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Are Jenny McCarthy and AutismOne Selling Snakeoil?

AutismOne/Generation Rescue 2012 Conference Used as Stage for Frauds

Forbes blasts AutismOne and their latest conference as a platform for hawking false hope.

Jenny MCCarthy and her foundation Generation Rescue ran the AutismOne/Generation Rescue 2012 Conference. Jenny McCarthy is an autism awareness activist and her foundation Generation Rescue, purports to tell parents “the truth” about autism.

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Was this a convention of fortune tellers and village doctors?

MTV host and former Playboy playmate, Jenny McCarthy, a leader in the autism awareness movement for more than 10 years helped host the event through her foundation Generations Rescue. After her son became afflicted with autism she became convinced that recent vaccinations were the source. Since then she has been a champion for autism awareness. Often promoting her cause in conjunction with Oprah Winfrey and Larry King.

Steven Salzberg, contributor to Forbes.com, claims AutismOne and Jenny McCarthy are not exactly revealing the truth when they promote types of unapproved autism therapy and unsupported or disproved theories.

AutismOne does a terrible disservice to autistic children by siphoning away time, energy, and money that could instead go into real science. We can only hope that it will fade away.

You have to wonder when Salzberg tells of speakers espousing scary therapies such as ‘chemical castration’ for treating autism.

The conference is a veritable festival of unproven claims, offering a powerful but false message of hope to parents who are desperately searching for new treatments for their children. It’s also a nexus for anti-vaccinationists, who run special seminars educating parents about how to get vaccine exemptions so that they can enroll their unvaccinated children in public schools.

A look at the presentations reveals that rather than presenting “the truth,” one speaker after another is making unsupported, unscientific claims and then offering their own special therapy. The one thing that most of these presentations have in common is that the speaker is making money from selling their so-called treatments. For example, Anat Baniel offers her self-named “Anat Baniel method” and is promoting it through ads in the conference program. Other speakers are offering special diets, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and in perhaps the most damaging treatment, Mark and David Geier’s chemical castration therapy. Mark Blaxill is there, still pushing the thoroughly disproven link between mercury and autism, and hawking his book on the topic.

The other major theme of the conference is conspiracies: how the government, big pharma, and the scientific establishment are all conspiring to hide “the truth” about autism, which the speaker will reveal to the audience. Coincidentally, many of the speakers also offer treatments, for a fee.

Read the rest of the blast http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2012/05/27/nobel-laureate-joins-anti-vaccination-crowd-at-autism-one/

We all need to draw our own conclusions as to what is viable and what is outrageous in seeking medical care. For centuries people have had health problems and for just as long profiteers have been seeking to take advantage of their weakness. Today everyone from the stay at home Internet marketer to some of the biggest corporations in the world are competing for the consumer health care dollar.

Is it unthinkable that anyone from the broad scope of hawkers would go to great lengths to promote themselves and their own products at the expense of your false hope?

Do you think AutismOne is doing a great disservice here?

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