Children are exposed to major health problems from their food supply. In
affluent countries, the children's food supply tends to be the most processed
and chemically contrived of any age group. Food manufacturers and vendors
advertise their synthetic, processed foods directly to youngsters, and generally
succeed in marketing their products. Boxed, canned, and bottled foods, fast
foods, snack foods, candies, chocolate bars, burgers, pizzas, and pop all
form the food vocabulary of our adolescents and many of our younger children.
Some problems, such as food-borne infection, insufficient food and
malnutrition, are painfully obvious in third world countries but also occur
closer to home because of poverty, ignorance, and neglect. Other food problems
are less obvious and may not be recognized; these include major, pervasive
biological disturbances from inappropriate food choices, food excesses, nutrient
deficiencies, food allergy, and chemical toxicity from food additives and
contaminants. Children of poor families with limited food choices are more
obviously at risk of malnutrition but children of more affluent families may
also suffer malnutrition in the form of wrong food choices, caloric excess,
nutrient disproportion and even vitamin mineral deficiencies when packaged and
processed food replaces real food.
Problems with Common Food Rules
For years, official food rules suggest that children eat from the four food
groups: milk, eggs, meat, and whole grain cereals as staple foods. Boxed cereal
and milk is a common breakfast. The cereal has been nutritionally fortified, and
so has the milk; nutrient intake may be satisfactory by nutrient accounting, but
what about the impact of the food on the child as a whole?
Food Allergy is Common
During the first year of life, the infant diet is the most powerful
determinant of the growth and development of the child and food allergies are
the most common health problem. Many studies show that breast feeding is best
and that the feeding of solid foods is best delayed 4 to 6 months to
reduce the risk of food allergy. Food allergy in infancy is expressed as crying,
colic, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, eczema and cold-like respiratory congestion.
Some infants with food allergies become seriously ill and fail to thrive unless
their allergy is recognized and corrected. Infants who develop a food allergy in
their first year may "outgrow" the first effects but tend to grow into children
with more pervasive health, behavior and learning problems unless their diet is
We have found that milk and wheat allergy are common in children of all ages,
Food allergy causes physical symptoms and also contributes to learning and
behavioral problems. A peanut butter and jam sandwich and a carton of milk is a
common school lunch, followed by the most common afternoon symptoms - flushing,
congestion, fatigue, irritability and the inability to concentrate.
There are many ways for food problems to interfere with a child's normal
functioning and to promote disease. We assume that several problems
interact in a complex manner to produce the symptoms and dysfunction that we
seek to remedy. It is always necessary, therefore, to correct nutritional
problems by complete diet revision
Using the Alpha Nutrition Program
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The Alpha Nutrition Program
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The Book Feeding Children
is a guide for parents when children are not doing well and need diet revision.
Infant feeding and proper nutrition for growing children are discussed. The book
discusses health problems that arise from the wrong food choices. The solution
is found in the Alpha Nutrition Program, a standard method of diet revision.
There are many conditions that improve with diet revision. Each condition is
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Children, Adolescents and the Family
is a book for parents, teachers and other professionals by Stephen Gislason MD.
The book is available in print form and as an eBook for download (PDF file). 270 Pages.
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