Garda probe as 'bleach' given to autistic children
GARDAI have interviewed a number of people who gave their autistic children a controversial bleach treatment, believing it could 'cure' them.
The interviews were carried out after a joint investigation by the Health Products Regulatory Authority and the gardai into the controversial treatment, which is being promoted here by an international church group.
The substance is known as Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) - however it is really just an industrial strength bleach.
It claims that it cures a number of medical conditions, including autism and AIDS.
The Genesis II Church of Health and Healing is led by former Scientologist Jim Humble.
It is understood a dentist and a nurse were among those questioned about the controversial treatment.
However, there is currently no legislation in place here to ban parents treating their children with MMS.
The product makers are able to circumvent current legislation by describing MMS as a water purifier.
An Irish woman who has campaigned against Mr Humble's organisation has called for laws to ban the product.
"People are playing Russian roulette with their kids who are being used as guinea pigs for experimentation and there's no legislation to stop this," she told the Irish Examiner.
The HPRA is continuing its investigations into MMS.
This has been hampered by recent adverse publicity, which has forced distributors underground.