Laurel Austin Catches Backlash For Treating Her Sons’ Autism With Bleach

Laurel Austin Catches Backlash For Treating Her Sons' Autism With Bleach
  • Laruel Austin in Lenexa, Kansas gave her autistic sons the MMS CD Protocol in hopes of treating their autism
  • The MMS CD Protocol started by Kerri Rivera is commonly known as Miracle Mineral Solution is nothing more than bleach and water
  • Documents show Rivera believes autism comes from parasites and can be cured by using her MMS CD protocol
  • Rivera adopted the protocol from the founder Jim Humble who also created the Genesis II Church of Health And Healing
  • Humble is one of many to practice the dangerous treatment on people in Uganda and other poverty stricken areas
  • Despite being around for years, in recent months MMS once again is seeing a spike in online activity

In Lenexa, Kansas, Laruel Austin claims to have helped two of her severely autistic sons with the highly questionable practice of giving them “Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS).” MMS has faced a lot of scrutiny over the years due to the alleged “miracle cure” being nothing more than bleach and water.

Laurel Austin And Her Use Of Miracle Mineral Solution

In an article from Fox 4 KC titled “Better thanks to bleach? Lenexa mom says chemical mix significantly improved son’s autism,” Austin claims a video showing her then 25-year-old son Jeremy Austin before MMS and after is evidence of how the treatment has worked. Jeremy is now 28-years-old. The video titled “Jeremy before and after 2018 2019” was uploaded to Austin’s YouTube channel on September 22. It has received over 7,800 views and shows Jeremy screaming and biting himself before MMS, then sitting calmly after.

Austin claims that Jeremy has not had a seizure in nearly a year. Before doing MMS — also referred to as the “protocol” — Austin claims Jeremy would have up to five seizures a month. “My children have had improved health,” Austin said to Fox 4 KC. “If I was poisoning them with bleach, wouldn’t their health be getting worse instead of better?” Austin found a doctor to sign off on the use of MMS. According to her, “We could not have started the protocol without a doctor’s signature because day service had to administer.”

She Is Trying To Cure Their Autism With Bleach

Jeremy’s father Brad Austin says the MMS protocol is nothing more than “snake oil.” Brad says his ex-wife is poisoning their children. “She’s giving Joshua and Jeremy bleach to try and cure their autism,” Brad said to Fox 4 KC. “It is akin to child abuse in my opinion.” Brad filed reports with Kansas Adult Protective Services and the Lenexa Police Department which resulted in a mandated trip to the emergency room for blood work. The lab results came back clean and the case was dropped. In 2008 Brad declined “standby guardianship” rights. According to Austin, Brad has been very distant from the children since the custody arrangement.

Austin claims Jeremy is one of four other children that are autistic from being vaccine-injured. Two are fully-functioning but Jeremy is the most severe. Her two youngest children are not autistic, which Austin accredits to never being vaccinated, despite having a different father than the other four children. Austin says she noticed changes in Jeremy at 18-months that included “facial ticks, grand mal seizures and self-inflicting.” According to Austin, at 3-years-old Jeremy stopped speaking. The desperate mother tried treatments ranging from diets to medications before discovering the MMS protocol.

No Supporting Evidence Behind MMS

There is no supporting data for the MMS protocol within the medical world, and experts actively warn against even trying it. The products involved in the MMS protocol go by several names, such as Miracle or Master Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, MMS, Chlorine Dioxide (CD) Protocol, and Water Purification Solution (WPS). Proponents, websites and distributors claim MMS can cure autism, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, flu and a growing list of other medical conditions. There is currently no medical or scientific data available to confirm MMS can cure any of these medical conditions. Those pushing MMS claim that is due to “Big Pharma” wanting to keep the “cure” from the public to avoid losing unimaginable amounts of profit by curing profitable illnesses.

Austin holds on to a study from 1982 titled “Controlled Clinical Evaluations of Chlorine Dioxide Chlorite and Chlorate in Man.” The study says there were no “obvious undesirable clinical” consequences from the daily ingestion of chlorine dioxide over 12 weeks. The study notes that clinical consequences cannot rule out clinical consequences beyond a 12-week-period. The study also points out that information on man ingesting chlorine dioxide chlorite, and chlorate is “severely limited.” However, a study on the chronic toxicity of orally consumed chlorine dioxide in rats showed a slightly increased two-year mortality rate. The rats also showed decreased weight gain. A study involving the African Green Monkey showed chlorine dioxide adversely affected thyroid function. Chlorite ingestion yielded transient changes in hemoglobin levels and red cell count.

