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In the tradition of Michael Pollan, Mark Hyman, and Andrew Weil, pioneering integrative pediatric neurologist Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, reveals the shocking contents of children's food, how it's seriously harming their bodies and brains, and what we can do about it. And she presents the first nutritional plan for getting and keeping children healthy - a plan that any family can follow.

Alarming new studies show the dramatic rise of chronic disease in children, from allergies and ADHD to mental illnesses and obesity. A traditionally trained pediatric neurologist and a parent herself, Dr. Maya encountered the limits of conventional medicine when her son suffered a severe episode of asthma on his first birthday and began a backward slide in his development. Treatments failed to reverse his condition, so Dr. Maya embarked on a scientific investigation, discovering that food was at the root of her son's illness, affecting his digestive system, immune system, and brain. The solution was shockingly simple: heal the food, heal the gut, heal the brain - and you heal the child.

Recent changes in growing and processing food are harming children's intestinal microbiomes, immune systems, and brains, contributing to chronic disease. Dr. Maya's plan started with the soil, using fresh foods and nature to heal her son from the inside out and the outside in. Since then, she has successfully helped chronically ill patients from around the world.

Revealing the profound connections between food, nature, and children's health, Dr. Maya explains how food is constantly changing children's bodies, brains, and even genes - for better or for worse. She also shares success stories from her practice and tips as a working mother of three on stocking healing foods (from veggies to chocolate), reading labels, and getting even picky eaters into the new menu. This paradigm-shifting book empowers you to transform your children's health through food and to ensure the long-term well-being of your children and the entire family.

©2016 Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Good book!

I'd definitely recommend this book to others. The only problem I had was that I thought there would have been little more on soil and less on eating habits. Being in a state of ketosis of which I believe every man and woman should be in and having given up grains and sugar I was disappointed the author promoted them constantly.

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Simpler Living Yields Healthier Living

Easy read with alot of easy & doable solutions. Reminds me of the old fashioned but very wise lifestyle of my farmer grandparents. We've already incorporated many of these simple changes and are reaping the benefits medically.

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Opens the mind to our current food sources.

What made the experience of listening to The Dirt Cure the most enjoyable?

Maya opens the door to looking at how our food is produced and marketed. I think this book is a good start for many people being introduced to being more mindful of where our food comes from and all the factors we don't normally consider when choosing what we think is healthy food for our families.

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I would like to be able to download the PDF file for the recipes and supportive information

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Brain Maker relived

if you have listened to Grain Brain or Brain Maker it's same stuff a little different (good things)

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  • Josh
  • Alexandria, MN, United States
  • 03-08-16

An eye-opening experience

A book for every "I-want-to-be-more-healthy" human. Listen, learn, and grow! This book is a masterful look at what is wrong with commercial agriculture and medicine. Then, it provides straightforward practices to counter this commercialism. It is scientifically based on research and the author's own medical practice experience. It is more than just mere words complaining about agriculture and medicine, it provides solutions - which makes this book unique and worth the time. Read it now! Your family will thank you.

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  • Vas
  • Port Moody, BC
  • 02-22-16

Critical information for all parents!

Would you listen to The Dirt Cure again? Why?

I will have to in order for me to pick up all key ideas

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dirt Cure?

The sections dealing with specific harmful chemicals

Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

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What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Plant your own veggies and don't stress if some bacteria don't get washed off

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Critical information for any parent wondering how to feed his kids...and keep them away from harm as much as possible

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Not enough soil!

I mostly enjoyed this book but felt mislead by the title and summary. Rather than increasing my knowledge about what the soil does for our health, I was scared into thinking the only way to keep my kids from getting sick is to restrict their diets more than most moms are capable. I teach soil science and listened to this to give a lecture on links between human health and soil. It really didn't add anything to my previous knowledge about this link (though this will not be true for most people). Most of the book had nothing to do with soil.

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