Books promising autism promises through potentially dangerous therapies have been quietly removed from Amazon last week.
The moves followed this week an exposé in the Wired magazine, which emphasized how Amazon sold dozens of titles claiming to be able to cure lifelong condition with hippos from camel milk to yoga and veganism.
On Thursday morning, Kerry Rivera & # 39; s Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism, which advocates administering autistic children with bleach, chlorine dioxide, was no longer available from the online giant. The Autism Research Institute says that chlorine dioxide, called "Miracle Mineral Solution" by its disciples, "has side effects known to be seriously harmful."
Another book mentioned in the article Wired, Fight Autism and Win, has also been withdrawn from Amazon. It argues for a process known as chelation, in which a dose of chemicals is used to remove heavy metals from the body. It is not an approved treatment for autism and can be dangerous: in 2005, a five-year-old boy died after undergoing chelation therapy.
The Miracle Mineral Supplement of the 21st century, by the inventor of "Miracle Mineral Solution" Jim Humble, is also no longer available on Amazon.com.
Anti-vaccination campaign Larry Cook, the founder of Stop Compulsory Vaccination, emphasized the removal of the books in a Facebook message to his followers, claims that "the censorship of Amazon has begun" and calls on readers to "currently book and DVD & # 39 ; s to store ". He shared a screenshot, reportedly from Amazon, in which the bookseller said that the subject of Rivera's book was "in violation of our content guidelines."
Amazon has been contacted for comment. It confirmed NBC News that it had withdrawn the books, but did not want to say whether it was part of a greater effort to clean up the site.
Media giants have been confronted with growing criticism of their role in strengthening the anti-vaccination movement, with Facebook banning advertisements including misinformation about vaccines last week. Cook & # 39; s video & # 39; s were demonized by YouTube in February and the Daily Beast reported Tuesday that Facebook had removed ads from Cook, whose Amazon "storefront" is leading readers to books including The Unvaccinated Child and Vaccine Illusion.
The movements follow last week's revelation in the Guardian that Amazon is helping anti-vaccine non-profit organizations in the US through its charity, the AmazonSmile Foundation.