Controlled Clinical Evaluations of Chlorine Dioxide Chlorite and Chlorate in Man by discuss on Scribd

The FDA Repeatedly Warns Against MMS

In August the Food and Drug Administration was forced to release a warning on the use of MMS. It was not the first time the FDA has warned people not to use MMS as a possible treatment for medical issues. In 2010 the FDA released a statement after claiming to have received several reports of health injuries from consumers using MMS. Those injuries included severe nausea, vomiting, and life-threatening low blood pressure from dehydration. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, in 2017 — the most recent year of data — there were a total of 226 cases of exposure to non-household bleach reported to poison control centers around the country. The number dropped from 276 cases in 2016 but the FDA is concerned as reports begin to come in once again. It seems the MMS protocol is once again becoming a popular treatment among the bizarre cult-like medical misinformation groups online.

FDA Warning on Mms by discuss on Scribd

Backlash From Using MMS

The Fox 4 KC story has received some backlash. An article on The Pitch KC titled “FOX 4 KC report: Hey, maybe it’s OK to pour bleach down your kids’ throats” states the “responsible thing to do would be to take the story down.” The article specifically suggests the article is dangerous by stating unnamed doctors think drinking bleach could be beneficial. “This piece (headline: ‘Better thanks to bleach? Lenexa mom says chemical mix significantly improved son’s autism’) attempts to both-sides the issue, in effect putting this woman’s fringe, dangerous anti-vax beliefs on par with the scientific knowledge of medical professionals,” the author wrote. 

Fox 4 KC is not the only one receiving negative attention. According to a Go Fund Me campaign started by Austin in July, an article from NBC reporter Brandy Zadrozny released on May 21, 2019, titled “Parents are poisoning their children with bleach to ‘cure’ autism. These moms are trying to stop it,” accused her of “poisoning” her sons. “She claimed it is bleach,” Austin writes in the description. MMS proponents will try and argue the treatment is not bleach but they are wrong. As pointed out by Myles Powers, MMS is bleach even by the most basic definition of the word, which is, “a chemical used to whiten or sterilize materials.”

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Austin says that due to the article she had to shut down her “well-established photography portrait study of 11 years.” She also claims following the NBC article she has “received hate mail, threats of violence, and even death threats.” “My intention is to use the money donated to pay the retainer of an attorney to represent me and get this slanderous article and all its spin-off articles (there are dozens of them) removed from the Internet,” Austin wrote. As of now, the campaign has raised $6,868 of its $9,000 goal. It is not clear what all Austin believes MMS can “cure.” Austin made a post on March 22 claiming she had treated a brown recluse bite with MMS and some other “essential oils.”

Kerri Rivera And The MMS CD Protocol

So how did Austin end up believing drinking bleach could cure autism? Austin follows the teachings of Kerri Rivera, one of the most popular proponents of MMS currently found online. In a Facebook post from March 15, Austin advertises an interview with Rivera on YouTube. “Since the addition of chlorine dioxide to her biomedical protocol she has seen 191 children lose their diagnosis of autism in the past 5 years,” Austin wrote. Rivera — a former real estate agent with no medical training — has no medical evidence to back her claim of curing children of autism with her protocol. According to Austin, Rivera graduated as a “Certified Homeopath” in June 2013.

In order to push her product, Rivera claims to have cured her son’s autism with MMS. She pushes an extremely concerning and incorrect belief that autism is caused by parasites and MMS/CD (Chlorine Dioxide) is the cure. Not only does Rivera say to drink MMS, but she also encourages followers to do MMS enemas. In other words, Rivera tells parents to give their autistic children burning bleach enemas to get rid of the parasites that caused their autism. Without surprise, Rivera has fallen into some legal issues from selling her MMS/CD protocol. The State of Illinois banned Rivera from selling or promoting MMS within the state. Patheos reported that to avoid prosecution Rivera moved to Mexico and now sells her products online.

Rivera runs the website “CD AUTISM” and at least one other site under the name “Ketokerri.” Earlier in the year Rivera lost multiple Facebook groups and pages. Despite losing the majority of her Facebook presence, Rivera still has several pages, such as Ketokerri. Over the years Rivera has slowly transitioned her work from MMS to the ketogenic diet. Fiona O’Leary campaigns against Rivera being allowed on social media. O’Leary even has a petition on Change.org titled “Ban Quack Kerri Rivera And All MMS/CD Material from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube And Amazon.” The petition has been up for some time and has collected a total of 781 signatures out of the 1,000 signature goal. Opponents of Rivera did not celebrate her bans earlier in the year as they have come to the realization that she will find a way to push her harmful practices on the general public through social media. Even now it is not clear how many pages she is operating under or on how many platforms.

