Cracking Down on Bleach "Cure" For Autism

A woman from Cheshire, England is current facing a police investigation over allegedly using a popular bleach product in enemas to "cure" her son's autism.   The woman, a mother of three, is part of a closed Facebook group titled "CD Autism" which promotes the belief that autism is caused by parasites that can be killed using chlorine dioxide, i.e., industrial bleach.  

Belief in this fad cure began ten years ago from a book titled, "The Miracle Mineral Solution of the 21st Century."  According to author Jim Humble, a 28 percent solution of sodium chlorite in water, combined with citric acid, could cure a wide range of ailments ranging from cancer to hepatitis.   This compound, which is marketed online as Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) , gained support by alternative medicine proponents despite the fact that this mixture is potentially toxic and has already been linked to several deaths.  

As for Jim Humble, he continues to be actively involved in the "non-religious" Genesis II Church of Health and Healing.   Along with advocating MMS, which he states is a cure for "95% of diseases involving pathogens", Humble insists that he and his church are on the verge of eradicating most diseases.   Memberships in the church can be purchased online for $35 and, according to church sources, can be used to claim religious exemptions to most medical treatments including vaccination and x-rays.  Humble and his church also boast of training more than 1800 "health ministers" in fifteen countries.

Despite legal crackdowns on many MMS purveyors, it continues to be sold online and has gained traction with parents of autistic children.    Spurred on by the Kerri Rivera book "The CD Cure", an underground movement has taken root with parents administering MMS to their children, either orally or as an enema, despite the risk of prosecution.  Rivera and her supporters run "CD Online" and it is there that parents proudly report on various "success stories".    At present, the group has over 8500 members that share stories and pictures of their children before and after treatment.   The group also features a link to Rivera's website where they can purchase copies of her book.

To date, MMS has been formally banned in Canada though there are 18 known "health ministers" there who actively dispense MMS despite the multiple health warnings issued by Canadian health agencies.  Autism advocates are especially worried about potential poisoning of autistic children and adults by desperate parents hoping for a miracle.    According to April Griffin, a mother of three autistic children and a member of an anti-MMS global network, parents may be lured in by the promise of a better life for their children.    "I think it's born out of desperation. It's born of fear. And I believe these parents are honestly trying to cure their children," she said in an interview with CBC News. "You know, I don't think they hate their kids. I think they're afraid and they're not being educated."

Though government agencies continue to crack down on websites and local sources of MMS, it is still extremely easy to purchase and use.   

For more information and to report the CD Online site to Facebook.




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