Why do parents choose to subject their autistic children to CD ‘treatment’ by Maqqi Mucoi Amolngatti
It’s a question that people regularly ask rhetorically, but it is important to really look at this, analyse it, and understand the motivations.
“I must save this poor child”
This may be the most obvious motivation – to ‘save’ the poor child from the misery of their affliction. Its an easy one to sell to yourself and others. You become a type of Munchausen’s by Proxy (MbP) hero, rescuing (or “recovering” or “healing”) this little vulnerable person in your care. Your noble, heroic battle is carried on in the face of opposition from foolish, ignorant
so-called authorities – doctors, psychologists, educators and lawmakers.
It also allows you pitch yourself against the corrupt profiteering of Big Pharma. It looks like such a good position to adopt, allowing you to justify the harm done to your child as a lesser evil to the harm done by all those trying to stop you.
If CD actually worked, we would expect places like CD Autism to be jam-packed with stories about the difficulties children encounter, and follow-up stories revelling in the behavioural improvements resulting from CD use. Sure enough, we do see this sort of post, though not that often. Also, look carefully – who is posting those messages? Almost all come from a small number of posters, many of them group admins. There is no proof offered, just statements. There is no way of knowing if those success stories are not total fabrications, the posters’ accounts fake.
With over 7,300 members you would imagine that there would be a greater diversity of posters will success stories to share. Yet there are not. Mostly, it’s the same ten or so people. What are they trying to achieve by posting their alleged successes? Quite often it seems to be driven by the dozens of ‘likes’ that result, which reinforce their position in the community and help to suppress any doubt. But there does seem to be another motivation: profit. Ultimately the objective of the MMS/CD scam is to make a bucketload of cash. Positive news becomes a motivator to the thousands to begin treatments, and to keep them going in the face of doubt. Doing that costs money. If its costing you money, it is making money for someone else.
“One million Elvis fans can’t be wrong”
It should not be surprising that not many CD parents appear to be motivated by MbP – it is a rare condition. The real motivations perhaps dwell at a more basic level. Most people pay attention to what people say and do around them and take their cue from that: everybody’s doing it, so its right for me to do it too. More than that, though, in an environment where people “doing it” are praised, held in esteem by the community, taking the plunge and starting CD use is an easy step to sharing that praise and esteem. If you are feeling hopeless, helpless, and directionless you suddenly have a door opened to hope, support and a clear path through the wild woods. The impossible has become easy. Expensive, yes, but easy.
“I’m your biggest fan ever”
So, can we tie together the need for purpose, hope and esteem on one hand, and stroking the egos of the Great Leaders? Yes, we can. If you seek the former, what better validation could there be than catching the attention of Jackie Mandell, Tina Corrine, or Pat Philpot, or the big prize: Kerri herself, and getting their praise and encouragement? “Thanks Kerri! I’m your biggest fan!”It is that easy to construct a little cult empire around one single crazy ‘treatment’ idea.
Buying into this mindset means deciding, as cult members do, that their friends and family don’t get it, that doctors, therapists and counsellors have closed minds, or are too damn thick to understand, or are well aware of the ‘truth’ but are lying in order to perpetuate the current money mill that pours parents’ cash into their greedy pockets. It means cutting off contact with dissenting voices. It means casting a distrusting eye on any anti-CD reports that make it through that filter. Finally it means turning your face to the warm light of the Great Leaders, basking in their praise and support, hanging on their every word like gospel. And those Great Leaders encourage this, of course. It strokes their egos and fills their pockets, the truth be damned.
In case you didn’t notice the inversion there, I’ll spell it out. The very falsehoods the Great Leaders of CD perpetuate are almost exactly the truths about themselves. Doctors, Big Pharma and therapists are corrupt, manipulating the vulnerable for their own profit? No, that’s Kerri & Co. The so-called experts are just closed-minded, foolish, arrogant people? No, that’s Kerri & Co. Those so-called experts are egotistical, self-aggrandising attention seekers? No, that’s Kerri & Co. Another, thing, the authorities out there are suppressing the truth, using their power to deny the truth. Nope, that’s Kerri & Co. Oh, and they are too damn stupid to understand the proof anyway, yes? Ah, no. That’s Kerri & Co.
“Eyes on the prize, Violet, eyes on the prize”, or “No pain, no gain”
All that structure of dubious ideas takes some work to keep upright. It needs maintenance to reinforce the skewed mindset, praising the loyal and trusting, nudging the wavering back on course. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in those instances where a parent expresses worry at some adverse reaction in their child to ‘treatment’: skin rashes, blisters, loss of hair, screaming in pain, fevers, loss of nails, vomiting and more. Within a few minutes there are several CD Autism group admins posting supportive comments. They are very encouraging, quelling any doubt with clear, definite explanations and solutions. How do they do that? Its almost as if they knew that one parent out of 7,300 would post about just this worry, just now. Well, they did. All posts to that group remain pending until approved by an admin. You can be sure all negative comments are deleted before anyone sees them, and the poster removed from the group. More to the point, the comments that raise worries and are considered non-damaging and are let through have been seen by admins. They really are ready to hop on each instance and smother it with assurances and advice. The negative message becomes a positive – those symptoms are not signs of injury, they are evidence of detox, its all part of the process of healing, you’ve got those parasites on the run! Keep it up!
