Emma Dalmayne and her son, both of whom have been diagnosed with autism, took to Change.org to express their shock that their is no law in place to protect people suffering from autism from “unproven” treatments.
Writing on her petition, Emma said: 'When both my son and I were diagnosed with autism, I did everything to research the condition and learn how to handle it best. I was shocked to discover online dozens of UK non-medical professionals claiming to sell autism “cures”.
'With the right professional therapies, people with autism can thrive, but there’s no product that can offer a magical “fix.”
'It’s not only offensive that cures are being sold for people like me and my kids, it’s dangerous too.
These treatments are unproven and some can be lethal - the most famous MMS (essentially bleach by another name) is fed to children, given as an enema or even put into babies' bottles.
“It can cause seizures, stripping of the bowel and severe dehydration along with respiratory problems and there is some evidence up to 8,000 parents are buying and using it.”
Carol Povey from the National Autistic Society spoke to the BBC about the autism “cure” MMS in 2015. She said: 'There is no evidence that this substance is helpful at all. There is a lot of evidence it is very dangerous.'
For more on Emma’s campaign, visit her Change.org petition here.