JudeMorrigan wrote:ersonally, I'm willing to look at least a little more kindly on the people who recommend giving a gluten-free diet a try versus the anti-vax crowd.
I think it's a dangerous road to go down, because as I understand it, these bullshit therapy approaches (hyperbaric oxygen chambers, holding your kid over the eternal flames of Valhalla, letting your kid sleep odd hours under a horn filled with the blood of a slaughtered ox, etc) may not themselves be as harmful as refusing vaccinations on equally bullshit grounds, but that they are often used as a substitute, not a supplement to, actual proven medical therapies.
These kids need help, these parents need help. Filling parents with false hope and peddling snake oil is only going to result in some kids who aren't getting proper medical and psychological treatment/attention from trained professionals. I don't have a problem with trying to figure out something unique to work for you, because hey, a lot of this stuff IS a giant black box, but there's a dangerous trend that Wakefield helped start/fuel with this assumption that any idiot who reads Wikipedia is as qualified as a doctor.
So yeah, cool, they found a genetic contributor to autism like behavior in mice. I think it's neat, insofar as it provides earlier detection, but lets be honest, the idiots who think that their unique treatments and vaccine links are legit aren't going to be swayed by this, and ultimately, the only people who are really harmed by refusing to recognize the science behind these disorders are the children whose parents are less equipped to provide them with the best care possible.
... with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet.