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Severe hypercalcaemia in a child secondary to use of alternative therapies
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    A daily dose of 3,000 IU vitamin D should be safe in a 4-year-old child
    • Adrian R Martineau, Professor of Respiratory Infection and Immunity
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      • Dr Eva Kocovska

    The case report from Dr. Boyd and Dr. Moodambail highlights the potential for over-zealous administration of vitamin D to result in toxicity (1). However, we contend that it is very unlikely that the reported daily dose of 3,000 IU (75 micrograms) vitamin D would elevate serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) concentrations to over 2000 nmol/L in a 4-year-old child. The US Institute of Medicine specifies a safe Upper Level...

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    Non-Disclosure of CAM usage: a case of "for every complex problem, there is a solution that is plain, simple and wrong"?
    • Sandra L Lucas, Postgraduate Student
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      • Dr Matthew Leach and Dr Saravana Kumar

    We thank Dr. Boyd and Dr. Moodambail for their recent article in BMJ Case Reports, which describes the case of a four-year old boy with hypercalcaemia and hypervitaminosis D that was possibly attributed to the inappropriate prescribing of nutrient supplements. The case was complicated by the fact that the parent failed to disclose the use of these supplements until several days into the child's admission.


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    Vitamin D

    I think it is irresponsible of this author not to mention that there has indeed been research linking vitamin D to Autism and it is quite reasonable for parents to consider that supplements might improve their child's symptoms. I have certainly seen in clinical practice a reduction in autistic symptoms in patients over the summer months.

    There is also evi...

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