Who doesn’t LOVE a good book to read?! I know I sure do.
Patients and colleagues alike regularly tell me things like:
“Wow, I never heard that before!”
“Wait a minute, how did you know that?!”
“Why haven’t I heard this from any other practitioners?”
“Where can I learn more?”
If there’s ONE thing every holistic practitioner should do, it’s KEEP LEARNING!
Today, I’m offering up some of my favorite reads to jump start your environmental pediatrics education (& just in the time for the holidays!). Here’s my top 10 book list on how the environment shapes children’s health:
A great, easy to read book that puts the science of the pediatric microbiome into everyday speak.
Written by a pediatric neurologist turned soil-loving, urban farming advocate, The Dirt Cure makes the connection between wholesome, earthy foods and sustained health and wellness in children.
3. Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children
Outdoor, unrestricted free play is all but absent from most children’s lives. Balanced and Barefoot brings into play the perspective of a pediatric occupational therapist and calls into question how we let our children spend their time.
A landmark publication authored by journalist Richard Louv that has started a movement of nature connection in children worldwide. Very much a must-read book!
Mr. Louv’s follow-up book outlining practical steps for families to implement in an effort to heal Nature Deficit Disorder in children.
A quick how-to guide on bringing fun and enthusiasm to outdoor nature-based play.
7. Prenatal Development and Parents’ Lived Experiences: How Early Experiences Shape Our Psychophysiology and Relationships
Evidence-based, cutting edge review in the field of perinatal psychology and traumatology exploring how the moments of intrauterine and early childhood development impact human health. Fascinating stuff here!
The gold standard clinical textbook for understanding the role of environmental toxins in pediatric illness. Broken down by topic and written by leading researchers in the field of environmental pediatrics.
An absolute must-have, research-based manual for pediatric and family healthcare providers on the impacts of the environment on children’s health.
A parent’s guide to raising toxic free kids, this short and easy-to-use book is co-authored by Dr. Philip Landrigan, a leading researcher in the field of children’s environmental health.