Desperate Parents Forcing Children To 'Drink Bleach' To Cure Autism
Potentially fatal practice, which is currently sweeping the United States
Reports that parents are forcing their children to drink industrial bleach in a desperate attempt to “cure” them of autism.
The potentially fatal practice, which is currently sweeping the United States, has seen children as young as 2 years old forced to drink the cleaning product.
Although the craze is currently sweeping the US, the potentially deadly remedy, which administered is CD (chloride dioxide)—or MMS (“miracle mineral solution”) originated from a secret Facebook group in the UK.
The method then went viral before reaching a controversial U.S. church with a branch in Los Angeles founded by a former Scientologist, who then pushed the remedy onto desperate parents with autistic children.
According to NewsWeek: A 2016 investigation by Eyewitness News and ABC News found an underground network clustered in Southern California and promoting MMS on Facebook as a cure for ailments including cancer, Parkinson’s and autism in children.
The previous year, the BBC exposed a clandestine conference in which leading figures from the church traveled to the U.K. to promote the use of MMS, which it claims is a nondangerous religious sacrament.
They believed autism was caused by pathogens and parasites, which chloride dioxide kills. Doctors said claims of adherents were groundless and the solution was untested and could cause serious harm.
The treatment includes two chemicals, sodium chlorite and hydrochloric acid, which combine to make bleach. It is sold to be used orally or as an enema.
Proponents recommend mixing it with fruit juice, but medical experts warned that doing so caused the solution to acidify and produce chlorine dioxide, a potentially lethal bleach used to strip textiles.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that the product “used as directed, produces an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health.” It is banned in Canada.
The British Food Standards Authority warned against the use of MMS and said it could cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, reduced blood pressure or damage the gut or cause respiratory failure.
There has been one death linked to MMS and several cases of those taking it reporting serious health problems.
However, the substance remains available to purchase on the internet.
Dr. Jeff Foster warned of the potentially deadly consequences of using MMS.
“Autism is a neurodevelopmental disease which is not amenable to any form of tablet treatment. It’s developed in the womb or early stages of life. You can’t just reverse it, and anyone claiming that does not understand the condition,” he told Sunday People.
“When you have very extreme measures like this to ‘cure’ a condition, it’s just a roulette game,” Dr. Foster said.
“Eventually someone will die. It’s only a matter of time.”
A British parliamentary commission focused on autism is expected to tighten the laws around MMS.