False hope: desperate families prey to ‘nonsense’ snake-oil treatments for autism

False hope: desperate families prey to ‘nonsense’ snake-oil treatments for autism

The Guardian

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A parliamentary inquiry into autism has heard submissions about how debunked treatments are peddled as hope, but also personal stories, and both break and warm hearts

Bleach enemas, restrictive diets, and potentially toxic pills are among the dangerous and debunked “therapies” that parents of children with autism have been sold.

The bleach – “Miracle Mineral Supplement” – was sold on an entirely baseless claim that intestinal parasites cause autism. Last year, the Therapeutic Goods Administration banned the advertising and sale of MMS after its makers also started claiming it was a cure for coronavirus.

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