Autism Intervention Specialists of Worcester and principal Nassim Aoude today filed a federal libel suit against a New Hampshire man who says it peddles "horseshit" because it refuses to accept his theory that autism is caused by mercury in vaccines.
In its suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, Autism Intervention Specialists wants John Best's blog posts about it replaced with retractions and a suitably large, if unspecified, amount of damages.
The concern pointed to two specific blog posts by Best, one in which he called it pure bullshit, the other in which he calls its employees pure jackasses, and accused Aoude of profiteering on the backs of autism patients:
Autism is caused by mercury, mostly from the thimerosal in vaccines. The only way to cure it is to remove that mercury from the brain with ALA chelation. I can't know if Nassim Aoude is simply stupid or if he's dishonest by the garbage he quotes on his website about the role that vaccines play in autism. Nassim takes his "facts" from government sources. As we know, our government never tells the truth about anything so we can suspect that anyone who quotes them is a rank imbecile and probably believes they are being honest. The cash that Nassim is raking in must help in keeping him blind to the truth.
Autism Intervention Specialists says this is dangerous nonsense that has caused families to decide against hiring it.
There is no recognized scientific or medical basis for Mr. Best's claims and no peer-reviewed scientific journal has ever suggested that chelation therapy is an effective treatment for ASD. Indeed, the Food and Drug Administration has deemed chelation for the treatment of autism 'dangerous' and 'illegal.' And, the National Institutes for Health halted a controversial study on the use of chelation for the treatment of autism before a single patient was treated because of concerns over safety and efficacy. Known side effects of chelation treatment include kidney damage and death. Indeed, there has been at least one widely-publicized case of a child with autism who suffered a fatal heart attack while undergoing chelation therapy.