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Posted by Ann on September 16, 2000 at 21:53:58:

In Reply to: Re: WARNING, Consult Professionals First Re: right doses of B6/Mag posted by Moderator on September 15, 2000 at 20:13:18:

:Everything you mention is legitimate except that as a licensed pharmacist you
can give out dosing info on any over the counter preparation and this includes vitamin
supplements. Actually many physicians consult with us on our knowledge of
medication. It is my job to be sure people get proper dosing quanities and that is
why I always guard against some of these papers I have gotten that have doses
that in my opinion could cause harm. I am not a physician therefore I will not
diagnose but I can give out dosing information , same as if you called me at a
drugstore pharmacy and asked me about a medicine and how much should be given.
I am treating my daughter based on what I have learned from this message board,
other Mom's and my own research. There is a formula for calculating children's doses
based on age and weight and I use a book called Facts and Comparisons and The Physician's
Desk Reference if I need further information. I am just trying to help others that have helped
me. I have been a practicing pharmacist for 14 years.
I respect your wishes and will have anyone that needs or wants dosing information
to send me an e-mail.Also, there is such a wide spectrum of autism that most
treatment is not exactly the same for each child. something that worked for 1 child may not
work for another. It has taken me a year to find something that is starting to heal my child.
Most all learned thru parents like you guys , but I recalculate the doses for my child.

Thanks for the information, and for sharing, but as you are a professional I urge you to emphasize to people who may be tempted to act on what you say that no treatment should be attempted based solely on an anonymous post.

: Readers should realize that nothing in an anonymous post should be considered to be a credential or evidence of professional certification. Use a post as a starting point in your research, but always verify it with a professional licensed to practice medicine or to dispense dietary advice.

: Being cautious is not impolite, and it is not impolite to be skeptical concerning treatments that may cause harm. In fact, caution should be liberally applied even to advice from a professional --- that is what second opinions are for.

: Readers, without intending to disparage anyone, let me ask you to think about how many physicians or dieticians would dispense advice to you without ever seeing you --- not very many because of the liability involved. They would need to know about you and your medical history before advising any treatment.

: So, when you receive advice anonymously about treatments over the Internet, be very, very cautious.
: : Just wanted you to know I am a licensed health care professional
: : as I am a licensed Doctor of Pharmacy. But always feel free to
: : consult a DAN Doctor. These MD's except a few are the only ones
: : that suggest thses alternative therapies that I know of.
: : Ann

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