Ehe provincial deputy Mariano Mansilla (FpV Neuquén) filed a criminal complaint against the driver Viviana Canosa and accused her of “irresponsible” for having drunk chlorine dioxide on air on her television program. Justice carried out actions and charged the defendant with “illegal practice of medicine” based on Article 208 of the Penal Code, which provides penalties of up to 15 days to one year in suspended prison. The ingestion of the product resulted in the death of a child in the town of Plottier, although the real causes of death are still being investigated.
The provincial legislator assured that “the death of Plottier’s child had a great impact on us, I was with the prosecutors of the case, with the doctors who treated him to learn a little more about what happened, because when he died the parents had given him a chemical that we didn’t know what it was about ”.
Mansilla made statements through the program “Chocolate por la Noticia” that is broadcast from Monday to Friday from 7 to 9:30 on El Cordillerano radio (93.7). There he pointed out that “at that sad moment the rumor that existed in Neuquén was that the parents had poisoned him, so we quickly went to see, inquire about the family, who they were, what they did, because the death of a child obviously hits to all of them, it is the worst thing that can happen to a community ”.
He also explained that “at that time I was informed by the doctors about what the parents had reported, something that I was unaware of, which is very widespread in the country, in Latin America, the intake of this chlorine dioxide as a miracle remedy, which For several years it has spread on the Internet, on trout pages, which was previously used for diets and they said that it made you lose weight quickly “and added that” every time a disease appears they present it as a magic solution, the doctors explained a lot to me That is not the case, people take it in very low doses, so they do not die, because the body manages to recycle it, eliminate it, but it is something very harmful to health ”.
As you will remember Viviana Canosa in her program took several sips from a bottle saying that it was chlorine dioxide, which “oxygenates the blood, it comes divine, I show her what I do.” Regarding this message, the provincial deputy Mariano Mansilla complains, who commented on the matter “we saw that this had some origin in some communicators, such as what Canosa did, who had a great irresponsibility and we decided to make the complaint because she commits a crime, which It is provided for in article 208, paragraph 1. of the Penal Code and that it is to advertise a false substance as if it were a remedy and it is not, she said that it oxygenated the blood, implied that it cured COVID-19 or something like that, because it came in a plan So we made the complaint, but with the intention that this is disseminated nationwide so that it is known how serious it is to consume chlorine dioxide.
It is evident that in the framework of the pandemic fear deepened and, when Mansilla consulted if there are other cases in the country, he said that “yesterday we had a copy of a file that they sent us from Mendoza on people who had been intoxicated two weeks ago, for Luckily they did not die, but they had stomach and respiratory problems, in addition to another person who also died in Jujuy and we know that in Jujuy there are more cases that are being reviewed, people who died and since autopsies were not performed, we do not know specifically why. They are trying to reopen these investigations in order to know the causes ”.
The legislator continued with his concepts when he said: “in other media in other provinces there were cases of people who consumed, who had health problems in the blood, respiratory problems, stomach problems due to the ingestion of this product, which is a chemical for industries and it has nothing to do with a health drug at all ”.
The provincial deputy considered that “this should also serve the responsibility of communicators, also because in this pandemic there is great despair. We are locked up, so if they offer you a miraculous medicine it is easy to tempt you to save your children, it is easy to look for paths that are not, everyone already knows that COVID is only going to be cured by the vaccine, you have to wait a few months and at the moment there is no other solution than social distancing and as much as possible between human beings ”.
When asked about the attitude of Viviana Canosa, he said that “first there is a lack of empathy with the situation, who cannot make a mistake, be poorly advised and we do not know if it was an NTP (Non-Traditional Advertising) or what happened, we do not know if a company asked her to advertise this product or she did it out of an act of rebellion, because of marketing, there are other communicators who have criticized her, because she had been doing quite a lot of things as they say in Creole, to lift her program ”and indicated that “Either way, one can be wrong, but you have to review your behavior if you don’t want to do harm with false information. I think you should have more empathy with society, with people who are not having a good time, even their lawyers announced that they are going to initiate actions against the people who criticized them. It seems to me an unprofessional position in the face of a criticism like the one we are making “.
Crime of quackery? “Yes, 100 years ago quackery was fought so that people would not take alternative paths to doctors, now they are known as crimes so that there are no illegalities against the legal practice of medicine and they are crimes of 200 to 208 (of the Penal Code) and against public health, ”Mansilla concluded.
The case is investigated with the cover of “doubtful death” by the Neuquén prosecutor Sandra Ruixo. In addition, Viviana Canosa was reported to the Public Defender of Audiovisual Communication Services of the Argentine Republic for having taken chlorine dioxide live during her television show.
It is worth remembering that both the ANMAT (National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology) and the Ministry of Health repeatedly reported how dangerous the intake of chlorine dioxide is. In turn, the World Health Organization did not approve chlorine dioxide as a preventive.