Disease-Proof Your Child

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In his private practice, Joel Fuhrman, M.D. helps families transform their eating habits and recover their health. His nutrient-rich eating plan can have a significant impact on your child's resistance to dangerous infections, and a dramatic effect on reducing the occurrence of illnesses like asthma, ear infections, and allergies. Dr. Fuhrman explains how you can make sure your children are eating right to maintain a healthy mind and body, and how eating certain foods and avoiding others can positively impact your child's IQ and success in school. He also presents the fascinating science that demonstrates that the current epidemic of adult cancers and other diseases is closely linked to what we eat in the first quarter of life. Eating well in our early years may enable us to win the war on cancer. Bolstered by this scientific evidence, he helps you do everything you can to protect your child against developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, and cancer through a solid nutritional groundwork. Featuring easy-to-prepare, kid-friendly recipes that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters, your whole family will learn to establish life-long healthful eating habits. Harness the power of a nutrient-rich diet to ensure a lifetime free of illness and full of health!

Customer Reviews:

  • This book changed my life
    This changed the way I thought about food, how I feed my kids and my husband. It changed my view in so many different aspects. i got a group of ten people together and we all did the six week plan. It was super difficult, but an awesome experience knowing that I could control myself in that way. ...more info
  • very informative
    I have found this book to be very informative. We are a vegetarian family and I have always wondered if my daughter is getting what she needs from her diet. Not only did he confirm the fact that she/we can be healthy as vegetarians he gave wonderful tips and recipes as well. I feel very comfortable with his recommendations and feel the book was very well done. It's one of those books that I want to read again and I'm excited to try more of the recipes!...more info
  • A "must have" book.
    Every parent not only should own this book but keep it within easy reach as it will become a valuable resource as you navigate your way through the bewildering world of feeding your child.
    If only I would have had this book when my children were little I could have spared myself those constant trips to the pediatrician for ear infections, colds, allergies and asthma and saved myself a bundle on antibiotics.
    Not to mention the pain and suffering of my children!
    So do yourself and your kids a favor read this book and get yourselves on this life changing diet and good health will be one of those worries you will be able to scratch off of your life list.
    Find out why the Standard American Diet is really just SAD food for you and your child.
    The back of the book has recipies to help you on your way to a happy, healthy, long life.
    No child need suffer these common childhood complaints Dr. Furhman tells it like it is...tells it like your doctor probably won't, your childs nutrition is the key to their good health.
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  • What about soy allergies?
    I found this book to be a good read, and generally helpful.
    HOWEVER, his fairly liberal use of soy milk is definetly not helpful to my family. My daughter is allergic, and even if she was not I don't feel comfortable giving a [...] much soy at all. He discourages the use of rice milk, so i'm assuming he'd advocate for the replacement of almond milk?
    Regardless, soy is difficult for many people to digest, and us a common allergin, and so i'm perplexed by his dependency on it when it comes to his recipes....more info
  • Very useful information
    I really enjoyed reading this book. It has reinforced my committment to place my daughter on a primarily plant-based diet. Who wants a overweight and sick child? I am so glad this book came out while my child was young so I can implement these good eating habits early on....more info
  • Great book! Recommend it to EVERYONE!!!! A MUST READ!
    This is a great book! Everyone needs to read this. It is so informative. You will learn things you NEVER knew and should know but the information has been kept from us. READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
  • an interesting read
    This is the fist book I've read that was written by Dr Fuhrman, so his theories were very new to me. I'm not sure what to think of his theories, to avoid meat and dairy all together. I will need to do more thinking and researching before I decide whether I want to follow his advice or not, but it was an interesting view point. The book did make me look at what I eat, and realized that fruit, veggies, and nuts were only a small part of my diet, so I'm trying to eat more of them. I give it 4 stars because although I don't agree with everything he says, I did find the book interesting....more info
    The information is good but the authors writing style is terrible. He repeats the same thing over and over in what seems to be in an attempt to make the book longer. This book could have been half the size it is if he didn't repeat himself. It also makes you feel as if you are screwed being the adult if you didn't eat perfectly your whole life. Wouldn't recommend this book....more info
  • definitely great read
    this is an incredible book that should be read by all parents. it has forever changed how i feed my children. very eye opening. i have been following his diet plan for my kids (with the exception of eggs) and they haven't been sick in over a year!!!!! my kids NEVER got ear infections either! i buy it for all the new moms i know. i have made a few recipes from this book and they are SO delicious!!! please read!!

