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Parents are poisoning their children with bleach to ‘cure’ autism. These moms are trying to stop it.

Illustration of a computer mouse full of bleach being poured into a child's mouth.
Autism has no medically known cause or cure, so parents increasingly turn to social media for answers.Doug Chayka / for NBC News

“It’s like a cult,” Amanda Seigler, a mother of six in Florida, said of Facebook groups promoting dangerous faux “cures” for autism. One such “treatment” is chlorine dioxide, or industrial bleach.

Seigler is one of a handful of parents reporting these groups and trying to shut them down. But for every one that’s removed, new groups continue to spring up with a following of parents desperate for a “cure.”

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/12-most-read-features-nbc-news-digital-2019-n1107421

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