What Your Pediatrician Doesn't Know Can Hurt Your Child: A More Natural Approach to Parenting

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Sometimes doctors don’t know best. Luckily, mom and doctor Susan Markel is a pediatrician who questions conventional wisdom and instead partners decision-based medicine with the best ideas of attachment parenting.

Too often, parents ignore their instincts and better sense to follow their doctor’s advice, such as overtreating vulnerable children, letting babies cry themselves to sleep and giving their children cow’s milk for strong bones, even ...

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Overview


Sometimes doctors don’t know best. Luckily, mom and doctor Susan Markel is a pediatrician who questions conventional wisdom and instead partners decision-based medicine with the best ideas of attachment parenting.

Too often, parents ignore their instincts and better sense to follow their doctor’s advice, such as overtreating vulnerable children, letting babies cry themselves to sleep and giving their children cow’s milk for strong bones, even though strong evidence shows none of these practices is the best route.

Revealing the medical industry’s gaps in knowledge is Dr. Susan Markel, frequent contributor to BabyCenter.com, the world’s most popular parenting site, and Le Leche League International medical liaison, and Linda F. Palmer, D.C., author of Baby Matters, in What Your Pediatrician Doesn't Know Can Hurt Your Child. This new work combines the latest research with solid advice from a pediatrician who dares to defy her rote education and big-industry-supported dogma and seek out parent- and child-centered choices in all aspects of child care. As a mother and a pediatrician with 27 years’ experience, Dr. Markel has come to find that less intervention in the natural processes generally brings superior outcomes.

While providing helpful how-to natural parenting ideas throughout, What Your Pediatrician Doesn't Know Can Hurt Your Child gives parents insight into many instances where standard pediatric dogma is in conflict with the best research. Parents will find comprehensive solutions to specific health concerns and issues affecting children, such as:

• Nutrition, including breastfeeding
• Shared sleep
• Common illnesses and drug usage
• Allergies and asthma
• Attention deficit disorder
• Emotional health
• Discipline

In a reader-friendly, succinct format, not bogged down by scientific digressions, this book will assist parents in making the best possible choices for the mental and physical health of their children.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935618102
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Susan Markel, M.D. is a board-certified pediatrician who has a private consultative practice special¬izing in parent coaching and child health. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Dr. Markel became a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics in1981, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 1997. During her years in private pediatrics practice in central Connecticut, she served as an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Health Center, teaching pediatric residents. For many years, she served as a medical liaison for the breastfeeding support organization La Leche League International. She is also a medical associate at Attachment Parenting International, a nonprofit parenting organization promoting "peaceful parenting for a peaceful world." Dr. Markel has been a regular contributor to BabyCenter.com and is a spokesperson for ERGObaby carriers, which features her on its Web site.

Dr. Markel divides her time between homes in Connecticut and Aix en Provence, France. She can be reached via her website, AttachmentParentingDoctor.com

Dr. Linda Palmer is a doctor of chiropractic, a consultant and speaker on pediatric nutrition and natural parenting challenges, a science writer and a mother. She left her chiropractic practice shortly after the birth of her son, when she was confronted with his serious health complications and astounded by the lack of accurate or helpful information from doctors or books. For her son’s sake, she delved deeply into the scientific and medical literature to find answers, which led to further questions and some astonishing realizations.

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Table of Contents

Some Words from the Author vii

Introduction 1

Section 1 Discovery

1 From Birth Onward 9

2 Breast-feeding 33

3 Keeping Baby Close: Carrying 51

4 Keeping Baby Close: Shared Sleep 67

5 Nutrition 77

Section 2 Emotions

6 The Good-Enough Mother: Transition 109

7 Communication: Learning to Talk, Learning to Listen 117

8 Discipline ("Treat Me Like I'm Someone You Love") 129

9 Attention 139

Section 3 Maintaining Health

10 The Sunshine Vitamin 155

11 Milk: Not for Human Consumption 163

12 Allergies and Asthma 173

13 Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) 189

14 Ear Infections 203

15 Fever 217

16 Natural Healing vs. Medications 229

17 Vaccinations: Every Vaccine Has a Story 241

Epilogue: Peace of Mind in the Pursuit of Happiness 267

Acknowledgments 279

Index 281

About the Authors 291

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    best attachment parenting book ever

    I couldn't wait to read this book and I was not disappointed. There is a wealth of new information that I haven't seen published in any book before. Even though the title is mind-grabbing, it really is true that there are some things that "your pediatrician doesn't know" and there are times when typical medical attitudes might not be the best thing for your child.

    For example, the author essentially goes against several positions of the American Academy of Pediatrics, such as the prohibition against a mother ever sleeping with her infant, or the reliance on cow's milk and dairy as a source of calcium for babies and children. She is not judgmental or overreaching, but the facts and the research speak for themselves and make you wonder whether we've been led down the wrong path by perhaps well-meaning but uninformed medical professionals.

    There is nothing controversial about her advice regarding children's behavior, such as to teach respect by being respectful, and that it's frightening for a child to be yelled at -- but it's good to read it and put into perspective that mindful parenting is a choice which is available and not that hard. We all have the potential to be great parents and the author gently steers us in that direction.

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