"Healing the Symptoms known as Autism" was written by Kerri Rivera and Kimberly McDaniel. The authors are two sisters who were born in the United States and apparently are living in exile in Mexico. The purpose of the book is very clear. It is an attempt to legitimize the use and sale of MMS - Chlorine Dioxide bleach as a cure for autism. This is a multi-million dollar unlawful industry, which has made Kerri and others very wealthy.
The use of MMS; chlorine dioxide (ClO2, commonly referred to as CD) is recommended many time s a day, both orally and by enema. CD is an chemical bleaching agent used in industry as a paint stripper and cleaner, and to sterilize surfaces and equipment. It is not approved as a food or medicine of any kind, and is classed as a toxin.
A Critique Of "Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism"
by The website team
Governments throughout the world, Including the FDA, have issued several warnings advising the public that MMS can not be ingested for any reason. It can cause dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, dangerously low sodium levels in the body, and damage to major organs.
Kerri asks the reader to ignore government warnings, scientific evidence, the law, and their doctor, and cure their child of autism using MMS - bleach, dietary changes, supplements, and a series of drastic and dangerous therapies . In doing so she is also asking you to believe the fanciful notion, that autism; a genetic neurological condition, which is hard wired and cannot be changed, or cured, can in fact be "cured".
If I have already exceeded your tolerance level for idiocy, please stop reading at this point. For those who are game, I shall review the book chapter by chapter.
The issues begin from the very start . Here is the Disclaimer at the front of the book.
It makes me shake my head ! Firstly the title "Healing the symptoms known as Autism." "Healing" is generally considered a spiritual word, not one to describe a dangerous process of using bleach orally and as an enema.
It says that the author and publishers etc will take no responsibility for anything written in the book. Well that makes sense, because actually following the step by step advice given in this book possibly will cause your child to be very sick or perhaps even die.
Then it suggests that in certain circumstances you should consult a medical professional, yet throughout the book you are advised to ignore the advice of medical professionals.
In the Foreword to Kerri's book, Lorna B. Ortiz talks about autism as a biomedical issue, stating that this "protocol" is cutting edge, and that autism is "curable". There is no mention of autism being genetic. Yes, there are medicines and diet that may help mitigate the symptoms of co-occurring conditions affecting some with autism, but the fact is autism is genetic, and therefore not curable! Many of us believe in neurodiversity, and see autism as a neurodifference, which should be accepted, rather than the disease which it is incorrectedly portrayed to be, in this book.
Next, let's look at the Preface of this book. This is written by Kerri's sister Kimberley. She talks about new sections that were added in the second edition. One is written by Olive Kaiser, who has a web page called glutensyndrome.net. She claims the gluten-free/casein-free diet helps all autistics. This is false. It only helps if you actually have an allergy to one or both of these things, and we know that not all autistics have an allergy to gluten or casein. Therefore, it would not help them and may in fact cause harm.
Chapters 1 : Kerri's Story
Moving on to the actual book itself, Chapter 1 is Kerri's autobiography. This is essentially just an ego-stroking testimonial.
Chapter 2 Yes We Can (Testimonials) - Can I be honest here, I haven't read them. I have however seen some of the YouTube testimonials. But why not, this is an essential part of the book, it proves it works!! ERM, sorry no it doesn't. Testimonials are often used by scammers in the absence of legal backing, scientific evidence, or medical support. Anyone can write a testimonial. For instance, I could go on you tube and say my lung cancer was cured by smoking 50 cigarettes a day. Do I need evidence, of course not. Looking at those testimonials though, the placebo effect is very apparent http://www.bancdmms.com/#!the-placebo-effect/c1e5t, and there are zero control studies too, so who couldn't say the kids would have progressed without CD. This is why control groups and peer reviewed studies, are essential in assessing the validity of any studies or products. Anyway, how can anyone take Rivera's testimonials seriously after the revelation of the fake one (http://violentmetaphors.com/tag/kerri-rivera/) posted in this book? No evidence needed, an email proved recovery? Madness!!
Chapter 3: Step 1 - The Diet
Kerri starts off well in this chapter recommending that we eat an organic diet, and a variety of foods, providing us with the vitamins and nutrients we need.
