Autism has suffered its share of slings and arrows.
It was caused by refrigerator mothers. Vaccines. Rainy days. Or, the easier solution, according to some, was that it didn’t exist at all and was just misbehaving children.
Then it was all about how to cure it. Hyperbaric chambers. Chelation. GFCF diets. Jenny McCarthy.
None of them worked. Some of them were dangerous.
Some can be considered child abuse or endangerment.
Then today I learned about something so scary that I had to research it and write an article for it for the Examiner.
MMS – Miracle Mineral Solution. Basically, it’s a bleach enema. The signs that it’s working, according to its adherents, are the same signs of poisoning from the bleach and are potentially fatal.
On one hand, I understand the urge to find the cure. And in a hurry. My son, who just turned 10, is still functioning at the level of a 3 or 4 year old, and when they test him, he comes up MR (Mentally Retarded) because he is unable to take the tests that are meant to measure his IQ.
But I still can’t – and won’t – endorse anything that is straight out and out torture. How many of these parents would endure these things themselves? How many have medical training? How many are doing it for their children, and not themselves?
Oh, I know, let’s go for some “corrective rapes” to fix lesbians!
I know that I’ll probably get some hate mail (and comments) on this one, but let’s face medical and scientific facts. Refrigerator mothers are no more the cause than vaccines, and Jenny McCarthy is as medically trained as a blind mole rat.
We can’t expect the government to us from ourselves – the FDA issues warnings all the time, but no one listens – but maybe we can try to save each other. Follow the science and the medicine. It’s not perfect, I know, but it’s a lot better than the rest of the ideas out there.