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Contemporary bogus autism therapies summarized

Posted 24 July 2018

For her Woo Watch column, Kavin Senapathy has authored a two-part overview of autism relevant to consumer decision-making. Part 1 describes autism spectrum disorder; the false link between autism and both the MMR vaccine and thimerosal; mainstream therapeutic interventions; the autism acceptance movement; and eight dubious approaches:

  • (a) the DAN! Protocol,
  • (b) chlorine dioxide (CD/MMS),
  • (c) secretin,
  • (d) chelation,
  • (e) hyperbaric oxygen (HBOT/HBO2),
  • (f) chemical castration with Lupron,
  • (g) GcMAF, and
  • (h) stem cell therapies.

Reference: Senapathy K. On unsubstantiated yet prevalent therapeutic interventions for autism [Part I. Skeptical Inquirer, July 9, 2018

Part 2 lists red flags to look out for with any purported treatment or cure for autism and discusses five more unsubstantiated interventions:

  • (a) CEASE therapy,
  • (b) facilitated communication,
  • (c) gluten-free casein-free (GFCF) diet,
  • (d) non-GMO diets, and
  • (e) the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet.

Reference: Senapathy K. On unsubstantiated yet prevalent therapeutic interventions for autism [Part II]. Skeptical Inquirer, July 9, 2018 

Source: Consumer Health Digest #18-29 July 22, 2018

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