Scholar Paper on Sources of Fad Treatments for Autism
Top 7 Fad Treatments for Autism
These days there are many questionable fad treatments popping up everywhere for addressing core ASD symptoms. Here’s a list of some:
Lupron Therapy: Lupron is a testosterone-inhibiting drug used commonly to treat precocious puberty and even prostate cancer. Now, it’s being used for autism because of the theory that testosterone multiplies the toxic effects of mercury.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Though HBOT has shown to effectively treat gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, and the bends, there exists no hard proof to support ASD causes a lack of oxygen in the blood. In addition, there is no evidence proving that HBOT is safe and effective for the treatment of ASD.
Gluten Free – Casein Free Diet (GFCF): There’s no evidence supporting the claim that kids with autism have “leaky guts” which permit opioids to run into the bloodstream, enter the brain, and then cause autistic symptoms. A large-scale study conducted on the efficacy and safety of the GFCF Diet suggested that kids on the diet experienced similar results to those not on the diet.
Marijuana Therapy: As a treatment for ASD, marijuana is not scientifically nor medically supported to help treat core autistic symptoms. Short-terms side effects of marijuana reported include impaired thinking, problem solving, learning and memory, distorted perception, and impaired coordination. Long-term use has been linked with reduced learning abilities, greater danger of respiratory diseases, and decreased motivation.
Bleach Therapy: The therapy makes an ASD person drink a diluted form of bleach, or is administered via an enema to cure symptoms. Bleach doses are repeatedly given up to eight times a day or three times a week through an enema. The treatment’s rationale is that bleach will eliminate heavy metals, yeast, parasites, bacteria, and ultimately ASD symptoms. The therapy has been denounced widely for the damages it may cause and for its lack of scientific support.
Therapeutic Horseback Riding: The therapy for autistic children is supposed to enhance communication, motor, social skills, and improve responses to external stimuli. Even though a handful studies have promoted horseback riding benefits in peer-reviewed journals, they are chiefly descriptive with small samples or poor outcome measures, and therefore cannot really support the therapy as an effective, evidence-based treatment.
Holding Therapy: Holding therapy is largely based on the mistaken idea that ASD is a disorder of attachment brought about by parents’ failing to bond with their children. In a HT session, a caregiver restrains an autistic child physically to force eye contact and fix attachment. This therapy has been regarded as highly ineffective and even dangerous. No scientific proof exists supporting holding therapy as a successful and deaths have resulted.