Desperation, Science, Charlatans and Alternative Treatments

Page 3 of 6 [ 81 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  Next

ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Posts: 25,496
Location: Long Island, New York

16 Dec 2017, 1:20 am

These Scientists Say A British Professor's Claim That Aluminium Is Linked To Autism Is "Absurd"

Quote:
A British professor’s claim in a national newspaper article that aluminium in vaccines may cause autism has been called into question by fellow academics.

The claim, by Chris Exley, a professor of bioinorganic chemistry at Keele University, has been criticised by fellow scientists, who described his research as flawed, said it is “absurd” to draw conclusions from it, and raised concerns over a possible conflict of interest, all of which he denies.

Exley has claimed in the past that aluminium causes Alzheimer’s disease and is linked to breast cancer. His department has received money from a company that sells silicon-rich mineral water, which he thinks “everyone should drink every day to remove toxic aluminium from their bodies and brains”.

The article in question, which was partly taken from a piece Exley wrote for the health blog Hippocratic Post, was published by the Daily Mail and titled “Perhaps we now have the link between vaccination and autism”. It said that in Exley’s research, to be published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, “aluminium content of brain tissues from five donors who died with a diagnosis of ASD was found to be extraordinarily high”.

The Daily Mail's online story has had at least 59,000 shares so far, and a story about the research has been written on the anti-vaccination site Age of Autism

The main problem, said Bishop, is that the study lacks controls: It looked at no healthy brains to see whether they were different from the ASD-diagnosed brains. “You always need controls, because you tend otherwise to see what you expect to see, even if there is no deliberate attempt at fudging the data,” she said. “This point is the most serious, in my opinion, and would make me just dismiss the results.”

Bishop said: “When you’re doing that sort of analysis you absolutely have to do it blind and have a set of control brains, and they didn't.” She said it was surprising that this study had been given access to the Oxford Brain Bank’s brains: “These brains are very, very precious and rare.”

Exley told BuzzFeed News that suitable controls were unavailable, and that his earlier studies, done using the same technique, gave them “a very good understanding”. He added that he had taken steps to “find out how much aluminium could conceivably have been added by the process”.

Second, the study didn’t mention how any of the donors died, which both Bishop and Green felt was relevant. “Clearly the cause of death is pertinent to brain findings and needs to be taken into account,” said Green. Exley said that none of them had died of causes which would cause him to expect them to have elevated aluminium levels, and that the reason he had not included the causes of death was to avoid the donors being identifiable. Both Green and Bishop felt that it should have been possible to include the relevant information in a nonidentifiable way.

Third, the study’s results are strange, according to Dr Alice Howarth, a cellular physiologist who works at the nonprofit organisation Merseyside Skeptics. “The very high figures stand out as potentially anomalous,” Howarth told BuzzFeed News. “They’ve taken three pieces of tissue from one lobe of one donor’s brain and measured each separately. One showed a [value of micrograms of aluminium per gram of brain tissue] of 2.44; one was 1.66; and the third was 22.11!”

She says most scientists would remove the third result from their findings because it was so anomalous, or at least carry out the test several more times, and that it was “astonishing” Exley had not. Instead, Exley’s paper adds the three figures together and averages them – and then places great weight on the result, saying “one has to question why, for example, the aluminium content of the occipital lobe of a 15-year-old boy would be 8.74μg/g”.

As well as previously claiming that aluminium causes Alzheimer’s disease, Exley has also previously claimed that it is found in the breast tissue of women who have had mastectomies.


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity.

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Posts: 25,496
Location: Long Island, New York

19 Jan 2018, 1:49 am

Quack healthcare worker ‘told leukemia girl she needed to eat KFC, treated autistic kids with bellybutton massages and claimed she could make blood flow backwards’

Quote:
Unlicensed practitioner Elvira Brunt allegedly administered odd "alternative therapies" to several children at the Fravira Clinic in Adelaide.

The mother of the boy who received the bizarre massage told a parliamentary inquiry in 2009 she is the only person in the country to offer such treatment, Adelaide Now reports.

"She just warms the blood up and manipulates the bloodstream through his bellybutton," the furious mother said.

But Brunt, who says she obtained her medical degree from "Old Yugoslavia", claims her patients have benefited from her treatment.

"Obviously I believe the patients have benefited because they keep coming back," she told Adelaide Now.

