By Tom Chivers
Doctors have warned of the dangers of “complementary” medicines after a 4-year-old boy was admitted to A&E for calcium poisoning from taking supplements recommended by a naturopath.
According to an article in the journal BMJ Case Reports, the boy arrived at a London hospital suffering from acute vomiting, weight loss, and loss of appetite. He was also peeing and drinking much more than is normal. He was previously healthy except for a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).
Tests found that his blood calcium level was 4.08 millimoles per litre (mmol/L), the standard measure of concentration. The normal range is between 2.2 and 2.6mmol/L. Often, this “hypercalcaemia” is a symptom of an underlying disease, such as a tumour or a thyroid problem, but doctors couldn’t find any.
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