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Kerri Rivera on Medika’s Quack Scale

Kerri Rivera ranks 5/5 on the Medika Quack Scale

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Kerri Rivera scores 5/5 on our Quack Scale and if we had spare ducks, she’d qualify for those too. She represents a huge risk to the general public and we encourage members of the public to seek alternate medical or health advice. Do not follow recommendations from this individual or purchase her products. You risk seriously compromising your health.

If you’re not sure how our Quack Scale works, click here for a detailed explanation. This individual also appears on our Rotten Retailers List

Quack Scale - Five Ducks

Qualification: None

Current Licensing Status: NOT APPLICABLE

Resident: Germany, previously Mexico, Puerta Vallarta, after fleeing US authorities.

Existing Complaints: Too many to list, including FDA warnings. Here is the latest issued in September 202

Website: Keto Kerri

If you have a child or loved one who suffers from Autism, this is a name you may be familiar with. Rivera’s been in the spotlight for years now, peddling bleach under the guise of MMS and other dangerous products as a cure to autism. She is an author and uses encouraging lies about her son’s apparently miraculous recovery from autism to sell her poisons online and in Facebook support groups to desperate parents.

Rivera is a con artist that belongs in prison and will, with any amount of good fortune, find her way there in the not too distant future. She has no medical experience or training which begs the question, why do people trust her with their children’s lives?

She cleverly mixes the Keto diet with self-produced liquids, pills, lotions, and technology to baffle her customers with bullshit and she is a past master at the art of deception. Rivera taps into the parental social media support groups of seriously ill children and those suffering from autism. She then takes advantage of these extremely vulnerable individuals by selling them her brand of hope. Hope which it turns out is based on dangerous lies and is completely unsupported by science. Hope which costs people their lives.

The list of articles below are merely the tip of the iceberg. Articles that completely discredit her and the poison she markets are to numerous to list in full below and this is one instance where the value of negative press really counts. Share this article wherever you can to raise awareness. Discrediting Kelly Rivera isn’t difficult. The challenge lies in getting the message out everywhere so more vulnerable people are not sold false hope and potential death.

Her book, “Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism” is simply an expanded marketing tool for the poison she peddles online. There is absolutely no substance to any of her fanciful claims. She has now moved her evil sales practices to other social media platforms such as Telegram as Youtube, Facebbok and Twitter have been forced by public outcry to remove her accounts.

Supporting Articles

Publication – The Guardian: Author Dr Frances Ryan, Wed 13 Jul 2016, The Fake Cures for Autism than can prove Deadly. Verdict: Rivera is one of the driving forces behind selling fake autism cures.

It is highly dangerous to ingest. Taken directly, MMS can cause severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, damage to the gut and red blood cells, respiratory problems, and can be fatal. “MMS can cause serious damage to health and in some cases even death,” says a spokeswoman for the Food Standards Agency (FSA). “Anyone who has bought these products is advised to throw them away.”

Publication – Fiona O’Leary: By Author Fiona O’Leary, August, 2019 ! BLEACH Quack Still Experimenting On Autistic Children Via Telegram Platform Verdict: A graphic and deeply disturbing article on Rivera’s selling practices and how she abuses the children she claims to treat.

Rivera is NOT a doctor but an evil charlatan torturing Autistic children and adults for profit. Rivera denies selling MMS but we have evidence of her being involved with an MMS company called WPS. She also sells unregulated and unproven quack treatments to parents of Autistic children from her home in Bremerhaven in Germany. Rivera moved to Germany after separating from her husband in Mexico a few years ago, read more here. She is now married to Alper Bilgic an eye doctor in Bremerhaven, see them below.

Publication – Business Insider: Author Tom Porter on Apr 23, 2020. Advocates of a toxic bleach fake ‘miracle cure’ are telling desperate people it can cure the coronavirus in thriving groups on Telegram Verdict: Supporting confirmation of Rivera’s deceptive sales techniques and how she offers bleach or MMS as a an effective treatment for Covid-19. It isn’t!

In a video published in that group, Rivera claims a coronavirus infection can be prevented and cured with chlorine dioxide. She says it can be drunk from a bottle, sprayed into the mouth and nose throughout the day, or even loaded into a humidifier device and inhaled via droplets in the air.

But it’s not just COVID-19 that Rivera claims can be cured using bleach. Rivera has for years — and with no supporting scientific evidence — pushed chlorine dioxide bleach as a treatment for autism in children, as well as a range of illnesses.

Some of the most shocking messages in her group are from parents, who share images of the injuries MMS appears to have caused their children, desperately seeking answers about what is happening.

Publication – Vice: Author Anna Merlan on 17 October 2020: ‘Don’t Call 911’: In Private, Fake Autism Experts Gave Dangerous Advice Verdict: A long read on the dangers to children of Rivera’s brainwashing in her closed Telegram groups.

“Firefighter,” the substance M Rob referred to, is one of many supplements marketed by a man named Roby Mitchell, who calls himself Dr. Fitt. Group members make frequent reference to using Dr. Fitt-branded supplements and Rivera recommends some of them as a core part of her “protocol.” That in itself is deeply concerning.  Mitchell was stripped of his medical license in 2005 by the Texas Medical Board for not following a previous probationary order, then ordered again in 2012 to stop holding himself out as a doctor after a bizarre incident where he told a terminal cancer patient she could be “treated” by injecting her blood into the udder of a pregnant cow, then drinking the milk. The patient died before attempting the “treatment,” per the Texas Medical Board, and Mitchell declined to provide a refund to the patient’s family. Mitchell has a long history of making questionable medical claims, particularly around autism: as VICE previously reported, he boasted this spring of using untested ketamine treatments on a six-year-old child to “cure” their autism.

Publication – NBC News: Author Brandy Zadrozny on May 21, 2019: Parents are poisoning their children with bleach to ‘cure’ autism. These moms are trying to stop it. Verdict: An expose on the perpetrators behind the bleach / Autism sales pitch.

But it was Kerri Rivera, a former Chicago real estate agent, who brought chlorine dioxide to the autism community and became its best-known proponent.

The ingredients that make up Rivera’s chlorine dioxide protocol aren’t illegal — sodium chlorite and acid are used together for purposes outside of human consumption like bleaching paper and for wastewater treatments — so regulation of its sale is nearly impossible. But it is illegal under both federal and state consumer protection laws to market or sell chlorine dioxide as a cure for human ailments. After inquiries from the Illinois attorney general’s office in 2015, Rivera agreed not to conduct seminars or sell products in the state.

Kerri Rivera images are all used in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, commonly known as “fair use law”. This material is distributed without profit with the intent to provide commentary, review, education, and increase public health knowledge.

Reporting a Healthcare Professional

In the U.S: The American Medical Association lists a very clear and distinct set of guidelines or Code of Conduct for doctors and healthcare professionals. If you feel this code has been breached, or if you have concerns relating to your healthcare provider, you need to get in touch with your state’s licensing board. You can find contact details for all the state boards on this page, The Federation of State Medical Boards

Medwatch is a brand of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and they have teeth with which to bite. You can access their online form for registering a complaint by following this link. At the moment, they’re really hot on fake covid-19 products and treatments and the individuals and websites selling the products or spreading misinformation.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is an excellent place to register your covid related complaints as they have a task team set up specifically to protect consumers against charlatans and quacks. Fill in their online form or call their dedicated National Helpline number. They are also the place to report price gouging and hoarding.

In the U.K: Direct your complaints to the GMC (General Medical Council) via their website, which also makes allowance for Welsh speakers.

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