Saturday, 7 November 2009

JABS and AoA in "Quoting any old shit" shocker

Both the JABS Forum and that USA-based hotbed of stupendous idiocy "Age of Autism" have reproduced a press release, via Reuters (which they clearly hope will give it a sheen of legitimacy), regarding chelation, and how it's been shown to be of benefit for autism. Chelation - a potentially dangerous procedure used to remove heavy metals from the body in cases of heavy metal poisoning.

This is a prime example of advocacy groups ignoring good evidence that chelation does no good for autistic kids, that autism is not the same as heavy metal poisoning and that chelation can potentially be lethal - until, eventually, a study comes out supporting their favourite quack therapy. Then they're all over it.

So, who conducted and published this amazing research? Was it conducted by a respected centre of learning? Well, let's see.

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two studies published by theSouthwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Hold on a minute? A college of naturopathic medicine?!

Let's have a look at their website shall we?

Naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems, covering all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care.

Really? What does that actually mean then? Well, apparently, it means this;

Naturopathic doctors diagnose disease and treat patients by using natural modalities such as physical manipulation, clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, counseling, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy, among others. They choose treatment based on the individual patient, not based on the generality of symptoms. This approach has proven successful in treating both chronic and acute conditions.

Ah - quackery. Magic water and back cracking. And AoA and JABS want us to take this bollocks seriously? A study put out by woos and weirdos that contradicts every previous study on the subject? Just so they can carry on making money from their favourite dangerous, useless quack remedy?

Mendacious bastards.

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