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How to Keep Kids Healthy

How to Keep Kids Healthy

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If after making the lifestyle changes described in
this book, your child is still overly susceptible to
infections or has multiple allergies, there may be
some persistent underlying disturbance in the
body causing a weak immune response (immuno-
deficiency) or chronic immune dysfunction. If this
is the case, you may want to try homeopathy or
chiropractic to work with this condition.

Homeopathy

Classical homeopathy has had great success with
allergies, asthma, eczema, recurrent respiratory or
ear infections, and behavior or attention
problems. Homeopathy prescribed by a classical
homeopath can help tremendously to release the
disturbance from the body. Homeopathy is a
complete medical system that works with the
whole person.

The key is to find the exact remedy that fits all the
symptoms. An experienced homeopath will
choose a specific constitutional remedy by
looking at all the symptoms and characteristics of
your child at the present time. Once the current
layer is dealt with there may be another layer of
disturbance requiring a different remedy.

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Chronic problems require the training and
experience of a qualified classical homeopath.
You should not attempt to do home prescribing of
homeopathic remedies on your own for chronic
situations. See resources for more information
and to find a homeopath.

Chiropractic

The nervous system affects the immune system,
both directly and indirectly, and plays an
important role in the immune response
(Wassung). Subtle misalignment of the bones,
muscles and ligaments can lead to irritation of the
nervous system and can alter the ability of the
nerves to supply the muscles and organs of the
body with vital communication and information.

The scientific study of neuro-immunology (the
link between the nervous system and the immune
system) indicates that stress to the nervous
system produces decreased immunity and
increases susceptibility to disease.

Misalignments of the spine (also called
subluxations) can occur during childbirth, from
tumbles or falls, or from any other normal
activity. Chiropractic care involves diagnosing
spinal misalignments and correcting them by
adjusting the spine. A slight pressure is most

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commonly used with children rather than the
more forceful manipulation sometimes used with
adults. With proper nerve flow, the immune
system can function at fuller capacity, allowing
the body to naturally defend itself against disease.

A promising study published in the Journal of
Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics
now indicates that
there is a strong correlation between chiropractic
adjustments and the resolution of ear infections.
332 children with chronic ear infections
participated in the study. Each child, ranging in
age from 27 days to 5 years, was given a series of
chiropractic adjustments. The results show that
close to 80% of the children did not experience
another ear infection within the six-month period
following their initial visits (Fallon 1997).

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Integrating Healthy
Immunity-Building
Into Your Family’s Lifestyle

Incorporating some of the lifestyle changes
mentioned in this book can be a very significant
endeavor for most families. For some, it is a
whole new philosophy. It may be a little scary to
venture out from the so-called norm of
conventional medicine. If you feel this way, take
your time and investigate further. Plenty of
books, websites, and organizations are mentioned
in the resource section. Read as much as you can
and thoroughly research everything until you feel
comfortable with your decisions.

There is a lot of information contained in this
booklet, and you may feel a little overwhelmed,
particularly with the information about nutrition.
It may seem as though everything your children
are eating now is unhealthy and you’re won-
dering how you can possibly make all the
changes to their diets. Especially if you live in an
area with no natural food stores or a limited food
budget.

Relax and go slowly. You don’t have to make
major changes overnight. An organic, whole
foods diet is something to always strive for, but

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you don’t have to be rigid with it. Make whatever
changes you can. Even small changes will
improve your children’s health to some extent.

Here are a few suggestions:

The way you can make the most impact on
increasing your children’s health is to keep
refined sugar and foods containing sugar out of
your house. Begin by limiting the amount you
buy until you just don’t buy it at all anymore. It
can’t harm your children if it stays on the shelves
at the store. With the money you save on sugar
products, you can buy organic food. When your
kids get to have sugar at parties or other
functions outside your home, it will be a big treat,
and they’ll know that home is the place where
they can count on only the best food to make their
bodies healthy.

This does not mean there can’t be any treats at
home. There are many delicious treats you can
make using healthier sweeteners such as stevia,
sucanat, or maple syrup. But these sweeteners
should be used sparingly with the attention
placed on healthy whole foods. A good book to
help you with eliminating sugar is Carbohydrate
Addicted Kids: Help Your Child or Teen Break Free of
Junk Food and Sugar Cravings – for life!
, by Dr.

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Richard Heller and Dr. Rachael Heller (Harper-
Collins 1997).

If your children are drinking too much
commercial fruit juice (bottled, canned, or boxed),
you can wean them by diluting one-third white
grape juice with two-thirds water. You can slowly
cut the juice out altogether. Pure water is the best
drink for children.

Begin adding more antioxidants to your
children’s diets as often as you can. This could be
as easy as slipping them fruit or vegetable snacks
often throughout the day. You could cut up a red
pepper, some carrots and add a little dipping
sauce to make it interesting. Or give them a fruit
salad with vitamin C rich fruits as a snack. Most
children will be happy with this.

What is a good way to get a substantial amount of
vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants
into your child’s body? By giving your child
freshly squeezed juices and smoothies – which
most kids love. Two important appliances to have
in your kitchen are a good juicer and blender.

Juices must be fresh and organic. You need to
juice the produce yourself and immediately give
them to your children before the vitamins and
minerals are lost. You can start them off with 80%

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apple and 20% carrot. As your child gets used to
this, start adding more carrot and less apple, until
it’s just carrot juice. Ideally, vegetables and fruits
should not be mixed.

According to Dr. Richard Schulze (www.dr-
schulze.com), a good combination for vegetable
juicing that many kids will accept is:

70% carrot juice
20% beet root and beet greens
10% other dark greens

A good fruit combination for kids:

40% apple juice
40% grape juice
20% any red, blue or purple fruit (strawberry,
blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, cherry, prune,
etc.)

Healthy Child Immunity Smoothie

1 cup freshly squeezed fruit juice
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil or cod liver oil
1 large banana
1 tablespoon Dr. Schulze’s SuperFood (or similar
whole-food supplement)
1/2 - 1 cup frozen organic blueberries, strawber-
ries or other berries.

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Immunity Smoothie (continued)

Mix in a blender. You can experiment with this
until you find a way that your child will accept.
The SuperFood has a pretty strong taste so start
out with small amounts and increase slowly. You
could also use almond milk or organic whole
milk plain yogurt instead of the fruit juice to
make it creamier. This drink is sweet-tasting, but
if your child refuses to drink this because it’s “not
sweet enough”, sweeten it with a little pure
maple syrup or a very small pinch of stevia. Be
creative.

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