In a recently published article regarding holistic and alternative health care treatments, the BBC reported on an incident where a 4 year old boy was rushed to the emergency center for a vitamin D overdose after his parents had used alternative treat symptoms associated with the Autism disorder. The child had been diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2 and was being observed by medical practitioners. Since there is no mainstream treatment for the Autism disorder, the boy’s parents decided to implement holistic treatments with the oversight of a holistic health care professional to reduce problematic symptoms that the toddler was exhibiting.
The treatment of symptoms associated with the Autism disorder and other disorders in the Autism spectrum with holistic or alternative treatments is actually quite popular in the United States and abroad. As much as mainstream medical communities attempt to discredit the treatments as invalid or even dangerous, there is a serious distrust of mainstream medicine among average citizens. Accusations of the medical industry include the suspicion that mandatory vaccines are actually a cause of the development of Autism, which has increased in its occurrence since the early 1900s. The medical community has made many attempts to dispel the idea that vaccines are a major cause of Autism, but its heavy ties to and financial backing by the pharmaceutical companies that create and sell vaccine make it an untrustworthy source in the eyes of many.
After treating the boy’s Autism with epsom bath salts, vitamin supplements, camel’s milk, and colloidal silver for many weeks, his parents were shocked when he began to become ill. After he lost several pounds and began to vomit, the boy’s parents admitted him to the local emergency room, where they were told he was suffering from a toxic level of Vitamin D. Physicians announced that the condition could be fatal in certain individuals and that parents should exercise caution when using holistic treatments or alternative healthcare remedies.