Recently a homeopath shared on Facebook that she used chlorine and fecal nosodes to cure a child with autism. The post created quite the stir and elicited a variety of comments. The homeopath insisted the child was making improvements and recovering. After she uploaded the post, outrage erupted on her page and commenters expressed their anger toward her abusive practices.
Giovanna Franklin is a homeopath that works out of Glasgow, Scotland. Her Facebook page Homeopathy Heals shares tips and provides medical advice for the treatment for several disorders. Giovanna is not a medical doctor. According to her website, she attended the School of Homeopathy.
According to Giovanna, the first patient she treated for autism was her son. She claims that a variety of homeopathic remedies including craniosacral therapy, CEASE, and bioray cytoflora has improved his symptoms.
The treatments she uses for patients are a combination of quack with a side of more quack. For a recent patient, she admitted to prescribing chlorum and bowel nosodes. Chlorum is a fancy term for chlorine. Homeopaths wrongly believe that chlorine rids the body of parasites, worms, toxins, and heavy metals. Children with autism are given the chlorine rectally and orally.
Nosodes are a homeopathic treatment that comes in a pellet form. They contain body matter such as saliva, pus, mucous, and excrement from the infected person. The homeopath then dilutes the substance over and over to create the nosodes. Patients take the pellet rectally and orally.
In the case of Giovanna’s recent patient, she gave the child bowel nosodes. This means she made nosodes with the child’s fecal matter. Basically, the child ingested their poop to treat their autism.
Homeopaths believe that diluting toxins found in the body can treat disease. By diluting the toxin, they give the toxin back to the patient as treatment. They think the diluted waste product is in a sense a ‘vaccine’ for whatever is harming the person. There is no scientific evidence that the method works or is effective in treating any disease.
However, Giovanna believed this treatment helped the child. After treating the child for four weeks, the homeopath updated her page to share the child’s results.
According to Giovanna, she met with the mother for their follow up after four weeks of treatment. During the appointment, the mother shared that her son is showing marked improvement. Giovanna wrote,
“THIS IS WHAT HOMEOPATHY CAN DO FOR AUTISM!
I’m on cloud nine! Just had a follow up session with the mother of an autistic child after four weeks on bowel nosode and Chlorum. Because everyone is different, I never know what to expect, but the gains in this child just knocked me out!
-improved coordination: started throwing and catching a ball with his dad and balancing on the plank in the park
-speaking in more complete sentences
-playing by himself contently
-sleeps in his own bed, not scared anymore
-better eye contact
-wears jammies in bed and underwear every day (he couldn’t tolerate them until now)
-no parasites even during last full moon
I’m still pinching myself!”
Obviously, the information provided by Giovanna is purely anecdotal. The treatments she gave the child would not have done anything to improve the child’s autism.
However, Giovanna believes that toxins, vaccines, and parasites cause autism. Therefore, she thinks that her treatments fix the problem by removing the toxins.
While some of the initial comments on her post were positive, the comments took a dramatic left turn. Soon her page filled with comments of outrage and anger at her happiness for treating the child. Many called her treatments abusive. Others asked for the information for the mother so that she could be reported to child protective services.
In all the post had nearly 100 comments critical of Giovanna. Here are some of the comments that best sum up the feelings of people against homeopathy for autistic children.
One Commenter wrote,
“So you tortured your child with chlorine enemas (physical and sexual abuse) to the point where they are now terrified to be themselves, so are repressing their own self to be your idea of ‘better’ to avoid more torture? Way to go!!!
You are horrible people, that child deserves so much more. I hope they get far away from this madness and you (parents and ‘pracritioner’) are charged.”
Another person pointed out giving a child doses of chlorine can be fatal:
Others called for CPS involvement:
One poster shared her detest for what the treatments tell the child.
Other posters pointed out that there is no cure for autism or ADHD. The treatments provided by Giovanna are not a cure but rather a scam.
The responses to her post are not an uncommon reaction to homeopathy and naturopathic treatments for children with autism. In the United States, using bleach as a treatment for autism is against the law. The FDA issued a warning in 2010 against the use of bleach for autism.
In 2018, police arrested a mother in Indiana for using bleach to treat her daughter’s autism. The girl’s father reported the mother to CPS when he learned his wife used the bleach. According to the police report, the mother believed the bleach would cure her daughter’s autism.
Whether the product is called miracle mineral solution or chlorum, the child receives bleach via oral ingestion or enema. Bleach is a toxic chemical that can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, renal failure, low blood pressure, and death.
The use of bleach on children with autism has been prevalent since the early 2000s. Charlatans have pitched bleach as a way to strip the child’s body of parasites, toxins, and heavy metals which they wrongly believe is from vaccines.
Giovanna is one of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of ‘practitioners’ that push bleach as a cure for autism. Even though the use of bleach is illegal in dozens of countries, Facebook continues to allow groups and pages dedicated to the practice.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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