Please don’t put industrial strength bleach in the butts of autistic kids

Sadly, we live in a society where we need to tell people not to do this. The industrial strength bleach (sodium dichlorite solution) called Miracle Mineral Solution or MMS previously came to our attention as a “treatment” for Crohn’s disease, as well as everything else from HIV to colds. Now it is being marketed as a “treatment” for autism via oral administration, baths, and enemas.

MMS treatments cause side effects like discomfort, fever, diarrhea, and vomiting (these are the one’s its proponents advertise) with no evidence that it is an effective treatment for anything other than being comfortable and not having diarrhea. Fortunately, there is something you can do to help. Emily Willingham has started a petition to ban the sale and use of MMS as a treatment for autism (read the whole petition below).

The claims made by MMS are duping concerned parents into torturing their children, who are not in a position to understand why mommy and daddy are hurting them.

Sign the petition. Feel good about yourself for at least the rest of the day, because you are a good person, mostly. Ok, I don’t really know about your personal life, but this would mean you’re at least a little bit good.

Block peddling of bleach enemas as “cure” for autism in children

Greetings,

I just signed the following petition addressed to the US Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Trade Commission.

Order cease and desist on selling, recommending, or administering Miracle Mineral Supplement, also known as MMS or sodium dichlorite solution (industrial strength bleach), as “curative” for children with autism when used orally, in baths, or in repeatedly administered enemas.

Here is what one autistic child underwent with this “treatment”–A parent writes: “He is nonverbal and fairly low-functioning, so I don’t get any feedback from him as to how he is feeling. Last week, I started him on 1 drop of MMS (bleach solution) then upped the dose to 1 drop, 2x a day this week. After about 4 days at 2 drops/day, he vomited once and had diarrhea all day. I am assuming it is the MMS. His gut tends to be very sensitive to anything I give him.”

A full account of the history of this product is available here: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/bleaching-away-what-ails-you. It recently was featured at an Autism One conference: http://www.autismone.org/

In her Autism One presentation (here: http://www.livestream.com/autismone/video?clipId=pla_a7e0b96e-deb1-4399-9131-d1f6d0a23157), MMS peddler Kerri Rivera references effects such as diarrhea and fever during application. There is no medical indication for this compound, either orally or as a bath or enema, and no indications for its use or efficacy in autism. Among the recommendations for application of this substance in unconsenting, autistic children is the so-called 72-2 protocol, involving application of this bleach compound every 2 hours for 72 hours “every possible weekend.” More information about that is on Rivera’s Website, http://www.autismo2.com/mms.html.

Given the effects that even the people selling it cite–fever, clear discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea–and the use of it in minor children who often are unable to verbalize their experience, we ask that the relevant authorities turn immediate attention to Kerri Rivera, organizers of the Autism One conference where she presented this information, and anyone who is selling or recommending this product for use in children with autism.

Thank you for your time.

Joshua T. Witten, PhD

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3 responses to “Please don’t put industrial strength bleach in the butts of autistic kids

  1. Torbjörn Larsson, OM

    Hideous! Balancing adverse reactions as “proof of cure” is one thing, the problems for health or risk for deadly mistakes when a bad practice is sustained is another. And this is done on the most helpless you can imagine.

  2. Ms Rivera was unwilling to defend herself in response to an open letter I wrote to her. Her reply is pathetic
    http://autismum.com/2012/06/06/mms-for-autism-a-reply/

  3. Thanks for posting this.

    I wrote a roundup post of all the coverage of MMS as a cure for autism: http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2012/06/miracle-mineral-solution-mms-as-an-autism-therapy-dangerous-quackery.html.

    I think most of the “isn’t MMS great for autism” discussions are occurring on closed or private discussion boards.

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