a pr ...more
Lea Lynch
The title may sound a little corny, but the content is extremely serious. This is a must read for any parent who wants to give their children the gift of good health.
Martha Smith
This book teaches parents how to transform their eating habits and those of their children in order to maintain a healthy body. Dr. Fuhrman helps you do everything you can to protect your child against developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer through a solid nutritional groundwork. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., a preventive cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic warns parents to avoid all dairy, oils, nuts, meat and fish. I agree with Dr Esselstyn's research. ...more
What a horrible title. For the record, I said so each time I picked up the book with the superstition that if I didn't, the gods would strike my daughter with disease just for my hubris to believe that I could have this level of control. I don't believe the Dr. Fuhrman or anyone else can give me advice that will disease proof anyone. Argh. Having got that out of the way... I enjoyed this book as a strong motivation to continuing reforming our diet. We do fairly well eating whole grains and less ...more
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“Health is normal. The human body is a self-repairing, self-defending, self-healing marvel. Disease is relatively difficult to induce, considering the body's powerful immune system. However, this complicated and delicate machinery can be damaged if fed the wrong fuel during the formative years. ... Healthy living with nutritional excellence throughout life can slow the decline of aging. It can prevent the years and years of suffering in ill health that is so common today as people get older and become dependent on medical treatments, drugs, and surgery. Nutritional excellence is the only real fountain of youth.” 9 likes
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