US regulators crack down on toxic bleach drink marketed as a ‘miracle cure’ for autism, HIV and cancer
- The drink, Miracle/Master Mineral Solution, is sodium chlorite in distilled water mixed with citrus – which is essentially industrial bleach
- It has been marketed as a miracle cure for incurable or life-threatening conditions
- The drink has infected social media – mentioned in books that recently banned on Amazon, on parent Facebook groups, and on Instagram
- On Monday, the FDA issued a fresh warning about it – 10 years after issuing its first warning
US regulators are cracking down on a drink called Miracle/Master Mineral Solution – an industrial bleach marketed as a ‘miracle cure’ for autism, cancer, HIV, and the flu.
The drink, sodium chlorite in distilled water mixed with citrus, has infected social media – mentioned in books that were sold (and recently banned) on Amazon, touted on parent Facebook groups for autism, and promoted on Instagram.
The US Food and Drug Administration first issued a warning about MMS in 2010.
But now, despite that warning, and despite tech firms’ efforts to wipe the toxic concoction from their sites, MMS keeps resurfacing.
On Monday, the FDA issued a fresh warning to Americans not to buy or drink MMS, which is not FDA-approved, and ‘develops into a dangerous bleach which has caused serious and potentially life-threatening side effects.’
The ingredients of the drink fuse to make, essentially, chlorine dioxide, which is used to disinfect drinking water, to clean electronic circuit boards and to bleach paper and fabrics. It is toxic and deadly to humans
‘Ingesting these products is the same as drinking bleach,’ FDA Acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless, MD, said.
‘Consumers should not use these products, and parents should not give these products to their children for any reason.
‘The FDA will continue to track those selling this dangerous product and take appropriate enforcement actions against those who attempt to evade FDA regulations and market unapproved and potentially dangerous products to the American public.
‘Our top priority is to protect the public from products that place their health at risk, and we will send a strong and clear message that these products have the potential to cause serious harm.’
The ingredients of the drink fuse to make, essentially, chlorine dioxide, which is used to disinfect drinking water, to clean electronic circuit boards and to bleach paper and fabrics.
It is toxic and deadly to humans.
And yet, many desperate parents turn to extremes, studies suggest.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 10 parents of children with autism have tried potentially life-threatening techniques in the hopes that they can cure their child of the life-long, incurable condition.
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