Actually chelation is 100% mainstream. It was used quite a bit in the 60's & 70's... more for lead than mercury but ultimately for both. What is not mainstream is its use for autism. Frankly I think thimerosal is a drop in the bucket and would not matter a hill of beans if someone did not have some sort of sensivity to mercury, and other heavy metals, which a number of kids with autism seem to have.as for chelating. not all kids had vaccines that had thimerosal in them, so the idea of chelating wouldn't be as main stream as one may think.
Quackwatch is not a good MEDICAL site. Entertainment - yes. Medical information - no thanks. It has been rediculed by many including some medical organizations. Would you go there for medical information if you needed it? Of course not. There are a thousand other sites that are more respected. Want a good medical horror story, then I guess it would be a good place to do some rubbernecking.
I used to think this way. I just don't feel it is supported by the research literature any more. That is my opinion from what I have read... not a fact. Most kids do get better (vs. untreated peers) with assertive treatment. Not all, but most show significant improvement in ATEC scores. Few (maybe 10-20%) get to what I would call 'Recovery'(no longer meeting diagnostic criteria for ASD).I also believe personally, autism is something you are. if there even was hope for a cure- all these kids/ adults would be thrown into shock and still continually need therapies to adjust.
It is a matter of philosophical direction. If you child is in an accident who would you take him to: a hospital described as a good mainstream hospital or a one described as a "cutting-edge" hospital? Hopefully you would consider his injuries. Lets say the mainstream hospital could certainly save his life but he would be very disabled. The cutting edge hospital might be able to give him a good recovery but there is also a small chance he could die. How do you choose?
One thing you are COMPLETELY right about is often TO MUCH hope is given when it can be unrealistic. Improvement is NOT cure and never will be. I just want my son to be the best he can be. I am happy at the progress that has shocked many. He is NOT cured. He is not recovered. But he is happy and healthy. Happy enough to just come in and give me a zirburt (sp?) when pretending to give me a kiss on my cheek. He has been bringing home A's on his tests... not bad for a kid we thought would never be able to go to a mainstream school.