More than 120 homeopaths trying to’ cure’ autism in UK
Exclusive: the acurea involves detoxing children of inoculations and antibiotics held responsible for the condition
More than 120 homeopaths in the UK are offering a acurea for autism that involves detoxing children of the vaccines and antibiotics held responsible for the condition, the Guardian has learned.
The homeopaths are accredited practitioners of CEASE therapy, which stands for Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression. CEASE was devised by a Dutch physician called Tinus Smits, based in the US, who died of cancer in 2010.
His book and website, which lists therapists around the world, describe a method of ridding children of toxins a predominantly vaccines and drug a that are said to cause autism. It involves homeopathic legal remedies and high doses of vitamin C in excess of those recommended by national guidelines.
Diarrhoea, which could be a result of excessive vitamin C, and fever in children should not necessarily be cause for fear, tell CEASE therapists, because it is the childas body purging itself of toxins.
aItas absolutely appalling, a told Carol Povey, director of the National Autistic Societyas centre for autism, which helps develop good practise. aAs healthcare practitioners, homeopaths should still be working on evidence-based practice and looking at national guidelines.a
The NAS is concerned by the suggestion that autism, a developmental disorder, could be cured. It is also disturbed by the claim that autism is linked to inoculations, as proposed by Andrew Wakefield a a theory that has been comprehensively discredited. Wakefield, a gastroenterologist, was struck off the medical register.
Homeopathic remedies, like other bogus cures on the internet, ahoodwink new parents when they are vulnerablea and sometimes cause harm, said Povey.
A minority of CEASE therapists in the UK are members of the Society of Homeopaths. Its regulatory body, the Professional Standards Authority( PSA ), has said the Society of Homeopaths must country by the middle of next month what action it will take to ensure infants are safe as a condition of its reaccreditation.
The PSA told the Society of Homeopaths that a CEASE therapy contravenes medical advice by apparently advising against vaccination of children, avoiding antibiotics in the case of infection and proponents high doses of vitamins not recommended for children. We are also concerned that the full name of CEASE ( Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) strongly implies the ability to remedy autism through this therapy, a it said in a statement.
While the society had responded that its members ashould not be practising the aspects of CEASE that defy medical advicea, this was not clear on its website, said the PSA.
Mark Taylor, chief executive of the Society of Homeopaths, said it was looking into how many of our own member practised CEASE therapy and whether they complied with advice on respecting medical evidence. aWe are looking at the advice we will offer over the next few weeks so there is nothing more to say at the moment, a he told the Guardian.
Many other homeopaths who are also CEASE therapists are not members of the society. The PSA recommends the public to choose only those on its accredited register.
Homeopath Jennifer Hautman , not a Society of Homeopaths member, tells she has use CEASE therapy if parents have requested it. Smitsas book, she tells, is written for lay people, who then look for a therapist. aI would never promise to cure anything. I do believe autism can be treated. It can be improved, a she said. Children often have gut ailments, she said, adding, aIam not a gut expert. Thatas what Andrew Wakefield was working on. There are a lot of scientists observing similar results to his.a
While the causes of autistic spectrum ailment are unclear, she says on her website that aASD is often linked to inoculation damagea and asks mothers to fill in a questionnaire aif you feel you or your children have been damaged by vaccinesa.
Asked about the CEASE theory that fever and diarrhoea help expel toxins, she told: aGenerally speaking in homeopathy, discharge can be a good thing. If you have infected meanders, you want the pu to come out. If you have diarrhoea you want it to come out rather than be constipated.a A child must not be allowed to dehydrate, however.
Smits, the creator of CEASE therapy, wrote in his book that aall kinds of detoxification reactions may occura as a result of the therapy. Most common is fever, he told, which ashould not be treated with drug, as it is a healthy reaction of the organism and not a disease! … Eliminations like diarrhea, flu, expectoration, and bad-smelling and cloudy urine should also be left alone, because they are a part of the healing process.a
One child he treated had diarrhoea that arelieved his system so much that his autism virtually disappeared instantlya. After 10 days, however, his mother was so concerned that she took him to the doctor, who devoted him immodium to stop the diarrhoea.
aAlmost immediately the child had a setback and became autistic as before. The diarrhea was a perfect detoxification for his bowels and brain. Neither the doctor not the mother understood this, and the drug interfered with the progress of the cure, a claimed Smits.
Ursula Kraus-Harper, a member of the Society of Homeopaths, told the Guardian she has used CEASE therapy since attending a seminar with Smits in 2010 but that she uses it in conjunction with classical homeopathy. Children started improving after a certain decide of detoxes, she told. She did not believe homeopathy was a remedy, however.
She said she was not against vaccination, but said avaccines can be a problem and so can medical medications. That is more and more accepted by everybody who is not blinded by drug-driven medicine.a She denied CEASE set children at risk. aTell me of one child, one person that has died from high dosages of vitamin C, a she told. aWhen the body has had too much of it, it will create diarrhoea; then you lower the dose and the diarrhoea will stop.a
Labour MP Barry Sheerman, who chaired the cross-party Westminster Commission on Autism, condemned the claims of CEASE therapists to cure the ailment. aThere is support and much we can do but there are no cures and if someone told you so, show me the evidence, a he said.
Source: The Guardian
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