WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — Consumers are advised not to drink Internet-peddled Miracle Mineral Solution because it poses a significant health risk, U.S. government officials say.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people to immediately stop using Miracle Mineral Solution, also known as Miracle Mineral Supplement and MMS, and throw it away.
The FDA has received several reports of health complaints linked to the liquid supplement, including severe nausea, vomiting and life-threatening low blood pressure from dehydration.
MMS, distributed on Internet sites and online auctions by several independent distributors, claims to treat multiple illnesses, including human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis, the H1N1 flu virus, the common cold, acne, cancer and other conditions.
The consumer is directed to mix the 28 percent sodium chlorite solution with an acid such as citrus juice. However, the mixture produces chlorine dioxide — a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment — and high oral doses of this bleach, as recommended on the labeling, can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and symptoms of severe dehydration, the FDA says in a statement.
The FDA advises consumers who have experienced side effects from MMS to consult a doctor as soon as possible and to discard the product. Consumers and healthcare 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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