Robert Reed Publishers
LET'S EAT! Maji Teaches Mongo What It Means to Eat Clean! by Dr. J. Renae Norton
Illustrated by Steve Hayes
Maji and Mongo were dogs of the same breed but they were very different, very different indeed! One a sad couch potato, the other a happy playful tornado!
When they met, Mongo ate chips and dips, cookies and candy. He didn’t even know how great water could taste! But Maji shows him that food from the ground is the best all around and that being healthy and strong can come in handy. Don’t miss the fun these two pups have together! Join them and make up your mind to eat clean forever!
After receiving a doctoral degree in psychology in 1985, Dr. J. Renae Norton began her career doing several things simultaneously; teaching graduate and undergraduate psychology courses, working as an organizational consultant, co-authoring a consulting book, and seeing patients in a solo private practice. Although there does not appear to be a connection among these activities, the common thread was that she approached all of them using a systems approach to understand and resolve problems. No doubt this stemmed from having done her dissertation comparing the treatment of Anorexia using several different family systems’ approaches.
For the past ten years Dr. Norton has focused almost exclusively upon the treatment of eating disorders and obesity in private practice. She says, “I wish that I could say, this was part of a plan, but it wasn’t. It just happened, as many important things in our lives do, because several things came together at the same time, leading me to this specialty. At least one of the variables was the fact that I was getting very good results treating eating disorders and obesity where others were not.”
She goes on to say, “At some point, it dawned on me that as a profession, we were no better at treating Anorexia than we had been 25 years ago when I completed my dissertation, i.e. recovery rates were still around 30%, especially for residential treatment. Likewise, I could see that eating disorders were proliferating, effecting younger and younger children, older women, and more men. And obesity was epidemic, especially among children. I wondered why my outcomes were much better than average. In fact, I had developed a reputation for being the go-to therapist for the most difficult cases, or those cases no one else wanted to take. Intrigued by this realization, I decided to write about it. What began as a rant about the lack of successful treatment for eating disorders, ended in the realization that practitioners simply did not have a grasp of the variables driving obesity or eating disorders, and because they did not understand the causes, they could not possibly intervene effectively.
“What my research was showing me was that the American food supply is polluted and that many of those suffering from disordered eating, actually suffer from food addictions that are the result of these pollutants. I found an abundance of data available on the role that food additives play in damaging the biological systems that regulate weight. Specifically, the American food supply is polluted by:
Ø Artificial growth hormones
Ø High fructose corn syrup
Ø Artificial dyes (made from coal tar and petrochemicals)
Ø Artificial sweeteners derived from chemicals
Ø Synthetically created chemical pesticide and fertilizers
Ø Genetically engineered proteins and ingredients
Ø Sewage sludge
“These substances have been shown to be carcinogenic, neurotoxic, obesogenic and addictive, especially for children, whose brains are still developing. As a result, the U.S. is among the top ten fastest countries in the world with the distinction of being number one for having the fattest children. The impact on the health of our nation has already been catastrophic and will get much worse if we do not do something to protect our children. Indeed, U.S. children today will be the first generation in decades to have a shorter life expectancy than that of their parents. The Maji & Mongo book series is an attempt at fighting back, by engaging children and their parents in an entertaining and endearing read that puts across the importance of getting outdoors and eating clean.”