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Posted by Dad on July 11, 2000 at 11:54:33:

This is an example of what can happen when our govt. refuses to examine various therapy options, and then regulate those who would provide these therapies. It is far past time for Sam to put a little money into proper investigation into autism so that true answers can be known and the charlatans can be dealt with.

Las Vegas Sun ( story:
Message from sender:This is the article that I found on the secretin scam...
Fake autism cure target of San Diego lawsuit
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego authorities have filed a criminal
lawsuit against a Nevada company that claimed to have a miracle
cure for autism and trisomy Down Syndrome.
The city attorney's office charges that a Website run by Little
Angels Inc. offered to sell a "jumbo shot" of the hormonesecretin for $200.
Based on a citizen complaint, an undercover agent arranged to
meet a Little Angels representative in a motel room in the San
Ysidro district of San Diego, the city attorney's office saidThursday.
The agent bought two vials of a substance labeled "Secretin
Powder," syringes and hypodermic needles from a Little Angels
office manager who was not a licensed physician or pharmacist.
An analysis of the substance found no detectable level of
secretin, which is approved for use in diagnosing gastrointestinal
illnesses but not as a treatment for autism, the city attorney'soffice said.
The criminal case filed this week in San Diego Superior Court
charges several defendants with selling adulterated, misbranded and
new and unapproved drugs, improperly acting as pharmacists, and
false advertising.
"Our fear is that these defendants are preying on parents who
are desperate to help their autistic children," City Attorney
Casey Gwinn said in a statement.

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