Amazon has quietly removed books that promise cures for autism through potentially dangerous therapies, from its online store.
Some of the books include:
- Kerry Rivera’s Healing the Symptoms Known As Autism, which advocates dosing autistic children with a bleach-like substance, chlorine dioxide.
- The Miracle Mineral Supplement of the 21st Century, by the inventor of “Miracle Mineral Solution” Jim Humble
- Fight Autism and Win, which advocates a process known as chelation, which involves using a dose of chemicals to remove heavy metals from the body.
The removals followed an exposé in Wired magazine this week that highlighted how Amazon was selling dozens of titles claiming to be able to cure the lifelong condition with all manner of substances.
Amazon confirmed to NBC News that it had withdrawn the books, but would not comment on whether it was part of a larger effort to clean up the site.
Facebook, Amazon, and several other media giants have in recent times been accused of giving voice to anti-vaccine campaigners, and they are responding by makimg ammends.
Last week, Facebook banned adverts including misinformation about vaccines and YouTube demonetised videos by Larry Cook, a renoiwned anti-vaccine campaigner.