The Unique Child
In theory, all children should be treated equally, but all children are not
created equally. Nourishing food has to interact with each person’s unique
metabolism and reactivity. Many things can go wrong. Abnormal food-body
interactions change the rules of nutrition. A cheese sandwich may be nourishing
to one child and a toxic mix for another. A chocolate bar with peanuts may
please one child and send another to the hospital in an ambulance. Daily milk or
bread ingestion may be suitable for one child and cause chronic disease in
The premise of the Alpha Nutrition Program is that each child will have a
best fit of safe, nourishing foods and nutrient supplements that permit a long
and healthy life. Your best fit diet is likely to be different from other
people’s best fit. Even close relatives will be different.
Two parents with three children should have five different diets to suit the
individual needs of each unique individual. The idea of a “normal diet” suitable
for the whole family is flawed. A better idea is that a small selection of
best foods may serve the needs of the whole family, but beyond this “core diet”
individual differences will become all important in the determination of who
does well, who does poorly, and who develops a disease.
Biologists understand that the distribution of observable characteristic
follow the distribution of genes in an in any given population. A "normal
distribution" of any measured characteristic is a bell-shaped curve, with most
scores in the middle range and a few at each end, or "tail," of the
distribution. The main idea is that all human characteristics are
distributed and, no matter what human feature you are considering, you will find
some individuals with more and some with less. When you accumulate sufficient
data and do the appropriate statistics, you will have an idea about the
distribution of the feature and an indirect understanding of the genetic and
environmental determinants of that feature.
- The Children's Center, the Children and Family and the Feeding Children Websites were developed by Alpha Education, a division
of Environmed Research Inc. Sechelt, B.C., Canada. Online Since 1995. Experts in
Self-Managed Care. Experts in Elemental Nutrient Formulas.
The topics online
were adapted from 2 books, Feeding Children, Children and Family, written by
Stephen Gislason MD
Alpha Nutrition Program
is also required reading when diet revision is required to solve children's
- Feeding Children is a guide for parents when children are not doing well and need diet revision.
Infant feeding and proper nutrition for growing children are discussed. The book
discusses health problems that arise from the wrong food choices. The solution
is found in the Alpha Nutrition Program, a standard method of diet revision.
There are many conditions that improve with diet revision. Each condition is
described in the book.
Children, Adolescents and the Family
is a book for parents, teachers and other professionals by Stephen Gislason MD.
The book is available in print form and as a PDF file for download. Click the
links to the left to read some topics from the book.
The book, Feeding Children is packaged with the Alpha Nutrition
Program and Alpha ENF as the
Children's Rescue Starter Pack
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