In 2010, the US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) published a warning for consumers of Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS). The FDA warned that when used as directed, MMS produces an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health. Consumers are instructed to mix the 28 percent sodium chlorite solution with an acid such as citrus juice, which produces chlorine dioxide, a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and in industrial water treatment. High oral doses of MMS, such as those recommended in the labelling, can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and symptoms of severe dehydration.
Since 2010, there have been numerous reports in the media of continued use of MMS. The most recent report was published in the Guardian on 18 May 2019, which reports that the product continues to be used in Uganda for cancer, HIV/AIDS and malaria, among other diseases. The newspaper reports that MMS is banned in several countries, including Canada and Ireland, while its use in the UK and US is strictly controlled and has led to fraud prosecutions.
According to the FDA, MMS is distributed on internet websites and online auctions by multiple independent distributors who claim that the product can be used to treat multiple unrelated diseases, including HIV, hepatitis, the H1N1 flu virus, common colds, acne and cancer. The FDA further warns that using MMS for self-treatment, instead of seeking FDA-approved treatments for these conditions, poses a significant health risk to consumers who may choose to use this product.
UK national public health authorities have recently been reminded about the risks associated with this substance by the International Health Regulations National Focal Point (IHRNHP).