Wednesday, July 22, 2009

DOES FOOD REALLY MATTER? A Review of “The N.D.D. Book: How Nutrition Deficit Disorder Affects Your Child's Learning, Behavior..."

A Review of “The N.D.D. Book: How Nutrition Deficit Disorder Affects Your Child's Learning, Behavior, and Health, and What You Can Do About It--Without Drugs”

by Jessica Sacher RN MN IBCLC

What if at your next well baby/toddler check up your pediatrician told you that you could markedly reduce the risk of your child getting ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, bipolar disorders, allergies, reflux, IBD, and a host of other ailments that are now being diagnosed in younger and younger children? Would you sit up and take note? Would you implore him/her for this special vaccine/magic bullet?In Dr. William Sears, new book, The NDD Book, he lays out a comprehensive guideline describing just what parents have to do in order to protect their children from these debilitating and difficult disorders; and all it requires is a change in what and how we feed our children and the rest of our family. Dr. Sears uses language that we can all understand, explaining how nutrition affects almost every aspect of a young child’s life and offering real life solutions that don’t involve drugs. This puts the parent and the child in charge of their health.Dr. Sears also explains why the “typical” American diet is predisposing our children to obesity, diabetes and learning issues, and unravels the complex process of metabolism, teaching the parent how to feed a child real food, which he calls “grow food” and “green light” food. He explains the correct balance of essential fatty acids, how to achieve that balance for our children and, how to get them to eat it. This book is a must read for any new parent who (before they know it) will need to provide, prepare and serve the right food to promote optimal health in their child. The anecdotes Dr Sears includes are based on real-life clinical scenarios, and the suggestions made reflect that he has done this with great success, not only in his pediatric practice but in his home life as well. The recipes are kid pleasing and mom friendly. This book is a win- win for the whole family.