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The use of complementary alternative medicine to treat Autism Spectrum Disorders
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First – Are some parents turning to risky alternative treatments for autism spectrum disorders?
Researchers surveyed parents of more than 500 children with ASD and other developmental delays.
39% of the children with ASD were receiving complimentary alternative medicine, as well as 30% of the children with other developmental delays.
Dietary supplements were most commonly used. and gluten-free/casein-free diets were also popular both of which are considered low-risk.
But nearly 9 percent of parents reported using treatments classified by the researchers as potentially unsafe, invasive or unproven
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