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Can chelation therapy help someone with autism?

Can chelation therapy help someone with autism?

NO: The ama does not endorse chelation therapy for behavioral issues because of potentially horrible side effects including death. There is no sound evidence whatsoever that it even helps behavioral issues. For proven heavy metal poisoning there may be an indication. Otherwise it appears to be quackery. There is no scientific evidence that heavy metals play a role in childhood autism. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Chelation (Definition)

Chelation is the name for administering a substance to remove heavy metals from the body. It can be an important treatment for lead poisoning or iron overload. It is also touted by some for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders, based on the idea that these children may have toxicity from mercury or other heavy metals. However, there is little evidence to support this hypothesis. Chelation agents bind metals nonspecifically and may result in dangerously low levels of calcium, iron, and magnesium, in addition to toxic heavy metals. Thus, ...Read more


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How can occupational therapy benefit someone with JRA?

How can occupational therapy benefit someone with JRA?

Help upper extremiti: Can help your treatment for hands and upper extremity. Your rheumatologist can help guide you in this therapy. ...Read more

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Can craniosacral therapy help with autism?

Can craniosacral therapy help with autism?

Yes: The osteopathic literature supports the use of cranial/sacral manipulation for any neurological problem which autism is. It is important to know where information comes from. An osteopath who is trained to use cranial therapy is qualified to comment about it. ...Read more

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How does behavior therapy help someone with social anxiety?

How does  behavior therapy help someone with social anxiety?

BT and CBT: Behavior therapy and cbt can help you better understand and control your social anxiety. The psychologist will typically give you insights and homework assignmetns to practice in between sessions. Cbt helps you replace the irrational thoughts creating the social anxiety. ...Read more

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How can physical therapy help children with torticollis?

How can physical therapy help children with torticollis?

See below: The pt will allow stretching and strengthening of the neck muscles. ...Read more

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Can animal-assisted therapy help OCD patients?

Can animal-assisted therapy help OCD patients?

Yes: It can be of help in most psychiatric conditions i can think of. Many of my ocd patients receive great comfort from their pets and even often from their spouses:). Best wishes to you and any future therapy dogs you may know. ...Read more

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Can occupational therapy help bipolar disorder and how?

Can occupational therapy help bipolar disorder and how?

No: Occupational therapists are trained in mangagement of upper extremity or arm problems. They also assist patients with functional transfers (bathroom) and activities of daily living. A behavioral therapist or psychologist would be more appropriate for a patient with bipolar disroder. ...Read more

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Can biofeedback therapy help a child with ocd?

Can biofeedback therapy  help a child with ocd?

Not established: The standard treatment for OCD is ssris and cbt, alone or preferably in combination. There are claims that neurofeedback can assist or replace cbt, but no studies of which I am aware. It can help reduce anxiety, which is typically a prominent feature of ocd; but, that might or might not help with the OCD symptoms themselves. ...Read more

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Will hyperbaric oxygen therapy help a child with autism?

Will hyperbaric oxygen therapy help a child with autism?

Sorry, no.: The only evidence-based treatment of autism is intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy geared at the child's developmental age. When a young child is ready, "peer therapy" is effective, adult-supervised play with a neurotypical peer in multiple settings. Group therapy at age 6 & > is repetitive, rote training in basic skills. ...Read more

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How can occupational therapy help me as a disabled person?

How can occupational therapy help me as a disabled person?

Lots of ways!: On ot can help you to do the adl's (activites of daily living) that you as a disabled person need to be able to do to be as independenta as you can. They will teach you how to care for your self, you personal grooming, cooking, cleaing, toileting, and the activites you do every day. They will show you easier ways, better ways, short cuts and provide you with assistive devices to help you. ...Read more

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Can someone help me with understanding how to help a patient with dementia?

Can someone help me with understanding how to help a patient with dementia?

Depends on a stage: You'll need a lot of patience. Many activities will depend on the stage. If in mild stages and living at home, there are adult day health care centers that will take care of the patient during the day. If dementia is more advanced, the decisions about placing someone at the skilled nursing facility should be made -- the safety, medication, nutrition, stimulation will be addressed. ...Read more

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Can occupational therapy or talk therapy help a person with Alzheimer/Schizophrenia, Diabetic Neuropathy, Pacemaker and Hypertension simultaneous.

Can occupational therapy or talk therapy help a person with Alzheimer/Schizophrenia, Diabetic Neuropathy, Pacemaker and Hypertension  simultaneous.

Therapy help: Depending on the circumstances, both of the types of therapy you suggested could be helpful to a person with any or all of these conditions. In particular, there may home safety or skill adaptation concerns that can be addressed.. ...Read more

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Do kids with autism benefit from occupational therapy and how?

Do kids with autism benefit from occupational therapy and how?

