Preying on the Vulnerable: Electrodiagnostics, Bach Flower Remedies, and Sound Therapy for Autism, ADHD, and Learning Problems

When children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or learning problems, parents naturally want to do everything possible to help them. If they are lucky, they will find reliable information. For autism, they may discover a website that offers real science and real hope for autism: The Association for Science in Autism Treatment.  More likely, they will come across unreliable websites that offer pseudoscientific explanations,  impressive testimonials, lots of hype, and false hope. And they will embark on programs with no evidence of effectiveness, programs that can be very time-consuming and very expensive. They will put their children on onerous special diets and submit them to all kinds of futile exercises. Some of them will continue useless treatments even after seeing evidence from controlled studies that they are indistinguishable from placebo.

Perhaps the most egregious of these untested programs is Karyne Jeanne Richardson’s elaborate mixture of

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