In an age of infuriating news stories, this one is particularly enraging scam artists are using social media to convince parents of autistic children to dose them with caustic bleaching agents. The two mothers who are combatting these creeps are doing heroic work.
The ‘bleach cure’ scam was formulated by a former Scientologist, and is being pushed by Qanon freaks, which tells you everything you need to know about it. This scandal is a perfect synergy of snake-oil sales, scientific illiteracy, conspiracy theorist paranoia, and the stigma against neuroatypical people. It’s a toxic stew of fearful parents, taken in by greedy con artists and tricked into feeding their children a toxic stew. The stories related in the NBC item are stomach churning and heart breaking... and the monsters pushing these horrors online really need to be stopped before they harm more children.