The current treatment model for most chronic pediatric illnesses focuses on the management and suppression of symptoms through pharmaceutical treatments that have side effects or adverse events as a consequence of continued usage. Additionally, many pharmaceutical agents (such as hormone or steroid medications, antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors, antipsychotics, antidepressants, etc.) deplete essential nutrients from the body necessary for energy production, mood stability, brain function, detoxification among other important processes.

Following is a sampling of literature identifying some of the many challenges of the current treatment model.

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Buehring B, Viswanathan R, Binkley N, Busse W. Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis: an update on effects and management. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013;132(5):1019-30.

Calarge CA, Zimmerman B, Xie D, Kuperman S, Schlechte JA. A cross-sectional evaluation of the effect of risperidone and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors on bone mineral density in boys. J Clin Psychiatry. 2010;71(3):338-47.

Chauhan BF, Chartrand C, Ducharme FM. Intermittent versus daily inhaled corticosteroids for persistent asthma in children and adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;2:CD009611.

Correll CU, Kratochvil CJ, March JS. Developments in pediatric psychopharmacology: focus on stimulants, antidepressants, and antipsychotics. J Clin Psychiatry. 2011;72(5):655-70.

Dahl R. Systemic side effects of inhaled corticosteroids in patients with asthma. Respir Med. 2006;100(8):1307-17.

Ducharme FM, Lemire C, Noya FJ, Davis GM, Alos N, Leblond H, et al. Preemptive use of high-dose fluticasone for virus-induced wheezing in young children. N Engl J Med. 2009;360(4):339-53.

Dura-Trave T, Gallinas-Victoriano F. Caloric and nutrient intake in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder treated with extended-release methylphenidate: analysis of a cross-sectional nutrition survey. JRSM Open. 2014;5(2):2042533313517690.

Eichenfield LF, Tom WL, Chamlin SL, Feldman SR, Hanifin JM, Simpson EL, et al. Guidelines of care for the management of atopic dermatitis: section 1. Diagnosis and assessment of atopic dermatitis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014;70(2):338-51.

Gotia S, Rusu T, Badiu I, Murgu A, Rugina A, Ioniuc I. [The effects of inhaled corticoids on bone density in asthmatic children]. Rev Med Chir Soc Med Nat Iasi. 2005;109(1):29-35.

Hamre HJ, Fischer M, Heger M, Riley D, Haidvogl M, Baars E, et al. Anthroposophic vs. conventional therapy of acute respiratory and ear infections: a prospective outcomes study. Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2005;117(7-8):256-68.

Hamre HJ, Glockmann A, Schwarz R, Riley DS, Baars EW, Kiene H, et al. Antibiotic Use in Children with Acute Respiratory or Ear Infections: Prospective Observational Comparison of Anthroposophic and Conventional Treatment under Routine Primary Care Conditions. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:243801.

Hetrick SE, McKenzie JE, Cox GR, Simmons MB, Merry SN. Newer generation antidepressants for depressive disorders in children and adolescents. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012;11:CD004851.

Heusser P, Scheffer C, Neumann M, Tauschel D, Edelhauser F. Towards non-reductionistic medical anthropology, medical education and practitioner-patient-interaction: the example of Anthroposophic Medicine. Patient Educ Couns. 2012;89(3):455-60.

Lessa N, Murray ML, Curran S, Wong IC. Asthma and suicide-related adverse events: a review of observational studies. Eur Respir Rev. 2011;20(122):287-92.

Joshi N, Rajeshwari K. Deflazacort. J Postgrad Med. 2009;55(4):296-300.

Karkoulias K, Charokopos N, Kaparianos A, Sampsonas F, Tsiamita M, Spiropoulos K. Aseptic femoral head necrosis in a patient receiving long term courses of inhaled and intranasal corticosteroids. Tuberk Toraks. 2007;55(2):182-5.

Kelly HW, Van Natta ML, Covar RA, Tonascia J, Green RP, Strunk RC, et al. Effect of longterm corticosteroid use on bone mineral density in children: a prospective longitudinal assessment in the childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) study. Pediatrics. 2008;122(1):e53-61.

Kienle GS, Glockmann A, Grugel R, Hamre HJ, Kiene H. [Clinical research on anthroposophic medicine: update of a health technology assessment report and status quo]. Forsch Komplementmed. 2011;18(5):269-82.

Kimura G, Kadoyama K, Brown JB, Nakamura T, Miki I, Nisiguchi K, et al. Antipsychotics-associated serious adverse events in children: an analysis of the FAERS database. Int J Med Sci. 2015;12(2):135-40.

Komatsu DE, Thanos PK, Mary MN, Janda HA, John CM, Robison L, et al. Chronic exposure to methylphenidate impairs appendicular bone quality in young rats. Bone. 2012;50(6):1214-22.

Korterink JJ, Rutten JM, Venmans L, Benninga MA, Tabbers MM. Pharmacologic treatment in pediatric functional abdominal pain disorders: a systematic review. J Pediatr. 2015;166(2):424-31 e6.

Levine M, Froberg B, Ruha AM, Burns-Ewald M, Yen M, Claudius IA, et al. Assessing the toxicity and associated costs among pediatric patients admitted with unintentional poisonings of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder drugs in the United States. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2013;51(3):147-50.

Marchac V, Foussier V, Devillier P, Le Bourgeois M, Polak M. [Fluticasone propionate in children and infants with asthma]. Arch Pediatr. 2007;14(4):376-87.

McCarthy S, Cranswick N, Potts L, Taylor E, Wong IC. Mortality associated with attentiondeficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug treatment: a retrospective cohort study of children, adolescents and young adults using the general practice research database. Drug Saf. 2009;32(11):1089-96.

Pampura AN. Prevalence of atopic diseases and the use of topical corticosteroids. Is there any connection? Med Hypotheses. 2005;64(3):575-8.

Trasande L, Boscarino J, Graber N, Falk R, Schechter C, Galvez M, et al. The environment in pediatric practice: a study of New York pediatricians’ attitudes, beliefs, and practices towards children’s environmental health. J Urban Health. 2006;83(4):760-72.

Weldon D. The effects of corticosteroids on bone growth and bone density. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2009;103(1):3-11; quiz -3, 50.

Wohlfarth TD, van Zwieten BJ, Lekkerkerker FJ, Gispen-de Wied CC, Ruis JR, Elferink AJ, et al. Antidepressants use in children and adolescents and the risk of suicide. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 2006;16(2):79-83.

Zuzak TJ, Zuzak-Siegrist I, Rist L, Staubli G, Simoes-Wust AP. Medicinal systems of complementary and alternative medicine: a cross-sectional survey at a pediatric emergency department. J Altern Complement Med. 2010;16(4):473-9.



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While specialization in medicine is of extreme importance and can account for remarkably successful treatments, especially with regard to emergency room medicine, surgery, and other highly technical and skilled fields, overspecialization can limit our ability to effectively address illnesses that are complex and affect multiple organ systems. Alternative systems of treatment including traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Naturopathy and those rooted in functional medicine, systems biology, physiology and other more integrative disciplines are demonstrating improved outcomes in chronic illness. Collaboration across disciplines can also result in improved health outcomes.

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Hamre HJ, Witt CM, Kienle GS, Schnurer C, Glockmann A, Ziegler R, et al. Anthroposophic therapy for asthma: A two-year prospective cohort study in routine outpatient settings. J Asthma Allergy. 2009;2:111-28.

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