Horror Story: Parents Trying to Cure Their Children’s Autism with Bleach Enemas

adf26aa305f24c09d08427298db9f754By Elaine Magliaro

Tom Boggioni (Raw Story) posted an article today about parents who are trying to cure their children’s autism by giving them enemas “using a dangerous industrial solution used for bleaching wood pulp.” He said that some parents have turned to Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS). MMS is said to contain “sodium chlorite which is mixed with citric acid (i.e. orange juice) to make chlorine dioxide.” Boggioni added that the promoters of the MMS solution, which can be taken orally or administered via an enema, claim that it “can cure HIV, malaria, hepatitis, autism, acne, and cancer.”

Regarding MMS from Science Blogs:

What it is, in essence, is industrial strength bleach, 28% sodium chlorite in distilled water. It is frequently diluted in acidic juices, such as orange juice, resulting in the formation of chlorine dioxide, which is, as the FDA characterized it, “a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment.” According to its proponents, MMS can cure almost anything: cancer, AIDS, and just about any other serious disease you can imagine. Never mind that there is no biological plausibility and no evidence, either preclinical or clinical, that MMS can do what its proponents claim it can do. True, bleach can kill bacteria or cancer cells in a dish at a high enough concentration, but that doesn’t mean it’s a useful antibiotic or chemotherapeutic agent.

Emily Willingham wrote about MMS for Forbes:

MMS. It stands for Miracle Mineral Solution, but it’s really bleach. I know because I tested it myself, destroying a perfectly good cloth napkin in the process. Take a look at what it does to cotton.

Photo by Emily Willingham

Photo by Emily Willingham

Now imagine it on the inside of a child’s mouth, esophagus, stomach, or intestines–its peddlers encourage its administration as an enema. Horrorshow. Yet not only do parents try this bleach as a “treatment” for their children’s autism, but also a major autism conference actually featured a presenter flogging this stuff, and the claim that it “recovered” 38 children in 20 months remains on the conference site as I type this.

Boggioni said that MMS “is the brainchild of Jim Humble…” He said Humble “quit the Church of Scientology to form the Genesis II Church of Health & Healing in order to promote his ‘miracle’ cure in Africa and Mexico.” Boggioni noted that the Food and Drug Administration does not agree  “with Humble’s claims and has posted a warning on their website calling the product ‘dangerous’ and ‘potentially life threatening,’ advising ‘drinking the amount recommended on product labels can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration.’” In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency has warned “that chronic exposure to small doses of chlorine dioxide could result in reproductive and neurodevelopmental damage, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued guidance in the use of chlorine dioxide in the workplace.”

According to Boggioni, Kerri Rivera, the founder of the website CD Autism, “which promotes MMS, claims that autism is caused by yeast, parasites, viruses, and vaccines that can be flushed from the body.” He said Rivera has a Facebook page where she “keeps a running total of parents who have contacted her, saying MMS has ‘cured’ their children of autism.” Some parents reported that they have continued the MMS treatments “despite extreme vomiting, kicking, and hysterics when enemas are being administered.”

The Autism Science Foundation has discouraged parents from using bleach therapy on autistic children:

Bleach Therapy: In bleach therapy, an individual with ASD is given a diluted form of bleach orally or through an enema in an attempt to cure their symptoms. Bleach doses are given repeatedly; supporters of this treatment have recommended that children drink the bleach mixture up to eight times per day or receive an enema up to three times per week. The rationale for the treatment is that bleach can eliminate bacteria, parasites, yeast, and heavy metals and consequently eliminate ASD symptoms. This treatment has been widely denounced for the harm it can cause as well as its complete lack of scientific basis. Ingesting bleach can lead to severe fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and other complications.

The Autism Science Foundation has issued a warning to parents:

All parents want their children to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Unfortunately, as parents of children with autism strive to help their children they can fall victim to duplicitous claims that encourage them to try unsafe, expensive and ineffective non-evidence-based treatments. Before beginning any treatment, parents should question whether there is a coherent scientific rationale behind it, and think critically about its associated risks and benefits. They should also ask their healthcare practitioner whether the treatment has been proven effective and safe in objective scientific studies, and whether those studies have been published in well-established, highly reputable, peer-reviewed medical journals.

It is important to remember that anyone can start a journal or post a study on the Internet to tout the efficacy of dangerous or useless interventions. Healthcare fraud is a huge business in the US, and parents of children with autism are often targeted. Fringe treatment providers prey on desperation and fear, and deceive parents with numerous unfounded claims.

I’d say that this is truly a horror story. How could any parents think that this kind of bleach treatment would not be detrimental to their children’s health? Would you consider MMS treatments to be a form of child abuse?

