"Dr. Rosen and Jeff Cohen provide a comprehensive book that doctors and parents can rely on for science-based treatment alternatives. I incorporate natural remedies into my pediatric practice whenever possible and will keep this book handy to help guide my decisions."
-- Dr. Bob Sears, Pediatrician and author of The Portable Pediatrician"I often find the conventional medicine I've been taught doesn't give me the tools I need for parents to prevent and treat their kids. Dr. Rosen and Jeff Cohen offer a truly integrative approach of treatment alternatives to treat children of all ages."
-- Jay N. Gordon, MD, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UCLA Medical School"Dr. Rosen is the best pediatrician I've ever come across. Not only is he knowledgeable and kind but he really does look at your child from all angles and comes up with the most effective holistic remedies and treatments." -- Aidan Quinn, actor and parent"Dr. Rosen is widely recognized as one of the foremost authorities on the safe & evidence-based integration of complementary pediatric therapies. This book is an invaluable resource for parents & healthcare professionals alike." -- Timothy Culbert, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Integrative Medicine, Ridgeview/Two Twelve Medical Center"Parents are increasingly turning to natural, non-toxic remedies for their families but are often uncertain where to start. This handy, practical guide by Dr. Rosen and Jeff Cohen helps parents to navigate their way into natural healing safely & effectively." -- Nancy Massotto, Founder & Executive Director, Holistic Moms Network
From the Author
Nearly 20 years of pediatric practice have informed Treatment Alternatives for Children, a guide for parents looking for natural treatment alternatives for approximately 100 of the most common pediatric conditions. One of the most rewarding aspects of writing this book is that it's a true partnership between Jeff Cohen, a father in my practice, and me. I love that this book represents the shared work of a pediatrician and a parent. It mirrors what I do every day, working together with parents to keep their children healthy. Parents and their children should play the major role in their family's health care, and I am a guide to help them navigate the path. We work as a team, just as Jeff and I have done to create this book. What will you find in Treatment Alternatives for Children? Organized into 13 chapters each devoted to a specific health concerns, the book offers practical natural health solutions for conditions ranging from relatively mundane (acne) to extremely serious (autism). We list the causes and symptoms of nearly 100 childhood ailments, the most common conventional treatment for each ailment (including recommended dosage, active ingredients, and possible side effects), a natural alternative to the conventional treatment, and a few additional natural treatments to consider beyond the one highlighted for each condition. It's worth noting that our natural alternative recommendations include not only nutritional and herbal (biological) remedies, but we draw as well from the rich traditions of holistic healing, including mind-body medicine, homeopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine, just to name a few. Treatment Alternatives is truly an integrative guide. Throughout the chapters, there are numerous sidebars with interesting facts and helpful additional tips. "Parental Guidance" features actual quotes from actual parents who have effectively used various treatment alternatives to improve their children's conditions. "Good to Know" reveals "fun facts" and statistics related to the conditions covered throughout the chapter, adding scope to the information presented. "Science Says" provides the scientific rationale for each of the treatment alternatives cited, adding credibility to our recommendations. At the end of each chapter, we've included a "Spotlight On" section to profile in depth a holistic practice (e.g., Yoga, Infant Massage) that has specific relevance for the given chapter. We also have included almost a whole separate book's worth of information in our appendices. One, "Toxic Troubles," covers the most common environmental health threats to our children and offers practical, evidence-based guidance on how to minimize and ameliorate exposure. Another, "Top Ten Treatment Lists," covers a greatest-hits of healing herbs, spices, foods, oils, mind-body therapies and homeopathic remedies, among other categories. Finally, we provide scientific references for all of our natural solutions because we believe that you should understand how and why something works. Enjoy reading - I hope Treatment Alternatives for Children provides you with information and support to keep your children as healthy as they deserve to be. - Lawrence Rosen, MD