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September 8th, 2012
08:42 AM ET

Alternative treatments for children

Dr. Lawrence Rosen tells Randi Kaye which and how to use herbs, spices and other products to treat illnesses.

Filed under: Anchors • Randi Kaye
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  1. Don Burke

    I was appalled by the pseudoscience peddled by Dr. Rosen. There is absolutely no evidence of a beneficial effect of the "spice rack resources" he touts. To choose just one example, a search of the National Library of Medicine published papers detects not a single peer-reviewed scientific manuscript showing a therapeutic effect of cayenne pepper use in children. On the contrary, the review of scientific papers finds many on the danger and toxicity of this folk remedy. And there are papers citing disastrous cases where parents used cayenne pepper instead of seeking proper care. If Dr. Rosen can provide evidence that cayenne pepper does effectively treat children, he should show that evidence, and not merely cite anecdote and opinion. I note that while Dr. Rosen may have written his beliefs in a book, he has never published a single peer-reviewed scientific paper of a clinical trial of his "spice rack resources." I expect better from CNN than to broadcast such unserious drivel to a national audience. I can only hope that your show today won't harm any children.

    September 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  2. Don Burke

    P.S. Could you please make sure that Randi Kaye reads my message. Thank you, Don

    September 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  3. Ted Walter

    I too was appalled by CNN decision to air this piece. My eyes hurt from rolling! As suggested by Don, there is no evidence whatsoever concerning the efficacy of such "treatment". I looked. I can only imagine the harm that may be inflicted on children treated with such things as cayenne pepper....even in seemingly small amounts. Shame on CNN for helping to promote such nonesense. There's a reason its called "alternative" medicine rather than....medicine.Its either not been proven to work or its been proven not to work.

    September 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm |

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