- Why should I buy this book?
- What does this book have to offer?
- Can’t I just do my own research?
- But you’re not a health professional, so why should I listen to you?
- Does this book have additional value beyond just the information?
- Why is your price what it is?
A: Many parents are confused about children’s health. Everyone wants their children to be as healthy as possible, but there’s so much conflicting information out there. They don’t know who to believe. Even if they think they do, there’s new information popping up all the time. The average parent just doesn’t have the time to sort through all of that and make sense of it. Many parents just want to give up and hope for the best! But that’s no way to raise your children…it matters more than that.
This book can help cut through all the nonsense out there and explain all of the current research and ideas and why there is so much controversy. It doesn’t tell you what decisions you must make, but it does explain the thought process behind various different decisions to help you come to the right one for you, in a simple and easy way. Many parents and professionals read this book during the editing process, and they agreed that it was an easy-to-read, valuable resource that really answered parents’ most important questions.
If you’re feeling uncertain or confused about issues surrounding feeding children well, treating acute conditions at home, or anything else about keeping them healthy, this book will walk you through it and help you make decisions that are right for you.
A: The book is divided into three different sections: food, health, and environment. Each section has several different topics that are important to parents. The book addresses super foods, picky eaters, milk, grains, sugar, feeding kids well on a budget, vaccines, OTC and prescription medications, home remedies for many conditions, bath products, car seat safety, and so much more. You can see the full table of contents.
Each of these topics are covered in 2 – 4 pages, which means it’s a somewhat brief summary, but it touches on all the major questions. The book was read by several parents and professionals and additional information was added as parents let me know what questions they had after reading. It’s not exhaustive, but it’s intended not to be overwhelming.
All of the sources used are cited in the foot notes, so for parents who would really like additional information, they can click through to read the original studies. It’s a great “jumping off” point for more experienced parents, too, simply because the book contains over 300 links to mainly published studies – studies that it would take someone potentially hundreds of hours to find independently. The depth of research makes the book even more valuable.
A: Well, yes. But in truth, it took me five years of reading and researching and experimenting to come to a place where I felt I understood health well enough to even begin writing this book. It was five years of reading conflicting information, thousands of studies, dozens of books, and getting experience as a parent to four children to understand the major issues and the major research out there.
At that point, I knew what questions to ask and where I wanted to begin in research and writing the book. It still took me a few hundred hours to actually research and write it, to ask the right questions, to challenge the pre-conceived notions I had come in with, to make sure I fully looked at and addressed the concerns that parents brought to me via my blog every day.
So yes, it’s possible that you could do your own research. But unless you have a firm background of research and understanding in health already, and hundreds more hours to devote to additional research, it would be very difficult. Why not save yourself the time and frustration?
A: I thought about this one long and hard. I’m not a health professional, and I make that obvious in the book. It’s not medical advice, either – something else I’m pretty clear about. If you’re looking for medical advice or someone to give you “the answer” to your child’s health problems, I can’t give that to you.
But the truth is, I strongly believe that parents are intelligent. They are capable of understanding these health issues. I am capable of understanding these health issues, and researching them. I don’t need letters after my name that say I “know” stuff. And I certainly don’t need them to provide a basic explanation of these issues. I’m not trying to diagnose or prescribe anything to anyone, but merely to provide information that might help parents along the way.
To make sure I wasn’t just kidding myself, I passed the book along to a number of health professionals, both mainstream and alternative, during the editing process. They overwhelmingly felt that the book was well-researched and a valuable resource. I even had a health professional write the foreword to the book, and he highly recommends it as a resource for parents.
I don’t have all the answers for sure and you may disagree with some of what I say. That’s okay. But the information is well-researched and was valuable to my previewers, both parents and health professionals. It will be valuable to you as well.
A: Yes. First, all of the sources are cited in the foot notes, so that parents who are interested in additional research may click through and check out the studies for themselves. It would take potentially hundreds of hours to formulate the right questions and dig up all those sources independently. Having over 300 sources at your finger tips is quite valuable!
A: I really thought about this one too. I asked several people what they thought. I had a few people tell me they wouldn’t pay for it, or they’d buy only if it were really cheap. I had many more tell me how valuable they felt it would be. But when it came down to it, I thought about how valuable I really felt it was. The value comes from my five years of research into health issues and experience as a mom, plus the hundreds of additional hours I actually spent researching and writing it. The amount of work and knowledge that goes into this book is not something that is easily replicated and therefore it is valuable.
I priced my book based on the value that I felt it held from all of this knowledge, as well as the time it would save parents who needed some basic answers now.
If your child is sick (but not sick enough to require a doctor’s care) and you need to know what to do, you don’t have time to scour the internet for the right blog post. You don’t want to take the time to sort out all the different opinions (“it’s serious, call the doctor.” “It’s not serious, do nothing”) and read through dozens of home remedies that may or may not actually work. You need tried-and-true information that you can rely on immediately. This book is a resource you can simply pick up and use.
It can also be used as a jumping off point for the right questions to ask your doctor to help solve your child’s health issues, if they are more serious. It can provide information you may not have thought of that can lead to a professional helping solve the problems. For these reasons and more, the book is highly valuable.