build a better brain

I finished reading this book last night, and would recommend it to anyone with young children in their lives. There is detailed information about vaccine schedule recommendations as well as information that could make a difference not only in IQ but potentially avoiding a diagnosis of ADHD.

I will warn you that Dr. Purlmutter's tone can be a bit much at times.  Not sure if it is just that this book has been reviewed by the legal department, or if it is just him. Also, he does recommend some of his own products (vitamin supplements). Nevertheless, here are a few things he preaches:

  • Breast feed your baby for the first year if at all possible.
  • Make sure Mom and baby are getting enough DHA (docahexaenic acid) and other nutrients.
  • Feed your child organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Introduce gluten between 4 to 6 months of age in the form of baby cereal.
  • Children under one should not be given cow's milk.
  • When introducing solid foods, start with vegetables, give one at a time, and wait four days before introducing the next.
  • Children under 2 should not be exposed to TV or DVD's. Not even as background noise.
  • Never use TV as a reward or punishment and keep the set out of your child's room.
  • Children over 3 can be introduced to the computer, in small doses.
  • At 4, music training should begin.
  • Read to your child from day one.
  • Let your child see you read.
  • You should probably limit everyone's intake of tuna because of mercury levels.
  • Avoid taking your child to a nail salon.
  • Test your home for lead.
  • Learn proper serving sizes.
  • Avoid giving your child soda, especially diet (all chemical sweeteners should be avoided)
  • There is no drug treatment for ADHD.
  • Second-hand smoke should be avoided.
  • Let your child be your guide.
  • Interact with your child: talk, read, hug, kiss and play every day.

I think this gives you an idea.

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7 Responses to build a better brain

  1. YAY! I'm on the right track!I'm going to go get this book today… Thanks!

  2. chris says:

    You should let your MIL read it too, especially around pages 130-131. Maybe she will give up her desire to give the Twinks a Happy Box (meal).

  3. chris says:

    p.s. You don't need a book to tell you you are on the right track. The twins are GREAT!p.p.s. I have a coupon for Border's, but it doesn't start until Thursday. Save 20% I think.

  4. Why should parents avoid taking their child to a nail salon? I understood the rest of the list

  5. chris says:

    Nail polish and nail polish remover both have some serious nasty chemicals in them that can cause issues with brain development. So better to avoid than put the child at risk.

  6. FaerieKissed says:

    very interesting information. I read the list to J last night. Some of it will be hard for us to do. For example, we don't have a good and consistent supply of organic produce in town. And I can definitely see the benefit of keeping an infant from tv and dvds, but some of these guidelines would be hard if you have an older child.Thanks for posting the information.

  7. chris says:

    I would recommend the book, even though you may find Dr. Perlmutter annoying at times. He definately seems to live in another universe (there were several times I found myself wanting to slap him). He does a lot of "just do it" without offering suggestions on how, given constraints like time and money. He will make little comments like you will have to take your child to the doctor more often if you use his vaccine schedule, or tells you to wait out an ear ache for up to 72 hours only skimming over treatment to ail a screaming child. And his section on sleep was an afterthought at best.He does talk some about ADHD and success he has had with his patients. He reported that at the time of writing the book he only had three patients on medication to relieve ADHD symptoms. Most of his advice has to do with changing diet, adding supplements, and of course, changing some behavior in terms of tv, video games and the like.And as far as the TV, of course the idea is that everyone in the family cut back on how much tv they watch, and do it actively not passively as background noise. He is really against watching tv during meals too, although that isn't a surprise. The weird thing is that he never mentions Tivo, which I think is a great tool for cutting down the ads and not being controlled by a program's schedule.

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