In 2009, she was named in a South Australian parliamentary inquiry into 'bogus, unregistered and de-registered health practitioners'.

That same year, an 18-month-old girl named Sophie was crushed to death at Brunt's clinic, ABC reported.

Sophie was playing with toys in the same room her mother Justine Schulz was getting a massage.

An inquest of was told that the little girl was killed when massage therapist Mira Maric - unaware of Sophie's presence - lowered the electric massage table and crushed her.

Brunt defended her practice, saying "hundreds of thousands" of such tables had been used in the past "without incident".


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity.

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Posts: 25,496
Location: Long Island, New York

09 Mar 2018, 1:44 am

Optician who claims to treat autism struck off

Quote:
An optician who claims to be able to treat the vision of people with autism and brain injuries using coloured filters has been struck off.

Ian Jordan works in Ayr but has seen thousands of patients from across the UK and abroad.
He claims he has been able to transform the lives of patients with a range of visual problems by using tinted lenses.

But the General Optical Council has now "erased" him from its register of dispensing opticians

Mr Jordan claimed many people on the autistic spectrum had some form of prosopagnosia or face-blindness, a cognitive disorder of face perception rather than a problem with their eyes.

He claimed optical professionals were usually unaware of the importance of tints but the effect was well known in the autism community.

He said: "In some cases in autism, for instance, if you can't see your parent's face but you don't have a refractive error that is significant - that means you don't have a strong enough lens - you are told you can't use the health service."


FDA Didn’t Issue New Statement On Vaccines And Autism
Quote:
NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Some health websites have misrepresented the fine print on an old vaccine label to falsely claim that the “FDA announced that vaccines are causing autism

Autism was listed as one of many “adverse events” on the 2005 label of Sanofi Pasteur’s Tripedia childhood vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. When the vaccine was first approved, such reports were generated voluntarily by consumers and were automatically added to the FDA label, even if there was no plausible connection to the product.

The 2005 label notes that such reports do not “establish a causal relationship” to the vaccine. Since then, the FDA has changed its labeling rules and now only includes adverse events “for which there is some basis to believe there is a causal relationship,” the agency said in a statement.

Sanofi Pasteur stopped making the vaccine years ago, and its last shipment of it was in 2012.


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity.

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Posts: 25,496
Location: Long Island, New York

22 Apr 2018, 11:59 pm

Outrageous claims': Canadian homeopaths say diluted vaccines can 'recover' kids from autism

Quote:
Some homeopaths in Canada are claiming they can “recover” children from autism using massively diluted doses of the very vaccines they blame for autism in the first place.

The “detoxification” therapy known as CEASE — Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression — is based on the widely debunked theory that most causes of autism are due to childhood vaccines.

“The homeopathic method as applied in the treatment of vaccination damage consists of administering four successive remedies of the suspected vaccine,” states the CEASE website, which lists dozens of Canadian homeopaths and naturopaths among its registered practitioners. The list includes Victoria, B.C.’s Anke Zimmermann, who, in a now-deleted blog post, reported treating a preschooler with behavioural problems with a homeopathic remedy made from the saliva of a rabid dog.

According to the CEASE doctrine, all autistic children should be detoxified using the “homeopathically diluted remedies” of the vaccines that have been administered to the child, and that “autistic children should never again be vaccinated!”

The site further advises parents of autistic children to avoid the use of microwaves, “poisonous” sugars and sweeteners as well as plastic containers and packages. Children should also be “well grounded to the earth” to avoid static electricity, which “may give rise to both emotional/mental disorders and physical complaints.” No insulating (rubber or plastic sole) shoes or synthetic floor coverings, the site advises. “If possible, have your child walk around barefoot.”

More alarmingly, parents are told to avoid antibiotics to avoid harming gut flora and worsening the “underlying problems.” Parents are advised that, in the case of infection, “opt for naturopathic solutions” instead.

Tinus Smits, a Dutch homeopath who died in 2010, developed CEASE. Smits claimed to have treated more than 300 children with autism before his death. He blamed vaccines for 70 per cent of all causes of autism, the rest on medications and other “toxic” substances such as food additives and pollution.


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity.

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Posts: 25,496
Location: Long Island, New York

28 Apr 2018, 1:26 am

More than 120 homeopaths trying to ‘cure’ autism in UK

Quote:
More than 120 homeopaths in the UK are offering a “cure” for autism that involves supposedly detoxing children of the vaccines and antibiotics held responsible for the condition, the Guardian has learned.