    also recommend: "Processed People" DVD - Dr. Furhman is one of the commentators in this film and it is like changing. ...more info
  • Nutrition Starts at Childhood!
    I speak as a parent of two young children, and I think this book is excellent. Finally a book that addresses how a child's eating patterns today setup a lifetime of habits. Every parent, teacher, doctor, and childcare provider should read this. You could be saving your children a few extra decades of life. If nothing else, they will live their life now with much greater vitality and health. He does recommend a vegan lifestyle. For those who think this is a bit much (me included), he offers alternatives. However, he makes such a great case for it, you may decide to go vegan or semi-vegan anyway. ...more info
  • Best Health Book
    This book is the best health book that I have yet to read, and I am only halfway through it. It is a quick read and very informative. I only wish there were more recipes! Even if you don't have kids, this is an awesome book!...more info
  • The Greatest Diet on Earth
    This is one book that no parent(s) or "potential" parent(s) should be without. It talks about "to be" mothers and the foods they eat can affect their childs development before they are even conceived.
    Visit DrFuhrman.com and DiseaseProof.com for tons of recipes and podcasts on how to feed your children.

    I have recommended this book more than any other book in my life, well maybe Eat To Live (Dr. Fuhrman's weight loss book) gets a fair share of recommendationos as well.

    This book is the fountain of youth everyone is looking for, give your children the best possible chance to have a disease free life. It also talks about how children that are breast fed longer (1-2 years) tend to have higher IQ scores in studies.

    One thing about Dr. Fuhrman is that he is a Medical Doctor (not a nutritionist) and he has 4 kids of his own and he has read and reviewed over 60,000 medical studies. he bases everything off of solid facts/studies. He does not favor just one study, he makes sure lots of studies agree on something, so there will be no science fiction in this book, everything is heavily referenced in his books.

    You must read this book, I personally gaurantee you will buy more than one copy it is such a great book!!...more info
  • Another Hit,simple but lifechanging.

    I knew I had to have this book the moment I saw it online. I have always been very healthconscious and want the same for my kids. With the epidemic of obesity and juvenile diabetes it is to give my child the very best chance to live a healthy life.This book does not disappoint in any way.He gives his own personal experiences in a commensense practical way that anyone can understand. Everything he states is well documented with footnotes to other studies,this makes his points less controversial. I strongly recommend this book to any parent.

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  • If you love your kids (and yourself) read this book!
    Loving kids doesn't mean feeding them Mc Donalds and Ice Cream to make them feel good like my wife and I have done for years.

    My wife and I are borderline obese if not obese and are kids and even our dog were starting to look like us.

    What a nightmare!

    By doing some of the things in this book we've been able to get a hold of our families runaway lethal eating habits.

    I lost 10 pounds in 1 week by just increasing my fruit and green leafy food intake alone and cutting out milk.

    Nothing extreme and no starving. Just eat lots of fruit, fresh veggies, raw nuts and seeds and beans.

    Thanks Dr. Fuhrman.
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  • A Must Read for Every Parent!
    When I found this book online I truly couldn't wait to get my hands on it. As the parent of a 14 month old, I have always been very conscious of what she eats. With the epidemic of obesity and juvenile diabetes I knew it was my responsibility to give my child the very best chance to live a healthy life.

    Well, this book did not disappoint. The doctor puts forth all his information in a clear and concise mannner that anyone can understand. This book is difficult to debate because there is so much support for what he is saying. He has numerous citations in the back of the book for the many, many different scientific studies that support the book. He also tells of his own personal experience with patients. This book has even convinced me to drastically change the way I eat.

    I highly recommend this book for any parent who wants to give their child the gift of a lifetime of good health!!

