I don't know how many of the online community already know about this, but I was appalled when I heard of it.
There is a substance called "Miracle Mineral Solution", which is an industrial bleach, which is being recommended to gullible (and presumably desperate) parents as a cure for autism, and a variety of illnesses. The idea is that autism is supposed to actually be caused by a parasite, and that the solution will kill the parasites and expel them from the body.
A book available on Amazon right now actually tells readers how to make the solution at home, in case they have difficulty purchasing it because of the FDA's attempts to stop distribution.
A popular way of administering this to a child is by enema, with the child being held down if necessary. Pictures taken later of "parasites" expelled later are actually parts of the child's intestinal lining.
It was initially promoted by a man with no medical or scientific qualifications whatsoever. People have died after taking it.
Any ideas on how to counteract this level of ignorance?
There is information on the NAS website about MMS with a warning not to use this product under any circumstances. There's also information on what is being done to try to prevent use of this, and similar, products:
I first heard of MMS when I read this Guardian article, and I was utterly appalled as you are:
I agree entirely with the part of that article that says it should be made illegal to sell cures for autism, as it is for cancer, and I think that would go a long way to help combat this sort of thing. Sadly though, I don’t think you can do much about the ignorance itself - some people will always be that stupid or desperate that they will try whatever someone says will work, regardless of the consequences.
It’s just so terrible - these children often suffer enough anyway without this sort of abuse (and that’s what it ultimately is - abuse!) on top.
There's a petition on Change.org to make autism "cures" illegal in the UK, started by Emma Dalmayne.
Can you report the listing to Amazon? Surely they have a responsibility not to sell a book like this?
I agree with your sentiments regarding this particular book, but I'm afraid I'm not a fan of banning books on principle. Do Amazon ever put 'disclaimers' alongside certain books? If so, this might be the way to go?
I don't know how that works, but I'll find out. Thanks for the suggestion.
This is less banning the book than making it harder to acquire.
You're right. It does make you wonder who the irresponsible publishers were. Don't publishers also have to abide by legal guidelines regarding the veracity of the junk they publish? I'm just astounded that parents would even consider doing this to their children. I've done a lot of gross things with my children (headlice treatments, tick removal etc.) but a home enema is outrageous!
Link to the petition for those wanting to sign it:
For anyone who may be interested, there has been an update on the Change.org petition I referred to, the Westminster Autism Commission has released a report called "A Spectrum of Harmful Interventions", which will now be debated in government, calling for a ban on quack "cures" for autism in the UK. It can be seen at https://t.co/yGZCyrnGmr