Parents should avoid alternative treatments for autism, expert warns0
Imagine that your cousin was just diagnosed with cancer. His doctor from a well-respected hospital explained the traditional treatment: surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
The doctor cannot make any guarantees and explains the negative side effects.
Next, your cousin informs you he will abandon the recommended treatment and go with an alternative form of therapy consisting of drinking purified sheep’s milk, receiving hot stone massages three times per week, and taking a pill made from llama blood cells.
Naturally, you would ask questions:
What is the degree of the professional who is recommending this therapy?
How effective is the treatment likely to be, and what are the side effects?
Why would this type of therapy work to cure the cancer?
How much will it cost?
Your cousin says that the professional asserts the therapy should be 100% effective within two months with monthly follow-up appointments, and that he has never seen anyone who didn’t benefit from the treatment.
There are no side effects, although no published research support the treatment regimen, which costs $60,000.
As a bonus, it is effective for a wide range of conditions including diabetes, insomnia and depression, although the treatment is not covered by insurance.
Hmm…doesn’t this seem odd?
What if your cousin went with the alternative therapy for one year without any positive results and now the cancer has spread and is no longer treatable.