Autism is a developmental disorder that currently has no known medical cure, Autism.com reports. But that hasn’t stopped some parents from taking dangerous measures order to try and rid their children of the condition.
According to the Mirror, police in the UK are cracking down on parents who have allegedly been giving their children bleach as “medication.”
Some of the parents communicated about the practice through a private Facebook group, which was dedicated to what they believed to be a “cure” for their children — a dangerous concoction of chemicals called the Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS.)Forever Living/Facebook
Customers who buy MMS are given sodium chlorite and hydrochloric acid that turn into bleach when mixed together, Newsweek reports.
The instructions recommend administering the solution orally by mixing it with fruit juice, or using an enema. But either way, it’s extremely dangerous to consume.
Dr. Jeff Foster told the Mirror:
“When you have very extreme measures like this to ‘cure’ a condition it’s just a roulette game. Eventually someone will die. It’s only a matter of time.”
The bleach solution is unlicensed and has no proven medical benefits, but can be found for sale across the web for around $42. Its sale has already been banned in Canada, according to Newsweek.
MMS users believe that autism is caused by “parasites” that invade children’s bodies, which need to be killed using the chemicals, the Daily Mail reports.
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Dr. Foster explained:
“Autism is a neuro-developmental condition which is not amenable to any form of tablet treatment. It’s developed in the womb or in the early stages of life. You just can’t reverse it and anyone claiming that does not understand the condition.”
British police said that children as young as two years old have been given the harmful “medication,” which also claims to cure diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s.Andreas Kalcker/YouTube
The British Food Standards Authority warned the chemicals can cause damage to the gut and respiratory failure, Newsweek reports. But that hasn’t stopped some people.
The private Facebook group discovered by British police was shut down, but dozens more still exist on the social media platform. A search for “MMS” on YouTube also brings up a number of instructional videos on mixing the solution.
The popularity of the movement is attributed to Jim Humble, leader of the U.S.-based cult Genesis II Church. He’s been promoting the “cure” for years, Newsweek reports.
Concerned parents across the UK are now calling for a ban on the sale of MMS.
According to Newsweek, while it hasn’t been banned in the U.S., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns the bleach mixture “can cause serious harm to health.”