Raising a child is a daunting task in today’s times. The latest health hazard to children was announced on September 19 by both the FDA and Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports. The agencies announced that samples of rice were found to have possibly unsafe levels of arsenic. The levels found in many brands of rice contain more arsenic in a single serving than the Environmental Protection Agency allows in a quart of drinking water. Angelenos are at less risk of arsenic exposure if they purchase rice grown in California because it has lower levels of arsenic than rice grown in southern US states. Rice imported from Asia also has lower levels. Many Asian families consume large amounts of rice and rice is also a popular baby food.
Announcements such as the foregoing invoke fear in parents and raise the question of what to do if their child is exposed to a toxic substances. Fortunately, a new book is available to answer questions on this topic as well as what to do if a child is stricken with an illness. The book features natural alternatives to treat a vast array of childhood health problems. “Exposure to arsenic and other heavy metals like lead and mercury can cause lasting damage in children’s delicate systems. When ingested, inhaled, or absorbed in large amounts, or in small amounts over a long period of time, it can cause headaches, confusion, vomiting, nausea, visual impairment, and fatigue,” notes Dr. Lawrence Rosen, a nationally-recognized expert in pediatric integrative medicine and co-author of the new book “Treatment Alternatives for Children.”
Avoidance is the first step to prevent toxin exposure; however, when children have already been exposed, Dr. Rosen recommends these natural remedies that can help promote detoxification:
- Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) – may reduce brain and cellular damage associated with toxicity of lead.
- N-acetyl cysteine, zinc, and selenium – a combination of all three may reverse damage caused by mercury exposure.
- Melatonin – may reduce toxicity from exposure to high levels of arsenic.
Dr. Rosen cautions that concerned parents should consult a pediatrician before beginning treatment. He discusses the impact of toxins on children’s health in his book Treatment Alternatives for Children. With co-author Jeff Cohen, Dr. Rosen provides natural alternatives to traditional drug-based treatments for more than 100 common childhood illnesses. The book is a guide for parents who want to reduce the negative impact of toxic chemicals and avoid needless pharmaceuticals for their children. Dr. Rosen cites an example: “Honey may be nature’s safest over-the-counter cough and cold treatment and its most potent antibiotic. Best of all, honey does not have the potentially dangerous side effects of conventional medications.”
Parents concerned about the overuse of antibiotics and other prescription medicines are in search of treatment alternatives that address common childhood health concerns without exposing children to chemical cocktails. “Treatment Alternatives for Children” offers side-by-side comparisons between conventional and alternative treatment options for nearly 100 common childhood illnesses including:
- Cranberries which are often used to treat urinary tract infections may also offer protection against heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
- Aloe provides topical relief for skin problems such as minor burns or sunburns. It can also help heal cuts, blisters, and open sores. Taken internally, aloe soothes the digestive tract.
- Ginger, known to settle an upset stomach, provides relief from nausea and indigestion. Ginger is an antibacterial, antifungal, and antihistamine, so it is helpful in treating colds and allergies. It is an anti-inflammatory, so it may also treat symptoms of arthritis.
This new book is an easily accessible reference guide that helps parents find natural solutions to nearly 100 childhood ailments. Health concerns addressed include asthma, ADHD, autism, dehydration, the flu, swimmer’s ear, burns, bug bites, stomach aches, growing pains, and more. Treatment alternatives include herbal, nutritional, homeopathic, and mind-body remedies. In addition,the authors provide side-by-side comparisons of the conventional remedy and the treatment alternative. Dr. Rosen documents the science behind his recommendations so parents can rest assured they are treating their children with safe and effective alternatives to conventional medicines.
Each ailment is discussed in-depth and includes:
- The generic and common brand names of each treatment
- Active ingredients
- How each treatment works including dosage, where applicable
- Treatment efficiency and timing
- Common mild and rare side effects
The book also includes helpful top ten treatment lists, including Ten Spice Rack Resources, Ten Curative Foods and Beverages, and Ten Healing Herbs and Plants, all supported by the most current scientific research.