One moral here is: don't shun conventional medicine to grasp at "alternative" straws.
The temptation to do just that can be huge. Often, the conventional route reaches an impasse. It can be years before a new development offers fresh hope for your child. At those nadirs, alternative therapies may seem like the only options. They come cleverly wrapped in sophisticated pseudo-medical jargon that lure many of us to dig deep into our wallets to "just try".
As I've written, years ago the hubby and I were victims of scores of such snake-oil salesmen. Our tally was 35 of them: from cranial sacral therapy, through Japanese acupuncture, to "healing", to osteopathy, to Chinese acupuncture, to chiropractics, and many more.
This week I learned that not only weren't we alone we were in excellent company:
A University of California study that appeared in last month's Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (title: "CAM Common in Children With Developmental Disabilities") found that complementary and alternative medicine (or CAM) is widely used for children with developmental delay. Parents with higher education resorted to CAM the most. Families who utilized more hours per week of conventional services (>20 hours) were more likely to use CAM "including potentially unsafe or disproven CAM".
Good company notwithstanding, we need to resist the allure of all that false hope. It's just too pricey, both financially and medically.