Body governing Ontario doctors takes no action against physician offering unproven treatment for autistic children

Body governing Ontario doctors takes no action against physician offering unproven treatment for autistic children

Health, Autism

2019-12-16 8:07:00 AM

Body governing Ontario doctors takes no action against physician offering unproven treatment for autistic children

The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) issued the decision last week after Anne Borden , a Toronto mother of a boy with autism, appealed an earlier decision by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO)

Chelation therapy involves injecting a synthetic solution into the bloodstream to remove heavy metals and is approved by Health Canada as a treatment for people with heavy-metal poisoning. Some people believe the false theory that autism is caused by heavy metals included in vaccines, and that chelation therapy can treat or cure it by removing heavy metals from the blood. According to a Cochrane review of evidence published in 2015, there is no evidence heavy metals play a role in autism and no proof chelation therapy works. But there are numerous reports of chelation therapy leading to serious injuries and even death, according to the review.

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