Parents New to Autism: Don’t Fall for Pseudoscience like DAN! or MAPS


  1. Wow, this is the worse recommendation to a new parent ever. To tell a new parent to follow mainstream doctors’ recommendations about autism….that is an all time low. What mainstream doctors know about autism today, if anything, was brought about by the Autism Research Institute’s think tanks, reuniting parents and relatives of people with autism with medical and scientific background to challenge the “medical establishment” that blamed regrigerator mothers ( yes, you! and with NO scientific evidence was the official cause for over 40 years) for causing autism. And the DAN! Doctors work has improved the lives of thousands of kids and recovered many who can now lead normal lives. Yes, as with any new science there was trial and error, and obviously it doesn’t work the same on everybody… No treatment does. But there is no doubt in my mind that we would still be in the dark ages if brave people like them would not have stood up for our kids and created a protocol to start healing the underlying causes of autism.

    • Shannon, you are very naïve if you believe effective ideas would be embraced by the mainstream medical establishment and the government. Mainstream medicine is totally controlled by the pharmaceutical industry. They would have to admit that their vaccines containing neurotoxins mercury and aluminum and many even worse ingredients are responsible for many cases of autism. Joyce is absolutely right. As an MD I treated many autistic people with nutrition and homeopathy with good results when all conventional medicine offered was psychiatric drugs to suppress symptoms and cause further brain damage. I know many DAN! Doctors personally and have been to their conventions. They have determined causes like heavy metals, gut flora imbalances and food sensitivities which are treatable. While they do not claim to totally cure every child, they have improved life for thousands. Dr Rimland of the Autism Research Institute surveyed thousands of parents about what they found most helpful for their autistic children. Some of the most helpful according to parents are vitamin B6 and magnesium, and avoidance of gluten and casein (milk protein), which his research showed beneficial for 66% of children who tried it. Bonnie Camo MD

  2. Testimonials like these are, again, why we urge people to learn to think critically about autism and autism treatments. Rimland’s initial (appreciated) contributions to fighting the Refrigerator Mother myth are overshadowed by his support of autism pseudoscience. And Bonnie Camo’s testimonial above specifically is valuable only in being a near-textbook collection of long-debunked pseudoscience red flags.

    Autistic people deserve better than being told they’re broken and defective and in need of curing.

  3. Darla Mohler says:

    Shannon, have you attended the MAPS conference? It is obvious that you have not. How can possibly sleep well at night when you advise new parents of Autism on something you know nothing about? MAPS, (Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs), offers incredible, evidence based information on aspects of Autism, Down Syndrome, etc. The speakers are absolutely brilliant doctors in their field. Most of them have dedicated their lives to research and teaching about Autism. This program is paving the way for doctors across the world to understand, therefore treat their patients with this complex disorder. For you to call this program Pseudo-science shows your ignorance on the subject.