Yes: It helps to desensitize children with autism to normal world stimulation such as the feeling of clothing, or sounds or smells or sensations in the mouth. ...Read more

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Can gene therapy help with mitochondrial disorders?

Can gene therapy help with mitochondrial disorders?

Not yet: To date I have not heard of gene therapy applicable to mitochondrial disorders. ...Read more

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How can gene therapy be used to cure someone with sickle cell?

How can gene therapy be used to cure someone with sickle cell?

Experimental now...: Researchers are looking into how gene therapy techniques might someday help patients with sickle cell disease. This has been done in animal models, but not humans. A bone marrow transplant can cure someone of sickle cell disease, but this procedure is not for everyone and carries very significant risks. ...Read more

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Can anyone describe to oral chelation therapy?

Can anyone describe to oral chelation therapy?

Chelation: Artery disease is best treated with risk factor modification, medcal therapy for hypertension, nicotine addiction, diabetes, and elevated cholestrol. Chelation is expensive, heavily advertised and not scientific in regards to any benefit. Its not likely to hurt you, but why are you using it? ...Read more

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Can physical and speech therapy help with guillain-barre syndrome?

Can physical and speech therapy help with guillain-barre syndrome?

Speech therapy & GBS: Speech therapy can be very helpful to improve speech and promote safe swallowing in patients who have significant weakness of the tongue, palate and throat, or who have had a tracheostomy. Physical therapy can also be very helpful to attempt to minimize physical function deficits and prevent muscle wasting and joint contractures. ...Read more

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Would hyperbaric treatment help someone with cerebral palsy?

Would hyperbaric treatment help someone with cerebral palsy?

No: The injury that leads to CP has occurred & distroyed nerve pathways long before the symptoms become evident. Extra oxygen pushed by a hyperbaric chamber will not alter the process. ...Read more

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How can applied behavioral analysis therapy help an autistic child?

AUTISM: Treatment for an autistic child had improved a lot since there was emphasis on autism. They can live and function a normal life with various therapy available. ...Read more

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Can chelation therapy help someone with autism?

NO: The ama does not endorse chelation therapy for behavioral issues because of potentially horrible side effects including death. There is no sound evidence whatsoever that it even helps behavioral issues. For proven heavy metal poisoning there may be an indication. Otherwise it appears to be quackery. There is no scientific evidence that heavy metals play a role in childhood autism. ...Read more

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Where can I find chelation therapy clinic?

Where can I find chelation therapy clinic?

Check with ACAM: Most (though not all) doctors who offer chelation therapy belong to acam, an organization that offers training & certification in chelation therapy. Not every acam member offers chelation, but many do, so you can check the directory & see if the practitioner offers chelation: www.Acamnet.Org/site/c.Ltjwj4mpiwe/b.5457489/k.60df/welcome_to_physicianlink__18005323688_/apps/kb/cs/contactsearch.Asp. ...Read more

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Does chelation therapy work for atherosclerosis?

Does chelation therapy work for atherosclerosis?

Chelation therapy: No chelation therapy doesnot reverse atherosclerosis, chelation is supposed to bind toxins for elimination through the kidneys. Atherosclerosis is integrated into the arteries in a matrix of calcium, cholesterol, platelets, fibrinogen and other substances. If chelation freed the plaques they would clog the kidneys and shut down normal filtration causing kidney failure, emboli or strokes. ...Read more

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How effective can chelation therapy be for cancer?

How effective can chelation therapy be for cancer?

Not at all: There are no studies showing that chelation therapy has any role in the treatment of cancer. It is considered a sham treatment. ...Read more

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Can I use chelation therapy for angent orange problems?

Different: Chelation works for heavy metals. Unfortunately agent orange is not a heavy metal. This being said, decreasing your toxic metal load will likely be helpful overall. ...Read more

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Is it true that oral chelation therapy works to unclog arteries?

Is it true that oral chelation therapy works to unclog arteries?

Not true: Artery disease is best treated with risk factor modification, medcal therapy for hypertension, nicotine addiction, diabetes, and elevated cholestrol. Chelation is expensive, heavily advertised and not scientific in regards to any benefit. Its not likely to hurt you, but why are you using it? ...Read more

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Is IV chelation therapy effective for intermittent claudication?

Is IV chelation therapy effective for intermittent claudication?

Yes: Probably the best-studied use of edta chelation therapy has been for intermittent claudication (peripheral vascular disease). Contact the american college for advancement in medicine (www.Acam.Org) for clinical studies and names of physicians in your area who provide this treatment. Chelation therapy improves blood flow throughout the body, and benefits a wide range of ischemic conditions. ...Read more

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Should one supplement minerals before and/or after a chelation therapy?

Should one supplement minerals before and/or after a chelation therapy?

