by Craig Weatherby and Randy Hartnell
It’s no exaggeration to call William Sears, M.D. “America’s pediatrician.” Dr. Sears and his wife Martha Sears, RN have raised eight children and practiced pediatric medicine for more than 30 years.
Along the way, they’ve answered questions from thousands of parents, and millions more have sought their advice through their 30-plus pediatric books, many magazine articles, and appearances on more than 100 television programs such as 20/20, Good Morning America, Oprah, NBC's Today Show and Dateline.
People of all ages are drawn to his warm, unpretentious manner, but Dr. Sears also possesses very substantial medical credentials. He serves as associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine and received his pediatric training at Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital in Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto,where he served as associate ward chief of the newborn nursery and associate professor of pediatrics.
“Healthiest Kid” offers practical nutritional prescriptions
As he recounts in his latest book, The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood, Dr. Sears began to notice that the children of parents he once considered "health nuts" suffered fewer illnesses that were less severe and lasting. He realized that these parents were onto something, and he began to think of their children as “pure” kids.
But it wasn’t until 1997, when he received a diagnosis of advanced colon cancer that “Dr. Bill” began to study nutrition in depth, and discover the persuasive evidence of which too many other docs remain largely unaware.
He recovered fully with the aid of radiation and chemotherapy, and he believes that his radically improved diet has kept him out of the woods.
In the opening chapter Dr. Sears tells how his brush with death affected his practice of medicine: “Soon, every well-child visit included a minicourse, or even a loving lecture, on what parents should feed their kids. I shared all I had learned about health eating with all my patients, because my studies had shown me that the same nutritional program that cures old colons grows healthy kids.”
His new book, co-written with Martha and his pediatrician-sons Drs. James and Robert Sears, is a wonderful resource for parents. In fact, it’s a great book for anyone concerned with preventing disease and attaining optimal health.
The chapter titles offer a good summary of the book’s comprehensive coverage of issues facing concerned parents:
- “Ten Nutritional Changes to Get Your Child on a Healthy Path”
- “Shaping Young Tastes” (practical advice)
- “Feed Your Family the Right Carbs” (whole grains)
- “Feed Your Family a Right-Fat Diet” (omega-3s and wild salmon get the nod)
- “Feed Your Kids Grow Foods”
- “Raise a Grazer” (benefits of smaller, more frequent meals)
- “Eleven Ways to Feed Growing Brains” (omega-3s and wild salmon get featured again)
- “Feed Your Family Immunity-Boosting Foods” (including fish)
- “Raise a Lean Family” (practical obesity-prevention tactics)
- “Food Shopping with Your Kids” (picking the best foods in every aisle, and fighting food marketers' lures to kids)
- “Common Nutrition Questions” (covers everything from organic foods, pesticides, and individual nutrients, to dietary supplements, eating out healthfully, milk controversies, and getting kids to eat right)
Parents will appreciate that Dr. Sears provides both the scientific rationale behind his suggestions, and practical ways to get good foods into their kids without fussing or fighting.
We recommend The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood highly, both to parents and to friends or family who want to give them a gift that offers lasting value.