The homeopaths are accredited practitioners of CEASE “therapy”, which stands for Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression. CEASE was invented by a Dutch doctor called Tinus Smits, who died of cancer in 2010.

His book and website, which lists therapists around the world, describe a method of ridding children of toxins – predominantly vaccines and medication – that are said to cause autism. It involves homeopathic remedies and high doses of vitamin C in excess of those recommended by national guidelines.

Diarrhoea, which could be a result of excessive vitamin C, and fever in children should not necessarily be cause for concern, say CEASE therapists, because it is the child’s body purging itself of toxins.

“It’s absolutely appalling,” said Carol Povey, director of the centre for autism at the National Autistic Society (NAS), which helps develop best practice. “As healthcare practitioners, homeopaths should still be working on evidence-based practice and looking at national guidelines.”

The NAS is concerned by the suggestion that autism, a developmental disorder, could be cured

A minority of CEASE therapists in the UK are members of the Society of Homeopaths. Its regulatory body, the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), has said the Society of Homeopaths must state by the middle of next month what action it will take to ensure children are safe as a condition of its re-accreditation.

Advertisement

The PSA told the Society of Homeopaths that “CEASE therapy contravenes medical advice by apparently advising against vaccination of children, avoiding antibiotics in the case of infection and advocates high doses of vitamins not recommended for children. We are also concerned that the full name of CEASE (Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) strongly implies the ability to cure autism through this therapy,” it said in a statement.

While the society had responded that its members “should not be practising the aspects of CEASE that defy medical advice”, this was not clear on its website, said the PSA.

Mark Taylor, chief executive of the Society of Homeopaths, said it was looking into how many of its members practised CEASE therapy and whether they complied with advice on respecting medical evidence. “We are looking at the advice we will offer over the next few weeks so there is nothing more to say at the moment,” he told the Guardian.

Many other homeopaths who are also CEASE therapists are not members of the society. The PSA urges the public to choose only those on its accredited register.

Jennifer Hautman, a homeopath who is not a Society of Homeopaths member, says she has used CEASE therapy if parents have requested it. Smits’s book, she says, is written for lay people, who then look for a therapist.

While the causes of autistic spectrum disorder are unclear, she says on her website that “ASD is often linked to vaccine damage” and asks parents to fill in a questionnaire “if you feel you or your children have been damaged by vaccines”.

Asked about the CEASE theory that fever and diarrhoea help expel toxins, she said: “Generally speaking in homeopathy, discharge can be a good thing. If you have infected wounds, you want the pus to come out. If you have diarrhoea you want it to come out rather than be constipated.” A child must not be allowed to become dehydrated, however.

Smits, the creator of CEASE therapy, wrote in his book that “all kinds of detoxification reactions may occur” as a result of the treatment. Most common is fever, he said, which “should not be treated with medication, as it is a healthy reaction of the organism and not a disease! ... Eliminations like diarrhea, flu, expectoration, and bad-smelling and cloudy urine should also be left alone, because they are a part of the healing process.”

One child he treated had diarrhoea that “relieved his system so much that his autism almost disappeared instantly”. After 10 days, however, his mother was so concerned that she took him to the doctor, who gave him immodium to stop the diarrhoea.


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity.

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


Spiderpig
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 14 Apr 2013
Gender: Male
Posts: 7,893

28 Apr 2018, 2:16 am

At the end of the day, you can't stop parents from screwing up their own kids as much as they want to. But, of course, trying to stop them makes a perfect excuse to gradually implement a police state.


_________________
The red lake has been forgotten. A dust devil stuns you long enough to shroud forever those last shards of wisdom. The breeze rocking this forlorn wasteland whispers in your ears, “Não resta mais que uma sombra”.


ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Posts: 25,496
Location: Long Island, New York

04 May 2018, 2:50 am

WOMAN WHO CLAIMS CABBAGE JUICE 'CURES' AUTISM AND CAN REGROW LIMBS TO BE PROBED BY OFFICIALS

Quote:
Officials in Ohio have demanded proof from a woman who has falsely claimed that fermented cabbage juice can “cure” everything from autism to homosexuality.

Jillian Mai Thi Epperly, 44, from Canton, Ohio, claims that a substance called “candida” causes disease in the body, and that drinking a gallon of a “protocol” she calls "Jilly Juice" every day can be used to treat it.

