It’s that time of year again.

What am I talking about? Regular readers know. They know that sometime around the Memorial Day weekend every year, usually beginning a couple of days before the extended weekend and into the weekend itself, there lands in the Chicago area a quackfest of such unrelenting quackitude that it has to be seen to be believed. Basically, it’s the antivaccine and autism “biomed” movement Woodstock, except that it happens every year. Any and every quack and die-hard antivaccinationist who still believes believes against all evidence that vaccines cause autism is usually there. Anyone who’s anyone in the antivaccine movement is almost certainly there now (at least that part of the antivaccine movement that aligns itself with Generation Rescue/Age of Autism, anyway).

This quackfest is known as Autism One.

This year, as the Memorial Day weekend approached, and the Autism One conference started up a couple of days ago, I wondered whether or not I should bother with it. I have, after all, been covering it every year for several years. It’s become predictable. Every year, I know that there will be quackery. There will likely be one or more skeptics trying to attend and, if they are recognized, getting kicked out to minimize the chances that a science-based or skeptical viewpoint about what goes on at Autism One will be published or posted anywhere. I didn’t know if anyone had planned on showing up at Autism One this year (although I do hope that someone did). Then I saw this comment after yesterday’s post. Yesterday’s post, you might recall, was ostensibly about a man who calls himself the Phaelosopher but quickly turned into a post about a form of quackery that I hadn’t delved into before and that I was quite surprised that I didn’t really know about. I had heard of it, but I had never actually looked into it. The Phaelosopher’s little broadside at me gave me the opportunity to educate myself. So I did.

The form of quackery, as you will recall, is known as the Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS). What it is, in essence, is industrial strength bleach, 28% sodium chlorite in distilled water. It is frequently diluted in acidic juices, such as orange juice, resulting in the formation of chlorine dioxide, which is, as the FDA characterized it, “a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment.” According to its proponents, MMS can cure almost anything: cancer, AIDS, and just about any other serious disease you can imagine. Never mind that there is no biological plausibility and no evidence, either preclinical or clinical, that MMS can do what its proponents claim it can do. True, bleach can kill bacteria or cancer cells in a dish at a high enough concentration, but that doesn’t mean it’s a useful antibiotic or chemotherapeutic agent.

What condition, though, did I neglect? Well, given that this post is about Autism One, the answer should be obvious. Yep, as my reader pointed out, MMS is being featured in a talk at Autism One on Sunday by a woman named Kerri Rivera, who boasts of 38 Children Recovered in 20 months:

This presentation will outline the approach Kerri has used successfully to help recover 38 children from a diagnosis of Autism. She will explain how MMS (chlorine dioxide) has become the “missing piece” to the autism puzzle for so many of the families that she works with. MMS is available worldwide, and is extremely cost effective, bringing recovery in reach of all families, despite economic or geographic limitations. This presentation seeks to prove that Autism truly is curable.

Yes, Autism One is featuring a talk by a woman whose preferred form of therapy, besides hyperbaric oxygen, is to subject autistic children to industrial bleach in the deluded belief that she can “recover” autism with it. Rivera, it turns out, is a woman who runs a clinic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that she calls AutismO2 Clinica Hyperbarica. If her website is any indication, Rivera gives autistic children MMS by mouth and by enema. (Yes, she subjects autistic children to bleach enemas.) Here’s the protocol:

Enema:
10-15 drops MMS enabled and 500 mL water
In the colon for 12 – 30 minutes
Use pipette and syringe
Is applied 2 or 3 times per week

Elsewhere, we see this:

Kerri will be discussing recent protocol developments around MMS and Autism, such as loading the dose, the baby bottle, the baking soda mix, enemas, baths, and how to handle a fever.

