What Experts Say

I strongly recommend Dr. Newmark's book to all parents, relatives, and friends of children with ADHD, as well as the teachers, doctors, and other professionals who work with them. Before going to the pharmacy, we can use an integrative approach to help these children succeed and fulfill their true potential. Dr. Newmark tells us just how to do that.
— Dr. Andrew Weil

Dr. Newmark has finally crafted the book that I have long been wishing for: a wonderful self-help guide for parents looking for a thoughtful and science-based natural approach to treating ADHD. This integrative/holistic style reduces or eliminates the need for stimulant medications and offers sound advice about diet, sleep, nutrients, herbs and other key modalities. The book radiates a balanced wisdom that comes so rarely from practicing physicians today..
— Scott Shannon, MD Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; author of Please Don’t Label My Child; editor of Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health

If I had one book to read about ADHD, this is it. It is well-written, practical and filled with the uncommonly good common sense of an experienced and compassionate clinician with fair-minded and rigorous reviews of the state of the science.
— Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Integrative Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics, Social Science Health Policy, and Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Another Really Bad Idea: Chocolate Toddler Formula

Just say 'No' to Chocolate Formula

Chocolate Toddler Formula is a big sugar hook

As if we didn’t have enough trouble helping our children to eat well, Enfamil has come out with a CHOCOLATE FLAVORED toddler formula. This formula, meant as a transition from regular formula to milk, increases the amount of calories from carbohydrates, basically sugar, from 41 to 57 calories/ounce, compared to their regular follow-up formula. This is an increase of 40% in the amount of sugar in the formula.

This is just a horrible idea. Do we really want to INCREASE our children’s sugar cravings by giving them super-sweet formulas at an early age?

Are we happy to teach them that their basic food should taste like a sweetened dessert?  I’m not against occasional chocolate, and have been known to indulge myself, but not as a regular food source.

This is a perfect example of the “toxic food environment” that the food industry has created in our country, and it contributes to an increased incidence of chronic diseases in our society, including ADHD.

My advice is to “just say ‘No’” to Chocolate Formula. While your baby might not be able to ask for it by name, sweets are so addictive, your baby could instantly prefer it and shun foods that aren’t as sweet. If you need a transition formula, the plain and vanilla versions have significantly lower sugar.

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