The drink is made by blending saltwater with kale or cabbage that is “fermented” at room temperature for three days, Epperly claims in a self-published book detailing her ideas.

Tens of thousands of people follow her Facebook page. But Epperly has no known medical or scientific qualifications, according to a BuzzFeed report, which included an interview with her. David Seres, director of medical nutrition at Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center, told the website that Epperly’s claims are “absolutely dangerous nonsense.”

In a self-published book entitled Candida: Weaponzied Fungus Mainstreaming Mutancy, Epperly states she cured herself of chronic illnesses including Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and no longer gets sick from the flu, colds or suffers from allergies thanks to her juices. She wrote that “probiotics” can reverse paralysis, autism and cancer: claims that have no scientific backing.

The powers of Jilly Juice stretch to changing the biochemistry of gay, lesbian and transgender people, she argued in a Facebook post, stating a person's sexuality or gender identity is caused by a “mutation of the human body.” It can even cause limbs and organs to re-grow.

Symptoms including dizziness, headaches, nausea and explosive diarrhea are all signs that her juice is riding the body of parasites, she says.


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity.

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


rowan_nichol
Veteran
Veteran

Joined: 28 Jul 2016
Age: 57
Gender: Male
Posts: 610
Location: England

04 May 2018, 12:35 pm

Here is a link to a training course which came up on my facebook news feed.
https://www.centreofexcellence.com/shop ... s_FB_AWARE

Here is an extract giving one of the accreditations
This course is certified by the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), the IAHT is an internationally recognised organisation. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses.

Here is the UK companies house entry on the IAHT :
https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/comp ... 1/officers.
One director, name of Sara Lou-Ann Jones.

Here is the list of other companies of which Ms Jones is a director
https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/offi ... pointments
Several companies named "Centre of Excellence" with some variations, Manchester based in many cases.

All seemingly having one director, and in many cases sharing the registered address with the IAHT.

Does the certification not seem a little, shall we say, Circular? Is there not a wee conflict of interest? Could that certification be a little spurious

A Companies House search on the Complementary Medical Association reveals a company with a registered office at the premises of a secretarial and general company services company in Southend, one active director, four directors who have resigned, and calling up the last accounts show net assets of £68. HArdly indicative of an international association.

Here is the Home Page of the Centre of Excellence training
https://www.centreofexcellence.com/

As we scroll to the bottom we find the interesting words...

Great Opportunities
Become a Centre of Excellence Reseller

A life-changing opportunity to work with the Centre of Excellence. The worlds leading online education and training provider.
We are here to help you; and to help you help others. Sign up for your own affiliate link and start earning commissions from selling our courses.

New revenue stream
Healthy profit margins
Flexibility to offer any course
Quick and easy to get started

And the links lead to the Ts and Cs, https://www.centreofexcellence.com/affi ... /424593-2/

and I become a little suspicious that the real hook is not to take a course but instead resell the courses via links on ones social media and receive some sort of commission.

It was quite interesting probing through the comments, as a result of the probing they fessed up that there was one author, a parent, and no input from any autistic person or even the NAS.

Most interestingly, i added more to the comments chain, with those links to Companies House overnight while things were quiet. No flame ware broke out, just a deletion of the comments and use of the "Block" function so that I cannot post any more comments; that suggests that the comments I made found their mark and there was no way to argue so the comments were deleted and my user account blocked before I could frighten away punters.

It was a mistake to target Autistic people and our carers this way. we have detail focus, we spot patterns and we have a very clear sense of what is right and what is wrong.



ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Posts: 25,496
Location: Long Island, New York

25 May 2018, 8:25 am

Complaints levelled at B.C. naturopaths offering 'complete elimination' of autism

Quote:
Three registered B.C. naturopaths who offer a treatment promising "complete elimination" of autism through homeopathy are the subjects of a complaint under investigation by their regulatory body.

The procedure is called CEASE therapy — an acronym for "complete elimination of autism spectrum expression" — and it's based on the scientifically unsupported claim that autism spectrum disorder is largely caused by vaccines.

The College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. has acknowledged it is investigating a public complaint made earlier this month, alleging CEASE practitioners are misleading families and putting children at risk. CBC News has obtained a copy of the complaint, but it is not available to the public.

The concerns in the complaint are shared by Pat Mirenda, director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism at the University of B.C.