MMS The Missing Piece Of The Puzzle

An old document from Rivera titled “MMS The missing piece of the puzzle” shows just how dangerous, deranged, and inaccurate her beliefs are. On page two, Rivera claims autism is “avoidable, treatable, and curable.” Rivera claims MMS is the “most powerful killer of pathogens known to man.” She even claims with no medical or scientific data backing what-so-ever that “No damage is done to the body” when you drink CD. In short, Rivera believes bleach in MMS form “reverts back to harmless chloride and neutralized oxygen.” She goes on to write, “It leaves nothing behind to build up.” The entire document is full of horrifyingly incorrect information but about halfway through it takes an extreme turn for the worse.

The document gets very dark when Rivera begins going into detail on MMS being used on a 10-year-old autistic boy named “Patrick.” “Patrick gets started with MMS August 17, 2010, a couple days after his father begins taking it. Since I didn’t have a protocol as to how to use MMS specifically with kids… we had a lot of vomiting and diarrhea,” Rivera writes. In another log Rivera writes, “Hi there! Okay, all is going well. But the autism recovery has not happened yet. We are in day 17 with 3 drops every hour for 8-10 hours.” According to Rivera, MMS is safe for children of all ages. Her original MMS protocol had recipes for children weighing as little as 25 lbs.

For every 1 drop of MMS you give 5 drops of citric activator. After you place 1 drop of mms and 5 drops of citric acid activator you wait three minutes until it activates and then you fill the tequila shot glass with water and then you drink it. *Note: it’s important to point out that mms cannot be mixed with vitamin c, orange juice, beverages fortified with vitamin c nor ascorbic acid within an hour. example; if you give your child mms at 8:00am you give him breakfast with his multivitamin with vitamin c at 9:00am and MMS again at 10:00am. with one hour of separation either way from c we are good.

if your child weighs:

*25 lbs (11 kgs) 1 drop mms x 5 drops of citric acid 8 times a day

*50 lbs (22 kgs) 2 drops mms x 10 drops of citric acid 8 times a day

*100 lbs (45 kgs) 3 drops mms x 5 drops of citric acid 8 times a day

Kerri Rivera Via MMS The Missing Piece Of The Puzzle

A Horrifying MMS Experiment On A 10-Year-Old Child

Rivera goes on to document the process of giving Patrick the MMS protocol. The horrifying documentation states the young child was vomiting, suffering from diarrhea, and even had “blood in wipie.” Rivera refers to the child as being “happy” in between spells of vomiting and diarrhea. Patrick was noted to have “red circles in eyes,” a lack of appetite and other obvious issues from the MMS. Rivera and other proponents of MMS believe vomiting and diarrhea are proof the victim is healing. Below are some key points from Patrick’s MMS protocol.

  • Day 6: no bed wetting, vomited and blood in wipie
  • Day 7: vomited
  • Day 9: OCS/Virus/vomit dropped back.
  • Day 11: therapist “best day ever!” (2 drops 10 times)
  • Day 13: back to 3 drops 8 times
  • Da7 17: added MMS 2
  • Day 20: vomit (day 9 HBOT)
  • Day 22: MMS & MMS 2 (1/2 cap every 2 hours) eating very little, undigested food, diarrhea, not happy.
  • Day 25: lots of diarrhea, red circles in eyes.
  • Day 30: “gorgeous stool” formed and solid!
  • Day 31: blood on wipie, no OCD, no tantrums, happy
  • Day 34: pulled me to be with him, red circles, very OCD
  • Day 47: Didn’t eat all day, earache, 3 drops 3 times.
  • Day 48: 3 drops, 3 times, vomited, removed MMS 2
  • Day 49: cold, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Day 50: Vomited.
  • Day 51: Vomited and squirted in pants, lots of sleeping.
  • Day 57: Vomited mucus from a cold
  • Day 58: Vomited at 4 drops
  • Day 59: 4 drops 7 times then vomited but happy.
  • Day 61: ” best day of his life.” say therapist of 6 years, 4 drops 7 times then vomited
  • Day 64: yeast, cracking up at bed time. Here it is the beginning of the 4 3 3 4 3 3 3 4 protocol for yeast flair ups begin
  • Day 66: 4 drops 7 times then vomited
  • Day 71: “I want bed” WOW! 3 drops 8 times a day
  • Day 130-142: 2 drops 10 times a day…just to try it. Not better. Tooth absess problem flaired up at this time.
  • Day 161: Patrick continues to progress and retain in therapy. His soul is back in his eyes and is showing signs of recovery which has his loved ones full of hope and joy.

