Quackery Myths

Quackery Myth: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is a Form of Autism

Fairly often fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is mistaken for autism. Alcohol use does not cause autism.  FASD is a condition that happens to a child when there is alcohol exposure during the pregnancy. FAS causes brain damage and growth delays. The different characteristics of this disability differs from person to person and the brain… Continue reading Quackery Myth: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is a Form of Autism

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Quackery Exposed: Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

Deep brain stimulation is an elective surgical procedure that is performed by a neurosurgeon implanting electrodes in certain areas of the brain. These electrode deliver electrical impulses that regulate abnormal brain impulses. The impulses can also effect certain cells and chemicals in the brain.  The electrical impulses are controlled by a pacemaker device that is… Continue reading Quackery Exposed: Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

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Quack Myth: PANDAS causes/is Autism

Like many myths that quacks believe or spread, real conditions that effect people are being touted at autism or a cause. PANDAS is no different. TACA and other quack organizations have their own ideas that do not stem from science on what it is and how to treat it. What is PANDAS PANDAS is an… Continue reading Quack Myth: PANDAS causes/is Autism

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Quack Myth: Autism is a Brain Injury

A very common myth, not just around quacks, is that autism is a traumatic brain injury or TBI for short. Autism and TBI can have similar signs and both disabilities are developmental disabilities but a TBI is the only developmental disability that can be acquired later in life. All other developmental disabilities originate before and… Continue reading Quack Myth: Autism is a Brain Injury

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Bogus Study: Consumption of Breast Milk is Associated with Decreased Prevalence of Autism in Fragile X Syndrome

Breastfeeding is nutritionally better for babies, it has been proven but breastfeeding is not always possible. There is nothing wrong with formula per se, but it cannot be the same as breastmilk. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding in the first 6 months of life and continued breastfeeding with the introduction of complementary… Continue reading Bogus Study: Consumption of Breast Milk is Associated with Decreased Prevalence of Autism in Fragile X Syndrome

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Quack Myths: Fragile X Syndrome is the Same as Autism

*please excuse the ableism. These are not my terms, they are from the Fragile X society in the UK and the CDC.* Fragile X syndrome  is the most common form of inherited intellectual disability in children. It is a genetic condition where there are changes in a gene that scientists call the fragile X mental… Continue reading Quack Myths: Fragile X Syndrome is the Same as Autism

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Bogus Study: Prenatal and Postnatal Exposure to Acetaminophen in Relation to Autism Spectrum and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Symptoms in Childhood: Meta Analysis in Sia European Population Based Cohorts

  Aceminophin, Tylenol in the United States and Pharacetamol in Europe, is a commonly used over the counter pain medication that is commonly used in developed countries. It is currently sued by 46-56% of pregnant women in these developed countries. This is because it is considered the safest analgesic (pain medication) for pregnant AFAB and… Continue reading Bogus Study: Prenatal and Postnatal Exposure to Acetaminophen in Relation to Autism Spectrum and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Symptoms in Childhood: Meta Analysis in Sia European Population Based Cohorts

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Quackery Exposed: Healing Crystals

What Are Healing Crystals? Crystal healing is an alternative technique where crystals and other stones are used to cure illnesses or disabilities and protect against disease. The people who practice this believe that crystals are conduites for healing. They are supposed to allow positive, healing energy to flow into the body while negative, disease causing… Continue reading Quackery Exposed: Healing Crystals

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Sensory Enrichment Therapy Does Not Cure Autism

Sensory enrichment is a great thing. Autistic adults recommend it for autistic children to help them regulate. It can be great when it is autistic led. Quacks have taken it one step further. They claim it "improves by 5 points or more on the Childhood Autism Rating Scale." In this case it is parent or… Continue reading Sensory Enrichment Therapy Does Not Cure Autism

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2020 in Review

Everyone can agree 2020 was a year that no one will ever forget. Soon after it started, COVID hit. After the lack of response from the United States government, it changed our way of life in a big way. Many people lost their lives while the Doctors, nurses, grocery clerks and other essential workers were… Continue reading 2020 in Review