Warning: This post contains graphic images and accounts of child abuse.
Australian parents are reportedly forcing their children to drink bleach in a misguided attempt at “healing” autism.
Those same parents are also also subjecting their children to bleach enemas – bleach injected into the bowel via the rectum.
It’s all part of a practice called “bleach therapy.” But instead of curing the neurodevelopmental disorder, the practice causes children to scream and writhe in pain – and experts say it’s “tantamount to child abuse”.
As ifyouonlynews.com reports, these parents believe parasitic intestinal worms are the cause of autism in their children – and that enemas using a bleach solution known as ‘Miracle Mineral Solution’ (MMS) – can kill those worms and “cure” autism.
MMS contains chlorine dioxide (sodium chlorite and citric acid) and was allegedly created by Jim Humble, a former Church of Scientology member who later started up ‘Genesis II Church of Healing & Health’.
The “bleach therapy” treatment is also spruiked by a woman named Kerri Riverain a book and on her website CD autism. Riverain operates out of a dubious clinic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and describes herself as “a biomedical consultant”.
The website claims that “over 8,000 families in over 60 countries” including Australia use the procedure.
On a closed CD Autism Facebook group with around 7,500 members, parents swap stories of bleach enemas.
Some post pictures of what they claim are worms flushed out by the practice – although paediatric gastroenterologist Professor Don Cameron told Mamamia they weren’t worms at all.
Warning: These pictures are graphic.
“First of all autism, is not called by worms. The pictures that i’ve seen (from screenshots of the Facebook group)- those things are not worms,” Pr Cameron said.
“Even if someone had worms you wouldn’t treat worms by giving them enemas.”
Pr Cameron, who is also President of the Gastroenterological Societry of Australia (GESA), added that it was “entirely possible” that the “bleach therapy” could be physically harmful.