The Lyme Induced Autism Foundation (LIA) is planning to hold a peaceful gathering outside the Department of Health on 9th May.
I believe the aim of this action is to raise awareness of their misguided idea that autism is caused by Lyme disease.
Like the hypothesis itself, therapies based on this notion, such as long courses of antibiotics, have but sparse anecdotal evidence in their support while the consequences of the inappropriate prescription of antibiotics is well documented in the medical literature and is certainly no trivial consideration.
Indeed, there exists no credible study that suggest the Lyme hypothesis has any validity. It is an idea which, like the long disproved vaccine-autism model, fails in the light of the increasing weight of evidence that the possible factors that increase the risk of a child being autistic are genetic and pre-natal in origin. There are many compelling studies to substantiate this including sibling studies, studies of parental age and even lifestyle factors.
While the causes of autism remain elusive, it is not sensible to consider all suppositions as equally probable. To this end I hope you will regard the demonstration of the LIA Foundation as nothing more than that of a fringe group of motivated and doubtless concerned parents vying for attention for their ridiculous hypothesis. Instead, we, the undersigned implore you to consider the day to day needs of people living with autism: people who, given support and opportunity can and do make a valuable contribution to their communities and society as a whole.