We meet America's dieticians and most popular pediatrician
by Randy Hartnell
Earlier this month, we exhibited our wares at the American Dietetic Association’s Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, where we met and befriended many nutritionists, dieticians, and physicians—all of whom seemed very glad to find a reliable source of high quality omega-3 rich seafood to recommend.
The omega-3 story has finally reached the grass roots practitioners of nutrition counseling, thanks in part to the educational efforts of top nutrition-oriented doctors like Christiane Northrup M.D., Andrew Weil M.D., Nicholas Perricone M.D., Joseph Mercola M.D., and Fred Pescatore M.D.
Meeting “America’s baby doctor”
We were especially excited about the chance to chat with leading pediatrician William Sears, M.D. “Dr. Bill,” as his little patients call him, is the prolific author of 30-plus popular parenting books—many co-authored by his wife Martha (a registered nurse)—including The Baby Book (the acclaimed, best-selling "baby bible" of the post-Dr. Spock generation), The Successful Child Book, The Family Nutrition Book, The Breastfeeding Book, The ADD Book, and Eat Healthy, Feel Great.
Millions of people have gained the benefit of the Sears’ savvy advice in parenting magazines, and via their appearances on top television programs such as 20/20, Good Morning America, Oprah, CBS This Morning, NBC's Today Show and Dateline.
Dr. Bill and Martha also operate askdrsears.com—an excellent Web site where they and their pediatrician-sons “Dr. Jim” and “Dr. Bob” present loads of good information for parents. And Dr. Sears‘ Webcasts are well worth watching. We especially like one titled the “The Fats of Life,” which offers great information about the benefits of DHA for growing minds.
Dr. Sears’ brainy advice
The following excerpt from “Best Brain Foods: 11 Ways Foods Can Help You Think”—found in the remarkably comprehensive Family Nutrition section of askdrsears.com—reflect Dr. Sears’ views on a key aspect of this vital parenting topic:
- “While a baby is in the womb, the brain grows more rapidly than in any other stage of infant or child development. And during the first year after birth, the brain continues to grow rapidly, tripling in size by an infant's first birthday.
- “So, it would make sense for a pregnant and lactating mother to supplement her diet with brain-building nutrients, primarily the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and flax oil (one tablespoon of flax oil daily, four ounces of tuna or salmon three times a week).”
- “Besides being found in human milk, DHA appears in high levels in coldwater fish: sardines, salmon, and albacore tuna. The two F's, fish and flax, are the top brain-building foods for growing children, and adults.”
We applaud Dr. and Mrs. Sears for their decades-long service to American families, and pioneering attention to the role of nutrition in childcare.