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Between birth and age five, your child has up to thirty IQ points
at stake. Scientists now know that the human brain is undergoing a
constant and dramatic transformation in the first years of life.
During this peak time of development, every activity and
experience leaves an indelible mark on your baby's brain, for
better or worse. The right kind of stimulation and nutrition will
create connections in the brain that promote intelligence and raise
IQ. The wrong kinds of activities and foods can stifle intellectual
development, destroy brain cells, and leave your child more
vulnerable to learning or behavior problems down the road. So, what
can you do during the first five years to ensure that your child is
primed to excel?
The good news is that raising a smarter child is easier than you
think. It doesn't require making an investment in expensive
equipment or high priced tutors. It's as simple as playing the
right games, serving the right foods, and maintaining a
brain-enhancing environment in your home by eliminating common
household toxins. In Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten
by Dr. David Perlmutter, you'll learn easy and highly effective
strategies that can vastly improve your child's brain power and
reduce his or her chances of developing ADD and ADHD. For example,
• Stimulate Memory: Changing a component on the
over-the-crib mobile every week makes the baby compare what was
there before to what's there now, reinforcing memory pathways in
the brain that are critical for learning.
• Spread out those shots: Schedule more frequent
trips to the pediatrician for vaccinations, so that fewer shots are
administered at once. Flooding the immune system with a cocktail of
different vaccines can damage the nervous system.
• Get rid of toxins: Protecting a child from
neurotoxins found in foods, toys and even baby bottles can help
preserve precious IQ points.
Dr. Perlmutter provides a scientifically backed food and supplement
plan for children and nursing mothers and details the many
brain-building activities that you can do with your child. In
addition, he reveals the numerous toys and household products that
contain harmful, brain-damaging toxins and shows how to identify
and combat common childhood problems like ADD and food allergies
that may affect your child's development.
Your job over the first five years is to help your child build the
best brain possible. With Dr. Perlmutter's help, you can mine the
countless opportunities you have each day to make your child
smarter, happier and better prepared to excel.