Love Hormone Injections For Autistics?

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 in Autism

By Christina England | November 30th, 2011

A recent news article in the London’s free paper ‘The Metro,’ states that children with autism could soon be injected with the sex hormone Oxytocin to ‘enable them to interact with others.’ According to ‘The Metro’, the hormone oxytocin or ‘cuddle chemical’ usually released during an orgasm, has been found to help adults with autism.

Scientists have stated that when the hormone oxytocin is injected into adults with autism, the hormone improves their ability to recognize emotion in people’s voices. Each injection has been reported to last for a fortnight.

US scientist Dr Eric Hollander believes if administered to children, oxytocin’s effects could be even stronger and hormone expert, Dr Narkus Heinrichs, said:

 ‘I’m absolutely convinced we should study administering oxytocin when there is an early diagnosis of autism.’

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In my opinion the very idea of subjecting young autistic children to this painful intrusive medical procedure is totally barbaric, especially as early diagnosis could mean children under the age of five. I would question why any parent would feel the need for this kind of intervention which is still in the experimental stages, after all this hormone is often referred to as the ‘cuddle chemical’, ‘the hormone of love’ and ‘the trust potion’. One website says:

“The chemical, oxytocin, is a natural brain hormone thought to be linked to bonding, social attachment and, some scientists believe, love. It is also the key ingredient in a “trust potion” that researchers developed recently: when people sniffed it, they temporarily became more trusting.”

Bearing this in mind, is this really an appropriate treatment for young autistic children? In my opinion it is an excuse for scientists, big pharma and the medical profession to pimp our kids for financial gain. The mere idea makes me extremely uncomfortable indeed.

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