    Thank you Dr. Furhman!!

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  • a must-have for every parent
    I cannot recommend this and all of Dr. Fuhrman's books highly enough. If you want to be healthy, and you want your children to be healthy all their lives, you owe it to yourself and to them to read this book and take it to heart. Stand up for your family and yourself, stand up to big food interests who exist only to make profits and don't care about you or your kids, arm yourself with knowledge and protect your kids!...more info
  • Disease-Proof Your Children
    You wouldn't leave home with your child not in a seatbelt but we are not as compulsive about the foods our children eat. This is the perfect book to build your child's immune system and carve the way for a disease free future. This also offers great recipes...more info
  • Amazing Book
    This is a must read for all parents and physicians. Dr. Fuhrman explains in plain english how to keep you and your children healthy for now and your lifespan with the simple vehicle of sound nutrition. He dispells most mainstream misinformation that is still provided to the general public with correct information that is unfortunatly not widely talked about in mainstream media/America....more info
  • So you think your kids will make good decisions about food when they're older?
    ... Unfortunately, that's not how it works after their taste buds are now addicted to nutrient poor, super stimulating foods that haven't provided the nutrients they've needed, but haven't gotten, for likely some time.

    When they try to eat better "Nutrient Rich" foods, especially the way most parents serve them in the typical "eat your veggies", "side dish" kind of way, what would normally be great tasting, nourishing, fulfilling and make them feel great with a smile on their face, tastes bland compared to the junk they've been eating; junk that's "designed" to make food addicts out of them. When this is the case, they rarely break out of poor eating patterns on their own.

    Dr Fuhrman hits the mark with Disease Proof Your Child, and your childs health depends on you reading it and "getting", that you are literally setting your kids up for health, success and sustainability or, disease, failure and a life cut short, each and every time you feed them. It's a cumulative thing.

    Dr Fuhrman not only explains the basic science confirming "why" you want to feed your kids Nutrient Rich foods in great tasting ways, but he also explains how. And when it comes to eating better and kids, "how", is everything. Starting with his 50 kid-tested and proven recipes, this book is a big deal.

    Dr Fuhrman is America's Doctor, because first and foremost he has your best interests at heart. He is in the business of getting you well. With all the competing interests promoting foods that do the opposite, I don't think he'll run out of customers any time soon, but make sure you and your kids are his customers so that you don't have consider yourselves part of the ever-growing statistics on overweight, obesity and sickness.

    The statistics are getting crazier by the day and all it takes, first and foremost, is ensuring they get better quality food, rich in the nutrients they need to succeed, and without all the crap that doesn't serve them.

    Today's Kids, perhaps your kids right now, are toxifying their undernourished, getting-more-unhealthy-by-the-day bodies, and their bodies are waiting for the opportunity to clean up and get healthy once again. But they need your help.

    And you need help to. That's why Dr Fuhrman is here. We all need to get re-educated and shed most of what we've learned about eating in the past 50 years.

    I can't recommend anyone better for the job, of steering you and your family in the right direction. He is the real deal, a successful family man of four with a dog, leading physician, world champion athlete, and successful businessman, in part because he eats to live well and boy does he live well.

    With great tasting food he and his family enjoys day in and day out they live free of disease and feeling powerful to pursue their interests. He wants the same for you and your family and he can show you how.

    Help yourself in the process and make it a family affair. You need to disease proof your kids at a time when what they eat is going to set the trend for their life. Their taste buds, and their desires are being built right now, and it will show in their weight and health, if not already, in the very near future.

    Are you setting your kids up for success, or failure? Are they eating foods that are promoting their health or disease?

    Read this book, its worth is weight in your child's well being.

    Don't read it and let your child make the decision to eat better when they're older and by then it may be too late.

    Read it and disease proof your child, bring their taste buds back to earth, nourish and protect their bodies and set them up for success, moving forward.

    If you could accomplish all this, and enable them to look better, feel better and perform better, while they enjoy great tasting foods, that you'll love too, would you do it?

    Then do it!

