Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism, an Objective Critique: Part 4
Let’s face it my Dear Blatherers, this portion of the review is why we are here; we’ve done the diets, the “boohoo poor Mummy has an Autistic Son” tales and debunking some of Ms. Rivera’s outrageous claims. The reason I’m here is so I can rip this Chlorine Dioxide hypothesis and published exposition a new one. Given how Kerri covets Chlorine Dioxide, she has given me the pleasure of MANY chapters to read on the subject. I best get started… I shall do two chapters in this portion of the review to make up for my time away
Chapter 4: An Introduction to Chlorine Dioxide
Well aren’t I a lucky duck? I get given an entire chapter (three pages apparently constitutes a chapter) just being introduced to Chlorine Dioxide, and better yet it was written by our favorite Alien from the Andromeda Galaxy Jim Humble. For the benefit of those not familiar with Jim Humble, he is the reason I’m writing these reviews in the first place. James Humble is the “discoverer” of MMS and founder of the Genesis II Church of Healing. He is a former Scientologist and believes he is a million years old and descended from the Andromeda Galaxy*. We as readers are being graced with the wealth of knowledge that Humble has to offer; given that he is the Godfather of this Brigade of Bleachers, this chapter is something very special indeed.
Humble wastes no time in singing the praises of Rivera for taking it upon herself to “research” into using CD as a means of curing Autism where mainstream medicine has failed us. The familiar misguided lamentations of how our kids are being let down because they aren’t being cured of Autism and are left to suffer, isolated in their own minds; never to experience life to the fullest. This is of course the same alarmist bullshit we all know and have grown accustomed to hearing.
The following paragraphs appear to meet in the middle somewhere between marketing MMS and defending it from detractors. Humble spends some of his short lived chapter boasting the low price point of using MMS at home on a daily basis. A very weak explanation of how CD is an oxidizer with an overall positive charge somehow kills bacteria as they somehow have purely negative charges is given. It goes without saying that Jim does not provide us with any citations to support these assertions. The science he discusses developed by Hans Christain Gram is based on real scientific principles; but he has dumbed down the actual theory and twisted it completely out of context to suit his impotent hypothesis. What’s left of this chapter is what appears to to be Humble on the back foot defending MMS by saying it’s not a Bleach and no one has died yet. Very reassuring marketing talk there Humble, sign me up for a whole case eh?
This rather (thankfully) short chapter demonstrates that Jim Humble too is as ignorant as his compatriots in the Bleach Brigade. He is also aware that he needs to sell this product despite being met with much opposition; by this point it must be like relieving one’s self into the wind. Sucks to be him.
Chapter 5: Chlorine Dioxide
Rivera’s awareness of her detractors is immediately evident with a fallacious appeal to historical quote:
Just because an old guy said it means it’s true right?
Rivera already believes that this “truth” of hers is already self evident and has stated as such during the earlier stages of this book; making a direct reference to this quote. This suggests that she is more than aware of her detractors and how we feel about her alleged protocol.
She immediately dives in by suggesting that CD has been the most effective treatment for her Son’s Autism and asserts that within a week she had already seen improvements with no side effects (aside from the vomiting which she purports is a Herxheimer reaction and therefore not a side effect). Wasting no time she plunges into her nonsensical psuedoscientific exposition of how ruddy marvelous Chlorine Dioxide is and what it does. To recap, Rivera is convinced that Autism is caused by a mixture of heavy metal toxicity, food allergies and numerous unnamed pathogens. CD is deemed to be so darn marvelous as it kills ALL of the aforementioned and more without any side effects whatsoever. Most rational minds would have alarm bells ringing left right and centre given how this just sounds too darn good to be true! That’s because it is. This doesn’t stop Rivera trying to tug at the reader’s heartstrings with another deployment of the appeal to emotional logical fallacy. Kerri describes the joy she gets from knowing that so many families are “healing” with her protocol and she has her faith reaffirmed that Autism is in fact curable. See More