So let’s see. It appears to me that proponents of MMS not only give MMS to autistic children orally, but bathes them in it and gives them enemas with it. For example, get a load of this webinar about using MMS Jim Humble (the originator of MMS quackery) himself! Predictably, it starts with a “medical disclaimer” (i.e., quack Miranda warning) and then devolves from there:

And here we have Kerri explaining how to administer the MMS by continually upping the dose:

The latter video is pretty appalling. Well, they’re both appalling, but the second one is particularly bad because in it Rivera is describing how, as you up the dose, you’ll see the autistic child do more stimming. She also discusses how they might get diarrhea, but that that’s OK as long as it’s “detox diarrhea.” She even talks about these children having a Herxheimer reaction, which is sometimes seen after the initiation of antibacterials for tick borne relapsing fever. It was first describe as a reaction to the treatment of syphilis with penicillin and is also seen after treatment of other diseases caused by spirochetes, such as Lyme disease and leptospirosis. They talk about the “72-2” protocol, which, if you look at the website, involves giving MMS every two hours for 72 hours. She also recommends “fever therapy” and argues that it’s a good thing that MMS can cause fevers because it’s “waking up the immune system” which realizes that there’s “autism in the house.” She also exults about how she “loves the enemas” so much for autism.

Somehow, I doubt that autistic children like them that much.

Finally, take a gander at the handout that accompanies Rivera’s talk at Autism One. After the predictable Shopenhauer quote about truth “passing through three stages” (whose use is to me one of the surest signs I’m dealing with a quack or crank) her presentation includes a lot of the same nonsense that is touted in the video about bleach being safe and effective. There’s more stuff about “fever therapy” and a lot of stuff about getting rid of parasites, which, if you believe Rivera, MMS does in conjunction with all the other pseudoscience she promotes. She even promotes in essence giving a hot bleach bath (“to tolerance,” as she puts it) along with her fever therapy. Biologists in particular will laugh (or cry) at her misunderstanding of electrochemistry. It’s madness. And what’s her evidence? What do you think it is? It’s nothing more than unconvincing anecdotes.

In retrospect, I should have figured that, if there’s any form of quackery out there, someone, somewhere will be using it on autistic children. MMS is, of course, no different. Two days later, I’m also still amazed that I didn’t know more about MMS. After all, I’ve been looking at quackery of various sorts for over a decade now. I guess that just means there’s always something new to learn and some new woo to hear about—unfortunately. True, many of them are variations on a theme, basically the same old nonsense with a fresh coat of paint slapped on it to make it attractive to the unwary. True, each new generation of quacks appropriates old ideas and tarts them up with the newest science-y sounding terminology of the era in which they operate.

This is also the second time that I’ve seen autism quacks subjecting autistic children to what is, in essence, potentially nasty industrial chemicals. A couple of years ago, I wrote about disgraced chemistry professor and mercury warrior Boyd Haley pumping autistic children full of an industrial chelator. Ultimately, Haley drew the attention of the FDA, which shut him down. Now, we’re seeing quacks douse autistic children in bleach, pump their colons full of it, and feed it to them until they start to have fevers and diarrhea, believing that the diarrhea and fever are evidence that the bleach is working to reverse autism. The diarrhea and fever might well be working to do something, but reversing autism is not part of that something. Making children sick is. Here’s a typical anecdote:

My 14YO son has autism. I’ve been treating him with a parasite cleanse system for 1.5 years (5 days on, 2 days off). He’s made some remarkable improvements, but every time I try to wean him off the cleanse, the parasite symptoms flare up. He is nonverbal and fairly low-functioning, so I don’t get any feedback from him as to how he is feeling. Last week, I started him on 1 drop of MMS then upped the dose to 1 drop, 2x a day this week. After about 4 days at 2 drops/day, he vomited once and had diarrhea all day. I am assuming it is the MMS. I decided to drop down to 1 drop/day again until he gets beyond this. He tends to have loose stools anyway, which I am guessing is related to this ongoing battle with the parasites. His gut tends to be very sensitive to anything I give him, so I have to go very carefully with anything new like the MMS. I am still giving him the other parasite cleanse (Systemic Formulas VRM 1-4). I would love to hear anyone’s ideas or insight into this. I am working with a homeopath who has done extensive research into parasite cleanses, but she has not researched MMS. I’m looking to get my son beyond these parasites once and for all. My homeopath and her colleagues are autism experts and do consults with parents from around the world. They have found that the children with autism who are considered “tough nuts” tend to also be parasite kids. With their compromised immune systems, it is difficult to eradicate parasites.

