- Anti-inflammatory medications; this is based on a misreading of a study that the study's author repudiates, that because autistic brains are inflamed, then reducing the inflamation will reduce autism.
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy; this seems to be just an expensive and useless anti-inflammatory treatment, but other doctors cite dangers in pumping above normal oxygen into kids
- Chelation; this one is related to the discredited link between mercury and autism
- Phenylbutyrate; A "nutritionist" with a doctorate "issued by Columbia Pacific University, an unaccredited institution that was shut down after a lengthy court battle with the state of California" claims that this drug will "burn off" certain very-long-chain fatty acids found in autistic brains. She also claims that ALS is just a buildup of neurotoxins in the blood.
- Testsosterone inhibition; based again on a faulty reading of a study whose author is horrified that it is being used this way
Monday, December 7, 2009
The health section in today's LA Times has several articles about straws parents will grasp at in treating autistic kids. They look at a few "treatments" and explain why they don't -- can't -- work.