You Want to Put What in My Child?

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An industrial chemical developed to help separate heavy metals from polluted soil and mining drainage is being sold as a dietary supplement by a luminary in the world of alternative autism treatments.”

Read that quote again.

In the frenzy around the increasing number of children being diagnosed with autism, some panicked parents aren’t making the best long-term choices for their children. They don’t want to wait around, they want a quick fix now. These feelings make sense but need to be rationalized.

Although not being publicly admitted, the drug referenced above acts as a chelator and treats heavy metal poisoning. No medical studies exist on this drug. The FDA has not approved this “antioxidant," nor does it appear that the company selling it is cooperating.

The American Heart Association has spoken out against this type of treatment stating that “Organized medicine opposes chelation therapy because it’s an unproven procedure and it involves extreme risks to patients who receive it." Risks including death- in 2005 a boy with autism died from a similar treatment.

Parents have expressed an inability to stand around and wait for treatments to be approved. I agree, don’t wait around. Love your child for who they are. Acceptance can go a long way. Look into behavioral therapies that may mesh well with your child’s individual needs. Stay updated on research coming out about various therapies through sites like the Autism Society of America and Autism News.

The greater awareness and increased funding for research have made a phenomenal impact on the resources available to families of children with autism, but this drug exemplifies the negative side. With money comes greed and manipulation- don’t support unfounded research, especially one as dangerous as this. It’s just not worth the risk.

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This is yet another example of how the FDA needs to crack down on the "health supplement" market. Unfortunately, in a time of budget constraints, I would be shocked if it happens anytime soon.

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