From her home base in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, Chicago native Kerri Rivera counsels parents of children with autism on a "miracle treatment" that she says can rid their children of the curse of the dreaded disease.
Critics say her treatments, which involve the chemical chlorine dioxide, are tantamount to poisoning children, but Rivera refers to those critics as "haters" and "trolls." She insists the protocol has removed more than 170 children from the autism spectrum.
"If, in fact, chlorine dioxide were this toxic poisonous bleach, there would be a sea of dead children, " Rivera told NBC5 Investigates. "How can this be bad if people are healing and nobody's dying?"
Medical professionals say the treatment hardly heals, but rather makes sick children even sicker, with no demonstrable benefits.
"Right now there is no cure for autism, " Dr. Sharon Hirsch, the section chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Chicago Hospitals. "There is nothing we can do at this time to get rid of autism. It's a horrible disorder."
Rivera's solution - "CD, " as she calls it - is part of a larger protocol that includes a strict diet and advisories for parents to watch for the purging of "parasites" from their children.
The chlorine dioxide solution is also known as MMS for "Miracle Mineral Solution, " as Rivera's colleague Jim Humble, founder of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, calls it. In online videos, Humble claims to be a billion-year-old god from the Andromeda galaxy. He has insisted in his videos that MMS cures ailments ranging from malaria to cancer.
Rivera's and Humble's critics say the MMS, or "CD" solution, actually becomes bleach and should not be ingested by children. They also say it has no medicinal benefit.
"It's an industrial chemical, " said Dr. Karl Scheidt, director of the Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery at Northwestern University. "I would say it would be incredibly dangerous for anyone to ingest this, much less a child."which business degree is right for me where product key steam whose employees what manufacturer makes infiniti when science and christianity meet how product and marketing work together where is temple from design star how company logos changed where startup folder in windows 8 who london ohio product where name where to buy clothes from manufacturer what's start up where system earthing is employed when solution of nacl and agno3 are mixed where is development panel in jira when startup menu is it road map or roadmap what engineering has the least math how many entrepreneurs have adhd which tech field is right for me how much london eye cost from where the mansabdari system was borrowed where to manage icloud storage how design a t shirt why tech layoffs which startup stocks to buy why startups fail when technology was invented who developed the hierarchy of needs where to produce in economics why product management where teachers are paid the most where to start startup how much project manager earn in uk how many technology parks are in india how often answer what is the solution process where is dom from project runway teaching where are you from who engineering controls definition when manufacturing overhead has a debit balance which device is nat typically implemented on where is manufacturer part number how often should progress monitoring occur who system unit how solution concentration where to buy entrepreneur magazine whose project is nlex where is origins product from how many device can use hbo max when science speaks podcast where entrepreneur live why business school where business administration can work where to buy project cars who is engineering manager from where to start business how much product to bring to a trade show when science meets religion how start up a business what tech would look like which solutions are strong acids how far london to usa how start up a small business how much london eye how much managers check bpi what startup services can i disable how many equipment slots terraria what management styles are there how many project runway seasons who product information where to launch nukes fallout 76 why management information system is important where is number system from where to manage amazon credit card who roadmap ntds how much entrepreneur make whom company who solution provider how much start up capital for small business where to find device id on iphone how much engineering college in bangalore where to product key windows 7 which product should tomas choose where to get business license how many startups are there in india how many teaching hours in a school year who set up only fans roadmap when to use how long do entrepreneurs work why device is not compatible how long do entrepreneurs work how many design principles are applied for industry 4 0 how much project engineer make why project management skills are important where project eclipse how long project management certification where was elvis manager from what products have titanium dioxide when development proceeds in a stepwise fashion when solution of ni2 and nh3 where to set up a trust fund what products are trending now how many solutions are there how much teaching english online what is roadmap in project where to find solutions for textbooks how to buy a business location how many tech labs in botw how much system 8 powerball how tech decks are made how company stock options work where to produce is an economic problem what project is stitch why is it important to check equipment before use where device manager windows 10 where to road map