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THE CHILD’S HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

MAINTAINING THE HEALTH OF A CHILD

 

 

Copyright August 21, 2003 11:07 AM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

Updated January 30, 2004 4:34 AM CST

Copyright January 30, 2004 4:34 AM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

 

 

Child’s Healthy Lifestyle Plan – Edition 5.10

 

The Lord directs us to maintain the health of a child.

 

 

Disclaimer

 

This plan is not intended to replace direct advice obtained from medical professionals. Consult directly with medical professionals before starting a child on any program to improve their health.

 

 

Limitations

 

No child’s healthy lifestyle plan is guaranteed to maintain the health of a child.  That includes this plan.  The reason is that child’s healthy lifestyle plans cannot possibly take into consideration all of the variables in the life of every child.  These variables include how healthy a child is or is not, needs determined by gender, how well the parents follow the plan, etc., etc.  However, following a child’s healthy lifestyle plan will increase the likelihood of maintaining the health of a child.  On the other hand, if God promises you that following a child’s healthy lifestyle plan will result in maintaining the health of a child, then it will.

 

 

Audience

 

Parents may need to get the approval of a medical professional to follow this plan before they follow this plan.  Parents, read the topics “When to Visit a Doctor or Other Medical Professional” and “When to Listen to a Doctor or Other Medical Professional.”  This page does not address the health of infants.  You can find infant health information at KidsHealth® (see below).

 

 

Guiding Principles

 

One of the guiding principles of this plan is to keep things as simple as possible.  Therefore, this plan talks more about those few things that account for 99% of the maintenance of the health of a child and talks less about the multitude of things that account for 1% of the maintenance of the health of a child.  In addition, this plan is as brief as possible.

 

Another guiding principle is that a child’s healthy lifestyle plan can always be improved.  Therefore, this plan will constantly be updated.  Many sources of information have been and continue to be consulted and new sources are continually being added.  Some key sources of information are listed on our Information Sources page.  We do not endorse everything on the listed websites.  Also, see the KidsHealth® section below.

 

 

Rating Scale

 

The number attached to each item rates its value with respect to maintaining a child’s health.  The rating scale is from 1 to 10.  “1” indicates least value.  “10” indicates greatest value.  We are in the process of rating sources of information on our Information Sources page.  These sources include the American Heart Association, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and the American Medical Association.  On the subject of nutrition, American Heart Association recommendations carry the most weight because they do the best job of taking into consideration nutritional science.  As more information is obtained, the rating of an item may change.  Please note that a rating lower than 10 still means that you should be concerned about the rated item.  Also, we are in the process of tagging items whose ratings we know will never change.  Their ratings appear in italics.

 

 

 

THE PLAN

 

 

God’s Guidance (rated 10)

 

Ask God to show you how to maintain the health of a child.  God is greater than any child’s healthy lifestyle plan.

 

 

KidsHealth® (rated 10)

 

Http://www.kidshealth.org provides information about children’s health.  We do not necessarily endorse everything at this website.

 

Description from KidsHealth Website

KidsHealth is the largest and most visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.  Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, the award-winning KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use.  KidsHealth has been on the Web since 1995.

 

 

Transition Pace (rated 10)

 

Change over to the “Child’s Healthy Lifestyle Plan” at a moderate pace.

 

 

Proper Nutrition (rated 10)

 

THIS IS A CRITICAL SUBJECT!  Go to ChildNutrition.htm for the “Proper, Child Nutrition” web page.

 

 

Food Cravings (rated 10)

 

If necessary, teach your children to overcome food cravings.  Go to FoodCravings.htm.

 

 

Vegetarians Versus Mixed-Food Eaters Versus Meat Eaters (rated 10)

 

A vegetarian is supposed to be “a person who eats no animal foods.”  Nowadays, there are people who eat mostly plant foods who call themselves vegetarians.  They, of course, ARE NOT vegetarians.  They are mixed-food (plant and animal) eaters, like most people.

 

What about people who claim to eat only plant foods?  Are they telling the truth?  In most cases, they believe that they are telling the truth.  The truth of the matter is:

 

  1. Some so-called vegetarians eat an animal food called vitamin B-12; so, they are eating a part of an animal.  They are NOT vegetarians.
  2. Some so-called vegetarians eat plant foods grown in soil fertilized with an animal by-product that contains the animal food called vitamin B-12, which is absorbed into the plant foods and becomes part of them; so, these vegetarians are eating a part of an animal.    They are NOT vegetarians.
  3. So-called vegetarians who avoid animal foods, including the above animal foods, ARE NOT AVOIDING ALL ANIMAL FOODS.  These vegetarians still eat an animal food called vitamin B-12.  They may get this animal food from seaweed.  They are NOT vegetarians.  Now, someone might object “yes, but they are not eating part of an animal.”  The answer to that is that a vegetarian is “a person who does not eat animal foods.”  They are eating an animal food.  Just because they eat it while it is sitting in seaweed does not mean it is not found in animals and is, therefore, not an animal food.  The only way that this particular group of so-called vegetarians could call themselves vegetarians is if they were to change the definition of vegetarian from “a person who does not eat animal foods” to “a person who does not eat animal foods contained in animals.”  However, in that case, they would be admitting that “there is something good in animal foods.”  That admission would mean that they ARE NOT vegetarians.
  4. There are no other types of so-called vegetarians.

