There are several products on the market at the moment that make some pretty big claims. No, we're not just talking about the skinny tea we see the Kardashians of the world sipping, but "miracle" solutions. These companies allege that these drinks can cure autism, cancer, HIV, hepatitis, flu, acne, and a plethora of other illnesses. According to CNN, the FDA has told consumers to stop using these products immediately, as it's just like drinking bleach. The products, known by several different names including (but not limited to) Miracle or Master Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, MMS, Chlorine Dioxide Protocol, and Water Purification Solution or WPS, are currently being sold on numerous websites.
FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless says, "Miracle Mineral Solution and similar products are not FDA-approved, and ingesting these products is the same as drinking bleach." He went on to warn consumers not to drink any of these liquids under any circumstances. "Parents should not give these products to their children for any reason."
One of the main ingredients in the solutions is sodium chlorite, a substance which was first flagged by the FDA back in 2010. According to their research, sodium chlorite is an industrial-strength chemical often used as a pesticide and wastewater treatment. If ingested, it can cause disastrous side effects, and in some cases, death.
In the "miracle" solutions, producers often combine the substance with lemon or lime juice. Not only does this make it more palatable, but it also has an activating effect which leads it to become chlorine dioxide - aka, bleach.
These products first rose to prominence in 1996, when a man called James Humble thought MMS into fruition. He claimed - and continues to claim - that his solution is an "oxidizer that kills pathogens and destroys poisons." When taken into the body, Humble states it will allow things to "line up" so it can heal.
According to the MMS website, over 20 million people have had their lives saved or improved thanks to the solution over the past 23 years. Several media outlets have approached Humble and his company for comment, but MMS seems to be deflecting all attempts.