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Status: May 11, 2022 2:26 PM

Chlorine dioxide is a bleaching agent. But apparently there are people who drink it as a medicine, the so-called CDL. Doctors warn of this ideology, which is likely to endanger children more and more.

by Marlene Kukral and Amelia Wischnewski

“I am very worried about my grandchildren.” This research began with this message from a grandmother in the Lüchow-Dannenberg County in Lower Saxony. A woman does not want to read her real name in public to protect her grandchildren. He connects concerns about the grandchildren with reproach against the mother of the children: “I accuse my daughter-in-law of deliberately endangering the life and health of my grandchildren for an ideology that has firmly rooted in her head.” Grandma says her daughter-in-law should give her three grandchildren CDL, which means a highly concentrated chlorine dioxide solution. By law, this would be a threat to the child.

Mother takes care

The mother of the children does not want to talk about the charges. Suddenly she ends the conversation before we have time to ask us questions. We try in writing. But she doesn’t reply to our e-mail either. The father of the children talks to the NDR and gives an interview. He also wants to remain anonymous. We call him Michael. She is also very worried about her children, she says. She lives separately from the child’s mother, only the mother looks after. Michael can see the kids every two weeks.

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Chlorine dioxide is not a medicine

Chlorine dioxide is a chemical compound obtained, among others, with sodium chlorite and hydrochloric acid. Dissolved in water, it serves as a bleach and is a component of many disinfectants and cleaning agents. Chlorine dioxide is not a medicine, doctors and toxicologists warn. Distribution of chlorine dioxide due to its therapeutic effect is prohibited by law. Nevertheless, there are people who take CDL to protect themselves from diseases such as corona, cancer, and autism.

“There was always a CDL bottle in the fridge”

“There was always a CDL bottle in the fridge when we lived together,” says Michael. He himself drank it once while in bed with the flu. His wife recommended it to him then, he says. It wasn’t until he was later in the hospital with pneumonia that he began to question CDL. He is concerned that his children will still have to consume the toxic substance if they feel unwell. Since he no longer lives in the same household, he noticed symptoms when he saw the children: he reports frequent diarrhea, sudden vomiting and constant abdominal pain. Once, for this reason, he took the children to the pediatrician. She asked the kids if they needed to drink something that smelled like a pool. “The kids said yes,” says Michael. The doctor immediately warned that children should never continue taking chlorine dioxide. Since then, says the father, he has been trying to convince the child’s mother of the dire consequences of the CDL.

More CDL poison control calls since Corona

According to the Göttingen Poison Information Center, the most common symptoms of chlorine dioxide poisoning are cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and irritation of the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and throat. Their statistics show that, since the start of the KORN pandemic, the number of emergency reports for chlorine dioxide poisoning has increased in Lower Saxony, Bremen, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein: from seven emergency reports in 2019 to 50 in 2021, the Center has already processed 24 reports. this year Emergency calls for chlorine dioxide in northern Germany.

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Five youth welfare offices in Lower Saxony have reported a suspected case

In the course of our research, we asked all 54 youth welfare offices in Lower Saxony if they had already investigated suspicions in which children had received CDL. Bentheim County is one of five Lower Saxony counties that dealt with a suspicious case last year. “If children have to take chlorine dioxide, there is always a suspicion that the child’s well-being is at risk,” she says. Anyone suspecting that someone is giving chlorine dioxide to children should report it to the Youth Welfare Office. This can also be done anonymously. Investigating suspicion is difficult, however. The youth welfare offices usually check such suspicious cases with a blood test. But: “The county health department doesn’t know that chlorine dioxide can be detected in the body,” reports Grafschaft Bentheim County. And from Hildesheim County says, “If a proper medical examination fails to produce any evidence, the case is closed to the youth welfare office.”

The toxicologist suspects a large number of unreported cases

“CDL is hard to prove,” says Bernd Mühlbauer, director of the Clinical Pharmacology Institute of the Bremen Clinic. There is no medical research on CDL use and consequences. Because you don’t do any research with poison, says Mühlbauer. “Chlorine dioxide is toxic. It can dissolve the mucous membranes, it can really make holes in the skin that has no place in and over the body. ” The first signs of poisoning are diarrhea and vomiting. According to the toxicologist, institutions such as schools and kindergartens are therefore unlikely to notice that children are being given chlorine dioxide. Diarrhea can be many things. He suspects that many things are therefore happening in secret.

Available online

If you search for CDL on the Internet, you will get ads from many online stores that sell CDL. The substance is not banned. Municipalities also use chlorine dioxide in small amounts to treat heavily contaminated drinking water. It cannot be sold as a medicine as it is not an approved medicinal product. The online store in Hanover also offers CDL, according to its own statements, with clean, germ-free drinking water. In addition to CDL, the supplier also sells spices with the information that they can also be used as medicines. What is striking: the supplier mentions its headquarters in the “Kingdom of Germany”. This may indicate a certain worldview: the so-called “kingdom” is an imaginary state of the anti-constitutional Reichsbürger scene in Lutherstadt-Wittenberg. Right-wing extremists are also joining the sect group, and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution speaks of a “dangerous trend”. However, the owner of the online store is not counted among the citizens of the Reich – he replies when asked.

CDL even for babies

The CDL is particularly widespread among followers of the ideology of lateral thinkers and on the esoteric scene. Michael’s wife is said to be also a lateral thinker. Popular on the scene, Telegram messaging has groups where users can openly discuss how they think CDL should be used. Some of the relevant groups have almost 15,000 members from all over the German-speaking area. If you’re looking for purported information about how to dose CDL in children, you’ll find it quickly. “How much CDL can infants take, how much water?” Asks the user. There are many such messages.

The Youth Welfare Office has already closed the case

It was only after he split up with his wife that Michael reported to the youth welfare office in Lüchow-Dannenberg that his ex-partner had reportedly given CDL to their children. According to its own statements, the youth welfare office investigated the suspicious case. The claim could not be proved, writes the district on request. “The attending pediatrician refused to test for chlorine dioxide, arguing that more important tests should be done first,” the written statement said. The pediatrician denies this statement. You did not refuse such an examination, but did refer to forensics. “Generally speaking, if there is a suspicion of injury in the sense of poisoning, it is not the pediatrician but the forensic physician who is authorized to secure the evidence and conduct a toxicological examination,” writes the doctor to the NDR. The youth welfare office did not deal with forensics and did not involve any other doctors, the requested district said. Instead, it read: “Regarding the allegations of administration of chlorine dioxide, the case with the youth welfare office is considered closed.”

Criminal charges of assault

The father of affected children cannot understand this. Michael has now reported his ex-partner for the assault. The prosecutor’s office in Lüneburg confirms the relevant investigations.

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