Doctors Want to Know More about Natural Therapies for Autism

Published: September 17, 2012

Noting that 50 to 75 percent of children with autism are receiving complementary/alternative therapies, researchers at the University of Minnesota surveyed 539 U.S. primary care doctors, asking them if they were more likely to educate themselves about complementary alternative medicine (CAM) for children with autism compared with CAM for children with other chronic conditions. The answer was yes.

"In light of the high prevalence of CAM used to help children with autism, it is important that physicians ask about CAM use in the context of routine primary care," said Allison Golnik, M.D., M.P.H., the study's author and an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Pediatrics.


"Survey explores medical care for children with autism using complementary alternative medicine" Golnik AE, Ireland M (2009). Complementary Alternative Medicine for Children with Autism: A Physician Survey. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. DOI 10.1007/s10803-009-0714-7.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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