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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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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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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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Quackery Myth exposed: Alternative Medicine and Integrative Medicine are different

{image description: bright sky background with "alternative medicine = integrative medicine" in black text with a circle around it. My logo is in the lower left corner outside the circle} According to the Mayo Clinic, integrative medicine is the same thing as complementary and alternative medicine. "Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the popular name… Continue reading Quackery Myth exposed: Alternative Medicine and Integrative Medicine are different

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Quack Myth Exposed: Candida and Autism

What is Candida? According to the CDC, candida is a common yeast, a type of fungus, that normally lives on the skin and inside the body. It can be found in the mouth, throat, gut and vagina without causing any problems. It can cause infections, called candiasis,  if it grows out of control or if… Continue reading Quack Myth Exposed: Candida and Autism

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Quack Myth Exposed: The Zinc Autism Link

What is Zinc? Zinc is a mineral called an "essential trace element" because in very small amounts, it is needed to maintain good health. Supplements are used to treat stunted growth and acute diarrhea in children, slow wound healing and Wilson's disease. There is no good scientific proof to support its use.  The Myth The… Continue reading Quack Myth Exposed: The Zinc Autism Link

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Quackery Myth Exposed: Fluoride

Fluoride is a natural occurring substance. It is found in soil, water and foods. It is also produced synthetically to add in drinking waters, toothpaste, mouthwashes and other products. Water departments add it to municipal water supply because studies have shown that adding it can reduce the occurrence of tooth decay in the local population. … Continue reading Quackery Myth Exposed: Fluoride

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Quack Myth Exposed: Autism is Autoimmune Encephilitis

A long time Autism One speaker Marcia Hinds says that autism should never be a term. She claims it should be included with autoimmune encephalitis. Autoimmune encephalitis is a real disease. Hinds claiming this trivializes what the people with this autoimmune disease go through every day. Autoimmune Encephalitis Autoimmune encephalitis is a group of conditions… Continue reading Quack Myth Exposed: Autism is Autoimmune Encephilitis

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Quack Myth: Lyme Disease causes Autism

The view of the Lyme-Induced Autism Foundation (LIAF) is that it induces autism in children. They claimed that up to 90% of autistic children are infected with Borrelia. There is no peer viewed studies that support this claim.  According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation (ALDF), having an ELISA or Western Blot blood test is… Continue reading Quack Myth: Lyme Disease causes Autism