Kerri Rivera MMS Protocol by discuss on Scribd

Bleach Enemas To Cure Autism

At the time of that protocol, Rivera claimed to have had three children “recover” from autism “(lose the diagnosis of autism)” in November 2010 after three months of using her MMS/CD protocol. “Some kids will recover quickly and some kids will take longer due to the length of time they have been chronically ill,” Rivera wrote. Rivera’s instructions for giving the equivalent of a bleach enema is to “apple the drops instead of orally, do it rectally combined with a 1/2 liter of water.” By far one of the most horrifying facts is that parents have listed to Rivera and given their autistic children bleach enemas. While Rivera has had some issues keeping her own social media online, she is on different platforms all over the Web. Below you can watch Rivera share her twisted opinions on her MMS protocol. In the video Rivera claims she does not sell it but she knows people that sell it.

Jim Humble And The Genesis II Church Of Health And Healing

While Rivera is not the founder of the MMS protocol, she at least at one point, was very close with the person responsible. According to his website, Jim Humble discovered that “chlorine dioxide quickly eradicates malaria” while on a gold mining expedition in South America in 1996. It is not known how many people Humble has given MMS to considering in 2010 he claimed 100,000 people. Helping muck up the waters, Humble focused on victims of malaria in Africa, across Uganda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Malawi and other poverty struck areas where documentation and regulations would be loose at best. In 2010, the Guardian reported that Humble commented in a video that “A couple of missionaries decided I was evil and told all the missionaries in the area … so that sort of slowed things down … They quit using the MMS. People didn’t get treated.”

Humble was a former Scientologist and founder of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, which at one point was based in Angleton, Texas. Even stranger than the Genesis II Church is the reasoning behind it. Rivera did not start the church out of faith but instead to hide behind the religious protections that come from being a church to push MMS on innocent people. “Look at the Catholics. Their priests have been molesting women and children for centuries and the governments have not been able to stop it,” Humble wrote. He continued, “If handled properly a church can protect us from vaccinations that we don’t want, from forced insurance, and from many things that a government might want to use to oppress us.”

In 2015 the FDA received at least 20 reports of MMS poisonings according to FDA spokesman Jeremy Kahn. One of those reports included a 10-year-old girl with autism who was hospitalized after ingesting MMS. In 2014 Humble was planning a tour in Australia where MMS was believed to have poisoned at least ten people across the country. Also in 2014, medical authorities called for a ban against MMS after it put at least four people in the hospital. The Herald Sun reported at least ten Victorians reported being poisoned by MMS in the five years prior to Humble’s speaking tour. AMA Victoria president Dr. Tony Bartone has referred to Humble as a “snake oil salesman” who preys upon vulnerable sick people with “magic potions.” Bartone pushed for Humble’s Genesis II Church to be banned from promoting MMS. Tickets to Humble’s seminar in Clayton were reported to be selling for $500 but organizer “Bishop” Paul Treacy claimed there were no fees to attend. Attendees were only asked to make a donation to the church.

The Death Of Sylvia Nash

Doug Nash claims his 56-year-old wife Sylvia Nash used MMS shortly before her death in 2009. Nash was a planetary geologist and former investigator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Apollo Lunar Sample Analysis Program. Doctors who performed the autopsy on Sylvia’s death did not conclude a cause of death but Nash believes it was related to MMS. Nash wrote the following in a report to the FDA, “She had decided to try MMS because she succumbed to the arguments of its proponents that MMS could aid in protecting the two of us against malaria in our [then] current travels on our sailboat in the western Pacific Islands.” Initially Nash says Sylvia suffered from diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Proponents of MMS claim these symptoms are not uncommon and go as far as to claim it to be an indication the treatment is working. 

According to Nash, the symptoms did not get better. They got worse. 

The couple planned on sailing around the world beginning in 2004 heading south from California then west. Nash and Sylvia began the expedition as crew mates but soon after “connected” and got married. The couple sailed off South America and spent two years in New Zealand. After New Zealand, they stopped in the Vanuatu islands in August 2009. It was there Sylvia wanted to take measures against Malaria but did not like the medicine she had taken previously. Sylvia ended up meeting travelers on the islands selling MMS. Nash said his wife died in his arms with her eyes rolled back in her head hours after ingesting MMS.