There’s only one word for this: appalling.

Comments

  1. #1 herr doktor bimler
    June 14, 2012

    Since we know the worms and can see them though we must have studied them

    It’s abdominal Morgellons, lilady!
    Coincidentally, “The Abdominal Morgellons” is also the name of my next band.

  2. #2 lilady
    June 14, 2012

    The poster at AoA is still labeling children as “soulless train wrecks”. Once you dehumanize a child, once you think of a child as being infested with parasites…does it become *easier* to de-worm them…no matter that you are maiming and inflicting pain on a defenseless child?

  3. #3 Liz Ditz
    http://lizditz.typepad.com
    June 14, 2012

    Hmmn, this comment at AoA

    MMS sounds wonderful! Its really nice to hear that the parasites are visible to even us parents who pharma and the shill scientists can’t dismiss so easily now!!!

    Since we know the worms and can see them though we must have studied them. Do we have more information from the research? Where do they come from? Personally I’ve always been more of a fan of prevention and can’t wait to see where the research goes from for here so we don’t lose another generation of children to becoming souless train wrecks. Has any of the autistic research started investigation into these worms so we know what they are?

    I’m calling a Poe. I think it’s the “souless train wrecks” that tipped me off. Jenny McCarthy said “the soul was gone from Evan’s eyes”. Jerry Kartzinel has also said “Autism, as I see it, steals the soul from a child; then, if allowed, relentlessly sucks life’s marrow out of the family members, one by one.” (In the forward to JennyMac’s first book about autism.

  4. #4 daedalus2u
    http://daedalus2u.blogspot.com/
    June 14, 2012

    If there really are “worms”, or “parasites”, that are visible to the naked eye, why haven’t they been identified by competent experts? If they actually are parasites, it is trivial to identify them.

    If autism is “caused” by parasites, why has it taken so long to identify them?

    I know, maybe people with autism have a deficit in excreting parasites, so the parasites accumulate internally. That is why parasites can’t be detected through all the normal tests that medical science knows. It is just like the mercury that couldn’t be detected until it is “challenged” with chelation.

    That is why MMS has to invoke such terrible symptoms to work. The parasites will only leave if they think the host is about to die. The parasites need to be “challenged” with bleach. [/sarcasm]

  5. #5 lilady
    June 14, 2012

    @ Liz Ditz: If it is a *Poe* who posted at AoA, it is a poorly constructed one.

  6. […] a number of people out there, most of them my idols, persuading people out of bleach enemas (no, seriously) and into the officers of degree-holding docs. I admire them immensely, and the work they do is […]

  7. #7 Sialis
    June 15, 2012

    @Daedalus2u 5:55pm: What you intended as sarcasm is in fact the typical explanation given to patients. Patients are indeed told that parasites need to be coached and ‘challenged’ out of the body and that no “normal” test can detect high mercury levels unless “challenged” with chelation..

  8. #8 Sialis
    June 15, 2012

    @ Qwerty June 10, 8:54 pm:

    I would just LOVE to know exactly what kind of parasites these delusional parents think they are recovering from the fecal matter of the children they’re abusing.

    These same diagnoses and dangerous treatments are being prescribed to Lyme disease patients by their so-called Lyme-literate medical doctors. Many of these patients are actually getting this bogus information from their U.S. licensed medical providers.

    You can search the words like “parasite” or “worms” on the Lyme Disease Association’s patient support forum Lymenet.org for some insight. Reports of liver flukes and 6 foot tape worms are common. Some people even post photographs of their findings, fresh out of the toilet. As yet, I have not seen a single photo that looked like anything other than partially digested food.

  9. #9 Sialis
    June 15, 2012

    Clarification:

    Qwerty asked: “I would just LOVE to know exactly what kind of parasites these delusional parents think they are recovering from the fecal matter of the children they’re abusing.”

