Amazon has reportedly pulled books relating to autism cures and anti-vaccination misinformation.
The books highlighted in that report, Healing the Symptoms Known As Autism and Fight Autism and Win, claim that autism can be treated using pseudoscientific and potentially unsafe methods. The logic-if you can call it that-stems from the debunked theory that vaccines containing trace amounts of mercury are the cause of autism.More news: Blazes, looting hit Paris as Gilets Jaunes seek new momentum
In Fight Autism and Win, the authors instruct parents on chelation, which is usually a treatment for acute metal poisoning, like mercury. This therapy can cause deadly kidney damage and a slew of other serious side effects, according to the Mayo Clinic. Last week, Amazon pulled anti-vaccination documentaries from Prime Video. This is also not the first time Amazon has removed a controversial book from sale.
However, the Food and Drug Administration has warned that there is no cure for autism and products or treatments professing to do so may "carry significant health risks".More news: Washington reacts to Afghan NSA Hamdullah Mohib's remarks regarding US-Taliban talks
On the listing for Healing the Symptoms Known As Autism, author Kerri Rivera proclaims to be the "foremost expert" on using chlorine dioxide for spectrum disorders. Another reads, "This book is awesome! The protocol works people". 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. Cook sells similar content in his Amazon store.
In the meantime, it apparently needs saying but vaccinate your children, and don't feed them bleach.More news: Valve Will Address Steam Review Bombing With New Tool