by Lendon Smith, MD, 251 pp, $9.95, New York, McGraw-Hill Book Co, 1979.
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This book should not be recommended to patients or their parents. Although many of the statements in the book are based on nutritional evidence, these are counterbalanced by dogmatic pronouncements based on beliefs, half-truths, or untruths.
The casual reader may enjoy some new definitions, eg, antinutrient as a substance that increases the body's need for more nutrients and vitamins, "which are really concentrated foods." Some may enjoy such homilies as "children usually hate vitamins because the B vitamins especially taste like moldy dirt" or "certified raw milk comes from better-fed cows."
Not so amusing or petty, however, are the author's "Five Levels of Health," the apparent basis of his doctrine. These are defined by general activity, irritability, how the child does in school, how the child cuts teeth, and others. Any parents whose child is not absolutely perfect can easily read that they are to blame for feeding the child
BARNESS LA. Feed Your Kids Right. Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(5):530. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130170080037