AMAZON AND AUTISM

I read an article that shot down an Amazon product plug that “treats” Autism. Humble’s Mineral Solution, aka Miracle Mineral Solution, or MMS, was being sold on Amazon. The product promised “Highly-rated, well-priced products available to ship immediately”. The product was actually advertised as a water purifier, but “Humble’s Mineral Solution has long been promoted by creator Jim Humble as a treatment for conditions including autism, AIDS, diabetes, the flu, and more.” Now, Humble was careful to say that this does not “cure” Autism. However he did say that the product does “help treat these conditions by wiping alleged “pathogens” and “poisons” from the body, a claim that has caught on in private Facebook groups and online forums for parents of autistic children who believe that autism—a primarily genetic neurological disorder for which there is currently no cure—is caused by parasites.” Okay…sounds good so far. BUT in 2010, the FDA warned that the product, when used properly, is actually “an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health, including nausea, vomiting, and severe dehydration, The Guardian reported at the time. Canadian health officials found the product so abhorrent that they prohibited the sale of MMS entirely.”

A Canadian family physician named Philippe Chouinard who specializes in treating children with Autism and ADHD blew up on Twitter. Pardon the language here, but this is word-for-word what Dr. Choudinard tweeted. ““Amazon’s Choice??? Unfucking believable,” and “Fuck your disclaimers too, you know what this is @amazonca@amazon,” None of the product’s claims had been evaluated by the FDA, and that “None of the products or statements on this website are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition.”

Due to backlash, the product was pulled from Amazon’s Choice. Advocates are saying this is not good enough. They feel the product should never have been advertised in the first place. According to an author named Steve Silberman, “There is no approved medical indications for the product…It’s very dangerous. People have definitely died, and people have definitely gotten intestinal damage from this.”

Amazon might have had an idea of what it was advertising and what it really was. Amazon did not explicitly market it as a cure for anything medical, but was to be used “for water purification only”.

Here’s the weird thing, though. Mr. Humble’s website does claim that the product can actually help to treat Autism. On his website, he writes “chlorine dioxide has [been] proven to restore partial or full health to hundreds of thousands of people suffering from a wide range of disease, including cancer, diabetes, hepatitis A, B, C, Lyme disease, MRSA, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, malaria, autism, erectile dysfunction and the list goes on.”

Look, I am no expert on Autism and its “cures” or treatments, but I think this is a crock. Nor am I an expert in chemicals, but even I know that bleach is something you don’t fuck with when it comes to your body. I am not sure if Amazon knew exactly what they thought they were advertising, but it was on the Amazon’s Choice page. Maybe Humble tricked Amazon into thinking this was a completely harmless water purifier…I don’t know. What I do know is that bleach and anything close to it, mixed with human contact, equals pain. And parents tried this as an enema! What the Hell people?! So no I do not agree with Humble’s product and am totally against it.

Feel free to write in and let me know what you think. Thank you!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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