    All my best....more info
  • Valuable Information
    This book contains a lot of valuable info for those who may not be in the know about sugar, processed foods, or artificial ingredients. I do feel that there is a bit of fear-mongering, but in today's world I would rather see a little of that than what I see many parents feeding their kids (especially when these same parents are constantly wondering why their kids are sick all the time!). For those of us who are health-conscious and raising our children to be so as well, this is a lot of "preaching to the choir" - but a little reinforcement never hurt anyone.

    One caveat - he does advocate using soy milk and other soy products. I am not 100% anti-soy, but I feel that one needs to use soy sparingly, and as un-processed as possible.

    Just an FYI for those who are not familiar with Fuhrman, he is an advocate of a raw diet... while there are some cooked recipes in this book, and even a couple with meat, a lot of them are raw.

    I've tried a bunch of the recipes and my family enjoys them. The date-nut pop-ems were a huge hit with my toddler and she requests them often. ...more info
  • Fascinating---but difficult!
    This book puts forth many, many convincing arguments for feeding children a mostly plant-based diet. I don't doubt that this would be extremely beneficial for my kids.

    The chapter on how to actually accomplish this seemed insufficient to me. The advice boiled down to: just do it. Don't feed your kids unhealthy food, don't even have it in the house, and they'll have no choice but to eat their veggies. Perhaps this would work, but I don't feel able to follow this advice at this time. I have two-year-old twin boys, and I am often by myself. It's hard enough even to follow the routine as it stands now.

    Perhaps someone with a more manageable situation could "just do it." My plan is to try a bit later, when I can reason with them a bit more (perhaps rewarding them for trying new things, and the like).

    In the meantime, this book has made me feel constantly guilty about the diet I feed my children. I do keep trying to get them to eat vegetables, but of course, if they have a choice they choose something else.

    I suppose I'd recommend this book with the caveat that for most people, eating this way would be a major change....more info
  • Spread the Word!
    It is books like this one that fuel revolutions. Our society, now facing a frightening cancer and heart-disease epidemic, is hearing information from all sorts of "reliable" sources on how to find a solution, none of which seem to be working. Hospitals continue to overflow with disease-stricken patients (many of whom, unfortunately, are poorly-nourished children) who could have avoided medical intervention through better nutritional choices. We are blessed to live in a world where we can decide what kinds of food we put in our bodies; why do people keep bringing food into their homes that cause such harm to their families?! Our children are depending on us to provide them with food that fuels a healthy immune system so they have a chance at a disease-free and enjoyable life. You owe it to your family to read this book right away.

    Our health-conscious and educated family has always been open to various alternative "remedies", but we have often felt confused as to whether they were helping promote our family's core health or if these approaches were just addressing the symptoms. Dr. Fuhrman goes STRAIGHT to the core of our health. "Remedies" are not necessary in our lives if we build a solid foundation for our body's immune system from the get go. This book explains, in a no-nonsense manner, how to do this through nutritional excellence.

    I thought our family ate well. In comparison to most families, I'm sure we did. I still felt that there was room for improvement. I bought this book when my son became a toddler and wanted to drink things in addition to breast milk. We were told by nutritionists and doctors to "feed him whole milk, melt butter and cheese on everything he eats, feed him meat, and give him peanut butter" to "get his weight up". My instincts instantly screamed at me to research this because it felt wrong to me. I never thought the word "vegan" would have a place in our home, but after reading this book, we are now near-vegan, consuming mainly plant-based foods. We have totally eliminated dairy and sugar (except naturally occurring sugars found in fruit and dates). We still eat eggs and small portions of meat and fish on occasion.

    If this type of diet sounds extreme to you, as it did to us, don't let it deter you from reading this book. If anything can convince and assist you in changing unhealthy eating habits or to revise semi-healthy eating habits, this book can. If you want to spend more time with your family free from illness and disease, read this book. If you want your children to use their bodies sand brains to their full potential, read this book. If you want to prevent or cure ear infections, ADHD, or cancer read this book. It is a quick and easy read but is packed full of information covering nearly every aspect of nutrition I wanted to learn about. It provides simple to follow plans to rid your home of junk food and recipes that will make your family squeal in delight.