 A college policy on vaccination also states that naturopaths "must not counsel a patient against obtaining immunizations in the absence of a sound, and properly documented, medical rationale for doing so.

CEASE was developed by a Dutch homeopath named Tinus Smits, who claimed that 70 per cent of autism is caused by vaccines, 25 per cent by medications and other substances, and five per cent by disease.

Smits claimed that autistic children can be "detoxified" using highly diluted homeopathic versions of those substances, along with doses of vitamin C, minerals and fish oils.


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity.

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


kazanscube
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 21 Sep 2015
Gender: Male
Posts: 26,180

29 May 2018, 9:57 am

I've seen a multitude of books in various bookstores and library shelves that purport to provide the so-called cure to autism regardless of what form said individual has.As well, there are websites and blogs of persons pushing all sorts of 'cures" and treatments for the entire spectrum to make a person normal again as, this is nothing more than bogus and life-threatening crap and nothing more. I wished all this stuff was debunked and ruled nonsense whereby, it could be removed from shelves and out of the conscious of the human psyche, but oh well this will go on even after I've probably no longer walk the ground of the earth itself.


_________________
I'm an extremely vulnerable person. Vulnerability and emotion are very closely linked.


ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Posts: 25,496
Location: Long Island, New York

30 May 2018, 1:05 am

ASPartOfMe wrote:
Complaints levelled at B.C. naturopaths offering 'complete elimination' of autism

Three registered B.C. naturopaths who offer a treatment promising "complete elimination" of autism through homeopathy are the subjects of a complaint under investigation by their regulatory body.

The procedure is called CEASE therapy — an acronym for "complete elimination of autism spectrum expression" — and it's based on the scientifically unsupported claim that autism spectrum disorder is largely caused by vaccines.

The College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. has acknowledged it is investigating a public complaint made earlier this month, alleging CEASE practitioners are misleading families and putting children at risk. CBC News has obtained a copy of the complaint, but it is not available to the public.

The concerns in the complaint are shared by Pat Mirenda, director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism at the University of B.C.

 A college policy on vaccination also states that naturopaths "must not counsel a patient against obtaining immunizations in the absence of a sound, and properly documented, medical rationale for doing so.

CEASE was developed by a Dutch homeopath named Tinus Smits, who claimed that 70 per cent of autism is caused by vaccines, 25 per cent by medications and other substances, and five per cent by disease.

Smits claimed that autistic children can be "detoxified" using highly diluted homeopathic versions of those substances, along with doses of vitamin C, minerals and fish oils.


Naturopath college outlaws therapy that promises 'complete elimination' of autism
Quote:
A homeopathic therapy that promises "complete elimination" of autism has been banned by the regulator for naturopaths in B.C.

The College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. advised practitioners Monday that advertising or offering the treatment, known as CEASE therapy, does not meet its standards for professional responsibility.

"The board has determined that naturopathic doctors in British Columbia must not advertise or offer CEASE therapy. Any naturopathic doctor who provides CEASE therapy to patients may be investigated by the inquiry committee of the college and may be subject to disciplinary action," college registrar Howard Greenstein wrote in an email to all registered naturopaths in B.C.

The name alone is a problem, Greenstein wrote in his email, explaining that it represents a claim "that is likely inaccurate, unverifiable, or likely to create a false impression of the results CEASE therapy may provide to patients and may be likely to take advantage of the emotional vulnerabilities of autistic individuals and their parents and/or guardians."

He said the practice likely violates the college's rules on advertising and immunization, and may also be inconsistent with the expected standards of care for autistic patients.

The college has also updated its policy on vaccination, clarifying that naturopaths must not provide patients or the public with anti-immunization materials in person or through marketing, and that practitioners should not advise against vaccination without a properly documented medical rationale.

"It is the generally held view of the college, on behalf of the naturopathic medical profession, that for most patients, the benefits of the vaccinations recommended by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control significantly outweigh the risks," Greenstein wrote.

But Victoria's Anke Zimmermann remains, and has posted a full-throated defence of the practice on her website.

In it, she acknowledges that "complete elimination" may be an overstatement.

"Perhaps a different name would have been better. Maybe it should be renamed. Maybe it really works that well but we don't have enough research to prove it at this time," she wrote.

She added that she has never promised to cure autism, and always tells patients that any autism treatment requires between one and four years. Zimmermann also said she'd be happy to volunteer for any study that might test the effectiveness of CEASE.


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity.

