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.
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.
This is what it all boils down to.
As I've said before, it's a massive revenue stream. Relatively untapped, and fresh ground for cynical investors. Looking at that article the figures don't lie. On average an ABA center can gross $821,000 a year.
The business model is perfect for exploitation of emotionally vulnerable parents too. Something that is "incurable" but they say they can offer x,y, and z to people who will buy false hope. The side effects, such as PTSD also offer additional profit margins, to a pretty corrupt medical industrial industry. The kids are just assets once they are in the system.
Who's to say that Zuckerberg hasn't got investments in some of these companies. FaceBook investors have sold $3.9 billion worth of stock since the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It wouldn't surprise me if some of that investment got diversified into some of the more "legitimate" autism "treatment" companies.
I still don't know why the bleach stuff is up though, madness.
Graham said:Being a keyboard warrior sits uneasy with me.
It's the best way to get it out there. If parents read this, or the people we contact take notice, the parents might look into it more before sending their kids to be abused, and maybe someone might do something.
Graham said:I can remember breaking up paving slabs and slinging them at the South African embassy to ensure the press took notice in the days of apartheid.
I would never endorse damaging property......it's something that I can never recall doing, to my memory
Graham said:Now I would worry about CCTV and the lack of toilet facilities.
In this scenario (that I would never agree with doing) the upside is that the Cottage Pie in the Police stations can be quite pleasant. I would be happy to share mine with you.......
Well I got a response from Facebook, apparently it doesn't breach the "community rules" I have followed up with reasons why it does and pointed out that it has been removed from Amazon for being dangerous.
I have also asked all my friends to report the page (only have 6 but it's a start) I think I will also email the guardian about it as they supported it's removal from Amazon so maybe they could support such an effort for Facebook
Crikey! The beast stirs. You'll be slaying dragons next.
Perhaps we should petition NAS to make a complaint.
You're right I think nas should be petitioned to complain, the more people that do the harder it will be to ignore. I know big companies won't listen to individuals but the bad press should at least hurt their bottom line!!
Right, I have emailed the guardian about this, not sure I will get a response but will follow up with a letter as well also left comment on the article on their Facebook page highlighting it (wonder how long that comment will stay up?)
This topic has really got under my skin and it needs to be stopped, I know I can't make a difference on my own but it's worth trying.
As a side note: There is The Participatory Autism Research Collective. The current post - linked to below - is about the upcoming Autism Innovative Medicine Studies 2 Trials (AIMS-2Trials). A 115 million euros initiative.
Well that's alot more information for me to go through so far it seems highly disturbing