In southern California, a “billion-year-old god from the Andromeda galaxy” swears by a miracle cure that supposedly treats autism.
The “miracle cure” is nothing more than bleach and has resulted in at least one death and several serious hospitalizations. Yet, that doesn’t stop followers from pushing the product toward the poor and the desperate — especially parents of autistic children.
Jim Humble, a former Scientologist and the founder of a secret “church” called “Genesis II Church,” doesn't just claims to be an immortal deity of a faraway galaxy but also states he has been sent to save the Earth — and that includes selling his highly dubious products that purport to cure “95 % of all diseases” including HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, cancer and autism.
The toxic substance, sold under the name “Miracle Mineral Supplement” (MMS) has duped parents into dosing their kids with a solution of sodium chlorite and hydrochloric acid, which when mixed with fruit juice (as recommended) turns to industrial bleach used for stripping textile of color. It is sold to be taken orally but parents are also encouraged to use it as enema, often multiple times a day.
Kerri Rivera, a follower of Humble, has made a name for herself by preying on the desperation of parents with autistic children. She claims when the moon rises every 29 days, parasites enter children’s gut, breed and wreak havoc in their bodies which leads to autism. For this ridiculous assessment, the woman charges $100 in consultation fees over one hour on Skype.
"Autism is curable," Rivera stated in an interview. "I like to convince people they can cure their kids."
However, doctors are calling it “pseudo-science at its worst.”
Dr. Paul Wang, the senior vice president of Autism Speaks and a pediatrician, states autism is not caused by parasite.
“She says that MMS is not a bleach, but it is,” he said. “And frankly, it's a poison. It should not be given to anybody with autism or cancer or diabetes or any other condition that they claim it can treat.”
Despite the medical warnings, an underground community of parents continues to share their experiences with MMS.
A private Facebook group called “CD Autism” touting this belief has more than 7,000 members with misinformed parents nationwide.
Meanwhile, Rivera claims she has seen 234 people “lose their autism diagnosis” with her treatment. She also said there are no side effects to the procedure; however doctors disagree and say chlorine dioxide intake can cause nausea and diarrhea. Proponents of the church believe it is all part of the “detoxification” process and hence of no consequence.