Amazon has removed books from its website that promoted "cures" for autism, the latest major company to try to limit the amount of misinformation related to autism and the bogus notion that it's caused by vaccines.
One of the books recently pulled by Amazon.
As reported by NBC News, the titles Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism and Fight Autism and Win are no longer available on its marketplace. (The initial Wired report found at least 25 books referencing it.) It says chlorine bleach can cause "severe nausea, vomiting and life-threatening low blood pressure from dehydration".
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The other book that Amazon banned, Fight Autism and Win, puts pressure on parents to use chelation, an unproven method that involves medicating children with an antidote for mercury poisoning. The Mayo Clinic cites that chelation therapy is not an effective autism treatment, and in 2005, a 5-year-old boy died after the treatment sent him into cardiac arrest. "As a result, we can not offer this book for sale". A search for "autism cures" still returns over 400 books, with many advocating alternative medicines.
In Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism, the authors described using chlorine dioxide on children. The information helped me in healing my daughters spectrum issues. Cook sells similar content in his Amazon store. But the retailer declined to provide specifics as to why or if they were taken out of circulation as part of a larger effort to curb the spread autism and vaccine misinformation.
In the meantime, it apparently needs saying but vaccinate your children, and don't feed them bleach.
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