Poor Choice By HBO

HBO have a just released a feature length movie about Dr Temple Grandin, a professor of Animal Science at Colorado University who just happens to have autism.  Her life story is an incredible one especially considering she grew up in a time when the current thinking was that children with autism should be institutionalised.  Temple has single-handedly increased our knowledge of how people with autism see the world and thus has help shape and improve support services and education for those on the spectrum.

The website HBO have set up for this movie has a page for resources about autism and it is here on this page that HBO have made a very poor choice.  They have featured a synopsis and a link to the organisation Generation Rescue.  For those of you who have no idea who Generation Rescue are they are an organisation who strongly believe that vaccinations cause autism and that children with autism should be detoxed using homeopathy, vitamin B supplements, chelation therapy and other alternative forms of medicine that they call “biomedical treatments”.  Some of these treatments like homeopathy  are simply a waste of money whilst others like chelation therapy can be extremely dangerous.   This is quackery at its finest and doesn’t do anything to help and support kids with autism. Generation Rescue believe that autism is some horrible affliction that children, given the right treatments, can recover from rather than it being a different way of viewing the world.   This site, therefore, should not be promoted alongside a movie about Temple Grandin who, whilst accepting the challenges of autism, wouldn’t want to live her life any other way.

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4 responses to “Poor Choice By HBO

  1. One would have to wonder if it’s a disguised sponsored link. I’m only guessing here.

    In my own case, having a medical disorder due to a head injury, I see this type of thing all the time.

    When researching my disorder, there are fake articles all over the web that are actually drug company’s sponsored articles. There are also sponsored articles from quackery experts pedalling their highly dangerous “treatments”.

    I am wondering, whether they have changed tactics and taken an opportunity with this movie to sneak a sponsored link in, and hope that it is not noticed.

    • I think in this case it was simply a research assistant doing a Google search for all major autism organisations in the US and putting them all the site without really reading through the sites and what they stood for.

  2. At best, chelation can leave a kids “listless’ .. at worst it can kill.

    Good resource:

    They had a paper reviewing the treatments and evidence for them, I can’t find the link now, but have it in hard copy. Basically, while there were many therapies like ABA, PECS etc that had limited evidence for them, at least theydidn’t have evidence condemning them are potentially harmful like chelation and possibly the mega vitamin therapy stuff.

    Did you see the “vaccine” for ASD – basically there was a study a whole back linking leaky gut and casein protein to ASD (flawed methods, no other studies backing up etc) and bow thy may have found something to hekp with casein allergies (milk protein that a certain percent are allergic to) and so it was reported as a “Autism vaccine”.


  3. Glad to know I’m not alone – as a parent of a child on the spectrum, the above organization and its “celeb” backers are the most frequent question I get asked – as in, “Is it for real?” Obviously not – I despise everything about this no vaccine movement and the shoddy science around the gfcf “diet”. These people are preying on desperate and grieving parents.