Controversial autism therapy trial scrapped

2019-03-01 02:15:03

SHOULD scientists test fringe therapies? It’s a tough call: testing puts patients at risk, yet it is the only way to prove something doesn’t work. For a fringe autism treatment, not testing is the lesser evil, the US National Institute of Mental Health has now decided. The NIMH had been pondering a clinical trial of chelation, a controversial treatment in which heavy metals are removed from the blood of children with autism. Some parents subject their kids to chelation because they believe that autism is caused by mercury in vaccines,