Healthy Child, Whole Child: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine to Keep Your Kids Healthy

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At a time when caring for your children has become increasingly complex and parents are bombarded with new and conflicting information, Doctors Ditchek and Greenfield provide authoritative and thorough advice for raising healthy kids. As devoted fathers and as open-minded but conventionally trained physicians, they blend the best of conventional medicine with alternative approaches for keeping children healthy.With the goal of optimizing children's natural healing systems, the authors offer reliable information on the prevention of as well as the latest conventional and alternative treatments for common childhood ailments -- from colic to ear infections, asthma, allergies, viral illnesses, and more -- and explain which therapies are safe and effective for children. You will learn how to prevent ear infections without having to resort to powerful antibiotics, why immunization is important, and what you can do about childhood obesity, the number-one health problem among American children today. In Healthy Child, Whole Child you'll find a complete program to keep your children healthy from birth to their preteen years; you'll receive practical suggestions on how you can incorporate healthy behaviors and attitudes into your family's daily lives; and you'll learn about other healing approaches such as mind/body medicine, herbs, and acupuncture, which can be included in good pediatric care.Filled with insightful wisdom, Healthy Child, Whole Child is sure to become the essential child care resource for a new generation of parents.

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About the Author:

Stuart H. Ditchek, M.D., holds faculty appointments at both NYU-Tisch Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center. He is in private practice in Brooklyn, New York, where he lives with his family.



Russell H. Greenfield, M.D., is one of the first four fellows of Dr. Andrew Weil's Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his family.

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Foreword

By Andrew Weil, MD

Writing forewords to books is not a high form of the literary art. When I do it, it is usually out of a sense of obligation to author-friends or publishers. That is not the case at present. Healthy Child, Whole Child is a really terrific work that embodies the spirit of the new medicine I have been trying to develop. It is a pleasure to introduce it to readers and help it find a place in the homes of parents who want to create healthy lifestyles for their children.

I know all three authors of this book, have taught them all, and worked with them. I am proud of their contributions to the growing field of Integrative Medicine and delighted that they have taken on the tremendous task of applying it to the realm of children's health.

These are the basic principles of Integrative Medicine:

* A partnership must exist between patient and practitioner in the healing process

* Good treatment should include appropriate use of all available methods to facilitate the body's innate healing response

* Physicians must consider all factors that influence health, wellness, and disease, including mind, spirit, and community as well as body

* Doctors should neither reject conventional medicine nor accept alternative medicine uncritically

* Good medicine should be based on good science and open to new paradigms

* Doctors should use more natural, less invasive interventions whenever possible

* Medicine must address the broader concepts of health promotion and disease prevention as well as the treatment of illness

* Practitioners themselves must be models of health and healing, committed to the process of self-exploration and self-development.

Dr. Stuart Ditchek, Dr. Russell Greenfield and Lynn Murray Willeford

Willeford observe all of these principles in Healthy Child, Whole Child. I can vouch, especially, for their adherence to the last one, because I know them all to be personally committed in their own lifestyles to health and healing and, as parents, to modeling healthy behavior for their children.

The field of pediatrics is ripe for Integrative Medicine. Pediatricians are open to it. They may lack knowledge and experience of other modalities of treatment because their training failed to provide them, but they have no intellectual baggage in the way of learning. Most parents today want to make use of more natural methods of prevention and treatment for their kids. And the healing potential of young persons is greater than that of grown-ups. Give their bodies a chance and some support, and they will usually come back to the balance of health quickly, often dramatically.

At the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, I co-direct a national center for research in alternative medicine in pediatrics. Among other projects, I and my colleagues in the Department of Pediatrics and the Program in Integrative Medicine are studying the efficacy of cranial osteopathy and echinacea in managing recurrent ear infections and the usefulness of chamomile tea and hypnosis in improving recurrent abdominal pain. Both conditions are very common childhood ailments.

A great deal more of this kind of research needs to be done. But we do not have to wait for the results of studies to come in to apply the basic principles of Integrative Medicine to raising healthy kids in the 21st century. That can be done right away, and Dr. Russ, Dr. Stu, and Lynn Willeford have done it. I think you will find, as I did, that they have produced a very readable, user-friendly guide that is rooted in common sense and the same balanced approach to health and medicine that I advocate and teach. Raising healthy kids is one of the most important contributions we can make to the future. This book gives you the information and tools you need to do it.

Tucson, Arizona January 2001

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