Grants Funded by Cure Autism Now – 1997
A double-blind placebo-controlled crossover study of the effects of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) in autism
Sudhir Gupta, M.D., University of California, Irvine (Bridge Grant)
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease.]
Autism is a disease of unknown cause. A number of treatment approaches have been used with varied success. A majority of these have been open trials (subject to personal bias). Earlier in an open study we reported that a subset of children with autism show a beneficial effect to the treatment with intravenous immune globulin (IVIG). In order to avoid any bias, we conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study to examine the effect of IVIG in autism.
Twenty children were enrolled, and the study was divided into phases. In Phase 1, 12 children were randomly assigned with placebo and the other 12 with IVIG. Treatments were given at 4-week intervals for a total of 6 treatments. In Phase 2, those children who were receiving placebo treatments were switched to IVIG treatment, and those receiving IVIG treatment were switched to placebo. During Phase 2, children were treated for 6 treatments as in Phase 1.
Psychometric analysis was done using number measurements and a large number of immunological evaluations were also done. As a group, there was no significant difference between the effect of placebo and IVIG. Some children did show improvement on IVIG; however the significance of improvement could not be demonstrated because of the small study size. A number of limitation were noted in the design of the study, which may have resulted in not reflecting true beneficial potential of IVIG in autism.
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Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.