Federal health officials are warning consumers not to drink Miracle Mineral Solution, which is a water purification drop marketed as a cure for autism, cancer and other ailments, indicating that it may be as harmful as drinking bleach, and can cause serious health problems.
The FDA issued a press release on August 12, warning that Miracle Mineral Solution, also sold under other product names, poses a threat to consumers and has dangerous side effects and urges consumers not to purchase or drink it.
Miracle Mineral Solution is sold online and promoted on social media as a remedy for treating autism, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, flu, and other conditions. However, the FDA indicates it has received an increasing number of reports of consumers experiencing severe vomiting, severe diarrhea, life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration, and acute liver failure after drinking the product.
The FDA warned that the agency is not aware of any scientific evidence supporting the safety or effectiveness of these products, despite claims that the solution is an antimicrobial, antiviral and antibacterial.
“Miracle Mineral Solution and similar products are not FDA-approved, and ingesting these products is the same as drinking bleach,” FDA Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless, said in the press release. “Consumers should not use these products, and parents should not give these products to their children for any reason.”
Miracle Mineral Solution is sold under other names like Master Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, MMS, Chlorine Dioxide Protocol, and Water Purification Solution, as well as others.
The FDA first warned consumers about the dangers of Miracle Mineral Solution in 2010, indicating that the product may cause serious and potentially life-threatening side effects.
Websites describe the solution as 28% sodium chlorite in distilled water and provide directions for consumers to mix the solution with citric acid, like lemon or lime juice, before drinking it.
The solution is also often sold with a citric acid “activator.” When the activator is added, the mixture becomes chlorine dioxide, which is a powerful bleaching agent.
The FDA warns when the solution is mixed it can be harmful to humans and is the same thing as drinking bleach. It is not a cleansing solution, like advertised, it is a harmful powerful chemical that can injure a person.
The Miracle Mineral Solution has not been approved by the FDA for any use. The FDA said it will continue to track companies selling the dangerous product and take necessary enforcement actions to protect the public.
Consumers who have experienced an adverse side effect after taking this product should get medical attention immediately and report the side effect to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at 800-FDA-1088.