SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Amazon quietly removed two books from its marketplace this week, each claiming to have a “cure“ for autism.
In “Healing the Symptoms known as Autism“ and “Fight Autism and Win“ the authors recommend parents medicate their children using a kind of chlorine and bleach to reverse the effects they claim are caused by vaccines. It’s a treatment the FDA has said causes dangerous side effects like kidney damage and severe dehydration.
But researchers say they also distract from treatments that can really increase the child’s quality of life. Applied Behavioral Analysis encourages positive behavior and aims to help anxiety, social skills, and light and sound sensitivity, not erasing a diagnosis.
Researchers also say that every child is different, and a correct treatment plan is one that works for the individual child.
Lindsay Toulatos has a child on the autism spectrum, she said:
As a parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum, we all deal with different symptoms and behaviors. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurological condition which does not need or warrant a “cure.” When we lump our children and adults into one large category with a “cure” attached to it, we are doing a disservice to our children and ourselves. Each individual with autism needs to be treated as such concerning their treatment and accommodations. We as parents and a society should be looking at these individuals for the beautiful neurodiversity they bring into the lives of those who know them. Because our knowledge of autism is always growing, look for the most recent literature rather than relying on old information. Remember to take the approach of any treatment needs to have a “do no harm” theory as their goal as these are children.
The Bureau of Children with Special Health Care Needs provides a variety of resources for families supporting a child with autism. They recommend vetting thoroughly any new program or treatment for your child using the following guidelines.