Over the past couple of years, I’ve been a critic of the anti-GMO movement. Laced in with conspiracies about corporations trying to poison their customers, groups like March Against Monsanto have collected a ton of followers and staged rallies around the world.
Let’s put the debate over the science surrounding the safety of GMOs aside, and look into what the page March Against Monsanto is promoting besides their misguided ideas on food safety and agricultural science.
These people are obviously not trained medical professionals, especially on the issue of autism, yet the March Against Monsanto Facebook page decided to post a story from the website Enlightened Consciousness on “alternative therapies” (including bleach enemas) for autism which they later removed and was also apparently scrubbed from the sourced website as well.
If you’re wondering about the back story on this, giving your children bleach for their autism is a very real thing in woo circles. A woman named Kerri Rivera claims that your autistic child can be cured by giving them bleach (either through enema or incorporating it into diet), and sadly this isn’t a sick joke from someplace like 4Chan.
Kerri Rivera runs a website, CDAutism.org, that says autism is preventable, and curable – with bleach treatments. According to her, treatments of Chlorine Dioxide will flush parasites out of an autistic child’s bowels, and thereby cure them of a neurological anomaly.
According to the CDC, chlorine dioxide is a toxic chemical which can cause health issues in humans – but the “alternative medicine” world and the numerous websites they own have promoted this false cure which is dangerous to children.
Here is an explanation of MMS, as well as a history behind the dangerous “cure” for autism.
Basically, MMS is 28% sodium chlorite in distilled water. In essence, MMS is equivalent to industrial strength bleach. Proponents recommend diluting MMS in either water or a food acid, such as lemon juice, which results in the formation of chlorine dioxide.
MMS was originally sold by a man named Jim Humble, who claims that MMS can be used to successfully treat AIDS, hepatitis A,B and C, malaria, herpes, TB, most cancer and many more of mankind’s worse diseases. He even goes so far as to claim that 5,000,000 people have used MMS and that “hundreds of thousands” of lives have been saved. (Source)
Yes, let that sink in for a little bit. The Facebook page which claims biotechnology corporations like Monsanto or Syngenta are poisoning people is suggesting that you put bleach in your child’s body to “cure” them of autism or various diseases.
You can believe whatever you want about genetic technology when it comes to agriculture – that’s an argument for another day. What is important for people to understand is that behind the organic industry platform of March Against Monsanto, there are a number of other wacky ideologies and agendas in play.
The misguided people who believe in this stuff aren’t confined to one side of the political aisle. There are many liberals, conservatives and libertarians who wholeheartedly embrace “alternative medicine” without using critical thinking skills. A lot of it is relatively harmless, like thinking a chiropractic adjustment can cure a common cold. Shunning modern medicine and technology is a personal choice, but promoting false cures for autism isn’t just insulting to people with autism, it is downright dangerous and needs to be stopped.
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