Parents seeking help with children with autism are turning to a "miracle" cure that involves giving the children enemas, using a dangerous industrial solution used for bleaching wood pulp.
According to If You Only News, parents have turned to Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), containing sodium chlorite which is mixed with citric acid (i.e. orange juice) to make chlorine dioxide. According to the promoters, the solution, which can be taken orally or administered via an enema, can cure HIV, malaria, hepatitis, autism, acne, and cancer.
Miracle Mineral Solution is the brainchild of Jim Humble, who 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.
The Food and Drug Administration disagrees 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."
Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency warns 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.
Kerri Rivera, founder of the website CD Autism ("Autism: Avoidable. Treatable. Curable.") which promotes MMS, claims that autism is caused by yeast, parasites, viruses, and vaccines that can be flushed from the body.
On her Facebook page, Rivera -- who identifies herself as a biomedical consultant and certified homeopath -- keeps a running total of parents who have contacted her, saying MMS has "cured" their children of autism.
One parent wrote: "I just wanted to tell you great news we have received yesterday from bioresonance diagnostic treatment. We went there actually for the first time, just to check how we have improved with CD, which my 6 years old son has been using it for a year and a half now, and she said: I don't know what're doing but just keep doing what you're doing, because you're doing GREAT! She couldn't find viruses, bacteria, parasites, yeast; his body has been cleaned a lot, also from heavy metals, she did saw a virus of measles inside in the intestine, that's because of the vaccines he got we will try to treat that now and of course not stopping CD and parasite protocol. We are starting also with GcMAF in October and can't wait! We are really happy."
Other parents report that they are still continuing treatments despite extreme vomiting, kicking, and hysterics when enemas are being administered.
Despite Facebook tales of success, the Autism Science Foundation warns against online claims of cures that have not undergone rigorous clinical studies.
"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," ASF explains. "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."