    Sialis replied: “These same diagnoses and dangerous treatments are being prescribed to Lyme disease patients by their so-called Lyme-literate medical doctors. Many of these patients are actually getting this bogus information from their U.S. licensed medical providers.

    You can search the words like “parasite” or “worms” on the Lyme Disease Association’s patient support forum Lymenet.org for some insight. Reports of liver flukes and 6 foot tape worms are common. Some people even post photographs of their findings, fresh out of the toilet. As yet, I have not seen a single photo that looked like anything other than partially digested food.”

  10. #10 lilady
    June 15, 2012

    @ Sialis: I think quacks offer chelation, to bind up the *heavy metals* in an autistic child’s body…at first it was just the nasty mercury (Thimerisol) preservatives contained in vaccines. Now that all childhood vaccines are available Thimerisol-free…the *nasty heavy metal* is aluminum. After all, oral and IV chelation is prescribed by real doctors for children who chew on, or who inhale lead-based paint chips, when parents have older homes renovated, that exposes the lead-containing-paint used in homes, built before 1978…when the United States banned its use in homes:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_paint

    Licensed reliable laboratories can accurately test for blood lead levels and it is recommended by the AAP, to test children in early childhood for elevated blood lead levels.

    As you know, quacks do not use licensed reliable labs…they have their own unique tests…which always produce toxic blood levels of metals.

    Quacks also use *different* types of tests to test for candida overgrown, parasites, viruses and bacteria…which always yield *positive* results; ergo, quacks treat for a host of metal overdoses, pathogens and parasites with an arsenal of medicine and more noxious substances such as MMS.

  11. #11 lilady
    June 15, 2012

    @ Sialis: Good point. Many of the LLMDs have *branched out* now. They are now *treating* Morgellon’s disease, as well as kids *damaged by vaccines*.

  12. #12 JGC
    June 15, 2012

    No one ever judges cancer patients for trying a last and potentially dangerous treatment, do they?

    When that “last and potentially dangerous treatment” is purest woo on the same grand scale as MMS enemas for autism, sure they do–quite vigorously in fact.

    Just search this website for ‘Burzynski’ or ‘antineoplastins’ if you doubt this.

  13. […] deste caso foi a adição do autismo como doença “curável” por este veneno. Tal como denuncia o Orac no blog Respectful Insolence, uma das convidadas para o evento Autism One, que teve lugar no mês passado em Chicago, advoga o […]

  14. […] dispute is that a woman named Kerri Rivera, operating out of a quack clinic in Mexico, has been touting MMS as a “biomedical” treatment for autism. As part of the treatment, she advocates feeding MMS to autistic children every two hours over the […]

  15. #15 Jaseeka1986
    Lexington, Kentucky
    July 8, 2012

    I must admit, the FDA warning almost scared me off. The way it’s worded is nothing short of extreme manipulation. Do you people really trust the FDA? You shouldn’t. They let thousands of patented drugs through that later cause extreme trauma & death. It’s insane. The scientists who work at the FDA are great, they try to help, but are silenced by those with money & political power – because of the money. Just look how they’ve been infiltrated by former Monsanto workers & other corporations that produce products that can be consumed or used on plants & food, & the legislation that would benefit only Monsanto & similar corporations, not us citizens, they’ve helped push through by putting their “stamp of approval” on it. It’s truly disgusting. The FDA also allowed Genetically Modified Food through to the public after they refused to do testing on the harmful affects they could have. Monsanto HID the data pointing to these harmful effects & when the scientists at the FDA got upset & demanded they perform these tests to know what the public will be consuming, a court ruled that the authority’s(FDA) work was clean & independent! I believe nothing the FDA says because of their bias towards making money & throwing our safety out the window by doing so. Are you enjoying the meats you eat daily? They’re pumped full of anti-biotics, growth hormones(bovine & others) – mainly produced by Monsanto – and other horrendous additives added solely to increase profits. Watch the documentary “Food, Inc.” I guarantee you will become a vegetarian. I did. Everyone should be Vegan because of these atrocities committed on our animals we eat. Even if you don’t care about animals, you should care about what’s being put into your body. So back to MMS. The simple fact the FDA got into such an uproar this product tells me it’s worth looking at. The FDA is bought & paid for. They are essentially politicians who are paid to do dirty work. They have sold their souls while selling the health & well being of the citizens of the USA for money. Disgusting. The Pharmaceutical industry does not like anything that helps people & isn’t making them money. They’re the ones who pressured the FDA into releasing this warning or statement. the truth is no one has died form consuming MMS. An upset stomach or diarrhea at the worst. That’s usually a sign you’ve ingested too much. Everyone’s different. Think for yourselves, people, just don’t think for one SECOND the FDA has got your health & well being in mind. It’s solely a tool used to give stamps of approval to products that could be lethal for huge corporations. I get so upset when these people don’t do research for themselves & just jump on a band wagon. That’s apparently what we’ve been acclimated to do. Think for yourself. Do independent research. lets see how long this comment stays up before it gets taken down. The FDA is bought & paid for just as your Government is. One more thing, do you see how many warnings/lawyer commercials & disclaimers are on TV nowadays for people being hurt or KILLED by bad drugs approved by the FDA? They are f-ing crooks and should be treated & regarded as such. Especially their warnings & statements. Do a little research on who the Presidents, Vice presidents & higher ranking officials are(past & present) & where they’ve worked in the past, especially right before they cam to the FDA, then where they went afterwards – AFTER they’ve implemented policies favorable to corporations. As well as the EPA. You will be shocked & disgusted with our government & the lack of effort they put into protecting us. They only protect their interests: Money. I know this sounds cliche, but wake up, people. the government’s been taken over & you have no power, at least very little if any at all.

  16. #16 Jaseeka1986
    Lexington, Kentucky
    July 8, 2012

    These phrases you people use, “Feeding” MMS to children. You guys are no different or better than the “quacks you proclaim to abhor. You are extremely biased. First of all MMS is NOT industrial bleach! In high quantities it can be used as this, but the amount to ingest while doing MMS treatment is nothing compared to this. This is nothing short of a scare-tactic used by the FDA & those who disagree with it. You don’t have to use it & no one’s dying from it. If you don’t agree that’s your choice, just as it’s our choice to use it. I was just looking online for a source when I stumbled across this website & saw these claims. Every person has a choice to medicate, treat or use anything they think may improve their health. You must stop telling people lies. Use some REAL research to back up your claims rather than picking apart claims from people who may not be very smart or good speakers. You should attack the product, not only the people who sell these products or the people who use/swear by them. I will be buying some MMS later tonight & once I use it for a while I will update you all on my condition & experience. Keep an open mind & stop using such biased & disgusting language to scare people. If this product is ‘lethal’ then the product would do all the scaring itself, you don’t have to help or push it. This makes me think you’ve got a bias or motive behind what you’re doing. Maybe the Pharmaceutical Industry has paid you to do such prejudiced & partial columns/reports as to convince people to stay with “traditional treatments” that make billions for them.. I’ve heard many, many testimonials on behalf of this product from regular people. God Bless & I hope you stop such disgusting & deceiving reports.

  17. #17 lilady
    July 8, 2012

    What kind of dressing would you like for that word salad Jaseeka? How about a little MMS on top of your greens?

    We personally don’t care if you sniff, snort, drink or stick MMS industrial bleach up your bum….so don’t bother to come back to describe the *benefits*.

  18. #18 Marc Stephens Is Insane
    July 9, 2012

    We personally don’t care if you sniff, snort, drink or stick MMS industrial bleach up your bum….

    But we do care if you do it to kids.

  19. #19 Narad
    July 9, 2012

    Everyone should be Vegan because of these atrocities committed on our animals we eat.

    So you believe that heritage breeds should be wiped from the face of the earth? Good to know.

  20. #20 Chris
    Neither here nor there...
    July 9, 2012

    Jaseeka1986, what do you have against paragraphs? Are you afraid of white space, grammar, and coherent rhetoric?

  21. #21 novalox
    July 9, 2012

    @jaseeka1986

    Ah, going to the old Pharma Shill gambit, almost always a sign of a quack and one with no coherent argument.

    And since when is putting industrial strength bleach into a child’s bum an actual medical indication?

    Answer that, quack.

  22. #22 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    July 9, 2012

    So,wait, things that the FDA has allowed have been dangerous, so that which the FDA says is dangerous must be safe?

  23. #23 Krebiozen
    July 9, 2012

    The FDA also warn against pregnant women and children consuming too much mercury in fish so by Jaseeka’s logic mercury is good for pregnant women and children. I guess that’s the real reason they took the thimerosal out of vaccines.

  24. #24 Calli Arcale
    July 9, 2012

    Jaseeka:
    “Think for yourselves, people, just don’t think for one SECOND the FDA has got your health & well being in mind.”

    What, and you do?

    I don’t need the FDA to tell me that ingesting this stuff is harmful. That’s the whole reason it’s used to treat swimming pools and purify drinking water and sanitize cooking equipment — it kills stuff. Heck, I actually still haven’t read the FDA notice. No point. I paid attention in chemistry class, and can tell for myself that this stuff is very dangerous and should not be taken internally because it will hurt you. I can’t imagine it *not* hurting you.

    And incidentally, it isn’t the strength that makes it industrial bleach. It’s the fact that it is a bleach. Many things are bleaches — Chlorox, Pool Shock, Oxyclean, Aosept contact lens cleaner. What they have in common is that they are potent oxidizers. They bleach by breaking up pigments, but they’ll just as happily break up a lot of other chemicals as well, including the chemicals that make up your cell membranes. This is why you can get a chemical burn from exposure to various bleaches, even the low concentration hydrogen peroxide sold in drugstores.

  25. #25 Mrs Woo
    July 9, 2012

    @Jaseeka –

    Mr Woo has taken MMS. When he was first told about its wonders, he did the protocol as described by er um “Bishop” Humble (back then he wasn’t doing the church thing, though, and was just Mr. Jim Humble, gold prospector, inventor and genius at large). Mr Woo (if you can’t tell by the name) loves everything alternative, and would have applauded your “brave” post calling out the money-hungry, bought-and-paid-for-by-Monsanto FDA/US government.

    He was incredibly disappointed by Food, Inc. – not enough new information, I think.

    Anyhow. Long story short – he got terribly ill doing the MMS protocol and, unlike the way it was promised, did NOT get better as time went on. He finally gave up on it.

    He did use it again (while taking very strong antibiotics at the same time) when he got a staph infection. He is sure the antibiotics would not have cured the staph infection without it (if you were a skeptic, you would understand the irony of this).

    Mr Woo does not recommend MMS except when people are very ill because of how sick it made him. He has been sick enough from it that he has decided there is something misleading in its marketing, so to speak.

    And he loves everything alternative, trust me.

    MMS is not safe. Better yet, next time you’re whipping up your own capsules of “MMS 2,” read the first aid information farther down. It recommends that you do not induce vomiting for accidental ingestion. It’s been a few years, but what I remember from First Aid training way back when was the ones that recommend not inducing vomiting do so because the substance is caustic enough to cause damage to the tissues of the esophagus throwing it back up again.

    I know you believe you already do, but think about it and think outside of the box, just this once.

    The stuff is dangerous, and definitely shouldn’t be forced on children.

  26. #26 Bill Price
    At the keyboard, wondering what the absence of preview is going to result in...
    July 10, 2012

    It’s been a few years, but what I remember from First Aid training way back when was the ones that recommend not inducing vomiting do so because the substance is caustic enough to cause damage to the tissues of the esophagus throwing it back up again.

    I was taught that here’s even more danger when the stuff has dangerous vapor – when vomiting, it’s severely difficult to avoid aspiration, with the resulting damage to the lung tissue as well as the esophageal.

    The stuff is dangerous, and definitely shouldn’t be forced on children.

    One might reference the use and results of chlorine gas in WWI.

  27. […] covered is something called “miracle mineral solution” (MMS), which is in reality nothing more than a powerful bleach. Parents make their autistic children drink diluted MMS, bathe in it, and even take bleach as an […]

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