SOURCES

Parents trying to reverse kids’ autism by ‘flushing out’ vaccines with bogus ‘miracle’ bleach enemas (Raw Story)

PARENTS GIVING BLEACH ENEMAS TO CURE THEIR CHILDREN OF AUTISM? YEAH, THAT’S A THING (If You Only News)

The lowest of the low: Trying to bleach autism away (Science Blogs)

The 5 Scariest Autism ‘Treatments’ (Forbes)

Beware of Non-Evidence-Based Treatments (Autism Science Foundation)

FURTHER READING

The man who encourages the sick and dying to drink industrial bleach (The Guardian)

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14 Responses to Horror Story: Parents Trying to Cure Their Children’s Autism with Bleach Enemas

  1. eniobob says:

    How could any (parent ?)do this to a child? Its beyond me. Could not see one of my grandsons who is autistic endure this.

  2. A couple of factoids I learned when working on the Leaf River case in Mississippi. The Georgia Pacific papermill was using chlorine in the paper bleaching process, and the effluent was discharged into the Leaf River. During the course of the trial, I learned that when chlorine is heated in certain ways, it becomes dioxin.

    The crystalline form of chlorine dioxide is orange crystals. ’nuff said.

  3. buckaroo says:

    Please finish the narrative. How is the child doing since this incident ?

  4. blouise17 says:

    I smell tootie

  5. Chlorine dioxide.

    As a cure.

    How quickly Times Beach, Missouri is forgotten. They destroyed an entire town because of dioxin contamination. So its got to be a “miracle cure”. The people responsible for this snake oil hoodoo bullshit? Should spend a really long time in prison.

  6. Bob Kauten says:

    Yep. Decades ago, friends of a friend were advised by their chiropractor to remove the excess mercury in their knees by taking baths in diluted bleach.
    You first, “doctor.”
    Vaccines, GMOs, high-fructose corn syrup, and CHEMICALS are all bad for you. Bleach however, is good for whatever ails you.

  7. Elaine M. says:

    blouise,

    Tootie! Now…there’s a name from the past.

  8. pete says:

    I prefer the older, non-toxic remedies. Before you go to bed, cut an onion in half and tie the cut half to the bottom of you feet.
    Someone told me to do that once. I never did, but they swore by it. I prefer mine sataed’ (onions not feet).

    Bleach up yer bum, I think someone misunderstood what they were being told.

  9. Mike Spindell says:

    In a country where many feel their bible is the final authority on everything……why not?

  10. bron98 says:

    I am curious where in the bible does it say to shoot ClO2 up your ass?

    from wiki:

    Water chlorination[edit]

    Further information: Water chlorination

    Further information: Chlorine_Dioxide_Tablets § Chemical_disinfection

    The Niagara Falls, New York, water treatment plant first used chlorine dioxide for drinking water treatment in 1944 for phenol destruction.[13]:4–17[14] Chlorine dioxide was introduced as a drinking water disinfectant on a large scale in 1956, when Brussels, Belgium, changed from chlorine to chlorine dioxide.[14] Its most common use in water treatment is as a pre-oxidant prior to chlorination of drinking water to destroy natural water impurities that would otherwise produce trihalomethanes on exposure to free chlorine.[18][19][20] Trihalomethanes are suspect carcinogenic disinfection by-products[21] associated with chlorination of naturally occurring organics in the raw water.[20] Chlorine dioxide is also superior to chlorine when operating above pH 7,[13]:4–33 in the presence of ammonia and amines[citation needed] and/or for the control of biofilms in water distribution systems.[20] Chlorine dioxide is used in many industrial water treatment applications as a biocide including cooling towers, process water, and food processing.[22]

    Chlorine dioxide is less corrosive than chlorine and superior for the control of legionella bacteria.[14][23] Chlorine dioxide is superior to some other secondary water disinfection methods in that chlorine dioxide: 1) is an EPA registered biocide, 2) is not negatively impacted by pH, 3) does not lose efficacy over time (the bacteria will not grow resistant to it) and 4) is not negatively impacted by silica and phosphate, which are commonly used potable water corrosion inhibitors.

