A MAN from Marlborough has hit back at national newspaper claims that he sells dangerous and unregulated drugs to families with autistic children.

Clive De Carle, 62, who lives in East Chisenbury, was contacted by Emma Dalmayne, an autistic awareness campaigner, after she says she was told about him while seeking a source for a supplement called MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution). Following their conversation, she spoke to the Sun on Sunday, which published a story this week.

Mr De Carle, who runs a health consultancy which offers £100 a session health workshops in Marlborough and elsewhere, said: “The story had so many inaccuracies. I do not sell these supplements, I am a consultant. If a source comes to me looking for advice I put myself as a researcher.

“She told me she has an autistic child. I believe she said what I was doing was akin to child abuse.

“These things aren’t cures. Imagine if you lost your health, you would want it back. My personal focus is on the restoration of health. I’ve never pushed MMS. Rerum sounds like a wonderful thing but I am not saying it is a cure for autism and I never have.”

Mr De Carle denied selling Rerum, MMS or GcMAF, another product touted as offering a 'miracle cure' for illnesses.

MMS, or Miracle Mineral Solution, has been widely criticised after it was sold in the UK and the USA as a 'miracle cure' for autism, AIDS and cancer. According to the Sun on Sunday story, a number of people selling the product were convicted of marketing a toxic chemical as a ‘cure’.

Ms Dalmayne, 40, of Woolwich, who is a mother-of-six, said: “If I was a vulnerable parent then I could be buying these products. With one of the chemicals he said to do it via an enema and not to administer it orally. The side effects of MMS and other similar substances are terrible. It causes stripping of the bowel, vomiting and internal bleeding.”

This week regulatory bodies repeated advice warning people against buying health supplements, either directly or online.

A Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory and Health Association spokesman said: “The advice is, do not buy medicines online from an unregistered pharmacy as you don’t know what you are getting, where it came from or if it’s safe to take. The dose could be too high or too low, or the product may be contaminated.

“We would advise anybody needing treatment to seek professional medical advice and not to buy medicines from unauthorised sources.”

Last year the MHRA investigators seized 10,000 vials of GcMAF after inspected the firm’s factory in Cambridgeshire. The product itself was reported to have not been tested for quality, safety or effectiveness.

A spokesman from the Food Standards Agency said: "Miracle Mineral Solution can cause serious damage to health and in some cases even death. Anyone who has bought these products is advised to throw them away. If they have been taken and the person feels unwell, they should consult their doctor.

"We are working closely with local authority enforcement teams to make sure consumers are aware of the risks of these supplements.”