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Healthy Children by Robert Levert


Dr. Mendelsohn emphasized that parents rehabilitate themselves in their role as care providers for their children. He also taught that most childhood diseases can be taken care of with time, love, good nutrition and simple home remedies. Parents need to remember that they, not the doctor, are the main providers for the health of their children.

In 1985, Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn published a book entitled How to Raise a Healthy Child: In Spite of Your Doctor. At the time he wrote this book and Confessions of a Medical Heretic, Dr. Mendelsohn was the Chairman of the Medical Licensing Committee for the State of Illinois, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health in the School of Medicine of the University of Illinois, and he had received numerous awards for excellence in medicine and medical instruction.

A pediatrician by profession, Dr. Mendelsohn taught that parents should not rely heavily on doctors for their children’s health, but rather rehabilitate themselves in their role as care providers for their children. He also taught that most childhood diseases can be taken care of with time, love, good nutrition and simple home remedies. Parents need to remember that they, not the doctor, are the main providers for the health of their children. A good doctor may help the parents when a child is seriously ill, but parents can and have the responsibility to keep their child healthy.

My wife and I have personally been influenced by Dr. Mendelsohn’s teachings while raising our four children. At no time have we felt the urge to bring them to the emergency or have them on over-the-counter or prescription drugs. We felt we knew better, because we were well-informed parents. This approach, which we have nurtured with our children is now duplicated by them with their own children as a legacy of health knowledge for the upcoming generations. Unfortunately, too many parents ignore what they can do to raise healthy children without the help of doctors and pharmaceutical drugs.

In his forward to Dr. Attwood’s Low-Fat Prescription for Kids, Dr. Benjamin Spock, author of the classic Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, writes: “The only way to combat our country’s shockingly high death rates for coronary disease, stroke, and cancer in adulthood is to adopt a low-fat diet beginning in childhood. I was raised on a vegetarian diet until the age of 12, became 6 feet 4 inches tall by 14, rowed on an 8-oared crew that won gold medals in the 1924 Olympics, became a pediatrician because pediatrics is primarily preventive, then went back to a low-fat diet at 88 because of a transient stroke.” Dr. Spock died at 95 years of age having dedicated most of his life to the well-being of children.

When it comes to taking charge of our children’s health, there are nutrients and herbs that are especially suited to our children’s needs and the achievement of glowing health. Indeed, there are safe, natural, and effective alternatives for dealing with the needs and health concerns specific to our children.

First of all, a mother who breastfeeds her newborn gives him the best start possible in life. As long as the nursing mother has proper nutrition, the mother’s milk is always nutritionally perfect for the newborn and keeps pace with the infant’s changing requirements. Mother’s milk begins as colostrum, a yellowish fluid that confers important immunity factors and has a high protein content, both necessary to start the baby off right. It also cleanses the baby’s intestinal tract. Mother’s milk gradually changes into a thin white liquid with the perfect combination of water, fat, proteins, sugar, vitamins, and minerals. It is biologically designed to foster brain function, growth, and development. Breastfed babies have fewer colds, as well as fewer problems with colic, ear infections, diaper rash, and skin conditions. According to The Lancet (1981; 304:792), a plant-based diet reduces levels of environmental contaminants in breast milk, compared to that of meat-eaters. To promote and enrich the milk flow, either Liquid Chlorophyll, GreenZone, Marshmallow, Dandelion, Red Raspberry and Catnip & Fennel can be taken. If the mother feels that her diet is lacking in the necessary nutrients, it would be wise to consider taking a multiple vitamins and minerals supplement and/or a calcium and magnesium supplement to insure she and the baby are getting all the nutrients needed, especially calcium. A large quantity of calcium is excreted in the milk, to enable the baby’s bones to grow rapidly. Red Raspberry, Slippery Elm and Red Clover are highly nutritive herbs and can be added to the nursing mother’s diet or easily mixed to the baby’s cereals during the first months of the baby’s life.

During their first year, colic and teething pain are some of the main reasons for babies and children to cry. Catnip & Fennel (glycerine base) has long been used as a remedy for colic, as well as for gas, indigestion, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, food allergies and other bowel problems. For teething pain, a small quantity of undiluted Lobelia (alcohol base) can be rubbed on the gums. Another way of soothing teething pain is rubbing 1drop of Chamomile essential oil mixed with 1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera Gel on the gums. Catnip & Fennel (glycerine base) has also been used to alleviate teething pain.

