‘Miracle’ treatment turns into potent bleach


Products known as Miracle Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, and MMS (Figure 1) have been reported to cause life-threatening reactions and should not be used. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first warned consumers in July 2010 about the product. However, it is still being sold on the Internet by a number of distributors. These distributors claim MMS can be used to treat multiple diseases including colds, acne, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, H1N1 flu virus, and more. However, FDA is not aware of any research proving the product is effective against these diseases. So, FDA is advising consumers to stop using the product immediately, particularly since it causes serious side effects. 

According to package directions, MMS needs to be mixed with citrus juice (e.g., orange, grapefruit) or other citric acids. Once mixed, the product becomes a potent bleach similar to bleaches used to whiten laundry, strip textiles of impurities, or treat contaminated industrial water. After drinking the recommended amount, the product can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration. Some labels claim vomiting and diarrhea are normal reactions after drinking the product. The labels even claim such reactions are evidence MMS is working. However, reports sent to FDA suggest that the product is causing serious health injuries, including life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration.

Here’s what you can do:

  • If you have one of these products, do not use it. Discard it immediately.
  • If you have used one of these products and are currently experiencing side effects, report them to your healthcare provider. You can also submit a report to FDA’s MedWatch program at 800-FDA- 1088 or online at: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm.
Created on November 22, 2010

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