Four autism treatments that worry physicians
DEC. 7, 2009 12 AM PT Los Angels Times
The Chicago Tribune examined four treatments in depth.
Medical experts said that the therapies have not been proved to help children with autism and that each also carries risks.
What it is: Antibodies culled from donors are infused into the patient intravenously over many hours.
FDA-approved for: Pediatric HIV, some bone marrow transplants.
Risks: Headaches, anaphylactic shock, meningitis, tiny risk of contracting infectious disease.
Autism theory: Helps regulate the immune system.
Expert: Pediatric neurologist Dr. Andrew Zimmerman of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore called use of IVIG to treat autism “irresponsible,” considering the lack of evidence, side effects and the enormous cost.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
What it is: Patients are sealed in pressurized chambers, which are often enriched with extra oxygen.
FDA-approved for: Decompression sickness.
Risks: Ear pain, oxygen toxicity.
Autism theory: Reduces inflammation.
Expert: Neuropharmacologist Richard Mailman at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine: “I would not be surprised if it causes long-term damage.”
What it is: Patients are given a drug that binds to heavy metals to be excreted in urine.
FDA-approved for: Severe lead poisoning.
Risks: Nausea, vomiting, body pains, neutropenia, death.Autism theory: Rids body of heavy metals.
Expert: Institute of Medicine Immunization Safety Review:
“No scientific evidence . . . that chelation is an effective therapy.”
What it is: Treatment for rare disorders.
FDA-approved for: Urea cycle disorders.Risks: Rectal bleeding, vomiting, peptic ulcer disease, irregular heartbeat, depression.
Autism theory: Fixes detoxification pathways.
Expert: Kennedy Krieger Institute: “No research conducted into use for autism.”– Trine Tsouderos and Patricia Callahan
SOURCES: “Food and Nutrients in Disease Management,” Institute of Medicine Immunization Safety Review; “Changing the Course of Autism,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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.