Bestselling Author and Psychotherapist Jennifer Giustra-Kozek Warns Against Serving Instant Mashed Potatoes This Thanksgiving

Published on November 25, 2015

Jennifer Giustra-Kozek, author of the bestselling book Healing Without Hurting wants to issue a medical alert to warn about the harmful effects of serving convenient holiday foods, like instant mashed potatoes, on children with ADHD, Attention Deficit and mood disorders, for all healthcare workers and parents of children this holiday season.

Kozek’s book Healing Without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia, and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally & Effectively without Harmful Medication tells a true life success story and offers a well-researched, comprehensive step-by-step guide for parents, teachers, therapists and caregivers. Her writing speaks directly to affected parents and provides natural and effective alternative solutions to toxic medications, frequently focusing on the considerable impact of diet and nutrition.

As both a mother and licensed psychotherapist, her book advises parents to remember that improving the gut health and nutritional status becomes the goal when treating moody, hyper, anxious, sleepless and unfocused children. During the holidays, especially when family get togethers and holiday meals require more planning and efficiency by hosts, convenient holiday foods can derail plans for a pleasant holiday get-together.

This is because processed food contains harmful preservatives, artificial food dyes and neurotoxic chemicals.

In the chapter “The Ills of Instant Foods” her book reveals that instant foods have been found to cause and aggravate ADD/ADHD symptoms. “The ingredients in foods like instant potatoes and instant stuffing mixes affect the nervous system and often make brain fog and hyperactivity worse. They tend to be loaded with preservatives such as sodium bisulfate, BHA/BHT, MSG, hydrogenated “GMO” soybean oil and corn syrup, maltodextrin (sometimes wheat-derived, causing concern for people with gluten intolerance), dairy products, and sometimes sodium acid pyrophosphate and dipotassium phosphate. Instant mashed potatoes also include high sodium content and artificial flavors.”

Well known Food Babe blogger Vani Hari agrees with Kozek stating in a blog post about the chemical horrors in classic Thanksgiving meals “Sodium Bisulfite and many of the other preservatives that are found in Betty Crocker’s Creamy Butter Potatoes, Hungry Jack’s Mashed Potatoes are preservatives that no one should be consuming. BHA for example, is linked to cancer, fertility issues and kidney problems and is considered a carcinogen by U.S. Health and Human Services, yet the FDA still allows it in our food.”

Psychotherapist Kozek leapt out of the confines of conventional modalities and into an exploration of Eastern Medicine, homeopathy, nutritional balancing, acupuncture, juicing, plant medicine, and more. Her easy to read book, uplifts, inspires and offers non-pharmaceutical solutions that work. It has been recognized as a finalist in in the 2015 USA Best Books competition in the category of Health: Alternative Medicine, and was rated #1 in New Releases on Amazon when it was published in 2014 by Changing Lives Press.

“As a new author, to read written testimonials from parents and professionals that I am helping so many families is so rewarding,” said Kozek. She is planning a more book publishing in shorter formats for 2016.

One mom writes, “I bought Healing Without Hurting and I couldn’t put it down; my son is now medication free, happy for the first time; has returned to mainstream school thanks to this book.”

“Pure excellence! If you are a family with a special needs child, this book will give you the answers you are looking for. A story of hope, a story of recovery – a story that should be shouted from the mountain tops. You can have your child back!” wrote Dr. Jared Skowron, best-selling author of 100 Natural Remedies for Your Child.

“This book should be a bible for parents and physicians alike,” commented William Kelley Eidem, author of The Doctor Who Cures Cancer.

Kozek began her writing career by writing articles in newspapers and magazines including Natural Mother Magazine, Wise Mom Magazine, Autism File Magazine and Fearless Parent.

She has also appeared as a guest on many radio programs as well as FOX 5 News and CTNBC. In the interviews Kozek discusses the link between ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders and nutritional deficiencies, and the exposure to food additives and environmental chemicals and how medication and food sensitivities can be leading some angry children toward rage and violent behavior. “In light of the recent news involving children committing mass murder, it becomes imperative that we start addressing the many potential underlying issues. These treatments significantly enhance the life, health and happiness of these children, and the symptoms disappear,” said Kozek. She is frequently contributing to conference panels and consulting for parents and therapists, subsidized by special interest organizations.

Healing Without Hurting will be available at special rates for Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

To learn more, or for more information on Jennifer Giustra-Kozek and natural treatments for ADHD, Apraxia and and Autism Spectrum Disorders, visit and for upcoming speaking engagements visit or call Kozek directly at 203-527-6953.

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