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Eco-Friendly Books: 100 Natural Remedies for Your Child

With a title like 100 Natural Remedies for Your Child: The Complete Guide to Safe, Effective Treatments for Childhood’s Most Common Ailments, from Allergies to Weight Loss, this sounds like a resource every green parent should own!  Dr. Jared M. Skowron’s remedies largely involve supplements, homeopathy, and diet recommendations.  The information is presented in a simple manner any parent can benefit from reading.

Americans spend $34 billion dollars annually on alternative medical therapies and products. Not only are we seeking out natural remedies for ourselves—increasingly, we’re also looking for ways to cut down on the amount of medication given to our children.
In 100 Natural Remedies for Your Child, pediatric naturopath Dr. Jared Skowron shows parents how to prevent and treat their children’s illnesses, from common ailments such as upset stomach, headaches, and minor infections to more serious problems like food allergies, diabetes, and asthma. While there is a time and place for conventional medicine, natural solutions, especially diet can be effective strategies for treating many of our children’s’ ailments.
100 Natural Remedies for Your Child includes:
• FOODS THAT HEAL: Dietary change is the core lifestyle modification in naturopathic medical practice. Dr. Skowron shows parents the power of nutrition and reveals how foods can help prevent and treat disease.
• TOXIC DETOX: From pesticides to plastics, natural medicine offers safe and proven methods for removing environmental toxins from our children’s bodies.
• SUPPLEMENTATION: Parents will learn which supplements are helpful for alleviating symptoms or preventing illness and what dosages are safe and effective.
• ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES: Instead of heading to the drugstore for an over-the-counter remedy when their child is ill, parents will learn how to use homeopathic remedies that save money and heal their child naturally.

Out of curiosity, I looked at Dr. Skowron’s recommendations for sore throats. His first recommendations is elderberry syrup, which I completely concur is very effective.  He also discussed the appropriate time to add echinacea and astragalus, as well as myths about echinacea, which are rather pervasive considering the popularity of the herb.  Garlic is also recommended, but in my experience hard for children to swallow.  Dr. Skowron’s advice for strep throat is to use natural remedies in conjunction with antibiotics.  He also recommends you test your child when well to see if he/she is a carrier of the strep bacteria if they repeatedly suffer.  Some children host this bacteria “naturally”, and thus another virus or bacteria is actually to blame for the repeated infections.

Would I buy this book?  Yes.

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