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Alternative Therapies Can Be Safe, Effective For Children
Date:4/6/2009

d avoid certain complementary and alternative therapies, including ginkgo biloba or high-dose fish oil. Anti-coagulants increase the bleeding time as do these two supplements, so that children are more prone to bleeding. Before taking any supplement, always check with your physician if you're on other prescription medication to make sure it's safe.

Chiropractics. Mendelow advises against high-speed spinal manipulation. "The children's spines are probably not fully developed until they're about 18 to 20 years old and you can actually do more harm than good," Mendelow says.

Resources:

UMHS Alternative Medicine Database: http://tinyurl.com/bq2qfc

UMHS Integrative Family Medicine Clinic:

http://www.med.umich.edu/umim/about/index.htm

American Academy of Pediatrics:

http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/complementarymedicine.cfm

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

http://nccam.nih.gov/

American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/ETO_5.asp


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