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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.

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Quackery exploiting autism families

Posted 31 October 2016

An article by Jane McCredie, published in the Medical Journal Australia

A FEW years ago, I attended a scientific conference on autism. In the foyer, among the drug company stands and the stalls selling learning aids, was a promotional display for hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

Commercial providers of this service claim it offers huge benefits for everything from infectious diseases to cancer. For children with autism, it’s alleged to improve cognitive and general function as well as social and language skills.

Weirdly, providers often describe it as a “natural” treatment, offering it alongside homeopathy and various dietary programs. How being put into a metal chamber to breathe pressurised oxygen can be considered natural beats me.

There’s no evidence to support the use of this or many of the other alternative treatments promoted for autism, as Dr Andrew Whitehouse of Perth’s Telethon Institute has written, but … Read the rest

South African articles on autism and Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS)

Posted 18 January 2016

Here are a collection of recent South African focussed articles and sites related to the use of MMS for autism.

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