The vision of her face, just inches away from mine, and those eyes suddenly de-focusing on mine. That’ll haunt me for the rest of my life.

Doug Nash Via ABC News

Louis David Smith And Project Green Life

Following Sylvia’s death, Louis Daniel Smith was a seller of MMS that was targeted by the FDA and forbidden from continuing to sell the product. Smith founded Project Green Life (PGL), a Nevada corporation that marketed and sold MMS through the website projectgreenlife.com. It was discovered that Smith conspired and agreed with others to obtain chemicals needed to manufacture and misbrand MMS in a facility hidden from regulators. Smith was arrested and charged with six felonies related to his role in selling MMS. He was convicted and sentenced to 51 months in a federal penitentiary. The FDA sent Smith a letter debarring him from providing services in any capacity to a person having an approved or pending drug product application. Despite his conviction, Smith continued to argue MMS can cure a wide range of medical problems based on anecdotal claims, such as Rivera claiming she has cured multiple cases of autism. Smith has also claimed in his blog that Sylvia’s death was not related to MMS.

Letter From FDA to Louis Sm… by discuss on Scribd

Humble Denounces MMS Protocol Then Flips Again

In 2016, after MMS began receiving negative media attention, Humble actually spoke out against his creation. ABC News tracked Humble down who was said to be living in Guadalajara, Mexico, outside of the reach of American law. Surprisingly, around that same time Humble wrote in a newsletter on the Genesis II website, “There are certainly times I have said some things that I probably should have said differently. For lack of a better way to express things at the time — or because others put words in my mouth, in the past I have stated that MMS cures most of all diseases. Today, I say that MMS cures nothing!”

Robert Baldwin And The Global Healing Mission

Despite his 2016 denouncement, Humble has once again been pushing MMS in recent months and he is not the only one. In May 52-year-old Robert Baldwin, a pastor from Burlington County, New Jersey, shut down his website and his social media accounts after being accused of running an international network that had given 50,000 people in Uganda MMS as a cure for malaria, HIV, and other diseases. The Guardian London broke the story on Baldwin importing bulk shipments of MMS into Uganda from China. Baldwin reportedly offered smartphones to clerics who were especially “committed” to spreading MMS as a cure. Baldwin operated under the ministry he founded called “Global Healing Christian Mission.” The church advertised they used “the power of Almighty God … to greatly reduce the loss of life” in Africa. O’Leary, recorded a call with Baldwin where he stated he distributed the bleach through churches to “stay under the radar.”

We don’t want to draw any attention. when you draw attention to mms you run the risk of getting in trouble with the government or drug companies. you have to do it low key. That’s why i set it up through the church.

Robert Baldwin Recorded Call Via The Guardian London

Baldwin denied he was promoting MMS or any cure containing bleach but he also refused to say what natural cure he was promoting in Africa. The Guardian found Baldwin was importing the components of MMS, sodium chlorite and citric acid, from China. Once in Uganda, his miracle cure was distributed to a network of 1,200 clerics he trained. The African church distributed the MMS for free, so it is still not clear where funding was coming from. While MMS is banned in several countries, such as Canada and Ireland, in Africa there is still an open market. According to Baldwin, “Those people in poor countries they don’t have the options that we have in the richer countries – they are much more open to receiving the blessings that God has given them.”

Sam Little Helped Fund Robert Baldwin

While Baldwin’s entire funding operation is unknown, it is known that 25-year-old Briton Sam Little donated $10,000 to his cause. Little also put $30,000 into building a home for around 20 homeless Ugandan children he calls “Sam’s orphanage.” Little claims the orphanage is completely separate from his MMS treatments and that he has no plans on treating the children in the orphanage with the dangerous substance. He claims he was first introduced to MMS by a friend in England. A video from Little claims to show nine people, the youngest being only 14 months, being cured of malaria with MMS. He claims a lab technician had looked at the blood samples and said they had been cured. Little, who has absolutely no background in the medical field, has not been back to the hospital to verify the results. While Little claims to have cured malaria, HIV, cancer, and other medical problems with MMS he has no scientific evidence or medical data to back his claims.

Much like the one study used by Austin, Little references a 2018 study conducted by Enno Freye of the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany. The university told The Guardian their medical faculty reviewed the study and found it “scientifically worthless, contradictory and in part ethically problematic.” In February Freye was stripped of his Apl-Professor title and no longer works at the university. The Ugandan ministry say they are now launching an investigation on both MMS and Little’s plan for his home for 20 Ugandan children.

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