The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    American Academy of Pediatrics’ position on CAM

    The Task Force on Complementary and Alternative Medicine has published a review of everything a pediatrician ever wanted to know about CAM.

    Here are just a few of the highlights.

    Some background on kids and CAM

    • Most pediatric patients receiving CAM also receive conventional care.
    • Children using CAM are more likely to be seeing their pediatrician for an illness, take medication on a regular basis, and have ongoing medical problems.
    • Many users of CAM find these healthcare alternatives to be more congruent with their own values, beliefs, and philosophical orientations toward health and life.

    Expectations of pediatricians

    • Pediatricians have the responsibility to advise and counsel patients and families about relevant, safe, effective, and age-appropriate health services and therapies — mainstream and CAM.
    • Pediatricians can best do this if they regularly inquire about all the therapies the family is using to help the child.
    • Pediatricians should update their knowledge about therapeutic options available to their patients — mainstream and CAM.
    • Pediatricians can (with the permission of the patient and family) include the CAM provider in overall care-coordination activities.

    The bottom line?
    The article is well references should be the first resource for information about children and CAM.

    12/1/08 22:38 JR

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