Six UK police forces have revealed separate investigations into cases where children have been made to drink bleach in order to cure their autism.
The practice has come about steadily grown in the UK as closed Facebook groups and online advocates have slowly convinced parents that parasites are the cause of autism. One such advocate is known as Sunfruit Dan and he is a former drug-addict currently living in Thailand and is also wanted for causing the death of his girlfriend through reckless driving.
Another advocate is “Archbishop” Jim Humble who states that the bleach-based treatment can cure just about every disease known to man, and that his disciples have cured their own children of autism by using it.
The general line of thinking amongst these advocates is that parasites cause autism and that special products bought online can kill these parasites and cure them of autism. In reality the products are little more than citric acid and sodium chlorite which mix to form a powerful industrial strength bleach. Parents are convinced that the treatment works when they see “parasites” leaving their children but experts state that the parents are just seeing the lining of the large-intestine that has been shed by the dangerous treatment.
One GP told the press,
“Chlorine dioxide causes abdominal cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea.
“If you drink it on a long-term basis it causes inflammation of your gut lining, stomach, oesophagus and intestines. At some stage something pops and then you can bleed to death.
“Your gut will excrete whatever has just been shed from having this irritant, and that’s likely what parents are seeing come out. They might make claims the doses are so small that it’s not like giving proper industrial bleach. But no dose is safe.”
A Belfast doctor has recently had their license suspended for supporting the treatment and all over the UK police are investigating cases as the treatment becomes widespread. A large part of the reason parents believe the treatment works is because they often notice a sudden stop in certain autistic behaviours such as rocking back and forth and chewing.
Experts, however, state it is common for children with autism to stop behaviours if those actions lead to punishment or severe pain; in other words, they learn to stop rocking because they don’t want to undergo further treatment.