New! – A Healthy Living Newsletter
month will be a departure from our normal format of three book reviews
(I'll have one). At the request of several of my patients, I have studied
the weapons of biological warfare and am presenting that information
to anyone interested.
When I picked up The Optimistic Child at the library, the jacket was so smudged with fingerprints, I had trouble reading the complete title. Hoping this meant that it was a terrific book, I pulled out the Windex, cleaned it and started to read. I was not disappointed.
The Optimistic Child is a how-to book for parents. According to author Martin Seligman, depression among children has steadily increased since World War II. Seligman quotes various surveys that estimate between 8-10% of our youth (8-18) are, or will be depressed. He also cites potential causes based on his 30 years of research for this. 1) Genetics. 2) Parental Pessimism. 3) Pessimistic criticism from parents, teachers or coaches. 4) Mastery and helplessness experiences (i.e. the child losing confidence due to a serious of negative life events.) 5) Parental turmoil. His main argument is that pessimism leads to depression. Therefore, we need to help our children avoid (or unlearn) pessimism and avoid depression. But first, we need to recognize if our children are pessimists or are depressed.
What does pessimism sound like in children? "It's not going to work; it never works right" "I always mess up." "Teachers (parents) are always unfair." What does depression look like in children? Boredom, lack of interest in people, hobbies, and places that they enjoyed before, increased or decreased sleeping and/or eating, and a decreased attention span are some common symptoms.
Once he helps you
identify the problem, Seligman masterfully demonstrates with anecdotes
and excellent guidance, just how to re-pattern the pessimistic thought
process - first, if you are a pessimist, in yourself, and second, in
your child. The examples are realistic and the exercises are appropriate
for children up to 12 or 13.
I wrote the Guide to Surviving Biological Weapons to help people understand how these diseases work and what treatments are available in the event of an attack.
The Guide reports on the dirty dozen - the 12 diseases experts believe are most likely to be spread through biological warfare. For each disease, you'll learn which symptoms to look for and whether preventive measures are available. I report on the current conventional treatments as well as treatments using herbal and homeopathic medications.
infectious agents covered in the guide are: Anthrax,
Botulism, Cholera, Clostridium perfringens toxins, Congo-crimean hemorrhagic
fever, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, Plague, Q fever, Ricin, Rift valley
fever, Saxitoxin and Smallpox.
Should I buy a gas mask?
In the event of widespread infection, it has been reported that there may be insufficent medications or medical personnel to treat our population. Natural medicine can provide an important adjunct to conventional treatments. In the event that conventional treatments are unavailable, it may be the only available treatment.
electronic form (Adobe Acrobat file) the Medical Guide is 55 letter-size
pages long and can be printed out. Pay $6.95 and save $3 over the cost
of the printed version.
book is published for informational purposes only and is not intended
to serve as a substitute for seeking medical care from a licensed professional.
2001 Dr. Suzanne C. Lawton, LLC