Tuesday 23 May 2017

We need laws to stop snake-oil salesmen preying on vulnerable

Salesman Jim Humble, who promotes a solution he claims can cure many ailments, including Aids, Ebola and autism. Photo: YouTube
Salesman Jim Humble, who promotes a solution he claims can cure many ailments, including Aids, Ebola and autism. Photo: YouTube
Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

Desperate people seek desperate measures. It has always been thus and when it comes to trying to help their children, parents are willing to go to extreme lengths.

The news that gardaí were interviewing a number of people who gave their autistic children a controversial bleach treatment believing it could 'cure' them was utterly shocking.

Surely to God, everyone knows that bleach is not to be ingested. Apparently, a man called Jim Humble has been persuading people around the world that a bleach solution is in fact the answer to many problems.

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