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Should We Study Chelation for Autism? – Science-Based Medicine

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) supports doing a study on the effects of oral chelation therapy in autism.

The proposal is highly controversial, is drawing criticism from many scientists, but has popular support among parents who believe this type of therapy might help their children with autism.

The proposal raises many questions about the ethics of biomedical research. Chelation and Autism Chelation therapy is a legitimate FDA approved treatment for heavy metal poisoning.

The drugs used for chelation, such as disodium EDTA, bind to heavy metals so that they can be removed from the body. Chelation drugs can be given either orally or intravenously.

The treatment is somewhat risky because it can also remove needed electrolytes, like calcium, from the body or causes shifts in the electrolytes that can cause arhythmias and changes in brain function.

There are reported cases of cardiac arrest and death due to chelation. Chelation therapy has a long history of quackery – not …

Source: Should We Study Chelation for Autism? – Science-Based Medicine

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