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Articles in Pediatrics in Review

The Complementary and Alternative Research and Education Program of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, is collaborating with the journal, Pediatrics in Review, and SOIM to publish information for pediatricians on the safety and effectiveness of commonly-used CAM therapies and natural health products.  This series consists of brief summaries outlining the most recent evidence available on each therapy as it relates specifically to children.  These summaries demonstrate the wealth of available evidence for some therapies, while also pointing to information gaps and the need for additional research in others. Topics that have been addressed include:

Completed PIR Article Topics
Publication Year
Advice for Clinicians on Herbs & Breastfeeding
Katarzyna Budzynsha, Zoe E. Gardner, Tieraona Low Dog, Paula Gardiner
Approaches to Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis
Alycia Leiby, Minal Vazirani
Candace Sadler, Leah Vanderjagt, Sunita Vohra
Paula Gardiner
Larissa Shamseer, Sunita Vohra
Theresa L. Charrois, Jessica Hrudey, Sunita Vohra
Effects of Hypnosis & Guided Imagery for Pediatric Pain
Fish Oils and
Neurodevelopmental Disorder

Jayna Brulotte, Cecilia Bukutu, Sunita Vohra
Larissa Shamseer, Theresa L. Charrois, Sunita Vohra
Meditation Practices for Pediatric Health
Erica M.S. Sibinga and Kathi J. Kemper
Larissa Shamseer, Sunita Vohra
Mind-Body Medicine
Hilary McClafferty

Music for Procedural Pain


J. Wright, D. Adams, Sunita Vohra
Neurofeedback in the Treatment of ADHD
Pediatric Fibromyalgia
Dec 2014
Peppermint Oils
Theresa L. Charrois, Jessica Hrudey, Paula Gardiner, Sunita Vohra
Theresa L. Charrois, Gagan Sandhu, Sunita Vohra
Sensory Integration / Sensory Modulation
Lee D. Willaims, Christine R. Erdie-Lalena
St. John’s Wort
Theresa L. Charrois, Candace Saddler, Sunita Vohra
Therapies for Learning Disabilities
Elaine Galicia-Connolly, Larissa Shamseer and Sunita Vohra
Therapies for Neurodevelopment in Preterm Infants
Elaine Galicia-Connolly, Larissa Shamseer and Sunita Vohra

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Completed PIR Article Conditions
Publication Year
Anju Sawni, Amritpal Singh
Acute Otitis Media
Cecilia Bukutu, Janjeevan Deol, Sunita Vohra
Cecilia Bukutu, Christopher Le, Sunita Vohra
Atopic Dermatitis
Cecilia Bukutu, Janjeevan Deol, Larissa Shamseer, Sunita Vohra
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gluten and Casein-Free Diet
Cara Dosman, Denise Adams, Bev Wudel, Laura Vogels, Justine Turner, Sunita Vohra
Lawrence Rosen, Cecilia Bukutu, Chrisr Le, Larissa Shamseer, Sunita Vohra
Common Cold
Cecilia Bukutu, Christopher Le,  Sunita Vohra
Crohn Disease
Minal Vaziran and Dr. Alycia Leiby
Deepika Mittra, Cecilia Bukutu, Sunita Vohra
Eating Disorders
Cora Collette Breuner
Derek Wang, Cecilia Bukutu, Alison Thompson, Sunita Vohra
Kathy Kemper, Cora Breuner
Nocturnal Enuresis 
Denise Adams, Sunita Vohra
Recurrent Abdominal Pain
David Gottsegen

The instructions and list of future topics for potential authors for future Pediatrics in Review SOIM manuscripts can be found by clicking on the links provided.

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CAM Poster

The AAP has partnered with the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) to distribute a poster encouraging open communication between pediatricians and families about complementary health care practices. Developed by the Complementary and Alternative Research and Education (CARE) program at the University of Alberta, the poster is part of an ongoing initiative to promote open dialogue and thereby enhance patient care.  To access the PDF of the poster in English, click here.  A Spanish version of the PDF poster can be found here. To obtain copies of the poster, click here.

Parent Education Brochure

An overview of natural therapies, including alternative, complementary and integrative, and folk remedies. Includes answers to common questions about alternative treatments and therapies. Available through the AAP Bookstore.

SOIM Articles on MedScape:

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Pediatric Clinics of North America

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) use has been increasing in children, especially for those with special health care needs. Recent surveys indicate that pediatricians and other practitioners who work with children need and desire evidence-based guidance on how to safely and effectively integrate CAM therapies in their practices. This issue of Pediatric Clinics of North America reviews the principles of CAM use for infants, children and adolescents, in both primary and specialty care.
• Integrative Primary Care from Infancy to Adolescence
• Herbs to Homeopathy: Medicinal Products for Children
• Ethics of CAM Use in Children
• Acupuncture for Pediatric Pain and Symptom Management
• CAM Therapies to Promote Healthy Moods
• Integrative Approaches to Childhood Constipation and Encopresis
• Probiotics in Children
• Integrative Approach to Obesity
• CAM Therapies for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism
• Integrative Medicine and Asthma
• Pediatric Massage Therapy: A Review for Clinicians
• Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Pediatric Oncology

Call and ask for the December 2007 issue of Pediatric Clinics of North America 1-800-654-2452 (for orders within the United Sates) 1-407-345-4000.  Or, visit, and enter 1416053239 in the search box.

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The following is a bibliography of resources for pediatric integrative medicine developed by Lawrence D. Rosen, MD, FAAP, Director, Integrative Pediatrics Service, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, New Jersey. Dr. Rosen also is the SOCIM Vice Chair.

Internet Resources

Academy for Guided Imagery

American Holistic Medical Association

AMSA Foundation EDCAM Curriculum Resource Materials

CAMLAW blog (Michael H. Cohen) CAM Resources

Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Center for Mindfulness at UMass

Children’s Complementary Therapy Network (CCTN), UK

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Integrative Medicine Program

Consumer Labs Reviews

FDA Dietary Supplements Page

HerbMed Index

International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS)

Longwood Herbal Task Force

MedlinePlus - Alternative Medicine


Mind-Body Medical Institute at Harvard

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM / NIH)

Native American Ethnobotany (University of Michigan-Dearborn)

Natural Standard

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database

Office of Dietary Supplements

Canadian Pediatric Complementary and Alternative Medicine Network (PedCAM)


Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child (Worwood), 2000

Creating the Peaceable Classroom (Bothmer), 2003

Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting (Kabat-Zinn), 1998

Guided Imagery for Healing Children and Teens (Curran), 2001

Healing Images for Children: Teaching Relaxation and Guided Imagery to Children Facing Cancer and Other Serious Illnesses (Klein), 2001

Healthy Child, Whole Child: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine to Keep Your Kids Healthy (Ditchek and Greenfield), 2001

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy with Children (Olness and Kohen), 1996

Integrative Medicine: Principles for Practice (Kligler and Lee), 2004

Integrative Medicine (Rakel), 2003

Itsy Bitsy Yoga (Garabedian), 2004

Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America (Whorton), 2002

Pediatric Acupuncture (Loo), 2002

Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World (Landrigan), 2001

Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child: A Practical A-To-Z Reference to Natural and Conventional Treatments for Infants and Children, 2nd edition (Zand), 2003

The American Holistic Medical Association Guide to Holistic Health (Trivieri), 2001

The Holistic Pediatrician, 2nd edition (Kemper), 2002

The Whole Food Market Cookbook (Petusevsky), 2002

Yoga for the Special Child (Sumar), 1998


Probiotic Supplements
SAMe Supplements

Glucosamine Supplements

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