Books that promise cures for autism through potentially dangerous therapies have been quietly removed from Amazon over the last week.
Amazon is selling books that teach parents how to subject their autistic children to harmful “treatment” regimes that include drinking, bathing in and making enemas out of a toxic, bleach-like substance. Other pseudoscientific books available on the website instruct parents to force their children to undergo chelation – a treatment intended for arsenic and lead poisoning that caused the death of an autistic boy in 2005.
A search for “autism cure” on Amazon brings up dozens of books positing pseudoscientific solutions for autism spectrum disorder – a complex and lifelong developmental disability that has no known cure. But Amazon’s virtual bookshelves are stacked high with titles that recommend a long list of unproven and dangerous autism cures, including sex, yoga, camel milk, electroconvulsive therapy and veganism.
About time I was disgusted to find them on there, I was reading up on this abuse after a thread on here (as I could not believe the sheer stupidity of the claim) and was horrified when Google took me straight to Amazon for a how to guide! ( I did email amazon about this but got no response ) but I'm glad at least they have been removed!
Now if only everywhere else could stop peddling this trash
Wow. I knew Bezos was a bit of a sociopath. I thought that they'd have cleaned up their act after the two occasions thay were forced to pull books on paedophilia.
They still have lots of books on bestiality though. I won't include links. It's the "right to free speech" apparently. Consent isn't a right they extend their freedoms to however.
Seems like the helpless, voiceless, and vulnerable, are good for business.
I really thought they'd cleaned up their act.
I'm pretty shocked too. I thought they'd cleaned up their act, after a bunch of cyberattacks over a "paedophiles handbook" they were selling in 2002.
Apparently not. They were forced to do it again in 2010.
They may have pulled the books on quack "cures", but bestiality is actually still available.
The richest man in the world is morally bankrupt.
No more Amazon for me.
I don't know when the Finest Universal Cure Known will be discovered, but it will no doubt be recognised by the initials.
Veganism certainly doesn't work, anyway, otherwise I'd have been 'cured' long ago!
Amazon/Bezos is a monster bent on world domination. I haven't used it for a while now.
Unfortunately, it seems to be the default 'go to' for online shopping... and almost everything else.
Bezos is a ***, nothing new there - but what *really* appalls me is that parents actually hold down their children and forcibly administer bleach enemas. WTF? Apparently they're not discouraged when their children's skin starts to ulcerate and weep and they double up with agonizing abdominal pain. What in the name of God is wrong with these people? I know there is pitiful support for parents struggling with low-functioning children with challenging behaviour, fits, seizures etc and I don't know how I'd cope myself but I say again, in which universe does it strike a parent as reasonable to violently and forcibly poison their own children by holding them down and squirting corrosive substances into their intestines? If you can't look after them, at least have the sense to hand them over to qualified professionals. I just felt a wave of rage pass through me. Yes, Bezos is an irresponsible, misogynistic, narcissistic little git - but, I say again, *what* possesses a parent to abuse their children in such an appalling way? OK maybe people didn't know what's in it (although such ignorance of a substance one intends violently to administer to a child is already a disgrace - they managed to google the crap in the first place, couldn't they google what's in it?) but if your child is complaining of vicious stomach cramps and their skin is visibly ulcertating - WTF WTF WTF. And why hasn't the publisher himself been carted off to gaol? Kudos to Wired Magazine for pitching the appropriate fit about it. Really, can you begin to imagine the level of trauma experienced by those children to have such potentially maiming ongoing violence perpetrated on them by their own parents? It reminds me of bible-bashers trying to beat the devil or 'gayness' out of their children. Ignorant and indefensible. Finally, parents are being prosecuted for crimes such as FGM, I feel these parents should be charged with child abuse offenses. No doubt this post will be removed but I felt the need to get that off my chest . . .
extraneous said:what *really* appalls me is that parents actually hold down their children and forcibly administer bleach enemas.
We were talking about it in a thread a few weeks ago. It's rape, and should be treated as such in law. It serves literally no medical purpose, so there is no need to label it as a "medical mispractice". Penetration without consent, is rape. This should be classified as rape of a minor.
extraneous said:I say again, *what* possesses a parent to abuse their children in such an appalling way?
