Parents warned about fake autism treatments and cures

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants consumers to be aware of "false and misleading" claims being made by a number of companies. These companies claim their products or services treat or cure autism.  The FDA is particularly concerned because some of these products can pose serious health risks.

The FDA is warning parents about these specific products and therapies:

  • Chelation Therapy
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Miracle Mineral Solution
  • Detoxifying Clay Baths
  • CocoKefir probiotics products

Gary Coody, R.Ph., the FDA’s national health fraud coordinator, tells consumers to use these guidelines for evaluating a product or service:

  • Be suspicious of products that claim to treat a wide range of diseases.
  • Personal testimonials are no substitute for scientific evidence.
  • Few diseases or conditions can be treated quickly, so be suspicious of any therapy claimed as a “quick fix.”
  • So-called “miracle cures,” which claim scientific breakthroughs and secret ingredients, may be a hoax.

More information about this warning can be found on the FDA's website.

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