While this acts to keep everyone on message, it also rewards the poster with the attention mentioned above. It has to be gratifying, to know that any doubts you have receive immediate attention from the Great Leaders. Meanwhile all this just serves to demonstrate how hard it is for you to fight the good fight, gives you sympathy, hugs, and admiration from your peers.
“What does CD stand for?”
You know that one, right? CD is chlorine dioxide. Correct, but it is also cognitive dissonance. That’s where new ideas you encounter conflict with your understanding of how the world works. An example is the idea that the earth and other planets revolve around the sun, and that the stars are essentially stationary in space while we rotate relative to them. In a society where everyone understands the earth is at the centre of the universe and everything else circles around it, this wild idea seems bizarre, crazy, incomprehensible.
The success of the CD Autism scam relies in great part on this phenomenon. By providing only ‘on message’ information and stories, the Great Leaders ensure that the world-view which sees chlorine dioxide as a magical cure-all is constantly reinforced and elaborated. By pouring scorn on allegedly corrupt, stupid, closed-minded doctors, psychiatrists, regulatory bodies, lawmakers, family and friends, the messages which are dissonant with the CD story are suppressed, denied and subverted. For those within the CD maze, all that can be seen are the maze walls, covered in the sacred words of Kerri. The big world outside becomes invisible. Its messages are unheard. And any that manage to echo over the walls jar with the CD doctrine, create that cognitive dissonance: Their message must be wrong, because everything around me says something else.
“Me, me, me”
None of this so far is about the child. It is about the parent, the Great Leaders, and money.
Think about that for a moment. The idea is supposedly to “heal the symptoms known as autism”. The symptoms displayed by the child. Remember the child? The one forced to endure enemas? The one with the skin rashes and vomiting?And here is the truth. None of this is about the children. First and foremost it is about money. It is about getting people to part with their money. Lots of it. It is also about reinforcing the beliefs and stroking the egos of the Great Leaders. And it is about the parents, the people suckered into paying to poison their loved ones.
Much of the discussion above has been about how and why parents ‘treat’ their children, how they are encouraged to keep it up in the face of clear evidence of the harm done. Perhaps the bigger question is: Why on earth would they even start, why would they even contemplate going down this path in the first place? The ugly truth, rarely mentioned but always implied, is that this is really about the impact autism has on the parent, as opposed to the child. “His stimming has got much worse” is a problem for the parent, not for the child. “He is acting up in school” is a problem for the parent and teacher. “I can’t take her to buy groceries without facing a total meltdown in the store” is a problem for the parent, not the child. Yes, behind each of these there is something affecting the child, but that is never addressed, only the impact the resulting behaviour has on the parent or on how their parenting is viewed by society.
The parents are angry. They are frustrated. They are ashamed. They are jealous. Those are the key motives that impel them into the heart of the CD maze. It is a sense that they have been robbed of their freedom, their social life, of social standing, of free time, of peace, of the approval of family and friends that makes people angry, frustrated, ashamed, and jealous of the easy ride everyone else is getting.
There is no doubt that parenting an autistic child can be highly demanding, emotionally wearing and put paid to the plans of eager youth. But this only becomes intolerable if you refuse to see the other side of autism too, and accept that, actually, it is parenting itself and the regular course of events that mostly impacts on your social life, puts paid to your heady plans for success and adventure, leaves you with little spare time, and too exhausted to do anything with it. Autism, however, is an easy target.And that is the key. It is all the fault of autism. And autism doesn’t exist in isolation. It exists in that child. So it is (never say it out loud!) the fault of the child.
“It rubs the lotion on its skin”
There is a reason why Kerri Rivera’s infamous book is titled “Healing the symptoms known as autism”. There is a reason she did not call it “Healing the autistic”. This is not about people. Autistics are not people in this world of CD, they are carriers of autism, vessels filled with parasites, possessed by an evil that lashes out and destroys all around it. Kerri’s book is not written for autistics, it is written for parents. It tells them how autism has robbed them of so much, tells them where the problem lies, tells them how to destroy it, and promises them normality and all the social esteem, and personal pleasures that entails.
The child becomes an ‘it’. It is a thing to be sanitised, recalibrated and presented to the world as a ‘fully operational child’. Then, the world can admire. Admire the child? No! Admire the successful parent. Its got to be worth the thousands of dollars or euros to achieve that, yes? The praise, the peer approval, the life without embarrassment or shame.
Meanwhile Kerri, Jim, Andreas, Leo and their buddies sit back and count the day’s takings.
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