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Posts: 25,496
Location: Long Island, New York

23 Jun 2018, 3:46 am

http://bronx.news12.com/story/38489696/judge-phony-autism-therapist-must-pay-25k-to-get-out-of-jail

Quote:
Lore pretended to be a behavioral therapist, swindling parents of children with autism out of $34,000. In the six years Lore has been out of prison, prosecutors say she's barely paid back her victims, sometimes sending them checks for just $2 or $3 at a time.

Lore is supposed to get married next weekend. Her public defender says he's not sure how fast they can come up with the money.


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity.

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Posts: 25,496
Location: Long Island, New York

09 Nov 2018, 3:34 am

Controversial naturopath gives up licence, says work 'not going to change'

Quote:
A Victoria naturopath who drew public attention for treating a child with a homeopathic solution made from rabid dog saliva, has surrendered her licence but says she will continue to act as an unregulated homeopath.

The College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. says Anke Zimmermann voluntarily gave up her licence after a "collegial discussion" with its inquiry committee earlier this month.

At the centre of the discussion was the college's policy on immunization — which forbids naturopaths from including anti-immunization materials in their advertising and from counselling patients against vaccination without a properly documented medical rationale.

The registrant indicated that she felt that complying with the college's bylaws and policies, in particular, the immunization standard, made it difficult for her to serve her patients with her integrity," the college said in a public notification.

"The registrant understood the college's standards of practice and that her approach to practice does not align with the college's regulation of the profession in that area."

Zimmermann told CBC News she chose to surrender her licence because the college's policies on immunization prevent her from practising how she prefers. She particularly objected to the idea that she shouldn't develop treatments for autistic children based on the unsupported theory that vaccines cause autism.

Zimmermann said she relies on parents to tell her that their children's autism is linked to childhood immunizations.

"I don't tell them that their child was vaccine-injured. They come to me — they're calling me from all over the world, saying this is what happened to my child, can you please help me? And what am I supposed to do, not help them?" she said.

When asked why a parent with no professional health training should be trusted to diagnose a child, Zimmermann said: "If they tell me their child has a reaction from their vaccination, I have no reason not to believe them. Parents know their children better than any medical professional."

Zimmermann made headlines around the world in the spring after she wrote a blog post claiming she had used a homeopathic solution called lyssinum to bring a four-year-old with behavioural problems "back into a more human state from a slightly rabid dog state."

She said the boy was violent toward classmates, had trouble sleeping and experienced nightmares about werewolves and wolves.

Lyssinum, also known as lyssin or hydrophobinum, is made by repeatedly diluting the saliva of a rabid dog in water. Lyssinum is generally approved for use in Canada, but the brand that Zimmermann used does not have a licence from Health Canada




FTC takes on deceptive stem cell therapy claims for blindness cure and autism treatment
Quote:
On October 18, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it settled charges against California-based Regenerative Medical Group, Telehealth Medical Group, and the founder of both companies, Dr. Bryn Jarald Henderson, based on deceptive stem cell therapy claims. In its complaint, the FTC alleged Henderson and the companies made unsupported claims, including that “amniotic stem cell therapy” can treat serious diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, autism, macular degeneration, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and heart attacks. Henderson and the companies even claimed that the treatment could “reverse autism symptoms” and cure blindness. The FTC asserted that the claims are not supported by scientific evidence in violation of the FTC Act, which prohibits false advertising and deceptive practices. The settlement:

Imposes a partially suspended $3.31 million judgment, which represents what patients paid for the treatments,
Prohibits Henderson and the companies from making these and other health claims in the future unless the claims are true and supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence, and
Requires the defendants to notify current and former patients about the settlement within 30 days.
In addition, under the terms of the proposed order, Henderson and the companies are required to submit compliance reports to the FTC of any changes in ownership interest or business activity for the next 10 years.

This is the first time the FTC has cracked down on stem cell clinics, and the action against Regenerative Medical Group and Telehealth Medical Group follows a trend of regulatory actions by federal agencies, including FDA, challenging false and misleading claims related to unproven treatments for autism, arthritis, macular degeneration, and other serious conditions.




Outrage as Leeds event claims autism is 'a manmade epidemic' that can be cured
Quote:
An autism charity has said that 'vile and abusive rhetoric' has been used to promote an event in Leeds which claims that people can be cured of the disorder.

