Books promising autism through potentially dangerous therapies were silently removed by Amazon last week.
The removals followed an Exposé in Wired magazine this week, highlighting how Amazon sold dozens of titles allegedly capable of
On Thursday morning, Kerry Rivera's cure for the symptoms known as autism was gone Available as he advocates giving autistic children with a bleach-like substance, chlorine dioxide, to dose from online giants. The Autism Research Institute says that chlorine dioxide, which its students call the "Miracle Mineral Solution", "has side effects that are considered to be severely harmful."
Another book in the Wired article called Fight Autism and Win was called was also withdrawn by Amazon. She advocates a process known as chelation, which removes heavy metals from the body with a dose of chemicals. It is not an approved treatment for autism and can be dangerous: in 2005, a five-year-old boy died after undergoing chelation.
The Miracle Mineral Supplement of the 21st Century, by the inventor of "Miracle Mineral Solution" Jim Humble, is also no longer available on Amazon.
Vaccinator Larry Cook, founder of Stop Mandatory Vaccination, highlighted the removal of books in a Facebook post to his followers, claiming that "Amazon has censorship." started "and encourage readers to" buy books and DVDs now ". He shared a screenshot, allegedly from Amazon, in which the bookseller said that the topic in Rivera's book "violates our content policies."
Amazon was contacted for comment. NBC News confirmed to NBC News that it had withdrawn the books, but would not comment on whether it was part of a larger effort to clean up the site.
Media giants were faced with increasing criticism over their role in boosting the vaccine movement, with Facebook last week banning advertising, including misinformation about vaccines. Cook's videos were demonized by YouTube in February, and The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that Facebook has removed advertising from Cook, whose Amazon "Storefront" links readers to books such as The Unvaccinated Child and Vaccine Illusion.
Last week's Guardian preparations show that Amazon Anti-Vaccines appears to be helping charitable organizations in the US through its charity, the AmazonSmile Foundation.