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Promoted by Jim Humble, Miracle Mineral Solution is claimed to cure a wide range of ailments. But what exactly is it, chemically speaking?

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    This is not a skeptical question, as it is not asking us to prove or disprove a claim. All this asks is what MMS is, which is a question better suited for something like Health then Skeptics. If instead you had asked rather MMS was proven to actually cure the ailments it's claimed to cure that would be an appropriate question for Skeptics.
    – dsollen
    Commented Nov 9, 2018 at 22:37
  • Chemically speaking? Sounds like a load of organic fertiliser to me.
    – GordonM
    Commented Nov 30, 2018 at 11:02

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According to the FDA, the Miracle Mineral Solution produces an industrial bleach:

The product, when used as directed, produces an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health. 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.

Health Canada issued a similar warning:

According to the information provided on the company's website, Miracle Mineral Solution is a 28% solution of sodium chlorite. Health Canada advises that sodium chlorite is a chemical used mainly as a textile bleaching agent and disinfectant.

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    And this is why the FDA is important to have around. Commented Nov 3, 2018 at 11:43
  • How is it not illegal to sell as food?
    – user11643
    Commented Nov 4, 2018 at 0:44
  • @user11643: It generally is illegal to sell as food, or medicine. It is apparently a legal water purifier when used in proper concentrations, and therefore it will sometimes get sold with a wink and a nod that people are buying it to use as medicine in the same way that we haven't made bleach illegal despite some crazies trying to use it as a treatment for autism for their children. Commented Apr 30 at 12:52
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Miracle Mineral Solution is industrial strength bleach, it specifically contains Chlorine dioxide. The FDA has issued a warning about consuming it:

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.

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    Throw it away?! But I need to clean my bathroom tile.
    – user11643
    Commented Nov 4, 2018 at 0:45
  • @user11643: FWIW, some accounts I've seen have said that the recommendation to throw it away is in part because there isn't great quality control of the strength of the chemicals involved, so even using it for its proper purpose might mean it is under or over performing for cleaning purposes. Commented Apr 30 at 12:53
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An update from Canada as of 29 November 2018:

Stanley Nowak has become the first person convicted under the Food and Drug Act for marketing, packaging and selling the so-called Miracle Mineral Solution, a controversial tonic that's been marketed as a cure for a variety of illnesses, diseases and conditions, including AIDS, cancer and autism.

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