Desperate parents are being duped into buying super-strength bleach as a miracle ‘cure’ for autism by unqualified online advocates.
Police forces across Britain have questioned families over allegations children as young as two are being forced to drink poisonous chemicals.
The treatment being administered is CD (Chloride Dioxide) or MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution), which is administered orally or via an enema.
A secret Facebook group for parents claims autism is caused by parasites that can be cleansed using the potentially lethal treatment, an investigation by The Sunday People found.
A doctor has now come forward to warn that the quack remedies will end up killing children.
Dr Jeff Foster told the newspaper: ‘Autism is a neuro-developmental disease which is not amenable to any form of tablet treatment.
‘It’s developed in the womb or early stages of life.
‘You can’t just reverse it and anyone claiming that does not understand the condition.’
One in every 100 children in the UK suffers from some form of autism, for which there is no medical cure.
‘When you have very extreme measures like this to “cure” a condition it’s just a roulette game,’ Dr Foster said.
‘Eventually someone will die. It’s only a matter of time.’
MMS, which is unlicensed and has no proven medical benefits, is a potent cocktail of sodium chlorite mixed with citric acid powder to make an industrial-strength bleach.
Both the Food Standards Authority (FSA) and Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) warn against using the treatment.
The FSA, in particular, warns that using the products could lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, reduced blood pressure and, when undiluted, damage the gut or cause respiratory failure.
Despite this, the product is available for sale in the UK on the internet and is reportedly being stocked in some shops.
One of the people selling MMS as a treatment calls himself an ‘expert’ but has been exposed as an ex-drug addict who has no known medical qualifications.
Danny Glass, from Margate in Kent, promises people can live a ‘disease-free’ life if they buy MMS through a link on his own website.
Autism campaigner Emma Dalmayne – who has long been fighting a battle against the use of MMS – says images in the closed Facebook group purporting to show ‘parasites’ leaving the body were actually showing children’s bowel lining that had been burned away by the bleach.
She spoke out last year after a mother-of-three was investigated for giving her son bleach to ‘cure’ his autism.
The mother of six, who herself has autism and who has five children with autism, said: ‘When I first read about MMS I didn’t think it possible that parents would feed their own children a bleach solution – let alone give them enemas with it.
‘I felt disgusted and sickened. No parents will admit to doing this to their children publicly. This treatment is not illegal at the moment but we need to get rid of it.’
Dr Foster warned: ‘Chlorine dioxide causes abdominal cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea. If you drink it on a long-term basis it causes inflammation of your gutlining, stomach, oesophagus and intestines.
‘At some stage something pops and then you can bleed to death.
‘Your gut will excrete whatever has just been shed from having this irritant, and that’s likely what parents are seeing come out.
‘They might make claims the doses are so small that it’s not like giving proper industrial bleach. But no dose is safe.’
Source; Metro UK