One of the reasons that anti-vaxers get my blood pressure up is that so many of them go hand in hand with buying into alternative treatments. I’ve written many times before about how I generally only choose evidence-based therapies, and if trying what you could call a “promising treatment” that I take factors into consideration like cost, safety and so on.
But some of these treatments can’t even be called promising. And now the FDA is speaking out and warning families against stuff like this. No, not some giant conspiracy….really, in the words of a friend “Our government is barely sophisticated enough to effectively organize a pot-luck gathering…do we really think they can organize a big conspiracy against all the families with autism in this country?” And honestly, if autism really could be cured by something as simple as pressurized oxygen, don’t you think scientists would be climbing all over themselves to get it proven? If we could reduce the BILLIONS of dollars that autism costs our country every year….by using simple oxygen, it’s really a stretch to think that our government would try to keep this a secret and prevent people from doing it.
One of these is hyperbaric oxygen chambers or hyperbaric oxygen therapy. I had one grandmother explain to me exactly how it was done, and it’s really sad to hear the story. All the false promises, the false hope….families who are just willing to try anything. I remember internally cringing at what I was hearing–my skeptic self could hear through all the bs they were told.
So anyway, here is the article:
I found it interesting, I had no idea that people who provide this “service” try to claim that it cures a number of things. I actually know of two families who have been taken by these scam artists. It’s really sad to see first hand. And having seen both of the children that were put through the treatments, at least to the naked eye, they don’t appear any different or any better off. One family even twice received an autism diagnosis–once at school and once from a doctor, and they drove all the way up to New England, to see a non-doctor who said their child doesn’t have autism, it’s mercury poisoning and she can be cured. It’s all so eye-roll worthy. In one year….they spent….$11,000 on this nonsense. That’s what makes me angry–that’s $11k that could be used for a college education, or retirement or a lovely respite vacation. Instead it went in the pocket of a quack.
Need to decide what to do for your child? Follow the evidence!