A vital message to parents from Joel Fuhrman, M.D. — family physician and nutritional expert.

As parents, we want what is best for our children. We would never intentionally harm them. In fact, we make sure to seek out the best care possible, but when it comes to children and food, somehow we don't know what the best thing to do is. Our children seem finicky and only eat cheese, pasta, chicken fingers or milk and cookies. At the same time, we notice that they are frequently ill. They suffer from recurring ear infections, runny noses, stomachaches and headaches. We note their symptoms and haul them in to the doctor, who prescribes yet another round of antibiotics. Although by today's standards it seems normal, it is not.

The body is a self-repairing, self—defending organism, which has the innate ability to defend itself against microbes and prevent chronic illnesses when its cared for properly. Proper care involves being particular about the quality of raw materials we fuel it with or in other words feeding the body adequately to satisfy it's nutritional requirements. Failing to do this will result in poor health and the development of bizarre diseases.

There is an issue of vital importance that most well-meaning parents don't know about. They don't know because they didn't learn it growing up, it wasn't taught to them in school, and most pediatricians don't understand it themselves. The issue is this: the modern diet that most children are eating today creates a fertile cellular environment for cancer and other chronic diseases to emerge at a later age. In other words, childhood diets create adult cancers. That's right: when our children don't eat fruits and vegetables and instead are fed junk food, the groundwork may be laid for cancer and other diseases down the road.

The science behind these surprising statements is addressed in my book, Disease Proof your Child. This website section will only touch the tip of the iceberg. However, worth noting is the following dismal fact: many children today are very often recurrently sick with ear infections, allergies, asthma and then, later in life, may develop autoimmune illnesses such as lupus, ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis. This is not because children just naturally pass around germs or have bad genes, but it is because their diets are inadequate. Antibiotics cannot prevent these problems. Only a diet of nutritional excellence can.

I implore you to learn more about nutritional excellence and how to feed your children for optimal health.

When you have a child, you have the unique opportunity to mold a developing person. One of your greatest gifts to them can be a disease resistant body created from excellent food choices beginning at youth. Ear infections, strep throats, allergies, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADD or ADHD), and even autoimmune diseases can be prevented by sound nutritional practices early in life. Common childhood illnesses are not only avoidable, but they're more effectively managed by incorporating nutritional excellence into one's diet. This is far superior to the dependence on drugs to which we are accustomed. No parent would disagree that our children deserve only the best.

If you are a parent, you may want to follow this course of action:

  • Read my book, Disease-Proof Your Child, as a source of sound nutritional information
  • Offer healthy, high nutrient meals and snacks in place of junk food
  • Model eating a high nutrient diet-style yourself
  • Give your child a high quality children's multivitamin and mineral supplement daily
  • Make it fun — cook together, explore new varieties of fruits, veggies, beans, nuts and seeds