 

We see, therefore, that there are really no vegetarians.  As far as people who might claim to be total meat-eaters, they eat plant foods that sit in the animal foods they eat.  Therefore, there are only mixed-food eaters.  It is just that some of us eat plant foods more, others eat plant foods half the time and animal foods half the time and still others eat animal foods more.

 

 

Food Purification (rated 10)

 

A toxic substance is anything that a child’s body possesses too much of.  Some substances are more easily toxic than others.  It is the most easily toxic substances about which we need to be concerned.

 

Plant Foods Versus Nonplant Foods

 

Nonplant foods contain more pesticides than plant foods.  This means that plant foods are safer than nonplant foods.  Therefore, we must feed our children more plant foods than nonplant foods.  Here is information from a couple of sources.  The following is from “Living and Raw Foods” at http://www.living-foods.com/index.shtml:

 

Pesticide Residues in Animal Products vs. Plant Based Foods


Most people’s concerns about organic foods are centred on fruits and vegetables. Although these crops are subjected to an array of chemicals the real problem appears to be the meat and dairy. This is because most pesticide residues are known as lipophilic, which means they are attracted to fat. They lodge in the fat tissues of the animal, bird or fish becoming more and more concentrated as they move up the food chain. The Centre for Science in the Public Interest, who are a consumer watchdog group, reported that pesticide residues are more frequently found in meat, poultry, fish, butter and lard than fruit and vegetables. In his book “Diet For A Poisoned Planet” David Steinman processed a vast amount of data from the Total Diet Study conducted by the FDA. He concluded that foods could be divided into three categories according to the number of toxins found in them. He named these categories “red” (for most toxic), “yellow” (for moderate), and “green” for lowest in poisonous substances.  With the exception of raisins and peanuts* all the foods in the “red” group were meat and dairy products.

* Raisins are derived from drying fruits that are notorious for being subjected to chemical spraying. Peanuts often contain a highly toxic carcinogen…and are not recommended by the author as a safe food unless their freshness can be guaranteed.

 

The following is from “Renewal Research” at http://www.renewalnow.com/index.htm:

 

Pesticides: Covert Poisons

 

…animal-derived foods dominate what has come to be known as the Dirty 15.  This list, compiled by the National Academy of Sciences…identifies the foods that contain the most and the nastiest pesticides.  Now you might think that the worst offenders would be weeded out through the food inspection process.  But that's not the case.  Take meat, for example:  Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture claims to inspect it, only one of every 250,000 animals slaughtered--that's 0.00047 percent--is actually tested for pesticide residues.  So why do meats and dairy products have such high concentrations of pesticide residues?  Well, animals ingest the pesticides through their feed.  Considering that it takes 16 pounds of soybeans or grain to produce just 1 pound of meat, the average cow or chicken consumes an enormous amount of pesticide-laden feed in its lifetime.  Once ingested, the pesticides, being fat-soluble, are stored in the animal's fatty tissues….the pesticides linger in these fat cell storage sites and eventually get eaten by humans.  Then the human body does the same thing:  It…[stows] them away in fatty tissues.  But the toxins remain, poisoning the immune system, sabotaging cellular structures, and scrambling the processes of [healing]….The pesticides are even more harmful to humans than to animals because they're so highly concentrated by the time they get into our systems.  It's actually a two-step process.  First, the toxins from the feed are concentrated in the animal's body.  Then when a human eats that meat, the toxins are further concentrated in his own fat cells.

 

Mercury

 

Feed a child no more than 2 to 6 ounces of cooked seafood no more than once a week (less when younger and more when older).  See http://www.epa.gov/ost/fishadvice/advice.html.  See the “Proper Nutrition” page (see above) under the “Nonplant foods include” section under the “Seafood” subsection for types of seafood to feed a child.

 

Toxic Substances in Nonplant Foods

 

Do not eat feed a child liver or kidney from any animal.  The largest concentrations of potentially toxic substances are found in these organs.

 

Food Irradiation

 

Irradiated foods are not good for anyone.  The following GOVERNMENT STUDY is from “HISTORY AND STATUS OF THE QUARTERMASTER CORPS RADIATION PRESERVATION OF FOODS PROJECT 7-84-01-002” at http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/.Foodirad-v1/CDROM/fimg2b/016pg001-1080.html:

 

The loss of preference occurring in an irradiated food results from chemical and physical changes.  These changes, in turn, depend upon the nature of the food being treated.  Changes in certain animal products, including seafood, may be characterized by the development of rancidity and a peculiar burnt flavor frequently associated with many irradiated foods.

