PHOENIX, Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- If Dr. Kristin Struble had her way, kids everywhere would not only joke about their poop and toots, but would inspect it, analyze it and feel comfortable talking to their parents and doctors about it. Before flushing, they would look in the toilet for valuable clues to determine if they're eating correctly and if their bodies are healthy.
Her new book, "How to be a 'Poop' Detective," intended for kids ages 4 to 8, simultaneously delivers a funny and important message about good vs. bad poop. Humorous illustrations accompany a simple checklist of what she calls the 5 S's to help kids and their parents:
"Healthy poop looks like a sausage, not like nuggets, meatballs or baseballs," she says. "It should be soft and skinny. It should sink. The shade should be brown. It should shoot out easy and fast, every day--- this is your goal."
Dr. Struble, passionate about nutrition education, wrote the book because a majority of children she sees each day have "poop issues" that signal health problems which are very often avoidable. "It shouldn't take children 10 minutes to have a bowel movement," she says, "and they shouldn't have to strain or experience pain when going."
Traditional Teaching Is At Odds With Good Health
Dairy, specifically cow's milk, is often the culprit, she shares.
"More often than not, parents are giving their children cow's milk, thinking it is nutritious, especially for bone health, when in reality it's not. Milk is often associated with diseases like constipation, asthma, eczema, acne and obesity." When parents follow her advice, taking their children off of cow's milk and limit other dairy products like cheese and yogurt, their health issues improve or often completely disappear. She stresses the importance of teaching children to drink water, avoiding juice, sports drinks, soda and milk, especially at mealtime.
Dr. Struble's mantra–that children should eat their calories, not drink them; often puts her at odds with her colleagues. For example, in contrast, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children drink 24 ounces of cow's milk every day. "Cow's milk isn't for children," she says. "It's for baby cows. Fortunately, a growing number of pediatricians agree with my viewpoint due to the supporting medical literature and other expert opinions."
"How to be a 'Poop' Detective" (Doctor Bubbles, LLC, 40 pages) is available through pre-sale at Amazon.com in hardback for $16.95 (ISBN 978-0-9969472-0-6) at http://tiny.cc/poopdetective. Dr. Struble is writing a companion book for parents, "How to Become a Parent 'Poop' Detective: The # 1 Guide for Clues to a Healthy # 2."
About Dr. Kristin Struble aka "Dr. Bubbles"
Dr. Kristin Struble has been a practicing pediatrician in Phoenix since 2001 and is known as "Dr. Bubbles" because of her whimsical trademark. She blows bubbles in her hands while washing them, her way of putting young patients at ease. Because of her popularity with children and her success educating parents, she has been consistently recognized by Phoenix Magazine as a "Top Doc," and she's also been listed as one of the "Best Doctors in America."
She is passionate about nutritional education, particularly in changing the traditional thinking of the best calorie sources for children. She promotes the message that healthy food is good medicine and that the body talks to us through our poop.
Dr. Struble is available for media interviews and can provide background, story ideas and other information on nutritional education, childhood diseases, and trends in health care for children. For bulk orders or requests for speaking engagements, contact her at 602-380-8302 (mobile) or Email.
Dr. Kristin Struble
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SOURCE Dr. Kristin Struble