Complementary approaches to autism

This journal examines and critiques selected complementary therapies that a used in cases of autism.

You should consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program that is potentially harmful.

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Chelation & autism

Chelation is an approach that aims to way to remove toxins from the body such as lead or mercury that are thought to be antecedents to autism. Chemicals are ‘flushed’ from the body with a range of other chemicals and it can be a long and drawn out process.

This therapy has yet been proven and is seen by many as dangerous with the risk outweighing the benefit.

In the US the FDA has issued a caution against do-it-yourself chelation kits as there is some evidence that it can cause harm if not done properly. It can be distressing for the autistic child as well as dangerous, and is not recommended.