 

Fruits and vegetables also show some flavor loss and development of foreign, musty, and scorched flavors.  In addition there is often a gross change in texture (softening) as well as in color.  Here again the more intense the irradiation, the more extensive the changes.

 

Low-moisture, high-carbohydrate foods such as rice and paste products darken in color and develop a gummy texture at high irradiation doses.  At the lower doses usually sufficient to destroy all the insects and molds associated with these foods and with cereal and bakery products, only slight changes occur.  These include rancidity as well as some musty and other undefined off-flavors.

 

Why a Government Food Agency Might OK Something That Is Bad for a Child

 

Government food agencies are well-intentioned.  However, a government food agency might OK something bad for a child because their goal is to promote what is probably good for a child.  They are not concerned about promoting what is certainly good for a child.  For example, they want to know that, say, irradiated food, is good for 900 out of 1000 children.  Their view is:

 

If we had to be certain about every new discovery and every new invention, we would never apply any new discovery and we would never use any new invention.

 

The Lord says we should pursue “certainty” and not “probability.”  Proverbs 22:20-21 says:

 

(20) Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,  (21) That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send to thee?

 

 

Food Substitutes (rated 10)

 

How do you know whether to give a child a food substitute?  If it does not pass either or both of the following two tests, do not give a child a food substitute.

 

Nature Test

 

By definition, a food substitute is not a natural substance.  Anything that can be ingested that is not natural may be harmful to a child’s body.  Do not give a food substitute to a child.

 

Once Test

 

Anything that has been proven harmful to a child’s body even once may be harmful again.  Do not give it to a child.

 

 

Food Sanitation (rated 10)

 

·        Wash and scrub all fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water.

·        Peel fruits and vegetables when possible.  When peeling citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons leave as much of the white pith as possible.

·        Discard outer leaves of leafy vegetables.

·        Trim fat from meat and skin from poultry and fish.

 

 

Food Preparation (rated 10)

 

·        Cook all nonplant foods until they are well done where possible.

·        Use cooking methods that allow fat to drain off.

·        Drain off all fat after cooking.

 

 

Sleep (rated 10)

 

Be sure a child gets 8 hours of sleep.

 

 

Peace of Mind (rated 10)

 

·        Teach a child to trust the Lord.

·        Teach a child to pray.

·        Reduce anxiety reaction.

o       Do not let a child watch television unsupervised.

o       Allow a child to watch very little television.

 

 

Cheerfulness (rated 10)

 

The Bible says in Proverbs 17:22:  “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine….”  It is a common saying that “laughter is the best medicine.”

 

 

Outside Air (rated 10)

 

Be sure that there is sufficient air entering from outside when a child is indoors.  Outside air has the proper amount of oxygen necessary for the health of a child.

 

 

Water Purification (rated 10)

 

A child’s drinking water may need to be purified.  This can be accomplished by using bottled water and/or a water-filtration system and/or a water-distillation system and/or another method of water purification.

 

 

Sanitation (rated 10)

 

Sanitation includes personal hygiene and household cleanliness.  Note that sufficient soaking, flushing, and scrubbing with water alone followed by a thorough drying accomplishes a lot.  Regular, chlorinated tap water provides an additional advantage because of the germ-killing chlorine in the water.  However, chlorinated water should be purified (see “Water Purification” above) before drinking.  Soap products are necessary for the thorough removal of grease and oil.  Germs will thrive in grease and oil.  Finally, antiseptic products kill germs.

 

 

 

Sunlight (rated 10)

 

Sunlight is conducive to good health, including good eye health.  Sunlight produces vitamin D.  Most lenses used in eyewear deprive us of some of the ocular benefits of sunlight.  Make sure a child’s eyes get at least 30 minutes of once-reflected sunlight without eyewear each day.  If they can’t get out, this can be accomplished by having them look out an open window.

 

 

Good Posture (10)

 

 

Physical Therapy (rated 10)

 

Numbness

 

If a child experiences numbness in a part of their body, massage and/or exercise the affected area.  Moderate pain indicates healing.  Numbness indicates degeneration.

 

Sudden Muscle Weakness

 

If a child experiences sudden muscle weakness, have them stop what they are doing, relax, and gently stretch the muscle in all directions.

 

 

Preventive Medicine (rated 10)

 

Take a child for a yearly checkup.  Read the topic “When To Listen To A Doctor Or Other Medical Professional.”  Choose a doctor or medical professional with nutritional training.  More of their patients are cured.  Their patients are cured more quickly.  Fewer of their patients require surgery.

 

 

Recreation (rated 10)

 

Exercise can be combined with recreation.

 

 

Relaxation (rated 10)

 

 

Pleasant Environment (rated 10)

 

 

Comfortable Climate (rated 10)

 

Maintain a comfortable temperature and comfortable humidity.

 

 

Normal Noise Levels (rated 10)

 

 

Uncommon Means (rated 8)

 

There may be uncommon means to maintaining good health.

 

 

 

 

Information Sources