Federal health regulators are warning consumers that an oral liquid supplement known as Miracle Mineral Solution or MMS, which has been marketed to treat a number of diseases, can cause serious and potentially life-threatening health problems.
Miracle Mineral Solution, which is sometimes also referred to as Miracle Mineral Supplement, has been sold by a number of distributors over the internet with claims that it can treat HIV, hepatitis, H1N1 flu virus, common colds, acne, cancer and other diseases. However, the FDA has received a number of reports involving consumers who experienced severe nausea, vomiting and life-threatening low blood-pressure from dehydration caused by MMS.
The Miracle Mineral Solution warning was issued by the FDA on July 30, urging consumers to immediately stop using the supplement and throw it away. The agency indicates that they are unaware of any research to support that MMS is effective in treating the conditions for which it is advertised, and consumers could face serious health complications from Miracle Mineral Solution.
A number of different product labels have been used by different distributors, but the FDA indicates that the products all share the MMS name.
When used as directed, consumers mix the sodium chlorite solution with an acid like citrus juice. This produces chlorine dioxide, which is an industrial bleach typically used for stripping textiles and for water treatment. Consuming high doses of the mixture as recommended on the label can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and severe dehydration.
The FDA indicates that it is continuing to investigate the product and may pursue civil or criminal enforcement actions to protect the public from the potentially dangerous product.