30 November 2010
People are being warned about the health risks of a product categorised as a food supplement called Miracle Mineral Solution which is available online.
Jersey’s Health Protection officials along with health officials worldwide are urgently warning people not to consume Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS). It is also known as Miracle Mineral Supplement. Anyone who has the product should dispose of it. If they have taken the product and feel unwell they should consult their doctor.
MMS claims to treat multiple unrelated diseases, including:
- H1N1 flu virus
- common colds
- other conditions
In some countries, such as the US and Canada, it has been removed from sale. The product’s labelling, colours, and logos may vary.
Websites describe MMS as a liquid that is 28 percent sodium chlorite in distilled water. Once it’s mixed, as directed, with citric acid - such as lemon or lime juice - or another acid before drinking, it produces chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleaching agent.
Speaking about the product, acting Medical Officer of Health Dr Susan Turnbull said “Taking this product as directed can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, symptoms of severe dehydration and low blood pressure.
“If the solution is diluted less than instructed, it could cause damage to the gut and red blood cells, potentially resulting in respiratory failure."
There is no evidence that has any beneficial effects.
Dr Turnbull added “We are not aware that it has ever been sold locally, but I am concerned it is still widely available on the Internet. I would urge people to heed all the warnings and not to buy, or consume it. Anyone who is aware of MMS being sold in Jersey should contact the Public Protection Team in the Public Health Department on +44 (0) 1534 443780. Anyone who has taken it should consult their own doctor."
The UK Food Standards Agency, US Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada, Medsafe in New Zealand and most Australian States have taken similar action to warn consumers about this product.