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Special Kids: Newsletter No 31
Scam Or Real?
You are so desperate in the early stages that you'll try anything to help your child…

In the absence of evidence-based solutions, desperate parents are increasingly turning to the world of alternative medicine to find ‘cures’ that’ll make their children normal.
Its big business and many parents are getting taken,
especially in the arena of Autism.

Blood tests, urine tests, saliva tests, hair tests, brain wave tests, stool samples all claim to find the specific cause of your child’s autism, something that mainstream medicine is yet to accomplish. These tests come with a huge price tag, as do the enzymes and supplements imported from the USA needed to treat all the imbalances. Then comes the purchasing of the special mattress, blanket, pillows, vitamins, ointments, suppositories, infusion of hormones etc. The cost of some of these treatments can run into the hundreds of thousands.

I seriously urge parents to do their homework before committing to any type of intervention, there are interventions out there that show great promise in treating conditions even though there isn’t yet enough research to prove it’s efficiency (e.g. Medical Marijuana for seizures), but there are also a hand full of 'snake-skin-oil salesmen’ out there who prey on a parent’s ignorance and take advantage of their desperation to want to cure their children.

Do read this article, it’s brilliant!
Scam or Real: 5 Steps to Evaluating Therapies and Therapeutic Remedies
by Susan Agrawal

Nina Zylstra
Editor of Special Kids
info@specialkids.co.za
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