It has been almost three months since the news first broke about the substance being sold as “Miracle Mineral Supplement.” In fact, the substance being sold as a cure-all is a solution of sodium chlorite, a chemical which, when mixed with critic acid undergoes a chemical reaction that produces chlorine dioxide, a powerful oxidizing agent which is used in paper production and disinfection applications.
In the US, the FDA issued a warning against the product. Its sale was also banned by Health Canada. The dangerous health reactions have not been confined to North America. Reports of use in the UK and as far away as Kenya have also come to light, resulting in the British Government issuing a warning against using the product.
It has widely been reported that the product is “Clorox Bleach.” Strictly speaking, this isn’t really true. Clorox bleach and others household and laundry bleach products are sodium hypochlorite. Though chemically similar, it’s not quite the same thing. Sodium chlorite is more reactive and the concentrations in MMS are higher than what is normally found outside of industrial settings. Chlorine dioxide is a yellow-green gas which is unstable and a powerful oxidizer. In some environments, it may break down to raw chlorine gas.
These substances are available from most industrial chemical suppliers. Sodium chlorite ca also be found in water purification tablets, which are available to consumers. It’s safe when used according to directions at low concentrations, which is usually one small tablet per canteen of water.
You might think that after all this information coming to light that people would be less prone to use the stuff, but if you did, you’d be wrong.
A quick read of forms and health blogs will find that a number of individuals are now trying to make the stuff themselves. One idiot in Canada stated it “makes me happy” to find that the ingredients could still be purchased in the form of water purification tablets.
Indeed it seems a whole community has grown of people who are utterly convinced that this stuff will cure any and every disease and that the only reason they can’t get the original formula is because of the conspiracy of government agencies and the pharmaceutical companies.
Then we have videos like this one (which came out just this month) instructing people on how to make it themselves using the supplies they can acquire from any industrial chemical supply house:
And this guy who still uses the stuff and claims that it burns because it “peals off the bad layers on your face”
Finally, this guy seems to think that the potent chlorine smell proves that it’s working…
If you have any doubt of just how powerful and reactive this stuff is, check out these videos of its legitimate usage:
Yes, it is so powerful that it will bleach the mold right out of a building and kill bacteria and fungus on contact. And no, it does not know how to distinguish between “good” and “bad” organisms.
It is absolutely astounding that there have not been more deaths and serious injuries from this product. As to those who still do use it (even going to great lengths to get it), good luck with your Darwin Award application!
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