Is Miracle Mineral Supplement Scam?
Even when medical science is on its way to the zenith, many ordinary people are still utterly mislead by various frauds and scams that sweep over the community every once in a while. Most of these are related to health and nutrition, and may often be wrapped in convincing terms like ‘nature’s gifts’ and ‘secret recipes’. One such scam is Miracle Mineral Supplement, MMS in short, which has spread to various parts of the world including Canada, Australia and even Africa. The available evidence is more than sufficient to classify it not only as a scam, but as a serious threat to public health.
MMS, also called Miracle Mineral Solution, was first referred to in the book ‘The Miracle Mineral Solution of the 21st Century’ published by Jim Humble in 2006. Parallel to this, many anecdotal reports showed up, claiming that MMS was a magical product that could cure a variety of diseases like malaria, hepatitis, common colds, H1N1 flu and even HIV and cancer. In fact, MMS is a solution of 28 percent sodium chlorite in distilled water. According to manufacturers, it was necessary to ‘activate’ MMS with some sort of food acid like citric acid before use.
As far as chemistry is concerned, MMS is not much different from industrial bleach. Sodium chlorite, when combined with an acid, produces chlorine dioxide. In reality, this is nothing other than a bleaching agent used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment. Its oral consumption can obviously lead to serious health issues, as it’s a severe respiratory and eye irritant. If you are lucky, you’ll get away with minor symptoms like stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea, which are commonly associated with corrosive damage. Other potential risks include reproductive and neurological damages, in addition to dangerously low blood pressures. A larger dose or long-term use is known to reduce the red blood cell count in blood, leading to respiratory arrest and eventual death. Sodium chlorite itself is toxic and may result in fatal kidney failure.
In 2009, an American woman who took MMS against malaria while in Vanuatu fell ill in 15 minutes and died within 12 hours. A Canadian man had to be hospitalized with lethal responses to MMS in 2008. With such incidents, many healthcare professionals started digging into MMS, and came up with shocking results. As a result, public health institutes of many countries, including the US FDA, the UK Food Standards Agency and the Belgian Poison Control Centre issued warnings against MMS. The FDA even advised those who have started using MMS to dispose of the product immediately.
Legal action has been taken against many vendors and promoters of MMS. Yet, the Miracle Mineral Solution scam revives in many parts of the world. Unfortunately, MMS has found its way into Africa, a vast land with less educated people who would soon become desperate victims of this lethal substance. So it’s time for everyone to get together to wipe off MMS from the face of the earth and duly punish the ‘criminals’ behind it.