A mother-of-three is being investigated by police and social services for allegedly using bleach enemas to ‘cure’ her son’s autism.
The woman, from Cheshire, has been reported to police for her activity in a secret Facebook group for parents that claims autism is caused by parasites that can be cleansed using the potentially lethal treatment.
Parents on the group, which has around 8,500 members and allegedly charges £60 for membership, routinely share images of so-called parasites leaving their children after treatment.
However, autism campaigner Emma Dalmayne who infiltrated the group, says the images actually show children’s bowel lining that has been burned away by the bleach.
The treatment being administered is CD (Chloride Dioxide) or MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution), which is administered orally or via an enema.
Both the Food Standards Authority (FSA) and Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) warn against using the treatment
The FSA, in particular, warns that using the products could lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, reduced blood pressure and, when undiluted, damage the gut or cause respiratory failure.
But, despite this, the product is available for sale in the UK on the internet and is reportedly being stocked in some shops.
Emma, who is autistic herself, alerted police after she saw a post from the Cheshire mother appearing to confess to using CD on her child by administering 25 drops a day.
She is now calling for the government to ban the treatments through a petition calling for an end to all autism cures.
‘No parents will admit to doing this to their children publicly. This treatment is not illegal at the moment but we need to get rid of it,’ said the mother-of-six.
‘The most extreme case I have seen to date is a six-year-old boy who had to have his bowel removed and a colostomy bag fitted after his parents gave him these enemas.
‘What you see in these images is the bowel lining of these victims.’
The secret Facebook group includes testimonials and ‘safe online practice’ information.
It also warns that the use of CD is ‘beyond the mainstream standard of care’ and advises members to keep ‘supplies and dosing discreet’.
The group includes many pictures of so called parasites. In July, a member posted a picture of one she had expelled dangling from a fork. Emma believes it is 10cm of a child’s bowel lining.
A spokesperson from MHRA said: ‘MMS contains sodium chlorite (bleach) and it has no proven, or conceivable, health benefit.
‘We would advise people not to buy this product and the FSA have issued previous warnings to consumers against using this product.’
An FSA spokesperson said: ‘FSA advice is that Miracle Mineral Solution, also known as Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) is not safe.
‘It is not authorised as a food additive in the EU and so should not be sold as a supplement.
‘MMS contains sodium chlorite which is commonly used as bleach and can be harmful. If ingested, it can cause serious damage to health. The product should not be on the market or even available for free.
‘Anyone who has bought such products is advised to throw them away. If they have been taken and the person feels unwell, they should consult their doctor.
‘If anyone knows of retailers or individuals selling such products or promoting their consumption, please contact the National Food Crime Unit.’
A Cheshire Police spokesperson said: ‘This is an ongoing incident and we are investigating whether any criminal offences have taken place.’