Look for YouTube for "Miracle Mineral Solution" or "MMS" and you will find a series of videos on how bleaching will cure various diseases – acne, influenza, malaria, HIV, hepatitis, cancer and autism.
But MMS is just chlorine dioxide – an industrial bleach. The Food and Drug Administration has warned that MMS "can cause serious harm to health" and said the organization has received several reports of health injuries from consumers using this product, including serious nausea, vomiting and life threatening Low Blood Pressure from Dehydration "Advises anyone who has the solution" to stop using it immediately and toss it away.
One such YouTuber that has promoted this risky "cure" is Laurel Austin of Lenexa, Kansas. According to a NBC News report, the first time that one of her sons got the bleaching solution was filmed and distributed to thousands of subscribers. Reporter Brandy Zadrozny describes the video, writing that after the young man who has autism, he got the solution, "his hands seem to inadvertently turn each other and scream on his forearm before taking a bunch of bananas."
According to NBC, four of Austin's six Austin children have autism and a review of their Facebook page has shown they have attempted various alternative therapies for their children. The news agency has looked at social media stances and Lenexa Police Service documents, which, according to information, show over the past year, Austin gave regular doses of chlorine dioxide to two sons of age 27 and 28 years old.
The boy's father, Bradley Austin, is trying to prevent Austin from delivering chlorine dioxide to his sons, after finding out he did it in January. But, according to NBC, Lenexa police and Kansas adult protection services have looked at the issue and decided not to do anything about it. The dismissal by the police undoubtedly confused Bradley, who told NBC News that "I just want to stop".
Austin did not respond to a Gizmodo request for an annotation, but told NBC that the news service was "used as a shameful tool with inaccurate information from an absent father as a means to reduce or even eliminate the obligation to support the child in autistic disabilities of the sons ".
According to NBC, police documents show that after Bradley's report to police that Austin was delivering chlorine dioxide to their sons, officers were talking to a pharmacist at a state poison control center that said it was not safe. The police then visited Austin's home, where he said he was following the Kerri Rivera chlorine dioxide protocol, a prominent supporter of treatment that is not a medical practitioner.
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Since 2012, Rivera has defended the false MMS solution as a treatment for autism. In March, Amazon removed her book on the chlorine dioxide protocol. Rivera has been involved in many YouTube seminars and interviews that promote anti-vaccination ideas and conspiracy theories. In at least one of these videos, Austin has also interviewed, along with Rivera, about the use of treatment for her sons.
The police documents examined by the NBC show that Austin shared with the police a link to a Rivera video on the chlorine dioxide protocol and articles of the Autism Research Institute that promote the widely problematic perception that vaccines cause autism. According to NBC, a police officer wrote for the articles of the report, saying: "This legitimizes Laurel's claim for the use of MMS CLO2 as a holistic therapeutic approach."
The documents also showed that the police looked at a list of supplements for one of the sons, who informed that he had received 16 doses of chlorine dioxide treatment each day, one hour each. This was reportedly signed and stamped by a primary care physician at the University of Kansas MedWest Medical Clinic, Sarita Singh.
Singh confirmed to the police that he approved chlorine dioxide treatment and told the police that chlorine dioxide was "benign and not toxic," according to NBC, which could not reach Singh as she was on maternity leave.
A spokesman for the Kansas University Health System told Gizmodo that the hospital could not provide a statement as it would require Austin to sign an HIPAA discharge to disclose protected medical information about a patient. The organization will not comment independently, a spokesman said, as "she would have nothing to add to this story right now."
The Lenexa police station did not respond immediately to Gizmodo's request for comments. A police spokesman told NBC that he did not have enough data to show that the treatment was dangerous.
This was the second time that Lenexa's police investigated Austin, who gave bleach to her sons. NBC reports that last November, the Options Services Disability Development Program announced Austin to police after it handled chlorine dioxide treatment to one of its sons in the parking log since the staff refused to give him the solution. This, according to information, has led to a Kansas adult protection survey.
A spokesperson for Kansas Children and Families told Gizmodo that cases of adult protection are confidential and the organization will not comment.
According to police reports reported by NBC, an employee who visited Austin's home, saw a doctor's note, interacting with the son, and decided not to take any action.