Mineral supplement is not miraculous, says FDA

By Shane Starling

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The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers off a liquid mineral supplement that turns to bleach when used as directed.

“Miracle Mineral Supplement” (MMS) users reported several adverse events after following on-pack consumption advice including severe nausea, vomiting and life-threatening, dehydration-induced low blood pressure.

The FDA said consumers of the product that is distributed via multi-level marketing internet vendors should, stop using it immediately and throw it away.”

New York-based food and drug attorney Marc Ullman said the company behind the product had a, “long history of making outlandish claims”.

MMS claims to treat HIV, hepatitis, the H1N1 flu virus, common colds, acne, cancer, and other conditions – none of which are backed in the scientific literature according to the FDA.

The agency noted that while the products share the same name, variations in design exist.

The formulation contains 28 per cent sodium chlorite and consumers are urged to mix it with an acid such as citric juice.

“This mixture produces chlorine dioxide, a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment,”​ the FDA said in its warning letter.

“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 said its investigations were continuing and that it may pursue civil or criminal enforcement actions.

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