Healthy Kids, Happy Kids: An Integrative Pediatrician's Guide to Whole Child Resilience (Hardcover)

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Healthy Kids, Happy Kids: An Integrative Pediatrician's Guide to Whole Child Resilience (Hardcover)


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Do you want to know the key to raising resilient kids, from the inside out? In this groundbreaking, evidence-based guide to raising healthy kids in our modern world, Dr. Elisa Song bridges the gap between conventional and holistic pediatrics and delivers a clear roadmap to help kids thrive.

Raising healthy, happy kids shouldn’t be so hard. Yet, despite living in what should be a golden age of medicine, our children are sicker than ever. At least 1 in 5 kids has eczema, and 1 in 10 has asthma, ADHD, or anxiety—and sometimes they have all of the above. Many parents are at a loss for who to turn to for trusted advice—advice that takes a root-cause, holistic approach to whole child resilience, but doesn’t dismiss the value of conventional pediatrics.

Enter Elisa Song, MD, a Stanford-, NYU-, UCSF-trained pediatrician, one of the foremost pioneers and trusted experts in pediatric integrative and functional medicine. Drawing on extensive research and over 25 years of clinical experience, Dr. Song explains why your child’s gut microbiome holds the key to lifelong wellness. She shares her proven and practical plan for building physical and emotional resilience from the inside out. You will discover how to:

  • Optimize your child’s microbiome with 5 simple steps.
  • Empower your kids so they want to make healthy choices (and you don’t have to nag).
  • Heal your child’s gut to get to the root cause of their chronic health concerns.
  • Feel calm and confident using safe and effective natural therapies when your kids are sick, with an A-to-Z guide to the top 25 acute childhood ailments.

Complete with helpful quizzes, exercises, protocols, and dozens of delicious, gut-friendly recipes, Healthy Kids, Happy Kids is a comprehensive, yet simple roadmap to raising resilient kids in our not-so-simple world. Thanks to Dr. Song, parents (and practitioners) finally have the power to revolutionize the future of children’s health so that their kids can thrive—no matter what life throws their way.

Elisa Song, MD, is a Stanford-, NYU-, UCSF-trained integrative pediatrician and pediatric functional medicine expert, and most importantly, a mother to two thriving children. She has dedicated her career to helping parents and practitioners bridge the gap between conventional and holistic pediatrics with an evidence-based, pediatrician-backed, parent-approved approach. Dr. Song has lectured around the world at leading integrative and functional medicine conferences and premier parenting events. She has also been featured in hundreds of top podcasts, print and online media outlets including Dr. Mark Hyman’s Broken Brain podcast, the Wellness Mama podcast, BloomTV, Forbes, Healthline, MindBodyGreen, National Geographic, PopSugar, Parents, Motherly, Parade, Verywell Health, and New York Post.

Product Details ISBN: 9780358751175
ISBN-10: 0358751179
Publisher: Harvest
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 464
Language: English

“Dr. Elisa Song is the trusted pediatrician voice that you’ve been waiting for. With her groundbreaking microbiome-centric approach, Dr. Song takes the overwhelm out of navigating your child’s health and empowers parents to give their kids the foundations of lifelong wellness. Healthy Kids, Happy Kids is the roadmap that every parent needs to raise resilient, thriving kids in today’s modern, ultraprocessed world.”   — Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Young Forever

“From the heart of a mother with the experience of an integrative pediatrician, Healthy Kids, Happy Kids is a must read- and must do- for every family. I’m honored to give this book my highest recommendation.” — William Sears, MD, author of The Healthy Brain Book and the bestseller, The Sears Baby Book

“With nearly 1 in 2 kids diagnosed with a chronic condition, it’s time to revolutionize the future of pediatric medicine - and Dr. Elisa Song is just the pediatrician to do that! In Healthy Kids, Happy Kids, Dr. Song paves the way for a future that understands the power of the gut microbiome to shape our children’s health and gives parents a clear roadmap to raising resilient kids in our modern world.” — Terry Wahls, MD, IFMCP, author of The Wahls Protocol: The Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles 

“Dr. Song masterfully connects gut health to overall well-being, offering innovative and integrative strategies to ensure our children are not just 'normal,' but truly thriving. Healthy Kids, Happy Kids is an essential guide for any parent navigating the complex world of child health. This book is a beacon of hope and wisdom in the pursuit of raising resilient, healthy kids.” — David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain and Drop Acid

