Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, March 23, 2015

WTF?! You Can’t Cure Autism That Way!


Folks, I don’t think I have to tell you all that it’s a bad idea to drink bleach, let along pump it up your asshole. So I really don’t think I have to say that you can’t “cure” autism with bleach enemas.

Or at least I wouldn’t have to say that if it weren’t for the fact that too many gullible parents were trying to cure their children’s autism by doing just that:
Whether you have AIDS, malaria, cancer, or autism, there is a product sold on the internet that claims it can cure you. That product, called Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), sounds a lot like other pseudoscientific remedies—but unlike many suspect forms of new age medicine that are scientifically unproven but benign, MMS can actively harm you in serious ways. That's because it's a solution of 28 percent sodium chlorite which, when mixed with citric acid as instructed, forms chlorine dioxide (ClO2), a potent form of bleach used in industrial pulp and textile bleaching.

Obviously, this is not exactly something you want to put in your body. And yet some parents are giving this dangerous substance to their children, both orally and through enemas, in the belief that it will cure their child of autism.
Now that would be bad in and of itself if it weren’t also for the fact that, like every other pseudo-scientific alternative medicine “cure”, there’s a snake oil salesman peddling this crap.

This crank is Jim Humble, and as a testament to his batshit insanity, he’s a self-appointed “archbishop” of his own “church”, Genesis II, which he formed after being kicked out of the Church of Scientology. (Yes, this guy was too crazy for even the scientologists to handle!)

Sadly, he’s not alone in this cure-all scheme, nor is his influence small:
If Humble is the pater familias of this wolfpack of chicanery, a woman named Kerri Rivera seems to be its den mother. A bishop in Humble's church, Rivera is the author of a book titled Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism, in which she recommends giving autistic children "hourly doses" of chlorine dioxide and advocates chlorine dioxide enemas as a way to "kill pathogens in the brain."

Her website, CDAustism.org, is—like Humble's website—careful to state that it does not actually sell MMS. Instead it promotes the idea that it will cure autism, sells supporting materials like her book, and offers expensive Skype consultations on administering the "treatment" that cost over $100 per hour.

In other words, while stopping short of selling MMS (likely for legal reasons), Humble and Rivera instead advocate it as a lifestyle, thereby promoting the damaging idea that the complex neurological condition known as autism is essentially a gut problem that you can somehow power-wash out of your body by pouring industrial bleach into both ends. And their followers believe them.
Yes, you’ve read all that correctly: there are desperate parents out there gullible enough to part ways with their wallets in order to learn how to administer a deadly elixir to their children in an attempt to cure the incurable —an elixir that is sure to stop them from having autism by killing them!

I’m not sure whether to feel baffled as to how people are so scientifically-illiterate to fall for this nonsense, sorry for the unfortunate parents who fell for this blatant quackery, or unbridled anger at the two quacks who are probably laughing their way to the bank with the money they swindled.

I’m sorry. Words simply fail me at this point. I just don't know what to say. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take a break to look at myself in the mirror and weep for humanity.