After: Chelating agents {ie: edta, dmps, dmsa} are designed to attach to and remove elements with positively charged ions. They attached to both essential {ie: calcium} and non-essential {ie: lead} elements. If you take an oral supplement that contains minerals prior to chelation therapy, then you should expect to chelate some of the minerals that are contained within the supplement. ...Read more

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Has anybody seen results of chelation therapy for hardening of the arteries?

Has anybody seen results of chelation therapy for hardening of the arteries?

Good results in many: Chelation therapy remains very controversial but there have been many research studies showing it can be very effective. I have seen many patients who have told me dramatic stories of improvement after having undergone chelation. Here is a detailed summary of research done on chelation by dr. Elmer cranton, one of the pioneering chelation specialists: ...Read more

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I heard about edta chelation therapy, but the american medical association doesn't support it. Why?

I heard about edta chelation therapy, but the american medical association doesn't support it. Why?

Mineral depletion: Chelation therapy wipes out both good and bad stuff in body - if you are doing chelation it is recommended u do 3 day oral chelation captomer, lipoic acid, glutathione - captomer cleans, lipoic acid removes oxidative stress, glutathione provides energy for liver - this should be followed by 27 day high mineral +vitamin + energy for cells so both go hand in hand. ...Read more

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How effective is chelation therapy?

How effective is chelation therapy?

Very effective: The answer obviously depends on who you ask. I have performed chelation therapy with gratifying benefits for many of my patients for nearly 30 years. Contact the american college for advancement in medicine (www.Acam.Org) for information, clinical studies, and the names of physicians in your area who provide this life-saving treatment. With chelation, many patients can avoid bypasses or stents. ...Read more

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Can anyone describe to oral chelation therapy?

Chelation: Artery disease is best treated with risk factor modification, medcal therapy for hypertension, nicotine addiction, diabetes, and elevated cholestrol. Chelation is expensive, heavily advertised and not scientific in regards to any benefit. Its not likely to hurt you, but why are you using it? ...Read more

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Does anyone have any thoughts about chelation therapy?

Does anyone have any thoughts about chelation therapy?

Many thoughts: Chelation therapy usually refers to IV edta to treat cardiovascular disease, though can also refer to any treatment that removes heavy metals from the body.Mainstream medicine considers the former unsafe & unproven. Actually, there are many research studies showing it to be safe & effective, but there is a lack of double-blind placebo controlled studies.A large nih study is in progress. See comment:. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have chelation therapy on a regular basis?

Is it safe to have chelation therapy on a regular basis?

Yes: Most of us who provide IV chelation therapy recommend 1-2 treatments per week, for a series of 10-30 treatments, or until the desired benefit is obtained (usually 20-30 treatments), followed by monthly "maintenance" treatments thereafter. Adverse effects are rare, if kidney function is normal--and kidney function generally improves with proper dosage of edta. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about it's like to try chelation therapy for their autistic child?

Can you tell me about it's like to try chelation therapy for their autistic child?

Not recommended: (NIMH) supports doing a study on the effects of oral chelation therapy in autism. The proposal is highly controversial, is drawing criticism from many scientists, but has popular support among parents who believe this type of therapy might help their children with autism. e National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) supports doing a study on the effects of oral chelation therapy in autism. The proposal is highly controversial, is drawing criticism from many scientists, but has popular support among parents who believe this type of therapy might help their children with autism. The proposal raises many questions about the ethics of biomedical research. Chelation and Autism Chelation therapy is a legitimate FDA approved treatment for heavy metal poisoning. The drugs used for chelation, such as disodium EDTA, bind to heavy metals so that they can be removed from the body. Chelation drugs can be given either orally or intravenously. The treatment is somewhat risky because it can also remove needed electrolytes, like calcium, from the body or causes shifts in the electrolytes that can cause arhythmias and changes in brain function. There are reported cases of cardiac arrest and death due to chelation. Chelation therapy has a long history of quackery – not for its intended use but for other uses for which there is no evidence. ...Read more

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Could you tell me about the positive and negative of chelation therapy for arteriosclerosis?

Could you tell me about the positive and negative of chelation therapy for arteriosclerosis?

Gray area: Many studies have shown no benefit over the years but the most recent study, published in the last year did show some benefit. It's a gray area right now, certainly far from proved, and not mainstream. I'd stay away from it. In the 1970s there were many shadowy clinics offering it and the only ones who definitely benefitted were the ones who got paid for it. ...Read more

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How often can I take mineral supplements for chelation therapy?

How often can I take mineral supplements for chelation therapy?

Depends. : Depends on your specific treatment and needs. Speak with your chelation doctor about it. He/she should be guiding you on this matter. ...Read more

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Is edta chelation therapy a scientifically and medically sound theory?

Is edta chelation therapy a scientifically and medically sound theory?

Depends: Edta is the drug of choice for lead encephalopathy. For use to "treat" cancer, hypertension, asthma, arthritis or just about any other disease- no it has no scientific basis and is simply an attempt to steal money from you. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more