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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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First few chapters started good but then quickly lost any credibility

I lost all credibility for this author after her conversation about phytoestrogens in soy and yet recommending cows milk, who has ACTUAL estrogen in it. This is a myth and has been debunked. The first few chapters were good and aside from a few things here and there that I was weary of, I kept reading. That is until she mentioned soy.

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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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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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Very informative

I like it alot, explain how things work and how you should proceed to get there

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Excellent book!

Loved it! I would definitely recommend parents of young children listen to this book which offers lots of information and practical tips!

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Great book about what we eat and the environment

Overall I really liked this book. Lots of great information about eating healthy food and choosing which foods are the healthiest for our children. Will definitely be thinking about the quality of meat and dairy I buy!

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Riveting!

I wish I would have read this 10 years ago! Never too late to start living more responsibly.

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Good Introduction to the Topic

Good for parents and those cooking for children. Nice to learn how to get children to eat well. Not enough on how to heal the gut and build a healthy gut biome but it gives ideas on the why things are problem, biggest food that causes problem. Definitely read if you can stream or it's included in the audible unlimited reading section.

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Great overview of nature cures for kids and adults!

Love the wide spectrum of healthy lifestyle ideas and practical suggestions! Highly recommend to anyone who cares about their health and health of the planet.

It is not just about the beneficial microbes in the soil and in us. It is about the inseparable oneness of the eco systems. Restorative permaculture and biodynamic agriculture principles are explained as well.

Doctor Maya offers a plethora of solutions to the modern health challenges.

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If you or someone you know suffer from chronic illness, listen!

If you or someone you know suffer from chronic illness, listen! I’m one of those people that have recently turned my backyard into a food forest and just walking in that space and interacting in that space and eating from that space has helps all of my kids health improve. I can’t explain it but this book does!