Miracle Mineral Solution called dangerous by FDA
The concoction is sold over the Internet through distributors who claim it can treat a number of ailments including HIV, hepatitis, the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, common colds, acne and cancer. The FDA says it "is not aware of any research that MMS is effective in treating any of these conditions."
The product tells consumers to mix the 28% sodium chlorite solution with a citrus acid, like orange juice. But the mixture creates chlorine dioxide -- an industrial cleaner used for stripping textiles and treating water. The FDA says high doses can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and severe dehydration. The FDA recommends anyone who has the solution should stop using it, throw the rest away and seek medical help if experiencing any of the side effects.
Jim Humble, a proponent and developer of the mineral solution, has published two books praising the healing properties of the mixture. He also runs a number of informational sites touting it as a cure-all. A disclaimer on one of the sites says the claims about the mineral solution are based on anecdotal testimonials from e-mails as well as clinical trials in Africa, South America, Mexico and the United States by medical and alternative health clinics. Humble could not be reached immediately for comment.