Chelation: Miracle Autism Treatment or ‘Voodoo Medicine’? | Circa July 10, 2008

July 10, 2008 09:02 AM
 
by Cara McDonough
Many parents say chelation, a process that removes heavy metals from the body, cures their autistic children. Critics claim a study of the controversial method would be unethical.
 
Some government researchers are pushing for a federal study of chelation in autism, pressured by parents who believe in the method, which is traditionally used to treat lead poisoning.

Using chelation to treat autism is tied to the idea that mercury in vaccines causes autism, a theory unproven by scientific research. …

Source: Chelation: Miracle Autism Treatment or ‘Voodoo Medicine’?

 

… Other scientists disagree. Dr. Paul Offit of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and author of an upcoming book on autism, said federal research agencies must “bring reason to science” without “catering to a public misperception.” Offit and others say a study would be unethical. 


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