Amazon removes books that promoted an autism 'cure'

Amazon has taken another stand on health misinformation

Amazon has taken another stand on health

Amazon is removing books from its marketplace that claim you can cure your kids of autism by drinking and bathing in toxic bleach. (The initial Wired report found at least 25 books referencing it.) It says chlorine bleach can cause "severe nausea, vomiting and life-threatening low blood pressure from dehydration".

The other book removed from the site featured an unproven treatment for autism that involved the patient taking an antidote for mercury poisoning.

The company said it took down listings for "Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism" and "Fight Autism and Win". As noted by the Mayo Clinic, chelation therapy for autism is unproven, and can cause risky side effects like deadly kidney damage.

It's unclear as to whether Amazon pulling the books is in response to increasing pressure or a wider effort to remove medical misinformation.

One of the books recently pulled by Amazon. This is also not the first time Amazon has removed a controversial book from sale. Back in 2010, it pulled a self-published book on paedophilia after it sparked protests online.

However, the Food and Drug Administration has warned that there is no cure for autism and products or treatments professing to do so may "carry significant health risks".

In Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism, the authors described using chlorine dioxide on children. "The protocol works people". Cook sells similar content in his Amazon store.

Last week, Facebook announced it would hide groups that spread misinformation about vaccines causing autism from search results.

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