I'm going to be blunt, but it's them putting their needs in front of the childs. Pure, self-absorbed, narrow-sighted, reactionary reasons. The marketing is targeted at the desparate, but there's a point where sense and conscience should kick in.
The way some of these quack "cures", is marketed toward emotional manipulation of desparate people, can explain some of it, but theres a line. A glass of camel milk, is waaay different to a glass of bleach or turps. As for enemas I just can't even imagine.
extraneous said:Really, can you begin to imagine the level of trauma experienced by those children to have such potentially maiming ongoing violence perpetrated on them by their own parents?
Have you heard of ABA?
extraneous said:beat the devil or 'gayness' out of their children.
That's what ABA is.
If ypu haven't seen that documentary before, wait until they get to ABA. It's pretty disturbing. There is a non-verbal girl of about 5 or 6, if I remember right, I could only watch it once. She doesn't like physical contact, so guess what. Her "treatment" is being held all day, and KISSED by the "doctor". He seems very happy at her distress. She is non-verbal too. Maybe I'm bad minded but I think the "doctor", has other motives for working with non-verbal, or intellectually challenged kids. Very, very, creepy. I think Packham did a great job by not going berzerk in that section. You can see the anger in him.
The kids are sent there everyday, forced to "confront", the things that they can't cope with, some severe aversions, and sensory aversions are akin to pain for a lot of autistics. This goes on for years and years. Well over half are left with severe emotional distress, things like PTSD, and severe anxiety disorders. How the hell does anyone internalise that. I don't know how their parents, or guardians can look them in the eye, everyday, knowing that they are sending them off to another day of torture.
Lemon juice, ammonia, and electrified floors. They aren't really reassuring things to see connected to "behaviour therapy".
extraneous said:Finally, parents are being prosecuted for crimes such as FGM, I feel these parents should be charged with child abuse offenses.
As far as I know only one case of FGM has been successful. That's where the problem lies. A lot of these "medical practices" are carried out in private "clinics" such as the ones in Harley Street, outside of the accountability of the NHS. An oligarch's wife's plastic surgeon, is another patients genital mutilator, or "cure" administrator. Money is the curtain that hides it all.
extraneous said:No doubt this post will be removed but I felt the need to get that off my chest . . .
Put quack cures, fads, Emma Dalmayne, or ABA into the search. If you look back at some of the older threads, there's some new fad that is basically abuse.
Emma Dalmayne is someone worth looking into. She's an autistic lady, with autistic kids, and she's been pushing for these "cures" to be looked into for some time. She's also a campaigner against ABA.
She has a petition that is getting close to being reviewed.
If you want to have a look, or sign that's the link, or for anyone else reading.
The NAS seem to have no problem with this stuff being highlighted, so the more we get it off our chests, word spreads, and hopefully so does the need for action.
We discussed this a couple of weeks ago. At the time I checked to see if the enema nonsense was still being advertised on FaceBook, it is. Despite a long campaign Zuckerberg is still allowing this child abuse to be promoted on his platform.
As repressive governments - like the brutal dictatorship in Egypt - are able to monitor posts for dissent and subsequently incarcerate the dissenters, it is obviously possible to use a software package to find these these child abusers.
FaceBook often says that it will remove harmful content once it has been brought to their attention. Emma Dalmayne has been bringing this to FaceBook’s attention for years now. FaceBook pay the right wing nutters of the Atlantic Council to sanitise the news feeds. Who do they pay to monitor for advocates of child abuse?
Despite numerous research papers demonstrating that a high percentage of autistic children undergoing ABA treatment subsequently develop PTSD, the treatment is still offered by many mainstream autistic organisations. The continued use of uncivilised, Pavlovian techniques to render autistic kids ‘socially acceptable’ is a terrible stain - and comment - on our society.
Indeed, I'm gay and old enough to know men who were 'treated' with 'aversion therapy' in the 1950s as well as a female friend who was incarcerated in a mental hospital at the age of 17 for being a lesbian. Agree Graham - it's expensive to track specific abuses in social media so they only spend the money to prop up friendly dictatorships and protect the interests of multinational corporations.