Feeding our kiddos

by Christina on November 10, 2011

Hello from my peds rotation! I’m loving it so far. Kids are adorable and resilient (completely different from caring for sick adults), and I’m feeling much more balanced and happy and myself.

Plus we get great teaching – yesterday we had a fascinating talk about ADHD. Did you know that 9.5% of kids (5.4 million) have a diagnosis of ADHD?! That’s a lot.

One highlight of the talk was the discussion of this recent paper, published in The Lancet earlier this year:

It’s a randomized controlled trial showing a 40% improvement in ADHD symptoms after 5 weeks of a “restricted diet” (rice meat, vegetables, pears, and water).

Then take a look at this school, Appleton Central, that has revamped it’s school lunch program: fruits, veggies, and whole grains for lunch (no additives or preservatives), round tables in the cafeteria, and no soda-filled vending machines. They’ve seen major behavior changes as a result.

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Happy Rehab Doc November 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I am SO happy that you posted on this! I remember on my peds rotation one of the most frustrating things was watching kids being medicated instead of first trying dietary change. I’m going to do a blog post on this the first week of December & will definitely cite your post (and this article). I’m a huge believer that the processed food nation has produced an escalation of these “behavioral” diseases–most of which are due to the fact that #1: kids diets are horrible & sugar-laden & #2: they don’t get recess anymore!!! Thanks for bringing this to everyone’s attention!

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Christina November 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Hi Cat! Really nice to see this comment from you, and I look forward to seeing your post on this – such an interesting topic.

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Happy Rehab Doc December 12, 2011 at 2:12 am

Hey Christina!! Just so you know, I did a post on kids last week and included a link to your site in the article–hopefully you’ve gotten some feeds from my site last week! Here is the post: http://happyrehabdoc.blogspot.com/2011/12/superimmunity-for-kids-calling-all.html Great job!! Keep it up! :-)C

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