Autism: how unorthodox treatments can exploit the vulnerable. The Guardian, July 15, 2015. By David Robert Grimes
A diagnosis of autism can make it tempting to turn to alternative treatments. But weighing up the scientific evidence is crucial - and potentially life-saving
What’s in the bottle? It’s important to use critical thinking before using a preparation or treatment, even if it’s been suggested with the best of intentions. Photograph: Unknown/Bettmann/Corbis
As a rule of thumb, the more desperate and vulnerable you are the easier you are to exploit, with anything from financial advice to lifestyle tips. A diagnosis of an incurable disease; a child with a serious developmental disorder: these are circumstances that see many people seek unorthodox solutions, either as a way of coming to terms with what has happened, or in an attempt to find a treatment that perhaps the mainstream has not yet embraced, but which will give relief or cure.