The FDA recently issued warning letters to a small group of companies which market chelators for, amongst other dubious reasons, the treatment of autism. As an example, one of these groups is selling sodium EDTA (with statements like, “Thus, there are no harmful side effects with Kids Chelat”).
I am not sure of the logic which led the FDA to target this small group for the first warning letters.
Why not warn, say:
Defeat Autism Now doctors? (a list of which can be found on the autism.com website)
DAN is a part of the Autism Research Institute, which claims that chelation is safe and effective in the treatment of autism.
Dr. Rashid Buttar is well known for his treatment of many conditions, including autism, with chelation.
Of course, one need only enter autism and chelation into google and watch what ads pop up.
Lee Silsby (a compounding pharmacy) is one of those ads. They list chelators like DMPS, EDTA and DMSA under “autism treatments”, with a links to “Read a patient’s inspiring story about our Transdermal DMSA.” and “View NBC new’s coverage of a patient’s amazing Lee Silsby Transdermal DMSA “story.
We can go on and on. The question is, why didn’t the FDA? Why stop at only eight warning letters?