    This book is extremely well researched, drawing clear and precise conclusions supported by up-to-date scientific studies. It gave my husband and I ammunition to stand up to other family members who believed that children can't receive proper nutrients/fats without animal products in their diet. This book has inspired me to start studies to be a Nutritionist. Nutritional excellence truly is the key to better health and longevity. Enjoy!...more info
  • "Children aren't responsible for poor food choices--their parent's are."
    This book should be required reading for everyone who has a child (or one on the way) or who works with children. Rather than pumping our children up with sugar, toxins, carcinogens and frankenfood and then medicating them for the side effects, why not just feed them what nature intended and watch them thrive. Behavioral issues as well as serious health concerns can be resolved, alleviated, or completely avoided with a few lifestyle adjustments.

    Dr. Fuhrman drives home an important point: it's one thing to trash your own health with poor choices, but it's negligent and irresponsible to trash the health of trusting children.

    The tone of the book is not scolding however, just direct. In fact when he's done explaining the consequences of poor food choices (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.), he comes accross very upbeat and and encouraging with ideas for coping with the bombardment of toxic food out there. He also has great suggestions for meals and treats.

    Forget about what one reviewer said about nut allergies. This book not only has alternatives for eating nuts, but offers suggestions to help Prevent nut allergies. I also don't agree with the person who says it's "difficult". It's very simple and straightforward and really the only thing making it difficult is lack of education, unscrupulous marketing techniques, and the limiting belief that children won't eat healthy food.

    This is a book full of hope and an important work. At long last, an MD is addressing children's diets in a real way. Two books that go along quite nicely with this one is THE CHINA STUDY by Campbell and GREEN FOR LIFE by Boutenko. The former illustrates in great detail with hard evidence why a vegan diet is necessary and the later focuses on greens. GFL gave me the idea for green smoothies (example: bannanas and greens such as kale or swiss chard) which are a fantastic way of getting the daily comsumption of greens Dr. Fuhrman recommends. I have never been a fan of Kale, but you honestly cannot even taste it when prepared this way and kids Love it! You will need a high powered blender for this (Fuhrman recommends Vitamix, but I prefer the Blendtec) which is expensive, but worth every penny. In the end, this diet is way cheaper than the standard American diet (SAD).

    This book is the real thing, nothing gimmicky at all. Read it and thrive!

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  • A must read for parents
    We, as parents, have to step up and start educating our children about healthy eating. As a mother of 3 boys I have to say you can do it.

    Even my 3 year old loves fruits and veggies. We simply don't have junk food in the house. The boys eat on average 10 fruits and vegetables every day and they really enjoy them. When they occasionally eat junk food at parties they moan about feeling sick. As their bodies are no longer use to junk food.

    Some of the recipes in the book seem a little hard and I consider myself a good cook. However, you can make modifications and still eat really healthy.

    My kids are rarely ever sick and I truly believe that the healthy diet has something to do with that....more info
  • The one book every parent needs to read
    Disease-Proof Your Child does two things no other book has ever done. First, it clearly and persuasively presents scientific research that shows what our children eat now will more or less determine their risk of developing cancer and other killer diseases as adults. After reading the first few pages, you will never again view sodas, donuts, fries, pizzas, candies and other "All-American" junk foods as innocent again.

    Allowing and encouraging our kids to eat this garbage on a regular basis is excusable only when we don't know what we're doing. Now that Dr. Fuhrman has exposed the truth - we can cause or prevent 99% of all diseases by what we eat - no parent who reads this book will be able to allow their child to develop "cancer on the installment plan" through malnutrition. And if you're not into long-term thinking, Dr. Fuhrman also demonstrates the link between the Standard American Diet and the national epidemics of childhood asthma, ear infections, colds, flus, and allergies.

    So a warning: do not buy this book unless you're willing to exert your responsibility to protect your children. If you read it and do nothing, you'll go through hell as you watch your kids poisoning themselves with their favorite addictive substances and starving their immune systems by not eating nutrient rich foods.

