Chelation therapy should be administered only by a specialized doctor who has expertise and experience in this treatment. Blood tests are required before chelation to identify the toxic levels of heavy metals. Due to possibility of side effects, regular monitoring of liver functions, kidney functions, etc. is required. Parents should be cautious and weigh the risks & benefits of this treatment for their children.
Moreover, different countries have different laws regarding the conditions under which chelation therapy can and should be performed; these should be considered before starting the therapy. It is also extremely important to get the opinion of a well-established pediatrician before starting chelation therapy. parents should make sure to keep a keen eye on the child's development and reaction to the therapy.
There are a number of side effects associated with chelation that can be very detrimental to a child's health. These include liver and kidney damage, fatigue, diarrhoea, abnormal blood count, mineral abnormalities, seizures, sulphur like smell, regression, stomach upsets and rashes. Therefore, it is still an unproven mode of treatment for autism and needs extensive research.
Chelation therapy should be administered only by a specialized doctor who has expertise and experience in this treatment. Blood tests are required before chelation to identify the toxic levels of heavy metals.
Since Chelation Therapy is not a proven method of treating autism, it can and should only be done after a blood test has been administered by a professional. Only if the blood test indicates high levels of heavy metals in the blood, chelation therapy should be performed. Normally, it is done in children aged around six or seven years, when it is believed that vaccines taken in the childhood resulted in accumulation of heavy metals.
While a few cases have shown improvements in eye contact, attention, language, cognition and social interaction, there is not enough scientific evidence supporting these improvements in autism.
Most people believe that Autism is a result of mercury levels in childhood vaccines, and although most studies have proven this idea to be false, some healthcare professionals still also believe that removing metals from the body can improve and alleviate the symptoms of autism.
It has been proven by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that there is no evidence which suggests that chelation is an effective treatment for autism, and that if done without taking specific measures, it may be harmful. Thus, the AAP doesn't recommend using chelation therapy for autism, except in a clinical trial.
Chelation therapy makes use of various chemical agents such as Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA), Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), 2-3- dimercaptopropane-1- sulfonate (DMPS), etc., which bind to the heavy metals and remove them from the body via urine. These chemical agents are given intravenously or by mouth or in the skin. Urine levels of heavy metals excreted are then measured.
Chelation is a process of eradicating or eliminating specific heavy metals from the blood. Heavy metals like lead, mercury, aluminium, arsenic and cadmium have been found in high levels in some children with autism.
Hence, chelation is being used as a treatment for autism associated with metal toxicity. The hypothesis is that chelation therapy may help to improve the symptoms by removing the toxic metals.
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