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Quackery exploiting autism families

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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

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Pharmacists selling CAM doesn’t wash

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Posted 21 March 2016

We recently posted a peer-reviewed paper, Alternative Medicine and the Ethics Of Commerce, written by Scott Gavura and Professor Chris MacDonald and published in the journal Bioethics.

Jane McCredie highlights this article in the Medical Journal Australia of 21 March, 2016, with a title “Pharmacists selling CAM doesn’t wash”. She points out the principle of ‘informed consent’, that the buyer needs to fully understand what they are being sold, that is, the seller needs to give all the information for a fully informed decision to be made. She writes: “The informed consent principle implies ‘a general demand for honesty on the part of sellers, and a refusal to profit from the ignorance of consumers’, Gavura and MacDonald write.”
She writes: “So how does the CAM industry fare when measured against these principles of commercial ethics? It’s pretty much a total fail on the first
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