We have been alerted by a Hackney School that there has been a resurgence in discussions and online content regarding the use of Sodium Chlorite (bleach) as a ‘cure for autism’.  This may also be referred to as Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) or Chlorine Dioxide Solution (CDS).

Although this is not a new phenomenon, vigilance is required particularly following the amount of misinformation and fake news being circulated during the pandemic.

NOTE: These products are NOT a cure for autism and pose a significant risk to health and life if ingested.

Your awareness is drawn to the following:

  • While it is normal for families to seek support for their children, don’t always believe what you hear or read, particularly online. Always check with your GP or another health practitioner about what children can and can’t take for any illness or condition.

  • The use of this substance has been reported in the UK (and other countries), and authorities continue to be concerned that parents and carers will be falsely persuaded that it can ‘cure autism’.

  • Allowing or encouraging a child to ingest any substance likely to inflict serious harm or death is child abuse.

  • Avoid sharing information or direct links to the issue with the public – this could drive traffic to sources of misinformation.

The potential impact of ingesting Sodium Chlorite:

  • Anyone who ingests Sodium Chlorite is likely to suffer gastrointestinal irritation.

  • High concentrations may cause severe vomiting, diarrhoea and reduced blood pressure.  This can lead to respiratory failure.

What you can do

If you identify sodium chlorite solutions for sale in any form you should report the matter to the National Food Crime Unit here or your local Trading Standards team as soon as possible.

For more information please see the Food Standards Agency Briefing on the issue.

Are you worried about a child? 

  • You can contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email [email protected]
  • Alternatively, contact the Hackney First Access Screening Team (FAST) on 0208 356 5500.  
  • For out of hours (5 pm – 9 am), please contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0208 356 2710.
If you think a child is at risk of immediate harm, please contact the police by calling 999 (emergency number).

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