    It is more effective as a disinfectant than chlorine in most circumstances against water borne pathogenic microbes such as viruses,[24] bacteria and protozoa – including the cysts of Giardia and the oocysts of Cryptosporidium.[13]:4-20–4-21

    The use of chlorine dioxide in water treatment leads to the formation of the by-product chlorite, which is currently limited to a maximum of 1 ppm in drinking water in the USA.[13]:4–33 This EPA standard limits the use of chlorine dioxide in the USA to relatively high quality water[why?], or water which is to be treated with iron based coagulants (Iron can reduce chlorite to chloride).[citation needed]

    Chlorine dioxide has many applications as an oxidizer or disinfectant.[25] Chlorine dioxide can be used for air disinfection,[26] and was the principal agent used in the decontamination of buildings in the United States after the 2001 anthrax attacks.[27] After the disaster of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding Gulf Coast, chlorine dioxide has been used to eradicate dangerous mold from houses inundated by the flood-water.[28] Because of its unique qualities, chlorine dioxide is an effective disinfectant even at low concentrations.[29]

  11. bron98 says:

    Water chlorination[edit]

    Further information: Water chlorination

    Further information: Chlorine_Dioxide_Tablets § Chemical_disinfection

    The Niagara Falls, New York, water treatment plant first used chlorine dioxide for drinking water treatment in 1944 for phenol destruction.[13]:4–17[14] Chlorine dioxide was introduced as a drinking water disinfectant on a large scale in 1956, when Brussels, Belgium, changed from chlorine to chlorine dioxide.[14] Its most common use in water treatment is as a pre-oxidant prior to chlorination of drinking water to destroy natural water impurities that would otherwise produce trihalomethanes on exposure to free chlorine.[18][19][20] Trihalomethanes are suspect carcinogenic disinfection by-products[21] associated with chlorination of naturally occurring organics in the raw water.[20] Chlorine dioxide is also superior to chlorine when operating above pH 7,[13]:4–33 in the presence of ammonia and amines[citation needed] and/or for the control of biofilms in water distribution systems.[20] Chlorine dioxide is used in many industrial water treatment applications as a biocide including cooling towers, process water, and food processing.[22]

    Chlorine dioxide is less corrosive than chlorine and superior for the control of legionella bacteria.[14][23] Chlorine dioxide is superior to some other secondary water disinfection methods in that chlorine dioxide: 1) is an EPA registered biocide, 2) is not negatively impacted by pH, 3) does not lose efficacy over time (the bacteria will not grow resistant to it) and 4) is not negatively impacted by silica and phosphate, which are commonly used potable water corrosion inhibitors.

    It is more effective as a disinfectant than chlorine in most circumstances against water borne pathogenic microbes such as viruses,[24] bacteria and protozoa – including the cysts of Giardia and the oocysts of Cryptosporidium.[13]:4-20–4-21

    The use of chlorine dioxide in water treatment leads to the formation of the by-product chlorite, which is currently limited to a maximum of 1 ppm in drinking water in the USA.[13]:4–33 This EPA standard limits the use of chlorine dioxide in the USA to relatively high quality water[why?], or water which is to be treated with iron based coagulants (Iron can reduce chlorite to chloride).[citation needed]

    Chlorine dioxide has many applications as an oxidizer or disinfectant.[25] Chlorine dioxide can be used for air disinfection,[26] and was the principal agent used in the decontamination of buildings in the United States after the 2001 anthrax attacks.[27] After the disaster of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding Gulf Coast, chlorine dioxide has been used to eradicate dangerous mold from houses inundated by the flood-water.[28] Because of its unique qualities, chlorine dioxide is an effective disinfectant even at low concentrations.[29]

  12. amunre says:

    My God there are some really crazy people in this world and some very evil ones too

  13. Elaine M. says:

    Snake Oil Bulletin: Bleach Enemas ‘n Cream
    http://wonkette.com/576934/the-snake-oil-bulletin-bleach-enemas-n-cream

    Excerpt:
    It seems that enemas are a big honking deal in the naturalist world, and that’s not necessarily bad, except when the thing people are injecting up their colons is chlorine dioxide, a rad substance that happens to go by the groovy street name “industrial strength bleach.”

    Your Wonkette has covered these bleach concoctions before, because users of them have a shared knack for getting their children taken away by Child Protective Services. The bleach solution is the brainfart of “Archbishop” Jim Humble, creator of the Miracle Mineral Solution, which Humble himself touts as such:

    This breakthrough can save your life, or the life of a loved one.
    The answer to AIDS, hepatitis A,B and C, malaria, herpes, TB, most cancer and many more of mankind’s worse diseases has been found. Many diseases are now easily controlled.

    When asked to back up these lofty claims, Humble quite literally uses the excuse that if he did show his research (gleaned from giving bleach to people in disaster areas like Haiti) the FDA would try to have him killed, which is how science works, right? You work hard to conduct rigorous ethical studies on destitute populations with very little police or scientific oversight, then hide your research findings away in a secretive underground compound because the FDA hit squads are marching through your town, testing meat for salmonella like some sort of meat-testing gestapo.

    Read more at http://wonkette.com/576934/the-snake-oil-bulletin-bleach-enemas-n-cream#VbrxBeFudt47HUwe.99

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