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Is the autism “biomed” movement an uncontrolled and unethical experimentation on autistic children?


Asked by Anonymous at 5:22 PM on May. 9, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • Trine Tsouderos, and Patricia Callahan did a series of very interesting artiles in the Chicago Tribune on this topic including:

    Autism treatment: Science hijacked to support alternative therapies

    Autism treatments: Risky alternative therapies have little basis in science



    Answer by Anonymous at 6:52 PM on May. 9, 2010

  • Some dietary treatments have been developed by reliable therapists. But many of these treatments do not have the scientific support needed for widespread recommendation. An unproven treatment might help one child, but may not help another.

    Many biomedical interventions call for changes in diet. Such changes include removing certain types of foods from a child’s diet and using vitamin or mineral supplements. Dietary treatments are based on the idea that food allergies or lack of vitamins and minerals cause symptoms of ASDs. Some parents feel that dietary changes make a difference in how their child acts or feels.

    If you are thinking about changing your child’s diet, talk to the doctor first. Or talk with a nutritionist to be sure your child is getting important vitamins and minerals.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:33 PM on May. 9, 2010

  • There in only one documented case where a child died after performing chelation.


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:36 PM on May. 9, 2010

  • There is**

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:36 PM on May. 9, 2010

  • To relieve the symptoms of ASDs, some parents and healthcare professionals use treatments that are outside of what is typically recommended by the pediatrician. These types of treatments are known as complementary and alternative treatments (CAM). They might include special diets, chelation (a treatment to remove heavy metals like lead from the body), biologicals (e.g., secretin), or body-based systems (like deep pressure).[3]

    These types of treatments are very controversial. Current research shows that as many as one third of parents of children with an ASD may have tried complementary or alternative medicine treatments, and up to 10% may be using a potentially dangerous treatment.[4] Before starting such a treatment, check it out carefully, and talk to your child’s doctor.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:38 PM on May. 9, 2010

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    To learn more about CAM therapies, go to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Get the FactsExternal Web Site Icon webpage.



    Answer by Anonymous at 5:39 PM on May. 9, 2010

  • Many children with autism have a reduced level of glutathione and a reduced ability to excrete mercury, resulting in elevated levels in their bodies as demonstrated by blood, hair, provoked urine, and baby tooth testing. Our earlier studies have demonstrated that DMSA, an FDA-approved medication for treating lead poisoning in children, is effective in increasing excretion of mercury and other toxic metals. Based on many clinical reports, we hypothesize that a 3-month treatment with glutathione and DMSA will result in a reduction of autistic symptoms in some children with autism.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:44 PM on May. 9, 2010

  • ^^^^ The above information came from The study was completed 2009. No results have yet been reported.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:45 PM on May. 9, 2010

  • The University Behavioral HealthCare (UBHC) in New Jersey is running a study: Here are the details and the link

    This study is an innovative treatment approach to autism. It adapts a promising adjunct therapy for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia to a new population, that of children and adolescents with autism. It will analyze the possible relationship between dosage of omega 3 fatty acids and treatment outcomes. Finally, it will attempt to identify which specific subgroups of subjects will respond to this intervention, which components and associated features are most responsive and whether this impacts subjects' quality of life. The data generated by this study is intended to support the rationale for a full scale, large multi-site clinical trial.


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:05 PM on May. 9, 2010

  • Oh lets see.... the ones that I am familiar with are.... Remove MSG, artificial colors, and preservatives from their diet. I don't see any benefit from those things for ANY child. So I don't see any harm in taking those out of their food selections.

    I'm doing that for my kids. I am also not buying stuff with high fructose corn syrup anymore.


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:12 PM on May. 9, 2010