From two years of age to puberty, children are often very particular about the foods they eat. Often it is difficult to get them to eat a balanced nutritional diet; thus Sunshine Soft Chew Multi \Vitamins can be a helpful way to ensure an adequate amount of essential nutrients. To avoid upsetting your child’s stomach, it’s best to give vitamins and minerals with a meal. Other products are designed specifically for children, namely Sunshine Probiotics and Sunshine Vitamin C with Elerberry. While Sunshine Heroes Probiotics promotes a healthy gastrointestinal system, Sunshine Heroes Papayazymes helps improve immunity, and prevent and relieve colds, fever and flu; it is especially helpful during seasonal changes, as well as during spring allergy season. All the Sunshine Heroes products are designed for children in the convenient chewable tablet form. Liquid Calcium, which is a great and tasty way to bank on calcium for adulthood and elderly years, is also available on its own. Calcium is vital for the formation of strong bones and teeth and for the maintenance of healthy gums in children as well as adults.

The products and herbs that I have chosen to discuss in this article are safe for a child as long as the size and weight of the child are accounted for and the dosage is adjusted accordingly. Please read the labels carefully before giving any herbal product to your child.

Oregon Grape (glycerine base) is to my view the best herb you can use if you feel your child needs support in cleaning out the liver, blood and bowels, and otherwise detoxify the system. Oregon Grape also has a direct action on the skin and helps restore the skin to a clear, smooth condition following any type of skin disease.

Red Raspberry Blend liquid extract (glycerine base) is valuable for diarrhea, sore or infected gums; Red Raspberry leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium and iron.

Ultimate Echinacea liquid extract (glycerine base) contains the best immuno-enhancing herbs (echinacea purpurea, echinacea angustifolia, echinacea pallida) that I know of for a child. Taking Ultimate Echinacea at the first sign of a cold or flu can arrest the problem and shorten the duration of symptoms.

CBG liquid extract (alcohol base) is the product to use in case of an earache or ear infection. Put one or two drops in each ear once it has been warmed, and it works wonders. It also very helpful in fighting colds, fever, sore throat, and whooping cough when taken internally.

HRP-C liquid extract (glycerine base), a Chinese combination, strengthens immunity against viral, bacterial and fungal infections. It’s also very helpful in purifying the blood and eliminating toxins, and is especially useful in fighting cold sores when used internally and externally.

A mixture of Black Walnut liquid extract (alcohol base), Hawthorn Berries liquid extract (alcohol base), and Licorice extract (alcohol base) has proven very effective in helping children with hyperactivity or ADD. Just mix the contents of each bottle and give to your child before and after school. Fortunately, there are natural alternatives to Ritalin and other drugs.

Golden Salve is a wonderful product to have on hand at all times for first-aid needs, including abrasions, blisters, boils, bruises, calluses, chapped/dry skin, chapped lips, cold sores, cuts/scratches, mouth sores, poison ivy, rashes (including diaper rashes), sunburn, and minor wounds. It can be used in place of pharmaceutical antibiotic creams or ointments.

In the event that your child has head lice, Tea Tree Oil is a strong herbal disinfectant that will help get rid of head lice. Simply add 25 drops of Tea Tree Oil in 1 pint of pure water. Rub this mixture into your child’s hair and scalp three times daily, and then comb your child’s hair with a fine-toothed comb to remove lice and eggs from the hair shaft. You can also apply shampoo boosted with ten drops of Tea Tree Oil. Massage into hair, leave on for ten minutes and rinse; repeat procedure once or twice a week.

If you are considering the use of other herbs, which are not available in liquid extracts, you can make an herbal tea with capsulated herbs. When the herbal tea is ready, you can sweeten it with Stevia or mix it with your child’s favourite fruit juice. Did you know Stevia is sweeter than sugar, contains no calories, and doesn’t promote tooth decay? Because of its intense sweetness, it is primarily used to enhance the flavour of bitter herbs. Since it is very sweet, go lightly.

Finally, if your child has bedwetting problems, Steven Horne recommends the intake of ½ tsp of Essentials Liquid Minerals and ½ tsp of Licorice liquid extract just prior to bedtime. Another bedwetting treatment is Aloe Vera Juice. Researchers in Russia found that almost all the children in their study not only stopped wetting their beds when they were given Aloe Vera Juice, but also became noticeably less irritable. Mix Aloe Vera Juice  with an equal amount of your child’s favourite fruit juice. One-half to one cup a day should do it.

Isn’t it comforting to know there are so many simple things we can do as parents before heading to the emergency? I believe it is possible to raise healthy children in spite of the doctor as long as we are well-informed parents.

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