Amazon has pulled two books detailing toxic cures for autism from their shelf, according to a report from Gizmodo.
The popular online store was recently called out by a report from Wired for their promoting of books that suggest having children ingest or bathe in potentially toxic chemicals in order to rid them of the disability.
"A search for “autism cure” on Amazon brings up dozens of books positing pseudoscientific solutions for autism spectrum disorder – a complex and lifelong developmental disability that has no known cure," Wired report reads. "But Amazon’s virtual bookshelves are stacked high with titles that recommend a long list of unproven and dangerous autism cures, including sex, yoga, camel milk, electroconvulsive therapy and veganism.
"One book, Healing the Symptoms Known As Autism, instructs parents in how to make chlorine dioxide – a bleach-like substance that is sometimes marketed as “Miracle Mineral Solution”. Although the substance has never been scientifically verified as a treatment for any condition, an Amazon search for “Miracle Mineral Solution” turns up more than 25 books extolling its supposed benefits."
Amazon has since taken Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism and Fight Autism and Win off of their site.
The first book promotes a chlorine dioxide solution which, according to the Food and Drug Administration, could cause persons to suffer severe nausea, throw up and potentially lose their lives through dehydration and low blood pressure.
Fight Autism and Win also prescribes chelation treatments that involve giving children drugs to cure mercury poisoning from vaccines. This is based on a theory that vaccines have trace amounts of mercury which can cause autism, a notion which has since been debunked. The Mayo Clinic has also said that chelation therapy is not an effective way to combat the disability, with a five-year-old boy dying from cardiac arrest after he was administered the treatment back in 2005.
The reason for Amazon pulling the books is still unclear. This could be as a result of the pressure placed by previous reports or simply a step in an effort to stop the spreading of misinformation. That they have also seemingly pulled anti-vaccination documentaries from their streaming service could also suggest the latter, although it could still be both.