Larimore Family Newsletter – December 2009 Edition

General Health
Here is the Table of Contents for the December edition of our Family Newsletter: Family Update Great Christmas Gift Ideas Personalized and Autographed Books Available Several Books on Clearance Sale for $4.99 (plus shipping) TSI: The Gabon Virus – Copies Autographed by Both Authors available Publication Update Lintball Leo: The book that thought it could. Dr. Walt interviewed for Examiner Article on STDs in Teens Broadcast Update Dr. Walt and Barb’s Focus on the Family Interview in the “Best of 2009” Events of the last month Upcoming Events Family Update Barb, Kate, and I were able to spend my favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving, with son Scott, his wife, Jennifer, and their girls. Sarah Elisabeth, who was born premature at 35 weeks is doing incredibly well. And her older…
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Doctors Not Giving Clear Advice on Infant Sleep Positions

Children's Health, Parenting
A HealthDay News report led me to some new research that has found that although far more caregivers now place babies on their backs to sleep -- a practice that reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) -- that encouraging trend has leveled off since 2001. The study also shows that black mothers and caregivers are more likely than whites to place infants on their stomachs to sleep. But among all races, the most common reasons for using the stomach position were concerns about infant choking and infant comfort, said Dr. Eve Colson, lead author of the study published in the December issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine . "It also still looks like the really important thing is that they get very specific advice…
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Chelation therapy for autism not only potentially harmful, it’s based on faulty premise

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Parenting
No treatment is more emblematic of the world of alternative therapies for autism than chelation. The influential autism recovery group, Defeat Autism Now, calls removing metals from the body "one of the most beneficial treatments for autism and related disorders." Chelation is one of the highest-rated treatments on the parent survey of the nonprofit Autism Research Institute, the parent organization of Defeat Autism Now. Parents trade stories and advice about chelation on large Internet groups. One Yahoo group has more than 8,000 members. The treatment takes many forms, including creams for the skin, capsules, suppositories and intravenous infusions of powerful medicines usually reserved for people with severe metal poisoning. Families often embark on this course after seeing test results that make children with autism look like they spend their days…
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Many autism therapies are unproven and risky

Alternative Medicine, Children's Health, Parenting
In a gripping series exploring autism and its treatments, the Los Angeles Times reports that "after reviewing thousands of pages of court documents and scientific studies and interviewing top researchers in the field, an investigation by the Chicago Tribune found that many of these treatments amount to uncontrolled experiments on vulnerable children." According to results of the investigation, "the therapies often go beyond harmless New Age folly," with many being "unproven and risky, based on flawed, preliminary or misconstrued scientific research." Moreover, "lab tests used to justify therapies are often misleading and misinterpreted," and "the few clinical trials conducted to evaluate the treatments objectively" have yielded "disappointing results." The  Times reports that "up to three-quarters of families with children who have autism try at least some alternative therapies." While some…
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