“With rising rates of almost all health problems in children, Dr. Song is such an important voice in shifting this landscape. Healthy Kids, Happy Kids is an essential handbook to help parents (and kids) build a lifelong foundation for better health. When our kids understand how different factors like food and their lifestyle choices contribute to health, they often exceed our expectations in making great choices. I love Dr. Song’s clear and fact-based approach that empowers our kids to make the best choices for a healthier life!” — Katie Wells,

“In Healthy Kids, Happy Kids, Dr. Elisa Song provides a comprehensive science-based, practical, and simple plan to harness the power of the gut microbiome for a healthier body and brain and a more resilient immune system. This book will forever transform the way we think about Food as Medicine to help kids thrive!” — Uma Naidoo, MD, author of bestseller Calm Your Mind with Food

“Healthy Kids, Happy Kids will radically shift your perspective on how to raise an emotionally and physically resilient child. Dr. Song takes our understanding of the gut-brain connection to an entirely new level, delving into the profound impact of gut health in ways that are both enlightening and actionable. This trailblazing book is a must-read for parents who want to go beyond the basics, ensuring their children thrive from the inside out.”  — Renee Jain, Founder of GoZen!, New York Times bestselling co-author of Superpowered

"A joyful, deeply detailed roadmap to raising healthier kids - Dr. Song doesn’t just explain the science, she makes it easy to act on. Elisa was the first integrative pediatrician I ever knew, starting 25 years ago when we trained to be pediatricians together. She’s been on the cutting edge ever since, educating parents every step along the way. Now she’s rolled all of that science, guidance, and actionable advice into one of the most comprehensive books imaginable." — Cara Natterson, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Care and Keeping of You series and This is So Awkward: Modern Puberty Explained

"This book is a treasure trove of practical advice, teaching parents how a healthy gut is the key to keeping our kids thriving. Focusing on simple and effective strategies like good nutrition, quality sleep, active play, and proper hydration, it's an easy-to-follow guide for raising happy and healthy children. What's truly special is the inclusion of natural solutions for common childhood illnesses that any parent can use with confidence. I am excited to have this as a great reference for my families in my practice." — Ana-Maria Temple, MD, holistic pediatrician and bestselling author of Ending the Eczema Epidemic

"As both a functional medicine practitioner and a parent, Dr. Song's holistic approach to child health is invaluable. This comprehensive guide seamlessly integrates evidence-based insights with practical advice, empowering parents to navigate the complexities of raising resilient and well-balanced children. Healthy Kids, Happy Kids is a compassionate and knowledgeable resource, offering indispensable guidance for those committed to nurturing the well-being of our precious little ones." — Izabella Wentz, PharmD, The Thyroid Pharmacist, New York Times Bestselling Author

"As a mom and a wellness practitioner, Dr. Song has been my go-to trusted source for all things holistic and evidence-based when it comes to kids. Her book Healthy Kids, Happy Kids is an absolute gem and a must-read for all parents and pediatric practitioners who want to raise resilient, thriving kids, including myself!" — Joy McCarthy, holistic nutritionist and founder of Joyous Health

"Dr. Song is a pioneer in pediatrics, blending together the latest science with deep compassion and commitment to whole-body health. Healthy Kids, Happy Kids is a wonderful, powerful testament to her decades of clinical experience and unparalleled expertise." — Austin Perlmutter, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Brain Wash

"Through my health journey, I discovered the power of food to heal - on my own. If you’ve been navigating your child’s health journey on your own, Dr. Song is the guide you need to successfully take charge, whether your kids are well or have a health concern. Healthy Kids, Happy Kids is a game-changer for parents who want surprisingly simple, yet science-backed ideas to help their kids thrive at any age." — Danielle Walker, New York Times bestselling author of Against All Grain, Healthy in a Hurry, Meals Made SimpleCelebrationsEat What You Love, and Food Saved Me

"If you’re a parent who wants to know that you’re doing everything you can to help your kids be well and stay well - look no further. Dr. Song has you covered with her practical, proven steps to raising resilient kids - one microbiome at a time." — Kelly Leveque, clinical nutritionist and celebrity health coach, bestselling author of the Body Love series