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Friday, October 17, 2008

HBOT Miracle, Junk Science, Both?

From CBS 4 in Denver. Report on the benefits of HBOT for autistic children.


Miracle or Junk Science? http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=249

All signs point to a guy named Dan Rossignol. Dr. Rossignol is apparently into every form of autism crankery, including mercury poisoning, mitochondrial dysfunction, and oxidative stress (although I can’t imagine that increased PaO2 is an effective treatment for “oxidative stress”). After spending a few minutes looking through his web-based material, I’m starting to think that this guy can give the Geier’s a run for their money.

True to form, Rossignol is a “pioneer” and a “maverick”. He goes where legitimate clinicians haven’t dared. Based on an implausible hypothesis, he (apparently) subjects autistic children to potentially dangerous hyperbaric oxygen therapy. He has published his ideas in the crank-magnet “Medical Hypotheses”, and in BMC Pediatrics, a journal devoted to rapid, “flexible” publication.

Even if his data were to support his nonsensical hypothesis (again, increased O2 to treat oxidative stress??), should we believe it?

Well, someone does, and that someone apparently sells hyperbaric therapy, and not just for autism. They also treat Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy—and anything else you can spell. The site does, however, have a very small Quack Miranda Warning on the left sidebar.

1 comment:

jetpropelled said...

You sir, are a nut who should look at the people who have been helped with HBOT, and there are hundreds of thousands of people, young and old. For you to condem HBOT because of one person, is WRONG, Narrow minded and STUPID, It makes you no better than the person you are condeming. I Know HBOT first hand,ups and downs, I walk the path with personal knowledge. YOU DO NOT> shut up and get off you virtual soapbox. If you have no first hand experience, step aside.

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