Amazon finally removes pseudoscience books promoting cures for autism.

By |2019-03-14T08:01:38-08:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

These books promote ignorance and put children in grave danger. 

Courtesy of NBC News

Amazon is removing from its online marketplace “autism cure” books that unscientifically claim children can be cured of autism with pseudoscientific methods such as ingesting and bathing in a potentially toxic form of bleach and taking medication meant to treat arsenic and lead poisoning.

Amazon confirmed Tuesday that the books “Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism” and “Fight Autism and Win” are no longer available, but declined to answer specific questions about why it had removed them or whether they were part of a larger cleanup effort, citing a policy of not commenting on individual accounts.

The move by Amazon comes on the heels of a report in Wired published Monday that criticized the retail giant for offering medically dubious books and dangerous methods for reversing autism spectrum disorder. For years, news organizations have pointed out Amazon’s practice of hosting books that promote vaccine and other health-related misinformation, but the pressure has intensified in recent weeks.

Online platforms have been reacting to increased scrutiny from lawmakers and public health advocates over the health misinformation hosted on their websites. Last week, Facebook announced it would “downrank” vaccine misinformation shared on its platform and reject advertising that spread “vaccine hoaxes.” Pinterest has opted to block all vaccine-related search results, and YouTube disabled advertising on anti-vaccination videos last month. In February, Amazon pulled anti-vaccination documentaries from its Prime Video service.

This is way past due.

Any outlet which allows the promotion of these ridiculous “homeopathic” remedies for things like autism, bipolar disorder, or other mental health challenges are contributing the dumbing down of parents who need real effective medications and therapeutic interventions to help their children cope.

I work in the mental health community and I can attest to the fact that there are loving parents who are subjecting their children to harmful “cures” in a desperate attempt to give them a better life, when in fact they are causing long-lasting psychological and sometimes even physical damage.

Trying to convince them that what they are doing it wrong is an uphill battle that will often see them pulling their children out of services rather than admit that they have been duped into doing harm to their child. 

It is a tragedy. 

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8 Comments

  1. Injustice March 15, 2019 at 7:05 am

    OT?-FYI
    “The details of the investigation, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, bring into focus the effort by law enforcement to collect evidence against Singer, who made $25 million by running a scheme in which he bribed coaches and university administrators to designate the students as recruited athletes and also fixed SAT and ACT test scores.”
    “So that was what made it so attractive to so many families is I created a guarantee.”
    “”This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud,” said US Attorney Andrew Lelling. “There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy, and I’ll add that there will not be a separate criminal justice system either.””

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/14/us/college-cheating-scam-how-authorities-found-out/index.html

  2. anonymous March 15, 2019 at 8:15 am

    https://thinkprogress.org/devastating-arctic-warming-locked-in-warns-un-48e55348514b/

    pseudoscience? Real Science.

    ” One reason for this amplification is that  when highly reflective snow and ice melts due to higher temperatures, it is replaced by the dark blue sea or darker land, both of which absorb more solar energy than they reflect, leading to more melting.”

    “The U.N. report quotes the saying: “What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic.”
    “What humanity needs to avert catastrophe are the kind of rapid emissions reductions envisioned in the Green New Deal, which aims for a carbon-free power sector by 2030 and the decarbonization of all other sectors as fast as technically possible”

    https://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/27687/Arctic_Graphics.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

  3. Anonymous March 15, 2019 at 8:25 am

    https://www.amazon.com/SHOUT-Laurie-Halse-Anderson/dp/0670012106

    https://www.amazon.com/Speak-Laurie-Halse-Anderson/dp/0312674392/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_img_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=850MD3QG71NB9PGQXSC9

    “NOW, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago – Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice– and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.”

  4. nanna March 15, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    In 2010 Jeff Bezos took two weeks to remove a guide for pedophiles to avoid getting arrested. That’s who Jeff Bezos is. You can publish anything and he will call it free speech and sell it if there is a buck in it for him.

    He’ll never get a cent from me, he’s a pig.

    • anon March 15, 2019 at 7:25 pm

      You can be my neighbor.

      Jeff Bezos cons the ignorant (ALL amazon customers) into participating in global warming – the very existence of the company further feeds into instant gratification which is not in synch with the process and motion of nature.

  5. Anonymous March 18, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Now to stifle the anti-vaxers.

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