Forbes.com contributor Emily Willingham came up with what she called the five “scariest autism treatments” – and although the timing of the post was on Halloween, she was using the word “scary” not to associate it to the holiday, but because she feels these treatments really are quite frightening due to the harm they can (and have) caused, and are pursued (and at times strongly defended) by some of those in the autism community. Here is the quick run-down of her list (and click here to read the info in full)
- MMS – It stands for Miracle Mineral Solution, taken orally or as an enema – but through her own home science experiment, Willingham cautions it’s really bleach.
- Lupron Protocol – It’s a hormone-based therapy that interferes with the production of testosterone or estrogen – Willingham refers to it as chemical castration.
- Chelation – This is the process of using a chemical to strip metal from the blood (used, for example, to treat mercury poisoning). As Willingham notes, it can strip out other needed metals – such as calcium – which keeps our hearts beating.
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy – this form of ‘oxygen therapy’ is the subject of an FDA warning to consumers.
- Stem cells – She points out that treatments, like this one, you need to go around the FDA on – you may want to think twice about.
We here at Kyle’s Treehouse understand that there are many different treatments and therapies out there to tap in to – and it’s about finding the right one, or mixture of treatments – that work best for you and your child. And our post here is not necessarily to specifically label the treatments above since we’re not as familiar with these – but it serves as a good reminder that, on a broader scale, there are treatments out there that can cause true harm and are very dangerous, so it’s important to know all the facts before pursuing one that may be associated with potentially negative outcomes/consequences, whether considered small or large. The world of treatments is massive – it’s a lot of information to weed through – but it’s important to do that research because there could be a lot at stake.
Lynsey, Community Manager