Miracle drug or junk science?
An unproven and potentially dangerous drug is being touted as a miracle drug for autism treatment. The protocol, developed by Dr. Mark Geier and his son, David, involves repeated injections of Lupron, a powerful drug used to chemically castrate sex offenders. The men are marketing their protcol across the country and have already opened up clinics. Renowned doctors from around the world have denounced this treatment as unproven, based on "junk" science, and potentially damaging to a developing child's bones and organs.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Mark Geier and Eisenstein are physicians, but neither is board-certified in any specialty relevant to autism and the use of Lupron, including pediatrics, endocrinology, psychiatry and neurology. Geier is a geneticist; his son has a bachelor's degree in biology. Eisenstein, a family doctor who preaches a message of home birth, vitamins and vaccine safety, said he treated "virtually no" autistic children in the past.
This is one of the more dangerous stretegies of the alternative autism treatments community. Parents of autistic children, desperate for help, often grasp at straws, clinging to anything or anyone that promises hope. But with absolutely no tests or studies at all on the use of Lupron in children, much less autistic children, this is just too dangerous. It's one thing to try mega vitamins; quite another to allow one's child (pubescent or pre-pubescent) to be injected with a pwerful sex hormone that is normally used to castrate. Somehow parents must get past their despair and their frustration and stop allowing the use of their children as guinea pigs.
Drugs to treat autism found ineffective
A drug that is used to treat children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Citalopram (Celexa), has been found ineffective in treating children with autism. The drug proved no more effective than a placebo when given to autistic children.
Many autistic children exhibit behaviors that look like OCD, repeated and ritualistic behaviors from hand washing to touching the same spot over and over. In addition, repetitive (stereotypical) behaviors such as rocking occur in most autistic children.
AND TO READ ABOUT HOW AN AUTISTIC MAN WAS RECRUITED INTO THE MARINES FROM A GROUP HOME PLEASE GO HERE AND READ...THIS WAS ALSO A BIT DISTURBING!
AUTISTIC MARINE THAT SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN