Showing posts with label mms. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mms. Show all posts

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Kerri Rivera Still Peddling Industrial Bleach 'Autism Cure'

Kerri Rivera mixing up some MMS (e.g. poison) to give to autistic kids. (source)
Whenever I think of Kerri Rivera giving sodium chlorite (textile bleach) -- aka MMS, aka Miracle (you're not in jail) Mineral Solution -- to little autistic kids and babies, I feel nauseous and angry.

Firstly, people of Chicago! I hope you feel angry this weekend!
Kerri Rivera, who promotes the use of the bleaching agent chlorine dioxide orally, topically and by enema, is speaking on May 23, 2015 from 3-4 PM at the Autism One conference outside of Chicago at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel. If you would like to join the protest, please message me or comment here. More details to follow regarding time and exact location.
This protest is being set up by Mommy, PhD, read a post about hostility towards scientists over at Skepchick.

Need some motivation? Watch this report.

Rivera is actually from Chicago, but she moved down to Mexico to continue her treatment of autism. The treatment itself comes from Jim Humble, who appears to be a lunatic.
Humble, who quit the Church of Scientology to form the Genesis II Church of Health & Healing, claims in online videos to be a billion-year-old god from the Andromeda galaxy.

He promotes the solution as a miracle cure for cancer, AIDS, malaria, and possibly Ebola – but he also claims he can heal by touch.
But Rivera has distanced herself from Humble and claims the sodium chlorite solution cured her son of autism when he was three.
Rivera — who describes herself as a biomedical consultant and certified homeopath — claims that autism is caused by yeast, parasites, viruses, and vaccines that can be flushed from the body through strict dietary guidelines and bleach enemas.
I don't know what else to say about this. There is ZERO evidence this actually works.
“We don’t have a single cause of autism that is linked to a virus or a type of germ or parasite,” said Dr. Karan Radwan, of the University of Chicago. “I feel terrified about a procedure like this which could harm many kids.”
Can someone please think of the children? This is child abuse.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Parents Poisoning Their Autistic Kids By Putting Bleach Up Their Butts

What the hell is wrong with people?

First, I started posting about Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), which involves forcing your autistic kid to drink 28% sodium chlorite (textile bleach), which burns out their intestinal tracts! Luckily, governments including Canada have begun cracking down and shutting down MMS resellers.

Then, I posted about fecal transplants to try treating autism! This is when you take one person's feces -- say your own -- and stick it into, say, an icing gun. You then stick it up your poor child's rear and inject your bacteria laden waste products into them.

Astoundingly, parents are not ending up in jail for either of these things!

Now, as a cruel and unusual twist, parents have begun to inject MMS solution up the butts of their children.

This is so depressing, that I suggest you at least get a little snark and humour with the information. Go check out this article on Wonkette. Included is information about an MMS reseller in the US who's about to stand trial for selling poison in a bottle for children. He's got a GoFundMe page that's already raised over $120,000 for his defence. Isn't that grand?

Feeling depressed? Here's a bit of uplifting snark from the Wonkette article you need to read.
Has your child ever been diagnosed with autism? Have you ever had the inkling that the key to “fixing” your kiddie’s inborn neurological wiring was to bathe him in bleach, feed him bleach, or shoot bleach up his butt? Of course not, because you are not a FUCKING MANIAC. But not all parents are so enlightened as you, dear reader.
People who do this need to have their children taken away from them.  Another fantastic, yet graphic and depressing, resource to know more about this horrendous torture is Stop Bleaching Me (MMS/CD Awareness Ireland).

Correction: Originally I had put sodium chloride (salt!), instead of sodium chlorite.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Health Canada Shuts Down Another 'Bleach Cure' Vendor

Portion of image from OxyChem's Sodium Chlorite Handbook (p.6) technical information guide for the compound.
I first wrote about the horrors of Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) back in 2013, when Kerri Rivera was actually recommending that parents of autistic babies pour the 28%(!) Sodium Chlorite solution into their babies' bottles! It literally burned out children's digestive tracts.

Happily, Health Canada cracked down on this dangerous scam last October. At that time, they shut down one of the local suppliers by seizing stock and equipment.

Most recently, on March 25th, another MMS vendor in Burin, Newfoundland, was shut down.
Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consuming a product sold as "Miracle Mineral Solution" (MMS) may pose serious health risks, following a Health Canada seizure of an MMS product from a vendor in Burin, Newfoundland on March 25, 2015.
Health Canada reminds us that if anyone knows of MMS products being sold anywhere in the country, they should report it by calling 1-800-267-9675.

They also provide a postal address, but why on earth would you want to do that if you know people are giving their kids bleach to drink? If you're concerned about anonymity use a payphone or Google Phone.

via Veronica Abbass

Thursday, 6 November 2014

'Bleach Cure' For Autism Rebranded as Cure For Ebola In NZ by 'Health Church'

Portion of image from OxyChem's Sodium Chlorite Handbook (p.6) technical information guide for the compound.
Only a couple of weeks ago, Health Canada more or less banned the sale of Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) which is highly concentrated industrial strength bleach with which parents were poisoning their autistic children.

Now I just read on Hemant Mehta's blog that Genesis II Health Church is touting MMS as a cure from ebola in New Zealand! This sucks, but luckily an interesting alliance of groups has a bill before Parliament to ban MMS and other unethical 'cures'.
The passing of a bill that is already before Parliament will help regulators ban "unethical products", including the "miracle" Ebola cure currently being sold in New Zealand this weekend, an industry umbrella group says.
The non-religious church, seems rather religious and kooky to me. They appear to believe that a hardly diluted industrial bleaching agent can cure pretty much anything. They might not be religious to many, but they sure do have some pretty unfounded and dangerous faith positions.

They appear to be headquartered in the Dominican Republic, but have satellite locations in several countries including the United States, Canada and Australia.
The non-religious church says Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), concocted of chlorine dioxide, a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment, is an effective treatment against cancer, HIV, malaria, Ebola, and other diseases.
New Zealand's medical regulatory body, Medsafe, has rightly said -- all the way back in 2010! -- the product can cause serious harm to health. Good, that's expected.

However, it seems like the natural products and complementary medicines and nutraceuticals(?) industries are asking that MMS be banned. At first this struck me as a little odd.
Now, Natural Products NZ, which represents natural products, functional foods, complementary medicines, cosmeceuticals and nutraceuticals industries, says MMS should be banned.

Chairman Ron Geiger says the Natural Health and Supplementary Products Bill, which awaits its third reading, will regulate the manufacturing and selling of natural health products in New Zealand.

"The new regulations would make it far more difficult for questionable products such as the so-called Ebola cure to be marketed and sold here so it is hoped the Government will pass the Bill into law as soon as possible," Mr Geiger said.
The key here is these alternative medicines can be non-effective and unproven -- theoretically, nobody gets hurt there -- but even these companies realize just how dangerous and insane feeding people bleach is!
The Australian Medical Association says 10 people have reported being poisoned by MMS in the past five years and has called for a ban.

The Victorian Poisons Information Centre told the Herald Sun newspaper it could cause "potentially life-threatening illnesses".
This really seems like a no brainer. Everyone sees this as poison -- even alternative and natural medicine groups want this off the market because of the rotten image it's bringing alternative medicine. Here's hoping this passes soon.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Health Canada cracks down on 'Bleach Cure' for Autism

Portion of image from OxyChem's Sodium Chlorite Handbook (p.6) technical information guide for the compound.
One of the most horrendous and despicable things I've covered is Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), which is a completely unproven and harmful quack therapy used to treat children with autism. It involves giving 28% sodium chlorite -- not technically bleach but a bleaching chemical -- in distilled water to your kid to drink for weeks, months, years.

And at 28%(!), giving this to your kid is child abuse, full stop.
When citric acid or other food acid is used to "activate" MMS as described in its instructions, the mixture produces an aqueous solution containing chlorine dioxide, a toxin and a potent oxidizing agent used in the treatment of water and in bleaching. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has set a maximum level of 0.8 mg/L for chlorine dioxide in drinking water. Naren Gunja, director of the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre, has stated that using the product is "a bit like drinking concentrated bleach" and that users have displayed symptoms consistent with corrosive injuries, such as vomiting, stomach pains, and diarrhea.
Canada has finally issued a warning about MMS and has begun seizing the product. About freaking time.
Health Canada says anyone who bought a product called Miracle Mineral Solution should stop using it immediately.

The agency says the unauthorized product, sold over the Internet as a treatment for serious diseases such as cancer, poses serious health risks if ingested.
Here's the official release on the agency's webpage.
Health Canada is warning Canadians of the serious risks to health associated with use of the unauthorized drug product Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), which was sold as a treatment for serious diseases such as cancer through the website MMS contains sodium chlorite, which is a chemical used mainly as a textile bleaching agent and disinfectant and may pose serious risks to health if ingested. An alternate format of MMS, labelled as CDS, is also available for sale on the website and would pose a similar risk.
They specify two products: MMS (28% sodium chlorite and 50% citric acid) and CDS (chlorine dioxide 8000 ppm). The release goes on to specify that Health Canada has never approved the seller,, to sell this stuff.
No drug products containing sodium chlorite have been approved by Health Canada for consumption by humans. Sodium chlorite is authorized in Canada for use as a germicide by veterinarians and as a hard surface disinfectant. Sodium chlorite is commonly used for bleaching textiles, pulp and paper, as well as in the generation of disinfectant for water treatment.
Never buy medicine from a .BIZ domain for you kids!

So now people who insist on feeding this poison to their kids need to be charged with abuse.

Health Canada also advised anyone who did drink this stuff to see a doctor, because it's POISON. They also more or less shut the business down by seizing their stock and production equipment.
Following an inspection of the business premises, Health Canada seized bottles of MMS, packaging, labelling and raw materials used to produce MMS. Health Canada will continue to monitor this company.
I'm sure conspiracy theorists and anti-big-pharma will have a field day with this one. Let them have their fun -- at least this crap is off the market.

(Parts of this post have been expanded since original posting.)

Monday, 6 January 2014

5 Ways Parents Abuse Their Autistic Children

Okay, first-off, I need to get one thing off my chest here.

As a blogger, I really cannot stand the formulaic list post that tell you N Ways or N Most or N Best, etc. It brings back horrible memories of those terrible countdown television programmes back when I used to watch it outside the safe confines of Netflix or Crackle.

Okay, so here's an article in Forbes that my wife pointed out to me. Given my utter revulsion at the alternative Autism treatment racket, I cannot help but pass it on. Read the woo and feel sorry for the children.

The 5 Scariest Autism 'Treatments'

This is a really good article that sums these dangerous and abusive treatments up really well. Author, Emily Willingham also provides links to her own scientific demonstrations of just how harmful or insane they are.

I'd quote more from the post but it seems like I'm unable to actually select any text on the page. No matter, I actually manually transcribed this part since so few horrendous treatments still rise up to be surprising to me and this one was one nasty surprise.
2. Chemical castration. Burning off the lining of an autistic child's intestines might seem pretty horrific, but it can pale in comparison to the tragedy that is chemical castration to "treat" autism. I have previously broken down the background of this concept, introduced to the world of autism treatment by the now notorious father-son team of the Geiers. These two, in a 20-year-long run of damage, might now be reaching the end of their particular race. The father has had his medical license stripped in several states. That didn't stop the Geiers père et fils from recently filing a patent for the chemical castration protocol.
How utterly nonsensical and ghastly. Have we fallen back into some kind of eugenic nightmare?

And it hits me at a personal level. Both my son and wife are autistic.

Anyway, go check it out and prepare yourself for the next time you run into someone who's convinced feeding bleach to children or injecting their own feces into their kid's butt is a good idea.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Woo Stops Being Funny When Parents Feed Their Autistic Kids Bleach

Kerri Rivera, with baby bottle in hand and bleach in another
hand.  This is a situation that should never happen.
Awhile back I wrote about how my wife and I attended our very first Autism conference here in Montreal: Autism in Motion 2012.  Emotions were still raw with me and I found the whole thing rather emotional.  I can be a real gushy dude.

There was some woo-based quackery there too, which I found at best comical and at worse a supreme waste of money:

Not Enough Time to be a Skeptic? (Part I: Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment)

Not Enough Time to be a Skeptic? (Part II: Far Out Sunny Chi Machines).

It was all a little silly and far out but I didn't feel the children were at any life-threatening risk.  Guard your pocket books.

