Weirdest Therapies for Autism like Medical Marijuana
These days parents of autistic children are trying everything under the sun to cure their children. Here is my list of top weirdest therapies for autism:
1. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Parents force their children to enter repeatedly pressurized oxygen chambers and breathe a greater level of oxygen like 24% to 100% the normal level, with a higher atmospheric pressure. This therapy which was usually used to treat decompression sickness, or after scuba diving accidents, costs thousands of dollars. The therapy is intended to reduce inflammation. In the last 15 years clinicians, doctors, and corporations have been promoting HBOT to treat autism. Advocates assert its wonderful effects on language, anxiety, and cognition. So far no clinical studies have proven this treatment helps children with ASD.
2. Intense Regimen of Supplements
The 7-year-old son of James Coman, says his son has an unusual skill of swallowing six pills all at once. Besides swallowing several pills, the boy is injected with vitamin B12 and receives intravenous infusions of a drug to chelate metals from his body. The child takes large doses of vitamin C, a hormone, and even a drug for repressing testosterone.
3. Stem Cell Therapy
Although stem cell therapy is currently illegal in the US, Americans are travelling abroad to countries where stem cell therapy is legal. Stem cells are obtained commonly from human umbilical cord tissue that are donated by mothers after giving healthy, normal births. There exists no evidence to support the therapy actually does any positive improvement in core symptoms of autistic people.
4. Lupron Therapy
The testosterone-suppressing drug is used to treat prostate cancer, precocious puberty, and for chemically castrating sex offenders. Parents are using Lupron because of the hypothesis that testosterone increases hugely the toxic effects of mercury. There exists no evidence supporting the drug is either safe or effective for treating autism.
5. Secretin Injections
This is a hormone that regulates digestion. It’s prepared from pigs. Though FDA has approved only single doses of secretin to diagnose gastrointestinal problems like impaired pancreatic function or ulcers in adults, it has not approved these injections for autism treatment. There’s no data that validates the effectiveness or safety of many doses of secretin.
6. Antifungal Agent Therapy
Since people theorize that bacteria in the gut is causing autism, and because antifungal medications could wipe out bacteria, they imagine they can cure autism as well at the same time. There’s no hard evidence to confirm that antifungal agents can cure autism. Antifungal treatments include Lamisil, Diflucan, Nizoral, and Sporanox.
7. Marijuana Therapy
Its use for treating ASD is not scientifically nor medically supported for addressing autistic core symptoms. Some short-term side effects of marijuana use reported are impaired thinking, problem solving, learning and memory, impaired coordination, and distorted perception. Long-term use has been linked with reduced learning abilities, decreased motivation, and higher danger of respiratory diseases connected with smoking.
8. Bleach Therapy
ASD children are given a diluted form of bleach usually orally or via an enema to cure symptoms. Bleach doses are administered repeatedly. Supporters recommend the ASD child to drink the bleach concoction up to 8 times daily, or get an enema two to three times a week. The therapy is based on the rationale that bleach can effectively eliminate heavy metals, yeast, bacteria, and parasite, and thus, eliminate ASD symptoms. The treatment has been denounced broadly for the damage it may cause such as vomiting, diarrhea, and severe fever.
9. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
The procedure involves magnetic fields that are used for stimulating nerve cells in the brain in order to improve or diminish certain functions. TMS is commonly utilized for treating mental illnesses like schizophrenia and depression. Reported side effects include scalp discomfort and headaches. Although investigators are looking into TMS’s efficacy in ASD treatment, there exists presently zero evidence supporting its use on people with autism.
10. Dolphin-Assisted Therapy
While undergoing DAT, the autistic person touches, swims, and interacts with dolphins. Supposed benefits of DAT include improved communication skills, emotional control, and increased attention. Proponents claim the emotional experience that DAT provides, assists ASD persons in becoming more receptive to more conventional treatments. Yet, there is no evidence indicating DAT is effective in long-term progress of ASD symptoms.
11. Prism Glasses
Because prism glasses change the visual perception of autistic individuals, they are believed to enhance behavior as well as challenging vision-related symptoms. Supporters claim that some ASD individuals suffer from distorted perception, which improves by using both abnormal movements and postures like head tilting. Prism glasses allegedly repair distorted perception and support visual development. Other benefits include visual awareness, spatial localization, reduction in sensory seeking behaviors, and more. Sadly these benefits lack scientific backing.
12. Nicotine Patch Therapy
Research studies discovered abnormalities in nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the brains of people with autism, and a few scientists have theorized that main ASD symptoms can be attributed to these changes. The findings that indicate a shortage of such receptors led some to believe that by increasing or stimulating these receptors can eliminate ASD symptoms. Supporters believe nicotine released into the body via the patch both activates and upregulates receptors, and thus, reducing ASD symptoms. In spite of evidence-based rationale, no scientific evidence supports the use of NPT. Common side effects include sleep problems in the shape of insomnia and nightmares, skin irritation, nervousness, headaches, and indigestion.