Bleach is one fake autism “cure” that has flourished online. | Richard Villalon/Getty Images/iStockphoto
It’s not just dangerous. It’s insulting to autistic people like me.
Like many autistic people, I don’t handle background noise well. My senses and brain can’t separate it from any other sounds. It’s often just as loud as, if not louder than, what I’m trying to listen to. And the effort it takes to try to handle that issue while focusing often leaves me frustrated and drained.
I’ve been experiencing this a lot lately in regards to information, specifically around news stories that feature some terrible combination of anti-science or pseudoscience and autism panic. Whenever I see a story a headline like “Fake science led a mom to feed bleach to her autistic sons — and police did nothing to stop her,” I get that same overwhelmed and panicked feeling — and I’m just as incapable of tuning it out.
And there has been a large upswing of stories that focus on the largely underground phenomenon of parents using everything from turpentine to urine in an effort to “cure” their children’s autism. NBC News recently published an exposé on the dangerous and all-too-common practice of orally and anally administering bleach-based treatments to autistic children. In March, a UK ad watchdog organization ordered 150 homeopaths to stop claiming that they could cure autism through treatments such as giving children up to 200 times the maximum recommended vitamin C dose. Amazon recently stopped selling books that promote bleach as an autism treatment or cure. And on Monday, the FDA put out an official warning that drinking bleach is dangerous and it won’t cure autism.
None of this news comes as a surprise to me. I’ve been aware of autism-related vaccine conspiracy theories for …read more
Source:: Vox – All