She then recommends the Gluten-Free/Casein-Free - GCFC - diet to help with the symptoms of autism. This defies both research and common sense. It is a really poor and unfounded piece of advice. There is not a single shred of evidence that autistics benefit in any manner from this diet http://www.bancdmms.com/#!autism-and-diet/c20tw GCFC diet is necessary in extreme cases, such as celiac disease, whereby additional vitamin and mineral supplements are required, as it is deficient in Vitamin B, D, calcium, iron and fibre. This diet can cause osteoporosis, effect the immune system and preventing infections, and can contribute to cancer and diabetes. http://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Gluten-Free-Casein-Free-Diets.aspx
Chapter 4: An introduction to Chlorine Dioxide
Jim Humble, founder of the Genesis II Church, and the MMS/CD scam, introduces Chlorine dioxide - CD as a safe substance that will cure basically everything: acne, common colds, influenza, AIDS, malaria, ebola ...... and autism. As explained in the introduction, it is a very dangerous substance that shouldn't be ingested for any reason. It can cause dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea dangerously low sodium levels in the body and damage to major organs, and doesn't cure anything http://www.bancdmms.com/#!the-effects/cc3a .
This information given in the book is not only deliberately false, but is dangerous and morally reprehensible.
To find out more about the billionaire Jim humble: His MMS scam - including the formation of the Genesis11 Church, to keep profits tax free, and his exile to the Dominion Republic; to avoid warrants for his arrest, click here
Chapter 5 Chapter 5: Step 2 – Chlorine Dioxide (CD)
Chapter 6: CDS – Another Way of Delivering Chlorine Dioxide
Chapter 7: CDH – The Research Continues
These chapters are just fraudulent statements about Chlorine Dioxide/MMS. They continue to claim it is safe to use, not use in industrial settings, isn't a bleach.........
The following information is from Lentech, an industrial water solution company, refutes every one of these claims:
What are the applications of chlorine dioxide?
"Chlorine dioxide has many applications. It is used in the electronics industry to clean circuit boards, in the oil industry to treat sulfides and to bleach textile and candles. In World War II, chlorine became scarce and chlorine dioxide was used as a bleach.
Nowadays chlorine dioxide is used most often to bleach paper. It produces a clearer and stronger fiber than chlorine does. Chlorine dioxide has the advantage that it produces less harmful byproducts than chlorine.
Chlorine dioxide gas is used to sterilize medical and laboratory equipment, surfaces, rooms and tools."
Obviously is used in industry, and is a bleach as above !!!!!
Not safe, can be explosive !
"While using chlorine dioxide as a disinfectant, one has to keep in mind that chlorine dioxide gas can escape from a watery solution containing chlorine dioxide. Especially when disinfection takes place in a sealed space, this can be dangerous. When chlorine dioxide concentrations reach 10% or more in air, chlorine dioxide becomes explosive."
Can cause terrible damage to the skin, eyes, does terrible damage to the body.
"Acute exposure of the skin to chlorine that originates from the decomposition of chlorine dioxide, causes irritations and burns. Eye exposure eyes to chlorine dioxide causes irritations, watering eyes and a blurry sight. Chlorine dioxide gas can be absorbed by the skin, where it damages tissue and blood cells. Inhalation of chlorine dioxide gas causes coughing, a sore throat, severe headaches, lung oedema and bronchio spasma. The symptoms can begin to show long after the exposure has taken place and can remain for a long time. Chronical exposure to chlorine dioxide causes bronchitis. The health standard for chlorine dioxide is 0,1 ppm."
This chapter is definitely the most dishonest and evil chapter of the entire book. Andreas Kalcker introduces their core argument, that a new worm, called the rope worm, has been discovered and can be killed by taking chlorine Dioxide ( CD : Bleach), orally and with enemas. This belief is central to the scam. He recommends that children take 8 doses orally and that parents use enemas daily to rid the children of these autism causing worm.
Autism is a neurological difference, it is a difference which is present in the mind not the body. So immediately, you realise that these claims are ficticious. As for the "rope worm" it is completely made up. This parasite does not exist. It is intestinal lining which has been stripped from the body by using bleach enemas - (see adjacent photo.) https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/rope-worms-cest-la-merde/
Chapter 8: Step 3 – The Kalcker Parasite Protocol
As above, Chlorine dioxide is extremely dangerous to use, and injurious to the body.
Following the protocol in this chapter, dosing children orally 8 times a day, means that each day they are consuming 120 times the quantity of Chlorine Dioxide, deemed to be safe by the FDA. http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2012/06/21/mms-a-k-a-bleach-for-autism-just-when-i-think-im-out/ . This has caused hospitalisation of a number of children.
