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    Alternative medicines sometimes dangerous for kids

    Giving alternative treatments such as homeopathic remedies instead of conventional medicines to children may have deadly side effects in rare instances, a new analysis says.

    Australian researchers monitored reports from pediatricians in Australia from 2001 to 2003 looking for suspected side effects from alternative medicines like herbal treatments, vitamin supplements or naturopathic pills. They found 39 reports of side effects including four deaths.

    The study was published online Thursday in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, a specialist publication of the medical journal BMJ.

    Unlike conventional medicines, whose side effects are tracked by national surveillance systems, there are no such systems in place for alternative therapies.

    In the study, researchers found infants to children aged 16 were affected by complementary medicines and that in nearly 65 percent of the cases, side effects were classified as severe, life-threatening, or fatal. In 44 percent of cases, pediatricians believed their patient had been harmed by a failure to use conventional medicines.

    "We have known for a long time that alternative medicines can put patients at risk," said Edzard Ernst, a professor of complementary medicine at Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, England. He was not linked to the study.

    "Perhaps the most serious harm occurs when effective therapies are replaced by ineffective alternative therapies," he said. "In that situation, even an intrinsically harmless medicine, like a homeopathic medicine, can be life-threatening," Ernst said.

    Alissa Lim of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and colleagues wrote that all four deaths they identified were caused by a decision to use alternative therapies instead of conventional medicines.

    They described one case of a 10-month-old baby who had severe septic shock after being given naturopathic medicines and was assigned to a special diet to treat eczema. In another case, an infant who suffered multiple seizures and a heart attack died after being given alternative therapies — which the parents had chosen due to their concerns about the side effects of regular medicines.

    Ernst said people should recognize the limitations of alternative medicines and that practitioners should be careful not to oversell their benefits.
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    I don't think so. Big pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer and GSK which provide a big list of side affects along with their drugs. I think alternative medicines offers less side effects then these medicines. But its always safe to consult your doctor or pharmacist.

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    I think that it should be an axiom that both alternative medicine and traditional medicine should be practiced by the professionals. Amateurishness is carrying the mortal danger for the patients in medicine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlada View Post
    I think that it should be an axiom that both alternative medicine and traditional medicine should be practiced by the professionals. Amateurishness is carrying the mortal danger for the patients in medicine.
    There is an obvious question that strikes my mind is that the study didn't tell anything about in what quantity a natural treatment is harmful for kids. What type of Adverse reaction is going to occur and in what percentage of kids?

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    Re: Alternative medicines sometimes dangerous for kids

    Hello!
    Yes of course it can.But there ale lots of therapies which aren't dangerous for example magneto-therapy.When my son(his was 3)broke his arm we used a magneto-therapy and it was absolutely safe and painless.First I read about it here magneto-therapy.eu
    Regards Brad

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    I would love to know the details of those fatalities. It's fine that they cite them, but they need to let us in on the details. "Science" is well into calling their interpretations of a situation "fact" with no objectivity whatsoever. Often, and particularly with medical science, their "facts" are on par with the Biblical interpretations a la the Spanish Inquisition.
    Last edited by kotn; May 11th, 2012 at 12:22 PM.
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    It is so dangerous for kids to use medicines . I think that,except from serious diseases,kids should be minimized to use medicines.

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