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Amazon has removed more than a dozen books rudely claiming a home-made bleach, chlorine dioxide, can cure conditions ranging from malaria to childhood autism. The books contain instructions for the preparation and ingestion of the composition warned by doctors and federal regulators.
On Tuesday, Amazon confirmed that it no longer sold the chlorine dioxide books – a dangerous mixture of sodium chlorite and an acid activator, such as citric acid, also marketed as Miracle Mineral Solution or MMS. The Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers that the so-called cure amounts to industrial bleach, has no potential health benefits and can cause permanent damage.
The shelf titles include "MMS Health Recovery Guidebook" and "Introduction to MMS", both written by Jim Humble, a former Scientologist and the self-proclaimed archbishop of a religion dedicated to chlorine dioxide. For years, he has claimed that the bleach could cure AIDS, cancer, diabetes and almost all other diseases. NBC News could not reach Humble for comment.
Anti-vaccination advocate Andreas Kalcker's "Forbidden Health", which promotes chlorine dioxide as an autism treatment, was also removed. Kalcker did not respond promptly to a request for comment.
The move comes one week after an NBC News report on parents using chlorine dioxide in a misinformed effort to reverse their children's autism, a developmental disorder with no known cure. [1
A spokesman for Amazon refused to give details of Tuesday's takedown, or whether it could be part of a major effort to clean up health information about his marketplace.
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