What does it mean to be a skeptic? One answer would be that if you hear something that sounds too good to be true, you should check it out. Consult with experts. Read up on it.
A father in Indianapolis last week accused his wife of feeding their child bleach to help cure her autism — something his wife had read about in a Facebook group.
Police arrested the 28-year-old mother on Saturday after she allegedly put drops of hydrochloric acid and water-purifying solution in her young daughter’s drinks. The potentially dangerous chemical combination, which becomes an industrial bleach, is marketed as Miracle Mineral Solution or Master Mineral Solution, which its advocates claim will cure a number of diseases, including autism, cancer, AIDS and hepatitis.
There is, of course, no cure for autism, much less a cure that involves dangerous chemicals.
We often criticize Jenny McCarthy and Andrew Wakefield and other purveyors of the myth that vaccines somehow cause autism. No evidence has ever shown that, but the belief has led many parents to avoid vaccinations as if there’s a dangerous risk associated with them.
Here’s the flip side of that, a parent trying to “cure” autism after it’s taken hold, and doing so in a way that defies all common sense. A better parent would’ve said, “That sounds like a crazy idea. Maybe I should seek advice outside of this Facebook group.”
You know what? Forget “better parent.” Any competent human would’ve done the same thing.
The silver lining is that the child is alive and in the custody of Child Protective Services. We don’t know the child’s age and there’s very little information available about the kid’s parents. But let’s hope a court gives the mother the punishment she deserves if she’s found guilty.
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