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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

U.S. researchers call off controversial autism study

This is very refreshing news for natural cure advocates like us. This can be considered a moral victory. This controversial study has been called off because critics have called it an unethical experiment on children.

The National Institute of Mental Health said in a statement Wednesday that the study of the treatment — called chelation — has been abandoned. The agency decided the money would be better used testing other potential therapies for autism and related disorders, the statement said. Hopefully, these so called "other potential therapies" are more on the natural side.

The study had been on hold because of safety concerns after another study published last year linked a drug used in the treatment to lasting brain problems in rats.

Chelation removes heavy metals from the body and is used to treat lead poisoning. Its use as an autism treatment is based on the fringe theory that mercury in vaccines triggers autism. This theory has never been proved and has been rejected by mainstream science.

This is a very wise decision for the sake of our children. I hope that they would spend more time, money and effort in studying the effects of natural treatments in autism. You never know, the cure just might be right under our noses.


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