Numerous heart-wrenching stories June 1, 2014Posted by Ezra Resnick in Science.
PETA: Hello, parent! I’m with “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.”
Parent: Are you going to present an ethical argument for why eating animal products is wrong?
PETA: Well, let me ask you this: Did you know there’s a link between dairy products and child autism?
Parent: No! That’s pretty scary!
PETA: Yes, indeed. More research is needed, but scientific studies have shown that many autistic kids improve dramatically when put on a diet free of dairy foods.
Parent: Wow, that sounds serious. How many studies are we talking about?
Parent: And how many children participated?
PETA: 36 and 20.
Parent: I see… When were these studies published?
PETA: 1995 and 2002.
Parent: You weren’t kidding when you said “more research is needed.” Has any additional research been done since?
PETA: We’re just trying to alert the public to the link between autism and dairy products.
Parent: Let me check for myself… Actually, there was a systematic review of 15 articles (published in 2010), which concluded that “the current corpus of research does not support” the use of gluten-free or dairy-free diets in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. And another systematic review of studies since 1970 (published in 2014) concluded that “the evidence on this topic is currently limited and weak,” and recommended that restricted diets only be used if a food allergy is diagnosed.
PETA: But on the other hand, did you know that the Internet contains numerous heart-wrenching stories from parents of kids who had suffered the worst effects of autism for years before dairy foods were eliminated from their children’s diets? Would you like to hear one mother’s story?
Parent: Did you know that the world contains numerous heart-wrenching stories of kids who suffered needlessly because their parents were taken in by unscientific bullshit?
PETA: To learn more about a diet free of dairy products, order our free “Vegetarian Starter Kit” today.
Parent: Fuck you, PETA.