    Which brings me to the second thing this book does that no other has: it provides tools and a roadmap and a philosophy for transitioning your family to a healthy diet. Remember paint by numbers? This is the diet transition equivalent. From practical ideas (the "refigerator advertisements" is a wonderful example) to over 50 recipes ("string beans and almost dust" will blow you away with its simplicity and how much your kids will love it) to lists of delicious "non-recipe snacks" that ensure you'll always have healthy alternatives to junk fod - Disease-Proof Your Child is a well-written and well thought out "operations manual" to your most important job as a parent: setting your child up for a lifetime of health and happiness.

    In Disease-Proof Your Child, Dr. Fuhrman explains:

    - how to prepare your home for eating healthfully before making the shift
    - why "three meals a day" is a recipe for failure when it comes to feeding kids right
    - why focusing on quality, not quantity, is the key to healthy eating
    - why "consistent but not perfect" is more effective than 100% "compliance"
    - when and where it's OK to compromise
    - how to teach your kids never to "diet"
    - how to reform the picky eater

    Dr. Fuhrman is not an armchair researcher. He runs a family practice, and offers many case studies that show exactly how families transitioned successfully to a healthy diet - even when both parents thought their child's eating habits were a lost cause.

    After reading the first half of the book, you will be shocked, angry, and motivated like crazy to do something to save your kids from a lifetime of obesity and disease. The second half of the book, the solution, is going to get dog-eared and underlined and photocopied and food-spattered. You're going to want to recommend it to your friends, mostly because you won't be able to part with your own copy. I already find I need two - one for my study and another for the cookbook shelf.

    There are few books ever written that have to potential to have such a huge positive impact on the well-being of your family. Is it easy to put this into practice? Not at first. But is it worth it? Try the following thought experiment:

    It's 35 years from now. Your child is a grownup, with a kid in elementary school and another in high school. You get to choose one of the following scenarios: a) your child is a healthy and vibrant adult, at the prime of life; or b) your child has just been diagnosed with cancer, possibly fatal within 3 years.

    I know that's stark. But the links between what we feed our kids now and their health as adults are that real. Try the thought experiment for 2 minutes and see what moves within you.

    If you're not able to link current behavior with the long-term future, here's another experiment:

    What if you were able to prevent most of the ear infections, allergies, colds, feveres, and severe asthma attacks that your child gets on a regular basis? The long nights up with a crying child, the endless trips to the doctor for another round of antibiotics, the missed events, the feelings of "when will they outgrow it"? That's a real outcome too.

    Please - as a health educator, as a parent, as someone who cares about the world we're sending our kids into - I urge you to get and study this book. ...more info
  • He gives the truth, just not the whole truth
    At first I liked this book. And then I was thrown a loop in life and my toddler developed intolerances to gluten, casein, and soy. It forced me to reconsider what healthy eating is.

    I will start by reviewing the recipes in the book. I have only tried a handful and have met with little to no success. Either the recipe didn't work or my unpicky children would not eat it. For my family the meals were not balanced enough. I'm sure he would be unhappy to know that I had to add "meat" to his recipes for them to work.

    He does give many truths in the book. For example, red meat causes cancer. He does not give the whole truth however. It is undigested red meat. Rather than suggesting you fully cook your meat and eat it in moderation he goes to an extreme. Every person is different. My family needs a lot more meat and substance in our diet to be happy and healthy. We are not bad people for it and not unhealthy as he would lead you to believe.

    There are several extremist diets out there. This is the opposite extreme as Atkins but an extreme none the less. I would suggest reading Michael Pollan instead. This diet will work for a few I'm sure. But it will leave many unsatisfied.

    Every mom knows in her heart what is best for her family. You do not need Dr. Joel Fuhrman to tell you. Listen to your heart and, to quote Pollan, "eat food, not too much, mostly vegetables." ...more info
  • Fuel the Revolution
    This book will set you straight about what is healthy and what is not. All other nutrition advice that I have come across is weak and ineffective. I am buying this book as well as Eat to Live for everyone I know and meet; month by month as I can afford. Do the same for there is no gift comparable to the gift of health....more info


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