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    Can Perispinal Enbrel treat autism?

    The website that sells a video and e-book teaching how to give a perispinal injection of Enbrel claims it is effective in reducing the impairments due to autism in persons with elevated inflammation in the brain measured by the C-reactive protein blood test. I would like to know if anyone has tried this and if so what was the outcome.
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    I very strongly disagree with the above comment. Etanercept is a biopharmaceutical which blocks the action of a cytokine called TNF - it is indicated on-label for treating auto-immune inflammatory diseases like (amongst others) rheumatoid arthritis.
    There is no published evidence suggesting that it can help in treating autism (a PubMed search shows nothing).
    Unfortunately various unethical “clinics”, in order to make money, exploit the vulnerable by promoting Etanercept as a magic bullet. A key sign of an unethical clinic is a pretentious name.
    For example, the Neurological Wellness Center (based in Nicaragua) makes money by selling Etanercept for many medical conditions with no clinical peer-reviewed evidence that it is of any use.
    Another example of a “clinic” with a pretentious name is the Institute of Neurological Recovery. It is owned by Dr Edward Tobinick (who is a GP with no specialist neurology training). That has not stopped him from (for profit) selling Etanercept as a magic bullet for many neurological problems, again with no peer-reviewed clinical evidence that it is of any help.
    Please stay with evidence-based health professionals as far as autism is concerned and ignore the scammers.

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