Friday, November 6, 2009

Chelation Therapy Drug Treatment & Children with Autism

Medical News Today reports two small studies involving 65 children from ages 3 - 8 suggests that a drug approved by the FDA for treatment of lead poisoning may help children with autism who have a problem with heavy metal toxicity. These studies used a drug known as DMSA which was reported to increase the excretion of several toxic metals, including lead, with no adverse side effects.

These two studies also suggest that using DMSA might improve some of the symptoms of autism such as language, cognition, and sociability, although formal, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies are still needed.

Paul's comment: Small studies are useful to help suggest areas needed for appropriate follow-up trials. At the same time, much of what has plagued the autism community in the past are small, open studies or anecdotal references that send parents desperate to find that "magic bullet" trying yet one more treatment that may help a handful of children but are totally ineffective for the vast majority of those afflicted with autism. We stopped years ago desperately seeking the magic bullet for our son, but that decision has left me ever plagued by the thought "what if?"

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