Sunday, December 26, 2010

sCAM Can Be Fatal For Children - ACD 2010

Denise Mann reports at WebMD in "Is Alternative Medicine Risky for Kids?" (2010-12-23):

"the growing numbers of parents who turn toward complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat their children’s illnesses may often assume that 'natural' means safe and harmless. But new research in the Archives of Childhood Diseases suggests that many complementary and alternative remedies can have significant -- even fatal -- side effects [...] Alissa Lim, MD, a pediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues tracked and analyzed all CAM-related adverse events reported to the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Units from January 2001 through December 2003 [...] the greatest risks were seen among infants who were put on restrictive diets and children with chronic illnesses who were treated with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) instead of conventional medicine."

Note: well, at least something critical got reported this year about sCAM nonsense.
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