How to Raise a Healthy Child…In Spite of Your Doctor


In his 1984 book, How to Raise a Healthy Child…In Spite of Your Doctor, Dr. Mendelsohn wrote: “Parents often believe I’m joking when I tell them that mothers, fathers, and grandparents are more capable than doctors of managing the health of children. Yet I firmly believe it…” He encouraged parents to be active participants in decisions regarding the health of their children. On immunizations, he wrote: “There is no convincing scientific evidence that mass inoculations can be credited with eliminating any childhood disease.”

He summed up his philosphy in this sentence: “The best way to raise a healthy child is to keep him away from doctors, except for emergency care in the case of an accident or an obviously serious illness.” (p. 21)

An avid promoter of breastfeeding, Dr. Mendelsohn called breastmilk “nature’s perfect food,” and noted that “all responsible nutritional and pediatric authorities acknowledge its superiority over both infant formula and cow’s milk.” (p. 47)