Scurvy. Rickets. Iron deficiency. These are not, we like to believe, disease that affect 21st-century children, certainly not in a country like the United States with an obesity epidemic. But they are. All it takes is a self-restricted eater so stringent that no vitamin C is allowed into his gullet, say. Or a vegetarian not receiving enough protein for her age. Whatever the cause, a small group of our children are failing to thrive despite putting enough calories into their bodies. These links provide information on diseases that might very well be cured by that most magic of medical bullets, the balanced meal.
Anorexia nervosa: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/info/teen/diagnose/anorexia.htm From the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Beriberi: http://cmlhelp.org/beriberi.html From Your Total Health.
Catabolysis: http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catabolysis/ From Wikipedia.
Children's vitamins: http://www.pediatrics.about.com/cs/pharmacology/a/byb_vitamins.htm From http://www.About.com/.
ED-NOS: http://www.waldenbehavioralcare.com/ednos_facts.asp From Walden Behavioral Care.
Flouride deficiency: http://www.healthylivinganswers.com/vitamins/fluoride-mineral.html From Healthy Living Answers.
Folic acid: http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/Easyread/folic-etr.htm From the National Women's Health Information Center.
Hemorrhagic disease of the newborn (Vitamin K deficiency): http://www.childrensnyp.org/mschony/P02372.html From the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian.
Iodine deficiency: http://www.thyroid.org/patients/patient_brochures/iodine_deficiency.html From the American Thyroid Association.
Iron deficiency anemia: http://www.umm.edu/blood/aneiron.htm From the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
Kids and nutrition: http://www.ext.nodak.edu/food/kidsnutrition/ From North Dakota State University.
Kwashiorkor: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINEPLUS/ency/article/001604.htm From MedlinePlus.
Magnesium deficiency: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/magnesium-deficiency/AN01191 From the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.