I can understand desperation. My brother bought a "circulatory enhancer" when he was facing amputation of his leg because of peripheral arterial disease. He knew it wouldn't work, he knew it cost him money he was short of but hope is uncritical.
Miracle Mineral Solution is purported to "cure" any number of unrelated conditions- cancers (which maybe genetic, environmental or of unknown cause),autism (a complex neurological condition), hepatitis, HIV, malaria, colds and a number of diseases
itcaused by pathogens. Miracle Mineral Solutions (aka Miracle Mineral Supplement, Master Mineral Solution or MMS is a 28% sodium chlorite solution in distilled water. A recent Fifth Estate segment exposed the dangers of using MMS. The solution is activated with a "food grade" acid such as citric acid and the resulting chemical reaction produces chlorine dioxide, a nasty toxin and oxidizing agent. Chlorine dioxide is the active ingredient in industrial bleach and it is in MMS in the same concentration. Taking MMS is like ingesting bleach. One gram of sodium chlorite can induce vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and result in dehydration and fallen blood pressure. Sellers of MMS claim these dangerous side-effects show the solution is working, purging parasites.
Using MMS to treat autism is frightening. If the child is non-verbal, there are only physical cues to his/her well-being. MMS is administered orally or by enema. The solution has to be diluted and "drops" are used. Eyedroppers can be infamously variant in the size of drop they deliver and some caregivers (usually parents) are terrifyingly unskilled. In some children, diarrhea has been observed with "rope worms". The worms are formed when the solution irritates the lining of the intestine enough to slough it off. Quacks (claiming to be scientists) named them "parasites" being removed with the diarrhea.
Health Canada has banned the sale of MMS under its various names but it is available on-line and notoriously easy to access. In Saskatchewan, especially, desperate parents are turning to its use to try and help their autistic children. Other people ignore their chemotherapy or main-stream drugs in the forlorn hope that MMS will work where nothing else has. On-line vendors and false first person accounts hold out hope for desperate people. It is horrifying.
To see the Fifth Estate episode, follow this link http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2015-2016/true-believers
Yes, I'm of a certain age but I'm pretty spry and like to think still smart enough.