FDA Warning for MMS

FDA NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: July 30, 2010
Media Inquiries: Elaine Gansz Bobo, 301-796-7567, elaine.bobo@fda.hhs.gov 
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

FDA Warns Consumers of Serious Harm from Drinking Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS)
Product contains industrial strength bleach

The  U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to take  Miracle Mineral Solution, an oral liquid also known as “Miracle Mineral  Supplement” or “MMS.”  The product, when used as directed, produces an  industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health.

The FDA  has received several reports of health injuries from consumers using  this product, including severe nausea, vomiting, and life-threatening  low blood pressure from dehydration.

Consumers who have MMS should stop using it immediately and throw it away. 

MMS  is distributed on Internet sites and online auctions by multiple  independent distributors. Although the products share the MMS name, the  look of the labeling may vary.  

The product instructs consumers  to mix the 28 percent sodium chlorite solution with an acid such as  citrus juice. This mixture produces chlorine dioxide, a potent bleach  used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment. High oral  doses of this bleach, such as those recommended in the labeling, can  cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration. 

MMS  claims to treat multiple unrelated diseases, including HIV, hepatitis,  the H1N1 flu virus, common colds, acne, cancer, and other conditions.  The FDA is not aware of any research that MMS is effective in treating  any of these conditions. MMS also poses a significant health risk to  consumers who may choose to use this product for self-treatment instead  of seeking FDA-approved treatments for these conditions. 

The FDA  continues to investigate and may pursue civil or criminal enforcement  actions as appropriate to protect the public from this potentially  dangerous product. 

The FDA advises consumers who have experienced  any negative side effects from MMS to consult a health care  professional as soon as possible and to discard the product. Consumers  and health care professionals should report adverse events to the FDA’s  MedWatch program at 800-FDA-1088 or online at www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm.

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