Perfect Health for Kids unveils little-known secrets every parent should know, including ways to help you treat your kids proactively—while they’re healthy—to prevent colds, earaches, and even the flu weeks before these ailments actually show up. Using time-tested and scientifically-proven Ayurvedic principles, you can do more than just treat symptoms; you can get to the root cause of childhood weight gain, ADD, asthma, allergies, tummy aches, and more.
John Douillard explains children’s different health needs based on their “kid-types” and the changing seasons. He shares his “Lazy Susan” of natural remedies, along with grocery shopping lists and practical health tips. With six children of his own, John Douillard has come up with dozens of kid-friendly routines to keep his children—and yours—happy and healthy.
From the Introduction by Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP
In America, before the general use of antibiotics in the 1940s, parents raised their children proactively. They did not wait until their children were sick; kids were treated each day while they were healthy as a part of their normal daily routine. Nature provided the medicines. Even today, 80% of our pharmaceutical drugs come directly from, are derived from, or are copied from natural substances. The seasonal harvest of foods and herbs was always the medicine of the day. Throughout history, people were connected to their neighborhood farmer via the local harvest and were therefor attuned to and lived in harmony with the rhythms and cycles of the land. In this book, Perfect Health for Kids, I will reintroduce the now lost wisdom that once kept our kids healthy.
During my post-graduate studies in Ayurvedic medicine, I realized that what I was learning as a part of this 5,00o-year-old system of medicine was fundamentally the same as what we in America have lost in our own medical tradition. As we have focused on hunting down the cures for diseases, we have slowly forgotten the fabrics of good health that this “science of life” so clearly deemed paramount. Ayurveda, which means “science of life,” emphasized prevention by proactively treating people when they were healthy and focusing on who had the disease rather than on the disease itself.
While raising my six children and practicing natural medicine with kids for 18 years, I have rediscovered ten ancient healing secrets that will change how you raise your children. You will effortlessly treat your kids while they are healthy and identify and take care of a cold weeks before it arises. You will learn the early warning signs of an illness-in-the-making and how to “inspect” your kids each morning for these signs.
One of the cornerstones of Ayurveda explained in the book is that each child is unique. Each has constitutional differences that explain the child’s unique health, behavior, and emotional make-up. I will discuss how, when, and what to feed your children, the amount of pure water (not soda pop) they should drink, the insidious toxic chemical levels in your home, and other factors that can directly affect your children’s health and well-being. You will learn what activities and times of year make your children more susceptible to getting sick and what to do about it. I will introduce you to my “Lazy Susan” of natural medicines, which you can choose from each day to address each of your children’s different needs. Perfect Health for Kids would be remiss if it didn’t address the emotional health and human potential of your children. I will introduce effective tools you can use to access and support your children’s emotional health and will discuss the importance of “play” for both parents and children.
Ayurvedic medicine was originally used as preparation for achieving full human potential. Keeping a child in good physical, mental and emotional health is a prerequisite for a successful spiritual practice later in life. While Perfect Health for Kids is all about the day-to-day tools a parent will need to keep their child healthy, it is also building a foundation for children to develop into well-balanced physical, emotional and spiritual beings. This knowledge will change your life as a parent and protect the lives of your children – it did mine, and for that, I am very grateful.
While many of the Perfect Health for Kids principles will work for adults, I highly recommend parents read the best-selling book Perfect Health by Dr. Deepak Chopra. This comprehensive mind-body guide to Ayurvedic medicine is written for adults and elucidates the road to optimal health.
“Dr. John Douillard offers a scientifically validated approach to the well-being of children. Perfect Health for Kids combines insights of the great wisdom tradition of Ayurveda with a current understanding of body, mind, and spirit. This is a must-read.” ~DEEPAK CHOPRA, M.D., author of Perfect Health
At last, a practical Ayurvedic guidebook specifically aimed at the care of children. Perfect Health for Kids is another of Dr. John Douillard’s many contributions toward making Ayurveda more popular, usable, and relevant for everyone in our changing world. Every parent and healer should own this insightful and timely book. It will contribute greatly toward the well-being and future of our entire society.” ~DR.DAVID FRAWLEY, author of Yoga and Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Healing
“John Douillard is an exceptional healer, parent, and human being. These qualities permeate this book, in which he powerfully provides a clear and practical guide for helping children to experience a life of optimal well-being. I’d recommend Perfect Health for Kids to parents and caregivers of any age or level of experience. You’ll discover a wealth of wisdom and useful information that you never knew.” ~DR. ROBERT S. IVKER, D.O., President of the American Board of Holistic Medicine and author of the bestselling Sinus Survival
“Dr. John Douillard has been my doctor and my lifestyle coach. He has helped me develop a deeper mind/body connection. Now I am thrilled to be able to apply his wisdom and knowledge of perfect health to my children’s lives. It is a great gift and blessing for them to start on the road to “Perfect Health” at such a young age.” ~CATHERINE OXENBERG, actress and mother