Autism Quackery, or the Effectiveness of So-Called Autism Cures 

Well, I had a time watching a 20/20 segment on the effectiveness of Miracle Mineral Solution, or MMS, touted by the Genesis II Church of Healing. It was touted as a cure for things from autism to breast cancer. What it is, however is a solution which, by citric acid as a catalyst, releases chlorine dioxide-basically bleach-into your system. I’m not a scientist, but average bleach containers maintain it is not to be ingested. People have even died as a result of ingesting this stuff, including one person in the 20/20 report. Again, I am not a scientist, but should you not drink or anally ingest something that induces diarrhea, vomiting and possible anemia? Some people think the aforementioned are signs the stuff is working. I still don’t get it.

The so-called science associated with MMS is that autism is caused by parasitic germs in the digestive system. This is false. According to the latest autism cause research, it is genetics which determine the existence of autism. With this in mind, I have decided to debunk various so-called cures that the “cure” camp of autism parents uses in order to make their child neurotypical, which, according to the latest science, is impossible.

Nutritional Supplements

-Believes that the right prescription of biomedical aids (such as vitamins) helps the brain and body function better

-Uses vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes and omega-3 fish oil

-Believes autism can be cured through the oversupplying of nutrients

-Similar to the MMS hypothesis used to tout that, as stated above

-Causes nutritional imbalances, which could worsen symptoms

Stem Cells

-Stem cells used for various diseases, clinical trial stage only

-Side effects unknown

-Effectiveness unknown

-The Most “promising” of the therapies

Dietary Approaches

-Believes autism is caused by sensitivities and allergies to food

-Similar theory to MMS and Supplements

-Often causes deficiencies due to nutrient denial

Chelation

-Often touted by anti-vaccine crowd

-Believes to cure “vaccine damage,” a multiple-disproven “cause” of autism

-Can cause cancer, neurodevelopmental disorder from toxicity, and death

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

-Touts a wide range of diseases

-Only approved by FDA for certain medical uses

-Can lead to paralysis, air embolism

-Since Oxygen is used, risk of fire

Detoxifying Clay Baths

-Hypothesis: Based on chemical toxicity

-No known side effects

-No known effectiveness tests or measurements

Spiritual-Based Healing Processes

-Includes psychics and exorcists

-No known measured effectiveness

Applied Behavior Analysis

-Usage of various supposed behavioral techniques

-Based on reward system

-Tactics often include withholding food and special interests to achieve desired behavior

-Reports of people unable to communicate “No” and possible increased risk of rape in girls and women

-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder reported in autistic adults who underwent this

-Controversial; most-applied cure/technique

“Le Packing”

-A common French practice of wrapping children in ice-cold blankets and sheets

-Not exactly sure what kind of science is behind this, but seriously: wet blankets?

-Can lead to hypothermia and pneumonia

And the only known effective technique…..

Autism Acceptance and Support

-Involves working within the parameters of the autism level

-Teaching communication

-Majority of autistic children become verbal at some point

-Nonverbal autistic people communicate too, using supportive technology

-Approves of non-harmful stimming

-Stimming is used to deal with discomforts, including excessive sensory input and emotion

-Teaching social skills using explanation and modeling

 

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