Thursday, January 15, 2009

Coping with a Picky Eater or Enigma of Health

Coping with a Picky Eater: A Guide for the Perplexed Parent

Author: William G Wilkoff

End the Food Wars!

Do you feel as if you're running a restaurant instead of cooking dinner for a family? Are you tired of dumping plates of uneaten food in the garbage? Then you must read Coping with a Picky Eater. This fresh, practical, and realistic guide explains to parents how they can avoid mealtime battles with kids aged one to six years, using sensible strategies that will establish a lifetime of healthful eating habits.

With cases ranging from the toddler who eats only peanut butter and jelly on white bread to the six-year-old who insists on scrambled eggs and cheese at every meal, pediatrician William G. Wilkoff, M.D., has been counseling picky eaters and their concerned parents for more than twenty years. Debunking common myths and soothing parents' fears, Dr. Wilkoff covers such practical matters as:

  • providing appropriate nutritional guidelines for youngsters one to six, including serving sizes;
  • dealing with nutritional saboteurs -- from indulgent grandparents to accommodating (or impatient) caregivers;
  • resisting the temptation to "whip up" special orders that disrupt family meals and give the picky eater control over the family dynamic.

Dr. Wilkoff shows that by establishing reasonable rules when children are young, parents can not only eliminate daily fights about food, but also reduce the possibility of eating disorders later in life.

What People Are Saying

Kitty Broihier
Almost every child goes through a picky-eating phase at one time or another. This no-nonsense book helps remove some of the anxiety that adults experience during these phases, and provides parents and caretakers with plenty of practical advice on coping with picky eaters.

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Enigma of Health: The Art of Healing in a Scientific Age

Author: Hans Georg Gadamer

“This is an extraordinarily thoughtful and insightful analysis of major contemporary problems dealing with the physician-patient relationship and the attitudes of society toward health, illness, and death. I know of no work that attempts to do what Gadamer does here. The book will serve educators in the humanities—especially those in philosophy, psychology, and sociology—as well as many persons in the health professions. I would be pleased if its message were absorbed by every student and practitioner of medicine.”—Victor Vaughan, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine


German philosopher Gadamer explores the ethical and humanist issues raised by the technological successes of modern medicine. He argues that medicine is not only a science but an art of hermeneutic relevance requiring practical judgment and personal interpretation. First published as Uber die Verborgenheit der Gesundheit in 1993. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents:
1Theory, Technology, Praxis1
2Apologia for the Art of Healing31
3The Problem of Intelligence45
4The Experience of Death61
5Bodily Experience and the Limits of Objectification70
6Between Nature and Art83
7Philosophy and Practical Medicine92
8On the Enigmatic Character of Health103
9Authority and Critical Freedom117
10Treatment and Dialogue125
11Life and Soul141
12Anxiety and Anxieties152
13Hermeneutics and Psychiatry163

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