Bleach enemas are particularly nasty compared to other enemas, as they cause burning on the skin, anus, and strip intestinal lining. However, any daily use of enemas, can stop the muscles in the intestine doing their job properly, which can prevent natural bowel movements. Taking enemas regularly "...can also lead to a condition called hyponatremia (or water intoxication). Hyponatremia is an imbalance of the electrolytes that occurs when the body does not have enough sodium (salt). Acute hyponatremia can be dangerous and may require treatment with medication or IV fluids." http://ibdcrohns.about.com/od/constipation/f/Can-Using-Enemas-Harm-Your-Intestines.htm
This is the most appalling chapter in the book, as it asks the reader to risk their child's health, and perhaps even their life, for no benefit whatsoever, except to the author, and her cohorts, who are making millions from this scam .
Chapter 9: Step 4 – Other Supplements
This is one of the ironic chapters of the book. After recommending the CD protocol which will deplete your child of essential vitamins and minerals, they now advise you to give your child all sorts of vitamin and mineral supplements. It is a little like recommending that people burn themselves without reason, and then advising them to use a burn cream.
At this stage, this book has lost all credibility. I suggest you skip past this chapter, and get supplement advice from a real professional.
Chapter 10: Step 5 – Chelation
Another ironic chapter this time involving heavy metals (pun intended, Iron -ic :) ) .
The book recommends you use a procedure known as Chelation, if their CD protocol hasn't worked (see explanation of Chelation and heavy metals below) . It is predicated on the ridiculous and unfounded belief that metal poisoning may have caused a child's autism. There is genuine irony in that the only poisoning that is likely to have occurred is through the CD protocol itself. This procedure is dangerous and ineffective in benefitting autistics in any manner. For further information:
Chelation is a medical procedure used to remove heavy metals from the body. "Metals or semi-metal compounds which have the potential to cause environmental or human toxicity. Heavy metal poisoning can be acute or chronic and may be caused by the following:
Arsenic (technically not a true metal but a semi-metal - ie non-metal with some metallic properties). "
Chapter 11: Step 6 – Hyperbarics
Hyperbarics, yet another dangerous and ineffective "autism Treatment" recommended by this book. For more information: http://www.bancdmms.com/#!hbot---keenan-m-lorraine/c1cow
Chapter 12: Step 7 – GcMAF & Autism
The last dangerous and ineffective treatment recommended by this book. To find out more information: http://www.bancdmms.com/#!gcmaf---new-autism-treatment-ceased/crnd
Chapter 13: Beyond Recovery: The Maintenance Plan
Chapter 14: Miscellaneous Information You Should Know
Chapter 15: Final Thoughts
Chapter 16: Healing Beyond Autism
These remaining four chapters are really just padding and not really worth the time critiquing. Not that there was any substance in the previous chapters.
Okay, so let's sum up this book. The disclaimer is completely contradictory, telling you to consult a medical professional in some cases, when throughout the book you are told not to trust medical professionals. It is stated that no responsibility will be taken for the medical advice given in this book, which they are clearly responsible for.
The book claims that Autism is entirely about biomedical issues, that it is a disease to be cured, with no mention of genetics, which according to scientific evidence, is the most likely reason for the neurological difference, known as autism. It also shows no respect nor understanding for neurodiversity, and the understanding that autism is viewed by many as "different and not less. "
The testimonials provide no evidence that anything suggested in the book actually works. Although Rivera suggests a healthy diet, her diet plan could leave children with serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The information provided in the book about chlorine dioxide is completely inaccurate. Heavy metals are seen as a part of Autism, when there is no scientific proof to substantiate this. The worms and parasites Rivera describes are completely fake. Following the CD Protocol to eradicate these non-existent worms is dangerous and potentially fatal for children. In addition, the other treatments recommended are also ineffective, dangerous, and possibly fatal too.
Clearly Kerri Rivera and her cohorts have written this book as an attempt to legitimise their fraudulent, multi-million dollar scam. More Newspaper, magazine articles, blogs, and media coverage, about the dangers of using Chlorine dioxide/MMS, is now happening. Laws are being changed; stopping its use right throughout the world. Prosecutions for those manufacturing, selling, and using MMS, have begun; including the trial of Daniel Smith, beginning May 18, 2015, who is facing up to 37 years prison for the sale, manufacturing, and false information given about CD/MMS.
Basically this is a complete load of pseudoscience nonsense, that can do nothing but harm your child. It is a very poor attempt and substantiating a multi-million dollar scam, suggesting that autism can be cured using Chlorine Dioxide or MMS. This is part of an even larger, Genesis 11 Church, MMS scam; claiming to be able to cure almost any disease. My advice, store it in the trash!