Jane Goodall Cites Dr. Fuhrman in New Book

Remember Jane Goodall? She is the naturalist who became famous for her work with chimpanzees. She has written tons of books. The newest one is on a topic that's very relevant to this blog: how the food we eat affects our health.

Jane Goodall's book Harvest for Hope discusses Dr. Fuhrman and his approach to eating. Dr. Fuhrman says he has never met her, and was pleasantly surprised to find that he was mentioned in a book.

DiseaseProof reader Frederick Conroy emailed the following review (which I have edited slightly for length):

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Library Journal Reviews Disease-Proof Your Child

Library Journal is a respected resource that helps librarians decide which books to buy without having to read them all. Elaine M. Bergman, of the State University of New York at Albany recently reviewed Dr. Fuhrman's new book, Disease-Proof Your Child, and this is what she has to say:

In his latest book (after Eat To Live), physician Fuhrman does not make a terribly radical point: kids need to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables to ward off disease. However, he also alleges that a child's diet before the age of ten may have a dramatic effect on the occurrence of diseases much later in life, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In addition, he maintains that "superior nutrition"-a healthy mix of "good" fats; ample fruits, vegetables, and beans; and whole foods-can ameliorate eczema, ADHD, allergies, ear infections, and other ailments. If children's food options are all healthy ones, he assures readers that kids will eat what they need; they will not starve if there are no chicken nuggets. Although Fuhrman is emphatic about fruits and vegetables, he does not go so far as to advocate eschewing all animal products. Rather, he provides the advantages and disadvantages to vegan, vegetarian, and omnivorous diets, explaining how to choose the best foods within each model. He also bucks some of the traditional child nutrition experts, who previously advocated dairy products and carbohydrate-rich diets. Including many suggestions, tips, patient stories, and even some recipes, this nutrition guide is good for public libraries with an extensive consumer health section.

Dr. Fuhrman in Childhood Nutrition Article: Empower Kids

Dr. Fuhrman was quoted in an Associated Press article that ran in all sorts of newspapers last week. His message was simple: getting kids to eat healthy food begins with empowering children.

"The child has to be a part of the decision-making process. They have to feel empowered," said Dr. Joel Fuhrman, an author of family fitness books who helped the Wandlings get on track.

Instead, experts say adults often inflict more harm than good by setting rules that only provoke rebellion. Some parents become so restrictive that they forbid even small treats like birthday cake. Others deeply humiliate their children, making a fuss in public over what their kids are eating.

Another common pitfall is isolating a child with a special diet while the rest of the family indulges freely, Fuhrman said. That only creates a forbidden fruit syndrome that can make the child yearn for foods that are off-limits.


Dr. Fuhrman has lots of tactics parents can use to inspire children to eat healthy food. He explains them in more detail in this podcast.

Disease-Proof Your Child Feautured on The World Around You

The website The World Around You has reviewed Dr. Fuhrman's new book Disease-Proof Your Child. Here's what an anonymous reviewer had to say:

This book does not disappoint in any way.He gives his own personal experiences in a commensense practical way that anyone can understand. Everything he states is well documented with footnotes to other studies,this makes his points less controversial. I strongly recommend this book to any parent.

If anyone knows who wrote this, I'd like to say hi. Great to have people out there saying nice things about this book.