Leaflets advertising an event in Chapeltown today suggest that autism is 'a manmade epidemic' that can be 'reversed'.

It is believed that the leaflets have been distributed by Janice Alexander, who claims to have a healthcare degree.

Emma Dalmayne, 43, is autistic and is CEO of the charity Autistic Inclusive Meets.

She told LeedsLive: "It makes me furious, because we aren't an epidemic.

"We're not ill, we're not diseased, we're not injured. We're in no need of recovery or purging.

The event was originally listed to be taking place at Roscoe Methodist Church, Chapeltown, but Reverend Mark Harwood said that they cancelled it as soon as they found out about what was being promoted.

LeedsLive believes it has been moved to take place over the road at Blackpearl Hair Care and Salon.

The event also claims that 'wifi is killing you' and that by attending, people can learn how to prevent childhood leukemia and brain tumours which it suggests are caused by modern society's addiction to new technology.

LeedsLive has contacted Janice Alexander for a comment, but we are yet to receive a response. Blackpearl Hair Care and Salon refused to make a comment when approached.


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity.

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Posts: 25,496
Location: Long Island, New York

14 Apr 2019, 3:51 am

Homeopaths ‘treat’ autistic children with rabid dog saliva

Most of the article is being a paywall but there is enough to get the basic idea

Quote:
Homeopaths are prescribing potentially dangerous autism “treatments” containing rabid dog saliva and cancerous breast tissue to children as young as three.

They claim the pills can undo the “damage” caused by vaccines and conventional medicine that they believe can trigger autism.

Alan Freestone, from Birmingham, claims to have treated 1,185 autistic patients with remedies such as carcinosinum, made from cancerous breast tissue; lyssin, made with rabid dog saliva; and medorrhinum, made from the discharge of a man with gonorrhia.


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity.

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Posts: 25,496
Location: Long Island, New York

22 Apr 2019, 1:49 am

Self-declared ‘church’ sells dangerous miracle cure to heal HIV and autism

Quote:
A self-declared church is promoting a dangerous miracle cure that claims to heal 95 per cent of illnesses including HIV and autism by making people drink bleach.

To push the “effective alternative healing” the quasi-religious organisation called Genesis II Church of Health and Healing hosted an event in Leavenworth, Washington, on Saturday.

According to reports, people are made to drink bleach in this church saying that it can cure eradicate 95 per cent of health concerns.

The group asked for payments of between $450 and $800 per person (£346 to £615) for couples attending the event in exchange for a year’s membership to the organisation and packages of bleach, known as “sacraments”


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity.

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman


ASPartOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Aug 2013
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Posts: 25,496
Location: Long Island, New York

26 Apr 2019, 3:53 am

“Doctor” Accused of Killing Patients Promoting Dangerous Autism “Cure” on Facebook

Quote:
A British woman on the run from law enforcement is promoting an unregulated blood product as a cure for autism on Facebook. Amanda Mary Jewell promises parents of autistic children that a product called GcMAF will cure autism by improving their immune system. However, Jewell is not a doctor and the product she is promoting is not approved for the treatment of autism.

In a Facebook group GcMAF Oracle, Amanda Mary Jewell gives medical advice to patients from around the world. Jewell is not a doctor nor does she have any medical training. However, she claims she is a “cancer researcher” that can heal a range of diseases like HIV, AIDS, heart disease, cancer, and autism.

GcMAF is a blood product derived from plasma. The product is produced by modification of the vitamin-d-binding protein. Individuals that promote the product believe that GcMAF attacks the viruses and diseases in the body.

For years, the product has been researched as a possible treatment for cancer. However, four studies published on the effectiveness of GcMAF for cancer have been retracted. In the UK, GcMAF is banned for use. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says GcMAF is not approved for use in the treatment, prevention, or cure of any disease.

Jewell tells parents in her group that autism is “mainly a viral disease” that children develop through vaccines. On her website she says,

“Autism is usually a viral disease (to a greater or lesser extent) in the brain and the stomach.

In 85% viruses are involved, and the child will respond to GcMAF. In 15% of children with autism, they made a full recovery.


_________________
Professionally Identified and joined WP August 26, 2013
DSM 5: Autism Spectrum Disorder, DSM IV: Aspergers Moderate Severity.

“My autism is not a superpower. It also isn’t some kind of god-forsaken, endless fountain of suffering inflicted on my family. It’s just part of who I am as a person”. - Sara Luterman