An Indianapolis mother was arrested after she was accused of feeding her child bleach “to help” cure her autism- a “tip” she only read about in a Facebook page group. The child’s own father made the accusation and police arrested the 28-year-old mother on Saturday after she allegedly placed drops of hydrochloric acid and water-purifying solution in her young child’s drinks.
Such is a potentially dangerous chemical combination, which becomes an industrial bleach. It is being marketed as Miracle Mineral Solution or Master Mineral Solution, which its advocates claim will cure several diseases including autism, cancer, AIDS and hepatitis. Police chose not to release the names of the parents involved, and the child’s age. The child has since been removed from the home by Child Protective Services.
The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning in 2010 advising people using MMS to stop immediately and throw the thing away due to its side effects ranging from uncomfortable to life-threatening. The MMS website, however, continues to flaunt the solution as an “amazingly powerful compound “that has “stood the test of time because it works- &works well!”
There is still no accepted medication that cures autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism is a developmental disability that can cause noticeable social and behavioral challenges. There are only medications that can help manage the behaviors connected to autism such as high energy levels, depression and seizures. FDA strongly bans MMS and considers it harmful, yet its proponents continue to tout is as a “cure.” Some healing blogs even continue to promote it and highlight it as a successful treatment at a 2012 AutismOne conference.
Past court cases have ruled against MMS. In 2015, seven Arkansas children were taken away from their parents because of their father’s habit of putting a tiny drop of MMS in his glass and drinking it. Another man was also sentenced later that same year to more than four years in prison for selling the miracle cure through an Internet business called “ProjectGreenLife.”