Homeopathy for autism? Negatory!

A friend of mine sent me a story the other day of a group of homeopaths who thought they could go peddle their magical thinking in West Africa and try and treat people with Ebola. I’m happy to say that they were soundly refuted by health authorities and are now left to wander around with their tails between their legs, begging for scraps. To think that you can treat anything with magic is idiotic at best and extremely dangerous at worst.

It’s not just Ebola that these idiots are attempting to treat with homeopathy, of course. They are also trying to treat autism with homeopathy. That really grinds my gears because they, the homeopaths, prey upon unsuspecting parents who are eager for a “cure.” I’m sorry to say this to you, but there is no cure for autism.

Check that. I’m not sorry. I’m glad.

The quicker we accept that autistics are and always will be autistic, the quicker we can move away from quack treatments for it and into what works: occupational therapy, behavioral interventions, accommodations at school and in public places… Acceptance.

Take this crackpot, for example. He read a book on homeopathy, became hooked, and then got a “four year degree” in it. Now he’s offering to consult and treat autism over Skype.

Over effing Skype. I guess he has a problem looking at the people he’s swindling in the eye?

Alright, so he does have a clinic in person:

“I graduated in 2009 & now work full-time as a homeopath. I see people in my clinic in London and over Skype. I also supervise a student clinic, as well as working in one of the homeopathic pharmacies dispensing remedies & giving advice on acute conditions.

I treat a wide range of conditions, but have particular interest in treating children with autism, which I believe to be a reversible condition often caused by toxins (be they from vaccinations, or other medications or sources of heavy-metals).”

Ah, yes, the damned vaccines. It’s always the vaccines.

If you look at his blog, there is nothing there but pure, unadulterated, non-diluted (non-homepathic?) bullshit. He claims that ultrasounds cause autism, without giving much of a citation to his evidence, and dares his readers to take the detox challenge, for a convenient fee, of course.

The more I read about this guy on his blog, the more I began to be convinced that some of his testimonials are not exactly true. For example, this is his experience with an Italian mother whose child he’s treating over Skype:

“There was a clear regression at both 8 & 22 months after he received his childhood vaccines. He went white, floppy and cold after his MMR vaccine at 8 months.”

To the uninitiated — and we are initiated, aren’t we? — this might sound legit. The initiated among us know that you don’t give the MMR under 12 months because the body will not mount an effective immune response. We’d also check the European immunization schedule and find, with no surprise, that the MMR there is given at 12 months in Italy (and most of the European Union). So someone is probably lying in that story.

Big surprise.

Then again, there are plenty of people who do fall for this stuff. After all, our homeopath friend would not be in the business if it weren’t profitable. That’s the reason I teach. It pays well. I wouldn’t do it for free, that’s for sure.

He also has a history of lashing back at his detractors, so we’ll see how he reacts to some “choice” comments I made on his blog. Who knows? He might be reading this blog right now and furiously googling my name to know more about me.

You can find me in Atlanta, bro. *wink*

Before you do contact me, you should look and see what the Advertising Standards Agency has said to homeopaths like you, then decide if you want to continue your game. Read this part with particular care, almost like as if it was written by Hannemann himself:

“Before distributing or submitting a marketing communication for publication, marketers must hold documentary evidence to prove claims that consumers are likely to regard as objective and that are capable of objective substantiation.”

Can you independently prove your magic works, Alan?

15 thoughts on “Homeopathy for autism? Negatory!

  1. I routinely get parents asking me about those worthless homeopathic cold/cough or teething tablets for babies on sale right next to the real medicine in the pharmacy. I’d say 95+% of them do not know what homeopathy is based on how it’s not too difficult to talk them out of those worse-than-placebo pill if I’ve got a spare 10 minutes to explain the utter idiocy of homeopathy. In part I blame scientific illiteracy but mostly I blame drug stores for stocking anything homeopathic.

    • When it comes to homeopathic teething tablets, you might want to point them to the recall of Hyland’s Teething Tablets. These were homeopathic tablets that were, according to homeopathic rules, rather weak, having not been diluted much at all. They were recalled because they had measurable amounts of belladonna in them.

      • Didn’t realize their dinner recall–I will definitely mention this in the future. I have pointed out in the past that belladonna and any concentration is not something I would give an infant

    • I think the heart of the problem there is that the real children’s cold medicine has been taken off the market, and parents are desperate to give something. Effectiveness is optional.

  2. I just don’t get how moms fall for this.

    I was pregnant in the midst of H1N1. Anti-vaccination material was all over the internet. Big time. I still marinated my kid in H1N1 vaccine, lol. Would do it again. Even after my child was diagnosed with autism, I never considered it was her vaccinations.

    That said, there is no reason any person who thinks of themselves as professional who can “treat” others should be doing it via Skype. I wonder what the requirements are. Will he do any kind of visit over Skype? You would think he would want to look at his “patients”.

  3. Leaving aside his marginal spelling, failure to provide citations for his claims, basic chickenshit nature regarding comment “moderation,” and all-around poor writing skills, this guy just isn’t very bright. Somehow, this image wasn’t enough to clue him in that no, it’s not actually an “Autism Speaks group.”

  4. “We landed in Monrovia on the 17th of October, then had to spend three days training to use the PPEs – the personal protective equipment, those big suits you see everyone wearing – before heading up to the hospital in Ganta”

    PPE is in such short supply in w. Africa that healthcare workers routinely wash and reuse theirs…and these three assholes come lay claim to suits that should be worn by those who are actually…you know…helping?

    I could bite somebody.

  5. I was going to point out that there might be a slightly tarnished silver lining to this cloud, in that at least homeopathy (unlike, say, bleach enemas) won’t harm the child, no matter what kind of damage it does to the parents’ pocketbooks.

    But if this vile piece of filth advises his “clients” to avoid vaccinating their children, then may he be stripped naked and staked out over an anthill with honey smeared on his eyelids and his genitalia.

  6. For the first time ever I’ve posted a shitty comment on a link.

    I’ll bet my pension I’m blocked.

  7. We’d also check the European immunization schedule and find, with no surprise, that the MMR there is given at 12 months in Italy (and most of the European Union). So someone is probably lying in that story.

    Great, now you’ve gone and given the numpty the correct information to fabricate his testimonials with.

  8. Yipes. Skype consulations?

    Some of the the Thinking Moms posted comments on his blog…those Moms are now sponsoring online seminars for treating autism with homeopathy.

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