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The Geiers are perhaps best known for their truly bizarre theories regarding androgens and mercury. In 2004, Geier advanced a hypothesis that testosterone increases the potency of mercury. This led the Geiers to invent and patent a therapy regimen of chelation and Lupron, an anti-androgen. Lupron is normally only given to children who show signs of precocious puberty, so what the Geiers suggested was way off-label. Their solution? Declare that all the children in their studies had precocious puberty.
This regimen is, to put it mildly, controversial among actual scientists in relevant fields. Fortunately, as of 2009 they no longer have access to Lupron, so no more chemically castrating kids for them.
As of early May, 2011, the Geiers' controversial "therapy" has been found to be a concern by the Maryland State Board of Physicians. Fortunately, they have also decided that Mark Geier's therapies pose such a threat to children with autism that he was stripped of his medical license. It should be noted that David Geier is not and has never been a doctor of any kind, and in the same case was charged with practising medicine without a license.
- Geier DA, Geier MR (2004): "A comparative evaluation of the effects of MMR immunization and mercury doses from thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines on the population prevalence of autism", Medical Science Monitor
- "Geier" is German for "vulture" and the behavior of these two practically forces this association upon any German-speaker
- The potential importance of steroids in the treatment of autistic spectrum disorders and other disorders involving mercury toxicity. Note that the organization that published this nonsense is not peer reviewed.
- The patents are here and here
- Not to mention incredibly unethical.
- Autism & Lupron: Playing With Fire
- 'Miracle drug' called junk science
- Physician team's crusade shows cracks
- The State of Maryland finally takes "emergency action" against Mark Geier and his Lupron protocol for autism
- Court filing of suspension