From the Foreword by Neal Barnard, M.D.: The writing of this book was motivated by the observation that many parents are unclear about how best to nourish their children at different stages of development. Well-intentioned parents like you want to do the very best for the long-term health and well-being of their children. They need help knowing where to begin.
Our hope is that by assembling an expert panel of doctors and nutritionists and by providing well-researched, easy-to-read information on healthy eating during childhood, we can help you promote excellent health for your children throughout their lives.
Boy I wish I’d had this book when my children were little, then I wouldn’t have been misled by my GP who pleaded with me not to make my baby vegan, saying that children need dairy for at least their first five years! I was very young, inexperienced and, since it was way before the internet, there was no one else to ask. It was another eleven years before we had enough information to understand that he was wrong, and our transition from vegetarianism to veganism left us feeling better than ever.
But that didn’t prevent us being misjudged by another GP when I took my youngest to the doctor when she was about 11 because she was getting recurring headaches. I’d assumed she was suffering from migraines but as soon as the GP heard we were vegan she sucked in her breath over her teeth and said with confidence
I insisted that that wasn’t it, we get enough calcium from our fruit and vegetables, but she would not be dissuaded from her conclusion and sent us away after telling us to take some multi-vitamins, without doing any tests or examination. Some months later, thanks to a good GP advising us to go the optician and see if the headaches were due to a need for glasses, it was discovered that there was haemorrhaging behind her eyes caused by a benign brain tumour.
The world and medical practitioners are so much more enlightened nowadays though aren’t they? Thanks to the internet and such widely available information shared online by vegan individuals, groups and organisations. So you’d think that no one would be in danger of getting the kind of bad advice we got back then.
I was shocked to discover a few weeks ago that that’s not true. A friend of mine took her eleven and a half month-old baby for her ‘one year review’ by a Health Visitor at a children’s centre in Brighton and was told she should be transitioning her baby off breast milk and onto cows’ milk – for the calcium!!!!!!!
Thankfully my friend knows better but lots of people, like me all those years ago, will be swayed by this shockingly bad advice. That’s why this book is brilliant. Because it comes from the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine, written by Amy Lanou, Ph.D. who is Nutrition Director of the Physicians’ Committee (or she was when this was first published back in 2002 – oh I wish I’d had it then!) and got her doctoral degree from Cornell University, readers can rest assured that the book can be relied upon. And it’s got so much! From a healthy pregnancy to healthy breast feeding to healthy nutrition for your child for the rest of his or her life, this book tells you everything you need to know 🙂
And it even provides you with a ton of healthy delicious recipes:
I bought this one for my friend, but now I’m going to get another one for me!
Author: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine with Amy Lanou, Ph.D.
Genre: Non-fiction, Plant-Based Nutrition
Recommended for teens and up
Format: Paperback (272 pages) and Kindle Edition
Published: February 2002
Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.9 x 22.7 cm
Available from the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine and Amazon
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