Well, yesterday my wife pointed me to an alternative healing approach that's been making the rounds with parents of autistic children: Miracle Mineral Supplement or MMS for short.  It turns my stomach - it's really sad.
... an aqueous solution of 28% sodium chlorite in distilled water. The product contains essentially the same ingredient as industrial-strength bleach before "activation" with a food-grade acid. The name was first coined by Jim Humble in his 2006 self-published book, The Miracle Mineral Solution of the 21st Century. A more dilute version is marketed as Chlorine Dioxide Solution (CDS).
Sound like bleach to you?  Read on, if you can even bear it.
When citric acid or other food acid is used to "activate" MMS as described in its instructions, the mixture produces an aqueous solution containing chlorine dioxide, a potent oxidizing agent used in the treatment of water and in bleaching. The director of the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre has stated that using the product is "a bit like drinking concentrated bleach" and that users have displayed symptoms consistent with corrosive injuries, such as vomiting, stomach pains, and diarrhea. Sodium chlorite, the main constituent of MMS, is a toxic chemical that can cause acute renal failure if ingested.
Yes, it's bleach.  And people are feeding their autistic children this stuff.  Little kids.

And who should give a major talk at Autism One, but Kerri Rivera.  She advocates the poisoning of autistic children - the very children who will have the least ability to communicate their pain and suffering.  She suggests bleach enemas and putting drops of bleach into baby bottles - ramping the dosage up slightly every day.  She even suggests giving the child the bleach at least 15 minutes before or after their meals.   She recommends that they discount a treatment and try again if the child should eat food.  Heaven forbid the effects of the bleach be lessened by food.

It's all explained in this video I got from a newly favourite blog Science Based Medicine by blogger David Gorski (PhD) in a post called Bleaching Away What Ails You.  His post goes into disgusting, yet necessary, detail about this evil practice.

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This makes me angry and sick to my stomach.  I do believe this woman needs to be locked up.

And here's the really tragic part.  Back when I went to the Montreal Autism in Motion conference I saw a lot of desperate parents.  People who were yearning for a cure to this mysterious disease and I admitted that there is real pressure as a parent not to wait for the scientists to do their studies.  These people have given up on science - and hence reality.  They have fallen into an alternate universe with its own science.

Don't get me wrong!  I am human and I am a father of an autistic child.  And I saw Lorenzo's Oil and I wept out loud.  We've even cut down on wheat and gluten-based foods in the house and have observed some apparent improvement.

Yes, I get it!  Science may lag behind some miracle cure discovered by parents.  But parents who make their children drink bleach and force them to have bleach enemas have reached such a level of pure reckless deluded desperation  that they have lost their grip on reality.  At this stage, the children are being physically abused and they need to be removed from their parents - who in turn, require counselling and psychological assessment.

No Room For Humour Here - Picking Your Battles

Like the rest of pseudoscience and woo, there exists here an entire parallel culture that has its very own science and scientific vernacular.  They have their own conferences, health centers and professional titles and degrees.  It's really amazing and one could easily get lost in it.

This brings me to the skeptical community.  I'm all for debunking UFOs and Bigfoot.  I'm with you on your criticism of crystals, ghost hunting and palm reading.  But may I suggest picking your battles?

If there is some things we should really be mobilizing against it's this kind of woo.  The dangerous kind where well-meaning parents are poisoning their children while making quacks rich.  I'm not saying this is the only noble cause.  I can think of others: female (and male) circumcision, rejected blood transfusions and anti-vaxers to name a few.  

These causes have real social impact and they can make a real difference for children and the vulnerable.

But it's just a suggestion.

Picking The Right Battles Can Give You More Allies

Put yourself, for a moment, outside the skeptic movement into the mainstream outside-world.  Imagine watching a war brewing over magical crystals, Bigfoot, aliens and ghosts.  At best you would agree with the skeptics but the whole thing would seem a little comical - a little trivial.

Now imagine a skeptic community pointing out the danger of quack treatments such as MMS and the anti-vaccination crowd.  Bridges could be built with other groups - even religious groups - and much could be achieved.  Much mutual understanding and respect could be generated in the process.

I'm not saying we give up trying to educate people about homeopathy and alien abductions.  It's just that people are injecting bleach into the mouths and anuses of their own children and this makes me more angry than I can bear.

So I'll admit I'm new to this information.  Other folks in the community have done a brilliant job covering it:

Actually, I'm not even sure how much is being done in the skeptic community to counteract this insanity - not that it's their job or anything.  I don't mean to sit back and whine while doing nothing myself and expect others to pick up the aegis for me. My apologies, I'm still getting over my own emotional response to hearing about this horrendous practice.

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