The Essential GreenSmoothieGirl Library . . . part 7

These are books important for parents to own:

Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.’s How to Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor is an enlightening, if old, book by a renowned pediatrician who left a top hospital post after becoming disgusted with the way modern medicine treats children.   Dr. Mendelssohn led a research hospital in Chicago until he became so  disenchanted with medical practices that he wrote this book that every parent should read to understand why it’s so critical to not put blind faith in medicine.   Some of the things I recall most vividly is how he challenged the escalating trend of tonsils and adenoids being taken out of young boys, only to find that truly, these surgeries were unnecessary and risky for the patients but were needed to fill quotas for medical residents’ requirements.

I learned from Dr. M that a fever is a natural, healthy way for the body to fight infection, and that fever should not be “fought” or drugged.   He put my mind at ease with statistics reassuring me that an out-of-control fever is so rare as to be something I needn’t worry about.   This book is a good start towards realizing that the doctor isn’t God: a good first step down a road to a mother becoming a healer in the home.

You won’t so much get alternative health advice as much as understand the medical paradigm’s limitations and abuses, which is helpful in a parent’s initial effort to break loose of modern pediatrics.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Disease Proof Your Child is an excellent primer, a book to buy as a gift for people who love their children and want them to be healthy.   It explains why eating plants is our kids’ best protection against the modern plagues that have become epidemics, and “your new cookbook” at the end is a good resource.   I disagree with some of the ingredients Fuhrman uses, such as canola mayo and lots of soy milk/cheese/etc., but these are small issues considering the dramatic potential of this book for families.



13 thoughts on “The Essential GreenSmoothieGirl Library . . . part 7

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  1. Thank you so much for your review of these books and the links to amazon. You are great!!!

    It is wonderful to know there are others that actually read informative books still. I was starting to feel like an alien on this planet.

  2. i really like Disease proof your child!!!

    Robyn–how does someone like Joel furhman do all this research and miss reasearch on processed soy products? it’s weird to me. I still love both his books though.

    WE are off dairy and using rice milk-(allergies I suspect)–it still makes me nervous sometimes hearing all these stories of Vegans and them dying and kids having rotting teeth etc. when they were vegan. I hope we are not lacking out our diet (esp. my 2 yr old son)

  3. I have the same question for Fuhrman–I think the anti-soy evidence became an avalanche after he published his books, though. He is also off base in not acknowledging the role of enzymes from live food.

    Vegans aren’t dying. Read the collation of good research in Robbins’ book (The Food Revolution). I summarized parts of it about 6 wks. ago. If you’re worried, you could always give your kids a little tiny bit of animal protein now and then. My kids get that from occasional extended-family parties. They don’t have any dental or health problems.

  4. do you make a dairy free kefir? what are alternatives—I really want to get yogurt and kefir (same thing?) back in their diet–from a source not dairy! i would then worry a lot less I think

    can I just pick up 1 container of green powder when I buy some of the almonds directly from you when they come in? (or does the payment need to go through online?!!) or could I give you a check? THANKS ( I used to be local—we travel back often to see family!)

  5. YES, chew your green smoothie and any and all other food, for the reasons you stated.

    You can get a VitaMineral Green bottle when you pick up almonds, definitely. Just let me know on that day when you pick up. You can pay by check in local buys.

    You can make dairy-free kefir from coconut liquid (the fresh stuff drained from Young Thai coconuts found in, for instance, Asian markets).

    Read about this in Ch. 8 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods.



  6. I’m waiting to join the 12 steps- to see if I can get the moola after christmas to get the blender (I’m afraid I’ll wear out my bosch blender I’ve been using)—-

    I can wait until then to figure it out I guess—also–with those thai coconuts- (you say walmart has them right?!)–do you use the liquid that week or do you freeze it or just leave it in the fridge? thanks!!!

  7. I don’t know; I am reevaluating. I may not publish it as a book but rather offer it as an e-program with more things (a journal, a DVD of demos, once-a-month support calls) etc. And if I do that, it will be MUCH more expensive.


  8. if I join 12 steppers before getting a blender–will I get reimbursed soem how or is it better to wait?

    also–Do blendtec’s get sold at Cosco during the year sometime? is it a better deal–are we buying the blender through you off your website? (like it helps you to get it there?!)

  9. If you buy 12 Steps now and then buy a BlendTec through later, I do refund your 12 Steps subscription, yes. (You just have to tell me.)

    Costco intermittently sells BlendTec. With the GreenSmoothieGirl freebies, it’s still $10 less on this site.

  10. if we have the green powder –do we still need to chew our smoothie ? (as it has enzymes for our food right?)- also–do you put your green powder in the smoothie or just water? (curious as to why–does it get lost in the smoothie or does it taste really bad in water?)

  11. The green powder you add to water. You’ll find it to be overkill in a green smoothie. But it alkalizes and adds energy and nutrition to your water. It doesn’t taste bad.

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