Written by Heather Beattie
It pleases me that awareness for the abusive autism treatment MMS is being once again highlighted in the news. Big changes are being made. Being out of the network for 3 years, I had no idea Melissa Eaton or Amanda Seiger were working undercover for such a long time. Here is one of the mainly press releases
blog about MMS. Here is an article on the subject if you are unsure.
This blog is about the similar theme which has been constantly repeated in this massive project.
When I first found out about MMS I had accidently added myself to the group CD Autism. I had just assumed it was another Autism group, so when posts started coming up in my timeline, it felt like my heart sinking down to my stomach. So much pain, scared kids, hurt kids, so many misunderstood parents, so much desperation, false hopes and so many photos of people’s bowel movements. So many abbreviations I didn’t understand like pp (parasite protocol). It seemed as if parenta were being groomed into abusing their own kids. All I could see was that it was SO wrong.
In other parenting groups you would see kids achieving things and parents praising them. In this group all praise was given to these little bottles of poison. I immediately shared my concerns with others on facebook. We found others fighting it and created a fb group. I was in a chat with people from the USA, UK, Canada, and South Africa. After a month or so we found German activists fighting it too. I reported a few parents implementing this protocol to the NSPCC along with others. We also reported the sellers to trading standards, and reported the groups to facebook. I honestly thought the problem would be resolved in months, how naive.
One German friend helped guide me to find one of the most famous activists Fiona Oleary, in Ireland, who, within a week she had media attention, and with colleagues, worked hard to get the documentary Primetime the bleach prescription out the following year, meanwhile working on so many things
Activists from all over the world started doing things in their own countries. Laws varied considerably. As did the safety of the people reporting sometimes. Some were public and vocal, many behind the scenes.
Frustration was still there though, as despite all the awareness we were spreading members only trickled into our anti mms group, with little activity. In many autism groups there appeared to be sympathy for the parents for being “so desperate” rather than the obvious fact that abuse was taking place. Other Autism groups, biomed type treatments were sneaking in and you had to be careful you weren’t in some bizarre way giving out free advertising. The science community was slowly introduced and a few helped debunk the pseudoscience and some manitory reporters did their bit too, and I think they continue to do.
We found Emma Dalmayne in that November that year and her dedication, drive and commitment has unstoppable ever since. Her quick connection to the press, authoritities and parliament fantastic. She has received so much media attention in the last 5 years and has worked to seal convictions and law changes.
Our German associates were making so much progress, their fighting starting a year before ours and laws were quickly changed. They still remain on alert.
South Africa the fight had began which eventually resulted in law changes. Canada too, Ireland and many others.
This amazing documentary came out in Canada from the work of some great people.
There were protests in the USA against Autismone the yearly quackfest which promoted these vile protocols. The second managing to stop Rivera from promoting her protocol in Illinois.
There is so much now, a quick google search will bring. I have left out so much. Much campaigning, and so many different countries.
Websites have been made.
Articles and blogs have been written.
Petitions have been made.
There has been so much press exposure.
Laws have been changed.
The book has stopped selling on Amazon.
Facebook groups have been closed.
Parents have been reported.
And so much has been done, it would honestly take a novel to write it all, but now I want to address something SO important. Its never really highlighted in the press. None of this, I mean NONE of it would have been achieved without the determined, tireless, brave and dedicated work of Autistic adults. None.
The first chat I personally joined about stopping MMS, nearly all Autistic Adults. The first facebook group against MMS started, nearly all Autistic Adults, the first fb page against MMS, made by Autistics.
The German contact, an Autistic mother who helped me find an Irish Autistic mother. Telling me an Autistic mother will care the most. We tried Irish parenting groups with no success. Fiona Oleary, of course Autistic. I worked with Fiona for over a year. Her work begins about 9.30am and finishes aroung 4am some days. Her dedication holds no bounds.
Amanda Sleiger is Autistic.
The German fighters,mostly Autistic, Australia and New Zealand, mostly Autistic. America and Canada, mostly Autistic. Are you seeing a pattern?? Emma Dalmayne, guess what?? Autistic.
There are new Autistics joining the fight all the time, sharing petitions, sharing articles, spreading awareness. Making phonecalls, sending emails.
People see “special interests” as a bad thing. Autistic people “don’t have Empathy?”. They have no “concept of other people”. I have never seen these concepts debunked more thoroughly than here. The drive stop the abuse of children never met is huge, driven, determined, unstoppable.
We thank the press, the politicians,child abuse services, but to our army of Autistics fighting for the safety of rights and safety of kids they have never met is great.
This article certainly isn’t discrediting all the non Autistic Allies involved too such as our latest hero Melissa Eaton.
There are non autistics investigating, sharing information, going to protests, signing petitions too of course.
The fights continue against MMS just like other forms of abuse, like this current one against the JRC abuse here:
Like the fight for services for kids with additional needs here:
These fights are full of Autistic advocates.
The fight against ABA, I fear will take so much longer, as the fight against MMS is now in about into its 7th year, though we are winning. ABA however, is more subtle abuse, socially acceptable, more strategic marketing, more naive therapists and parents who genuinely think they are doing the right thing. But the army against ABA is getting bigger, and I see the same dedication from Autistic adults fighting ABA as I do from the MMS fighters.
But just like the fight against MMS, it will end. Even if I am writing about it as an old lady. Would MMS have been successful without the crowd of Autistics fighting against it? Perhaps not, I dread to think.
Autistics and Allies will always continually fight against what is wrong. The mistakes their parents made will be worked on to create better lives for the next generation.
Ps before I go UK readers please sign and share
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So next time you read some comment, post or article on social media talking about Autistic people lacking empathy, or not caring for others, please share this, the dedication, in Autistics is essential, thorough and can be life saving. 🙂
If you can help in any way with the fight against MMS please contact this facebook page: The Autistic Avenger
As a non Autistic myself the sheer horror of MMS and complete admiration of Autistic Advocates inspired me to help admin the facebook group Autistic Allies, completely dedicated to connecting Neurotypical people to Neurodiversity as I feel its the most practical way to stop parents falling for these quack treatments and abusive therapies. Please join 😊