Book Review | Cure Your Child With Food
Author: Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND
My daughter, Hannah is six years old and has coped with severe respiratory issues and allergies since infancy. In fact, her chronic asthma continues to worsen instead of getting better over the years and I have been researching all possible avenues to help her to breathe easier. We are a very holistic family so I have been learning more about all of the possible alternatives to chronic steroid use.
Therefore, I was very interested in reading Cure Your Child With Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and Childhood Ailments ($13.95) by Kelly Dorfman. The author presents a plausible connection between childhood ailments such as ear infections, constipation, rashes, mood disorder, ADHD and SPD, reflux, stomachache, failure to grow and of course, asthma and the foods we are feeding our children.
I like that this book includes real-life case studies so it allows me the opportunity to note the problem-solving “in action” for a particular child’s ailment. The author also details in depth many ways that a parent can help to “cure” conditions with nourishing whole foods and the “why” behind the science. I am thankful that my daughter has wonderful physicians and specialists that are also holistic and encouraged us over the years to consider nutritious food to be the “best medicine”. According to our own pediatrician, asthma (and many other conditions) can begin with a problem in the gut and the author of the book explains this in a way that is easy for parents to understand and gives us a plan to be able to address it a day to day basis until the ailment is resolved.
Among the many topics discussed in this book there is an introduction to the benefits of essential fats, a sample gluten-free daily diet, discussion about organic versus non-organic foods and an explanation of the E.A.T. program. We actually did this Elimination diet with Hannah when she was two years old and discovered that she reacted negatively to eggs (rash, stomach upset and irritability) when it was reintroduced into her diet.
I especially enjoyed the Frequently Asked Questions chapter and think that the Resources section is very informative and helpful for further research. If you are a parent or caregiver struggling to help a child with any of the issues mentioned in this post then I highly recommend reading Cure Your Child With Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and Childhood Ailments!