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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615641815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615641819
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

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Customer Reviews

It is an easy read with a wealth of information.
Karen Overgaard
I love this book because it very clearly explains and compares traditional remedies and medications versus natural and/or homeopaths treatments.
Abby Sloane
This book will be very helpful for parents of young children.
Janis R. Cohen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Brad Pokorny on August 13, 2012
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I was anxious to read this book, there is a need for holistic health education. I was very disappointed after reading this book,though, as the scope is very limited. Most suggestions for "treatment" only included one primary recommendation with possible mention of a few others. The suggestions were often very specific items, most often a manufacturer's products. One of the reasons people seek alternative therapies is to get away from the cycle of drugs and side effects, not to trade one manufacturer's product for another, even if they are "natural".

This book is probably fine for someone who has never been introduced to alternative therapies before and just wants to buy a product targeted at a specific issue or to gain general information about what might be available in the natural health market. But for anyone who has explored other holistic therapies it will not be as useful. There was an interesting section at the back with lists of top 10: foods, herbs, homeopathic remedies, essential oils, but it seemed the authors were trying to cover far too much ground by mentioning these items and giving a brief description of what they are. While there was mention of many elements in these top 10 categories, it only included a brief paragraph describing what it is rather than practical, hands-on usage.

I have found Prescription for Nutritional Healing to be a far more comprehensive resource with many specific recommendations for health issues including supplements, herbs and alternative therapies including adjustments for children. I've used this resource for many years in our family with 6 kids.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dinorah D'Auria on August 11, 2012
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I enjoy giving new parents gifts of items that I have found indispensable in raising my own daughter. Well this book is a treasure that will now be at the top of that list! It is brilliantly written for parents, grandparents, interested aunts and uncles, and medical professionals alike. Organized in a way that makes the answers to your questions easily accessible, it is missing the unnecessary jargon of many 'how to' parenting and health care books out there.

Once you have identified the ailment you want to learn more about, the authors do an exceptional job of organizing the information into three simple to use categories: the conventional treatment, the alternative treatment (both complete with common dosages and side effects), and a brief evidenced based rational for Dr. Rosen's recommendations. A bonus section on other natural treatments to consider is the icing. Of special interest to me is that it includes a chapter on Behavioral and Developmental Difficulties, which gives you a nice glimpse into the most common drug based conventional approaches and some of the alternatives you can consider. I can't wait to see what the authors do with a follow up to this chapter! Ah, and don't miss the appendixes! Toxins to be very aware of, Top ten treatment lists like essential oils, foods, herbs, etc. The list goes on...

The book is written fairly, clearly, simply and to the point. You are invited to study your options and develop an educated opinion as to what will suit you and your family the best. It's everything you need to get started on a path of prevention, using the best that the integration of western and alternative medicine has to offer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Megan B. Caffrey on September 13, 2012
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The greatest gift we can give our children is the gift of health.As a certified Holistic Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and new mother myself, this book quickly became my best resource. My bookshelves are bursting with healthcare books, in particular those of the holistic sort. I pass over every last one of them now, and reach for this guide time and time again. It includes everything from conventional treatments for common illnesses to more holistic methods such as dietary changes and homeopathy. Empower yourself with the knowledge of the healing arts and learn to strengthen your child's immune system and treat their illnesses through the use of nutrition, homeopathic remedies, yoga and acupuncture. I am gifting this to every parent and colleague I know. An absolutely fantastic, must-have resource!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nature Mom on August 8, 2012
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Dr. Rosen is not only knowledgeable and kind, but his experience and respect for parents and children has resulted in an extraordinary wisdom that he generously shares without imposing untested dogma. No wonder he has become a respected national leader in the field of integrative pediatrics. I recommend this book to Pediatricians, nurses, and other clinicians as well as parents. 5 stars!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CARRIE on August 7, 2012
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Whether you are holistically minded or not, this must-have for parents will soon become your go-to guide for peace of mind. Rosen and Cohen's work easily cuts through the myths, hype, and contradictory information parents face when helping their children through health challenges. From constipation to bruised knees this easy-to-read, easy-to use resource will empower parents to work with their doctors effectively to raise healthy children. Carrie Donegan, co-author, Essential Oils 101
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kgagliardiwilson on August 13, 2012
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This book is essential for EVERY parent to have. It gives sensible and practical information for alternative remedies for just about anything you can think of. It contains an easy-to-read format and is backed up not only by research, but parents who have actually tried the alternatives! Dr. Rosen should be applauded for breaking the mold of everyday pediatricians and assisting parents in taking control of their children's health! Thank you for such a wonderful book!
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