Dr. Lawrence Rosen has just established a new blog dedicated to integrative pediatrics. Well done.
The blog begins with a comprehensive, well-linked definition of integrative medicine, also describing integrative pediatrics.
Integrative medicine (or IM) is not simply a “hodgepodge,” but rather, in the quoted definition, a:
“practice of medicine that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, focuses on the whole person, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, healthcare professionals and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing.”
(The definition was developed and adopted by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.)
The new blog will include information on nutrition and other complementary therapies designed to help the whole child stay that way. Kudos to Dr. Rosen and integrative pediatricians joining this venture.
See also the Integrative Pediatrics Council.
For those who are interested in articles on legal and ethical issues in integrative pediatrics:
• Cohen MH. Legal and ethical issues relating to use of complementary therapies in pediatric hematology/oncology. J Ped Hematology/Oncology 2005; in press.
• Cohen MH, Kemper KJ, Stevens L, Hashimoto D, Gilmour J, Pediatric use of complementary therapies: ethical and policy choices. Pediatrics. Electronic Pages.2005; in press.
• Cohen M, Kemper K. Complementary therapies in pediatrics: A Legal Perspective. Pediatrics 2005; 115: 774-780.
• Kemper KJ, Cohen MH. Ethics in complementary medicine: new light on old principles. Contemporary Pediatrics 2004;21:3:61-72.