A British doctor has been slammed after claiming the MMR vaccine "causes autism" and ''chicken nuggets could alleviate symptoms."
The expensive £210-per-hour Edinburgh doctor came under fire after a Sunday Mirror Probe revealed her claims which have been debunked by science.
Dr Lorene Amet's private clinic in the capital city was investigated after parents complained about its work.
The clinic sells an Autism Treatment Plus treatment and was slammed after a mum went undercover to discuss treatment for her fictional child, seven-year-old Raye.
In the video consultation, Emma Dalmayne, a mum who has two autistic children, spoke to the private doctor spoke about how autism is linked to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination and recommended organic chicken nuggets.
She also claimed that autism can be relieved by changing a child's diet and recommended a strict gluten-free and dairy-free diet without sugar or processed food to help Raye, reports Edinburgh Live.
During the consultation Amet said “[Doctors] are saying it’s a coincidence that autism symptoms start at 18 months old. But the reality is, we have children who have been given the vaccination earlier than planned and they’ve developed signs of autism at eight months.
"We have children who receive the vaccination much later, even at the age of eight, and they develop signs of autism at that point.
The French-born medic added: “I have no doubt there are children affected by this. Vaccination is a means to cause the system to be overwhelmed. This causes inflammation [and] that affects brain function.
“This can link to gut issues, this can link to behavioural [issues]. And – unfortunately, sometimes these changes are irreversible. I believe eventually it will be accepted.”
When asked if anything would “take it away”, she said: “No1 is the diet.”
She later sent Emma vegan recipes and a report saying her suggestions could have a “profound effect on well-being and behaviour” with “improved bowel habit, appetite and weight regulation, improved sleep patterns, eye contact, speech and sensory issues” among the potential benefits.
According to the paperm she also recommended anti-inflammatories to “control the pain” along with urine, stool, hair, food intolerance and blood tests for £971 – available from Autism Treatment Plus.
She also made a three-month plan for Raye, stating that further “treatment” would involve working with other doctors in Geneva.
Investigator Emma, 44, who is also Autistic, said: “I find it alarming that someone who claims to be professional is spreading such fear and misinformation about vaccination.”
“Anti-vaxxing rhetoric is very common on social media and parents looking for help are often led in the wrong direction. They’re blamed for their kids being autistic, because they gave them vaccinations.”
Amet sent Emma an email with the tagline "Autism is treatable" and claimed her child's “challenging behavioural issues” could be solved by changing her diet.
Dr James Cusack, head of research charity Autistica, said: “It’s disgraceful that these private practitioners misinform parents in this way.
"They are selling ineffective tests and treatments that have zero scientific credibility and that could be distressing.”
He advised parents rely on trusted sources such as the NHS, the National Autistic Society or the Autistica website.
Amet told the paper: “You have ulterior motives to affect people who can make a real difference to the lives of these children. So obviously you’re here to attack me at the highest level and to totally undermine my work.”