Charities fear dangerous practice is harming autistic children
Desperate parents are giving their children bleach and other harmful substances in a misguided bid to cure autism.
A tightly-guarded Facebook group which is invitation only has been pedalling “dangerous” misinformation on cures for the genetic condition.
The treatment being administered is CD (chloride dioxide) or MMS (miracle mineral solution), a super strength bleach readily available in shops or online administered orally or via an enema.
Danny Glass, an internet vlogger, claims MMS can cure “malaria, Aids and even autism in children.”
His Sunfruit Dan YouTube channel has over 32,000 subscribers and shows videos advocating the use of the chemicals.
The National Autistic Society has now urged parents not to believe information emanating from unknown sources but instead stick to advice from reputable charities and medical professionals.
The charity warned: “We are concerned by stories about dangerous products being peddled as 'cures' for autism and other disabilities and conditions that have been featured in the media.
“Do not use these products in any circumstances. They could be very harmful.
“Autism is a lifelong condition. There is no 'cure' and the idea of aiming to 'cure' autism is often deeply upsetting for people on the autism spectrum and their families, who see autism as a part of themselves or their loved ones.”
Autism campaigner Emma Dalmayne 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.
Both the Food Standards Authority (FSA) and Medical and the Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) warn against using the treatment.
The NAS warned in a tweet: “It is illegal to administer a harmful or dangerous product to another individual and people doing this can be prosecuted as criminals and charged with assault.”