Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Comforting Children Without Pills and Shots

Increasingly complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments are being requested for seriously ill children by their parents. A Wall Street Journal article notes “recent studies showing that more than 50% of children with chronic health conditions use them (CAM) and an estimated $127 million was spent on complementary visits as of 2004.… “‘Whether or not doctors are ready for this or not, consumers are already there.’”says Timothy Culbert, medical director at Minneapolis-based Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, one of the largest pediatric complementary programs in the country. “‘Pediatrics as a profession needs to catch up.’” … Dr. Culbert and colleagues are about to launch a study at four hospitals in the U. S. and Canada to examine in greater depth the use of non-drug coping skills in children with cancer.” (Wang, Shirley S., Comforting Children without Pills and Shots,” The Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2010, p. D2)

A book about reflexology and children with cancer is in the works from Diane Rooney, Program Manager, Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer at Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University.

Kevin Kunz

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