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From Diet to Detox: Controversial Therapies in Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Environmental and Ecotoxicology

  1. Michael J. Fitzpatrick BA, MBBS General Practitioner

Published Online: 15 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744307.gat183

General, Applied and Systems Toxicology

General, Applied and Systems Toxicology

How to Cite

Fitzpatrick, M. J. 2009. From Diet to Detox: Controversial Therapies in Autistic Spectrum Disorders. General, Applied and Systems Toxicology. .

Author Information

  1. Barton House Health Centre, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2009

Abstract

An increased public awareness of autism has resulted in a rising trend of diagnoses, creating the impression of an ‘epidemic’. Many parents of children newly diagnosed with autism have been impressed by plausible theories blaming vaccines and other environmental causes. Many have also been captivated by claims that ‘biomedical’ treatments—including special diets and supplements, ‘detox’ regimes and medications—can achieve dramatic results. The current fad for unorthodox biomedical interventions in autism includes an eclectic collection of therapies which have no coherent scientific rationale and for which evidence of either efficacy or safety is lacking.

Keywords:

  • unorthodox biomedical;
  • gluten-free;
  • casein-free diet;
  • heavy metal chelation, opioid peptides;
  • autistic enterocolitis;
  • gut dysbiosis