Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism, an Objective Critique: Part 3
Here we are again, delving into the despicable document detailing the first stages of The Protocol, as ominous as that sounds. In the Last Chapter we were presented with a plethora of parental proclamations of parasitic purging resulting in “healed” or “recovered” children who were miraculously “rescued” from their Autism. These parents bore nothing but endless praise for Kerri Rivera and her “teachings” and unabashedly thanked her from the bottoms of their hearts (and bank accounts). The purpose of this chapter was to try and sway critics, skeptics and people on the fence before they indulged in the “science” of “The Protocol”; because let’s face it, hundreds of happy parents can’t be wrong, right? All this chapter could truly accomplish was demonstrate Kerri’s storytelling ability and propensity for trying to engage with our emotions rather than sell the science to us with any compelling evidence. All of the alleged “evidence” for CD and it’s purported use for Autism are a slew of unverified anecdotes and testimonials from supposedly pleased parents.
Fast forward to Chapter 3, and now we are starting to read about the “science” (or Rivera’s best approximation of science) of the Autism Recovery Protocol. Now don’t be fooled, this doesn’t merely purport the use of industrial bleach, but many other quack treatments for Autism; the first of which comes in the form of diet! Similarly, this is ominously referred to as “The Diet” and doesn’t necessarily adhere to other popular diets out there. When I started reading this chapter, I entered it with a very dismissive attitude, merely believing I’d be reading a long chapter on placebos. However I quickly realise that the information contained in this chapter is far more condemning to the health of Autistic children than I had initially anticipated.
Chapter 3: The Diet
This is the first stage of the protocol to “Heal the Symptoms Known as Autism”; as Kerri Rivera describes it. It’s purported to be the foundation for the entire “healing protocol” and any subsequent treatments will be null and void without it. It’s no secret that people with Autism can have gastro-intestinal issues, or are particularly fussy over what they eat. However the author has falsely attributed issues surrounding diet and digestion as a causative mechanism which contributes to the development of Autistic symptoms rather than merely a side effect. This false causation is the foundation upon which the entire chapter is built up. This chapter is intended to be a guideline in which parents are to adhere to such that The Protocol will be successful; failure to adhere to this diet will allegedly lead to absolutely zero recovery in one’s child*. This chapter wastes no time in going full Food Babe on us with assertions such as “In generations past, food came directly from the Earth” and “If you can’t pronounce it… you don’t want to put it into your child”. This immediately demonstrates Ms. Rivera’s blatant disregard for science and understanding that the world around us is made up of things we can’t pronounce or spell. It also continues to demonstrate her propensity for logically fallacious arguments such as the appeals to nature and tradition in the former quote. See more