By Rachel Forshee
Whether you’re an alternative medicine proponent or a defender of Western Medicine, there’s still plenty to talk about with autism treatments.
An article published by the Chicago Tribune, back in May, is now getting some traction. The article makes a case against doctors Mark Geier and his son, David Geier who developed a new treatment for autism they called a “miracle drug”.
“The therapy is based on a theory – unsupported by mainstream medicine – that autism is caused by a harmful link between mercury and testosterone,” wrote reporter Trine Tsouderos. Tsouderos went further to say that all alternative treatments should be rejected.
Then, on October 5th, a new CDC report came out. In Indiana, a grossly polluted state with comparatively high rates of autism, data reported to the Indiana Department of Education, by every public school system in the state, have shown spikes in the numbers of children enrolled in special education under the category “autistic” over the past three years.
That report seems to have started off another set of sparks for people who support alternative therapies.
“We feel some urgency that we can’t wait for 10 or 20 years,” pediatrician Dr. Elizabeth Mumper, medical coordinator for the Autism Research Institute, testified in a special federal court that examined the issue of autism and vaccines.
David Kirby, author of the best-selling book Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy said in response that the mainstream media’s response to the new CDC data had been “rather nonchalant.”
“But the implications of the new incidence measures are anything but mundane. They are startling,” said Kirby.
One blogger associated Tsouderos’ critique of experimental treatments with a burning house that you are told to do nothing about. “That’s my response to the Chicago Tribune accusing us of performing ‘uncontrolled studies’ on our kids,” wrote Kim Stagliano in her blog, Age of Autism.
Stagliano continued to say that medical agencies will tell parents to use powerful psychiatric drugs with little to know knowledge of how they work or their long term effects on kids. “Talk about risky,” she said.