Outrage Erupts After Homeopath Admits to Giving Child Bleach

Outrage Erupts After Homeopath Admits to Giving Child Bleach March 31, 2019
Giovanna Franklin Public Facebook

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,


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
-no tantrums
-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.


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  • Shan

    I know this woman is deep into the woo, but what the heck does the full moon have to do with parasites?

  • frostysnowman

    I was wondering the same thing.

  • Gestalty Bitch, Still a Prof

    “-no parasites even during last full moon”

    …the hell?

  • Gonzoline

    I hold out some small hope that, since the quackery at issue is homeopathy, there may not even have been any harmful substances in these “treatments.” Doesn’t make it any less disgusting or cruel… but maybe, just maybe, this poor kid at least didn’t have *actual* bleach or *actual* feces forced into their body. Maybe? Ugh.

    Both the parents and the homeopath need to be thrown in a hole. Then maybe toss the hole in after them.

  • Parasites are like werewolves, apparently. Maybe this idiot should try silver instead of bleach.

    Crap, I hope that I didn’t just give some moron a new idea.

  • Lisa Cybergirl

    Me too. I guess these are teensy little vampire worms.

  • frostysnowman

    Or werewolf worms?

  • Babooks

    And she needed to “study” for 4 years to learn how to tame them. Be honest: you wouldn’t know how to do that. She does.

  • Raging Bee

    If her child really did show improvement, that should be provable. So what/where is the proof?

  • Raging Bee

    Nah, silver is an old idea…though using it for autism may be (relatively) new…

  • Let me guess, MMS?

  • Dot Thompson

    yeah but don’t they have to be itty bitty little silver bullets?

  • Just crush them and mix them with water at, like, one ppm. It’s homeopathy, right?

  • Brian Curtis

    Well, let’s be fair: her remedies contain a lot more active ingredients than most homeopathic treatments. Too bad they’re poisonous, but still……
    And she’s scientifically correct about at least one thing: bleach does indeed kill parasites and worms. And children.

  • al kimeea

    colloidal silver, traditionally used for many illnesses, could turn you blueish after a while

  • Zetopan

    Once you buy into believing that magic actually works, no rational connections are required. Pluto’s smallest moon could affect parasites on Earth.

  • …suddenly I’m very glad I didn’t go full-on neo-pagan.

  • Dana Ullman

    Gad. the author of this article is simply fabricating information here. There was NO ENEMA given! The homeopath prescribed TWO homeopathic medicines, one made from chlorine and one made from a bacteria in the large intestine…and BOTH were given a homeopathic doses. A common gastrointerological prescription these days in “feco-therapy” but homeopaths use much much smaller doses. These medicines are so safe that no doctor’s Rx is needed. But the RESULTS are the most important. It is offensive that people actually complain about treatments that work, especially for a condition for which no adequate treatment is generally known.

  • Dana Ullman

    The bottomline is that the headline for this article is EMBARRASSINGLY inaccuate. No bleach was given. A homeopathic drug made from chlorinated water was given. I bet no apology will be provided. This is fake news and misinformation.

  • Most neo-pagans (and other practitioners) will tell you that the real magick comes from within. Like, say you do a ritual to help you get a job. Doing the ritual is all well and good, but a job offer isn’t gonna just suddenly drop in your lap while you play GTA — you gotta get off your ass and put in the footwork on your end, turning in applications and interviewing and being all responsible-adult-y. The magic don’t work unless you work to make it.

  • Brian Curtis

    If the substances were given in ‘homeopathic doses,’ then the patients were given water. And no, there were no positive results posted, because there were no positive results. There never are with homeopathy, because it’s worthless nonsense.
    Your last line especially funny: “It’s offensive to complain about treatments that work, especially for conditions with no known treatment.” Well, yes; there is no known treatment because homeopathic treatments don’t work, and pointing that out apparently offends you.

  • Brian Curtis

    Literally everything about homeopathy is fake and misinformation, but that doesn’t seem to bother you.

  • Brian Curtis

    Google “argyria” for some freaky pictures of silver exposure.

  • al kimeea

    Papa Smurf???

  • Raging Bee

    Where’s your proof that any of that nonsense works?

  • Bria Lapoint

    Someone spelled psychopath wrong.

  • talonts

    Sounds JUST like Abrahamism – if you didn’t get what you want, you weren’t devout enough, and if you did, Goddidit!

    It’s just substituting “magic” for “gawd”.

  • Err… no.

    The gods don’t reward laziness, and aren’t going to just give you what you want. You prove yourself worthy by the act of working towards your goal.

    Meaning, if you get the thing, it’s largely due to your own work, and you can be proud of it. The gods merely… nudge things into alignment here and there.

  • Dana Ullman

    Really!? You didn’t read the news about THIS case…but the child was much healthier as a results of the homeopathic treatment he was given. As for evidence for homeopathy, there are now hundreds (!) of studies published in peer-review medical journals showing efficacy. This link provides references to just some of them in the most respected medical journals in the world, including the Lancet, BMJ, Cancer, Rheumatology, Pediatrics, and others: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-case-for-homeopathic_n_451187

  • David Rice

    Hell is too good for her.