For years, I struggled with allergies, sinus infections, eczema, anxiety and reflux.  Medications helped control the symptoms, but they worsened with time. In search of better health, I made drastic changes to my diet. Four months later, 95 percent of my issues have cleared completely. I am now convinced that food plays a crucial role in wellness, and I believe it has a dramatic effect on the lives of our children as well.

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In her new book, What's Eating Your Child?, Kelly Dorfman explores the relationship between nutrition and common childhood ailments such as anxiety, recurrent ear infections, stomachaches, rashes, ADHD and more. According to Dorfman, the current generation of children "has the highest rate of food allergies, obesity, behavioral and emotional disorders, autoimmune disease and learning issues ever recorded," and she believes good foods, vitamins and minerals lead to recovery. 

The author backs up her book with experiences from her own clinical practice, as well as supportive studies and data. Dorfman writes that we have information to support nutritional solutions, but the science is rarely shared in a usable way—and she is determined to change that. 

After an enlightening introduction, Dorfman outlines her E.A.T. program (Eliminate, Add, Try), which is designed to help picky eaters. By gradually eliminating detrimental foods and trying new foods in a manageable, nonthreatening way, parents help their children move beyond pizza, chicken and pasta. The plan is pure genius, and parents will appreciate the book for this chapter alone.   

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The remainder of the book describes specific ailments. Dorfman addresses issues by citing cases from her practice and making instructive and straightforward suggestions.  Solutions range from simple supplements to ideas that require more time and persistence.  As a parent of children dealing with several problems addressed in the book, I found the case studies to be informative and inspiring. Not only does Dorfman shed light on my children's problems, but she also helped me better understand my own issues. 

A pediatric allergy specialist, Dr. Richard E. Layton, penned the foreward, writing that What's Eating Your Child? is a must-read for parents and doctors. Layton believes that  "if our medical model incorporated its premises, there is no doubt that we would waste less money on lab tests and medications that don't solve children's health problems, and at the same time we would raise healthier, happier kids."

I have experienced firsthand the power of food in my own life. What's Eating Your Child? offers solutions that can change the lives of children and their families. As Dorfman writes, "If the first rule of medicine is to do no harm, then the dinner table versus the pharmacy counter is the place to start."

Lauren Sullivan is a wife, mother of two and an avid reader. Books play an important role in her life, and she enjoys sharing her passion at 5MinutesforBooks.com and BaseballsandBows.com.