by Kerri Rivera
Kerri’s Response to the Critics
March 12, 2015
Since the first edition of this book came out, I and the book have been attacked by some for the protocol it teaches. No big deal. I’m an adult and can handle criticism. Unfortunately, the attacks have recently grown into a media firestorm with all kinds of sensationalistic disinformation being put out. The media headlines imply that we are pouring industrial strength bleach down our kid’s throats. The picture being painted is an incredible distortion of reality. In the world of media, this is called SPIN. Politicians use it all the time against each other to put their opponent down and hurt their public image. Just consider all the nastiness said in election campaigns.
Unfortunately, in this case, the ones being hurt are those who could be helped by a protocol that has in fact helped many around the world either recover or at least improve the symptoms of autism.
Those waging the war against this protocol have started petitions aimed at Amazon to have the book removed and banned. They are also attempting to keep me from speaking at the next AutismOne conference, where I have presented for the last 3 years. This is nothing short of attempted CENSORSHIP of the worst kind.
This situation has now compelled me to release the complete second edition of my book for free as a downloadable ebook. Now everyone can judge for themselves what the CD Autism protocol is really all about. That should put an end to any attempts to hide a protocol that has helped thousands around the world.
The mainstream news media has become nothing more than a mouthpiece for the medical establishment which repeatedly says there is no cure or treatment for autism, and that we parents should simply learn to accept our children as they are. That is complete nonsense! I know my son Patrick was not born with autism and I know many, many parents who say the same thing about their children. I also know that since biomedical interventions for autism came into his life, Patrick has improved tremendously.
The CD Autism protocol grew out of my family and I spending years of time and lots of money looking for things that would help our son’s condition. Those efforts have resulted in Patrick improving from being out of control, not sleeping and making no eye contact – to a young man who is largely self sufficient, can verbalize his needs and desires, enjoys going to school and spending time with peers, and expresses love for his family.
Over the years, we learned what works and what doesn’t. Many people asked me to share my experiences and I did… thousands of times. Eventually, it became obvious that doing so individually was exhausting and not scalable.
Thus it was decided to put the knowledge into book form so it could more easily be shared.
I have no time to be debating every critic in the world. But I would like to address a few of the most common received:
“I have autism/aspergers and I don’t think someone should change me.”
The CD Autism Protocol was designed to help those who are limited by autism, especially children who are out of control, have violent rages, are unable to communicate and are often in pain. These are children that need more than just a parent’s love and acceptance. I know numerous parents who were on the verge of institutionalizing their children because they could no longer take care of them. There are also a growing number of murder/suicide cases in the autism community as parents with no resources and no support see no other way out.
“Your testimonials are just anecdotal and have no value.”
In today’s world, many of us use anecdotal data to make important decisions. For example, Amazon, Ebay, Yelp, and others use feedback to help others determine if a product or service is good. In the world of medicine, doctors, dentists, clinics and hospitals often depend on patients providing recommendations to family and friends. Not to mention courts of law using testimonies as evidence which lead to verdicts.
Many factors can contribute to the credibility of anecdotal evidence including:
The number of testimonials or claims. We have well over 180 published in our book, plus there are numerous video testimonials online.
The consistency of the observations and claims. If you carefully read the testimonials you will see consistent positive changes in several areas, including gastrointestinal health, communication, socialization, etc.
The credibility of witnesses. In the eyes of our movement there is no more credible source than the caregiver–The person who is around the child 24 hours a day, and who has the most to gain from the application of this protocol.
What the witnesses/experiencers stand to gain from their testimony or claim. The parents who have made their stories and faces public have nothing to gain other than the possibility of helping another family discover a method that works. I have never paid anyone for a testimonial! In fact, some of our families have been smeared on websites and blogs for having the courage to speak up and share how they helped their children. This is serving as a form of censorship by scaring protocol users from sharing their experience.
“What scientific evidence do you have that proves this protocol is both safe and effective?”
I make no bones about it. This protocol was developed and improved over time by a grassroots effort of parents around the world who were not willing to accept that they could do nothing for their children. The volume of testimonials speak for themselves.
It should also be noted that just because the FDA, NIH, or even a highly respected medical journal says something is (or is not) safe and effective, doesn’t make it so. That’s not just my opinion! In the 2009 article, “Drug Companies & Doctors: A story of Corruption,” Dr. Marcia Angell, former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine wrote:
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”
Not too many years ago, the medical establishment denied there was any medicinal value in marijuana. We all now know that was incorrect. Doctors who knew better years ago were ostracized and called quacks for even suggesting there might be a value. Today, CD is where marijuana was 10 years ago.
“Chlorine Dioxide is nothing more than an industrial bleach… you might as well go to the store and buy Clorox and drink that.”
Yes, you are right that chlorine dioxide (CD) is used in industry! In fact, so is water, salt, vinegar, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and countless other important chemicals. That does not mean it has no value in medicine or food. In fact, Coumadin (Warfarin) a common blood thinner is also useful as a rat poison.
Anyone who thinks the CD Autism Protocol advocates pouring bleaching strength CD in a child or adult isn’t even close to having their facts straight. That chlorine is a chemical constituent of CD is a media spinmaster’s dream come true. For those who have no knowledge of chemistry, I should point out that plain table salt has chlorine as a key constituent.
The bleach you use to whiten your clothes is a very different chemical (sodium hypochlorite) and I highly suggest you never drink it or you will have a problem. Any journalist suggesting that household bleach is the same thing as chlorine dioxide should be fired.
“OMG, children with autism are being given bleach enemas and their insides are coming out.”
Anything related to what happens in the toilet is another spinmaster’s toy. Let’s grow up and realize that colon health is an important part to overall health for all of us. There are plenty of reports in established medicine that show there is a connection between autism and gut issues (see studies here, here and here). In our own research and discovery… it is probably the biggest issue for a person suffering from autism. Therefore any attempt to improving autism involves improving (1) diet and (2) colon health.
Enemas are nothing more than a tool that allows a person to clean the colon at home. There are licensed clinics around the world that specialize in cleaning the colon more thoroughly than what can be done at home with an enema. This is called colonics or colon hydrotherapy. Anyone suggesting that this is some barbaric procedure has a problem with their mental view of how the body works.
One of the biggest discoveries we have made is that there is a clear connection between autism and pathogens/parasites. This is something that some media reports have attacked us about especially aggressively. They say that what is coming out in the toilet are not parasites but rather intestinal linings. Hmmm… what about those moms who have seen live worms swimming in the toilet after their kid went to the bathroom? The book has plenty of pictures (in color in the free ebook). Have a look and see what you think!
“This book advocates child abuse. It should be banned from Amazon!”
It IS child abuse to allow any child or adult to suffer from the symptoms of autism when there are things that can be done to improve their health.
It IS child abuse to simply sedate a child who exhibits Self-Injurious Behaviors (SIBS), while not bothering to look for and correct the underlying problems/pathologies.
And, it IS child abuse by the medical establishment to repeatedly say that there is nothing that can be done for a child with autism other than prescribing antipsychotic drugs.
The CD Autism Protocol is not the perfect answer to autism, but it is the best I know of to come along in years. The best answer to autism is to be lucky enough to not be touched by it.
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