That headline is not a joke, and I really wish it was. Some nutcases are actually dosing autistic children with Sodium Chlorite in an attempt to turn them neurotypical.
I got the story from Orac’s blog. Someone at the Autism One quackfest was touting this as a way to “recover” autistic children, and claimed she had “recovered” 20 children with it.
Sodium Chlorite (NaClO2) is a strong alkaline used: to manufacture Chlorine Dioxide for bleaching and stripping paper, pulp and textiles; to disinfect water for drinking and to wash foods; in mouthwashes, mouth sprays, toothpaste and gels; and for sanitising air ducts, air conditioning units and animal containment areas.
As you might expect from such a potent antibiotic, it is toxic to humans. 10-15 grams can kill an adult, and even 1 gram can cause nausea, vomiting and hemolysis. The dose for “treatment” is 10-15 drops in 500ml given orally or as an enema.
You might want to reread that last paragraph. The “treatment” involves giving a child a harmful dose of a potent bleaching agent, either to drink, or squirting it up the rectum. One of the signs that the “treatment” is working is diarrhoea.
I’ll summarise. This “cure” involves giving children a toxic substance at sufficient strength to kill gut bacteria and intestinal cells and induce diarrhoea. Does anyone else think this is a really dangerous idea?