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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Food-allergic children at Halloween

    halloweenThe American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology offers tips for creating a safe Halloween for food-allergic children.


    • Don’t allow your child to trick-or-treat alone.
    • Verify that adults or friends understand food allergies and what to do in an emergency.
    • Have your child carry emergency medication on Halloween night.
    • Before Halloween, distribute safe snacks to neighbors to give to your child.
    • Eat dinner before trick-or-treating to reduce urges to sneak a treat.
    • Trick-or-treat candies may have different ingredients the same brands in regular size.
    • Carefully check all treats’ ingredients. If in doubt about ingredients, throw the candy away.
    • Work with your child’s teacher to plan a school party involving non-food treats, such as stickers or novelty erasers.
    • Host a party that focuses on costumes, pumpkin carving, games and other Halloween-themed fun.

    Medical News Today also makes recommendations.

    10/24/09 21:02 JR

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