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Monday, October 31, 2016

Bleach "Cure"

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss autism quackery.  One particularly dangerous "cure" involves bleach.

At KABC-TV, David Ono and Lisa Bartley report:
Eyewitness News teamed up with ABC News to conduct a year-long investigation into a supposed "miracle cure" that's peddled by the so-called "Church of Bleach," which has a chapter in Southern California.
The "miracle cure" is really a form of industrial bleach, but that doesn't stop believers from pushing the potion on the sick, the desperate, and perhaps most alarmingly, the parents of children with autism.
Dr. Paul Wang, a pediatrician and the senior vice president of Autism Speaks, a nationally recognized advocacy and support group, said parasites do not cause autism.
"No, parasites do not cause autism," Wang said. "She says that MMS is not a bleach, but it is."
"And frankly, it's a poison. It should not be given to anybody with autism or cancer or diabetes or any other condition that they claim it can treat," he continued.