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Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Incredibly good, useful nutritional information

For those of you out there who are looking to give your children the best possible defense in life for everything out there - it starts right at home with nutrition. Joel Fuhrman is very concise in his information, and how to easily adopt healthier eating habits in you...
For those of you out there who are looking to give your children the best possible defense in life for everything out there - it starts right at home with nutrition. Joel Fuhrman is very concise in his information, and how to easily adopt healthier eating habits in your home for all involved - not just your children. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has been searching for answers on how to get their children off the sugar, processed food, and high fatty cholesterol laden foods most of us have been raised on. With diseases reaching epidemic proportions here in the U.S., the information he has to give is vital to turning your life around. An excellent read, with excellent information and advice.

posted by advocateforlife on October 26, 2009

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6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

This book uses old scientific studies which have been found out to be wrong

As the father of three children I'm extremely interested in helping my children get the best nutrition possible. I have no bias toward any food, be it animal, plant, or processed, other than understanding if it's beneficial, toxic, or pro-inflammatory to myself or my ch...
As the father of three children I'm extremely interested in helping my children get the best nutrition possible. I have no bias toward any food, be it animal, plant, or processed, other than understanding if it's beneficial, toxic, or pro-inflammatory to myself or my children.

I believe, as the books title indicates, we need to feed our children the right mix of foods in order to disease proof our children. And while the book does advocate many correct facts about nutrition, such as eliminating sugar and processed foods, it's clear that Dr. Fuhrman has a bias toward being a vegan or vegetarian. This bias is clearly a conflict of interest when making recommendations on nutrition for children. To me this bias clouds his judgement when citing scientific studies, especially studies like the Seven Country studies, which has been proven be unsubstantiated.

This book reminds me of the China Study in that Fuhrman, like T. Colin Campbell, has an ideology that supersedes fact based research, rather than looking at the diets of human cultures throughout the world, and citing the instances where cultures ate substantial amounts of saturated fats from animals, such as the Inuit (Eskimo's), they cherry pick data, creates research based on their ideology, and manipulate statistics.

Again I have no bias toward any particular diet, I'm just a father that's researching the nutrition needs for his children, but this book fails to provide the facts about nutrition and causation of disease. Dr. Fuhrman did not look at the food from all cultures, and he did not correctly identify the causation of the health epidemic of the past 30 years. How does he say saturated fat is the causation for heart disease? No studies have ever confirmed that, and the Intuit who lived for thousands of years, ate nothing but protein and saturated fat. And guess what, all of the doctors that met them over the past two centuries reported they never saw a case of heart disease in an Intuit.

If you're a devout vegan or vegetarian looking to valid your lifestyle then this book is for you. However if your an independent, open minded, person looking to evaluate research and facts from all cultures, their nutrition, their foods, and their health, then I think you should pass and try another book that isn't written from a biased doctor citing antiquated research.

posted by Healthuprising on February 1, 2012

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