So there’s a new health quackery making the rounds. Maybe you’ve heard of it – Miracle Mineral Solution, or MMS.
It has been touted as a cure for all sorts of things (“AIDS, hepatitis A,B and C, malaria, herpes, TB, most cancer and many more of mankind’s worse diseases”) but now AutismOne has helped them add a new thing to the list – autism.
To put it simply, MMS is bleach. Industrial bleach that they are telling you to administer orally, or bathe in, or put in your eyes or ears, or administer as an enema to your autistic child in order to “cure” them. They claim that because MMS has disinfectant properties and the same chemicals can be used to disinfect water, it can also somehow eliminate pathogens from your body and cure you of what ails you, whatever that happens to be. Or cure your autistic child – and perpetuating this on children is far worse than doing it to yourself (which is really quite bad enough).
To put it less simply, it’s a 28% sodium chlorite solution which the user is supposed to activate by mixing it with something acidic like orange juice or vinegar. Once that is done, it causes a chemical reaction changing the sodium chlorite to chlorine dioxide. Chlorine dioxide is an industrial bleaching agent.
Not surprisingly, use of this stuff tends to cause vomiting and diarrhea. What probably should be surprising but isn’t is that proponents of MMS claim that vomiting and diarrhea are signs that it’s working. Other people have gone over the scientific aspects of its problems far better than I could, so I simply invite you to read what they have written if you are curious – though admittedly, I would hope that “bleach enema” would be enough for anyone to stay away from the stuff.
Also, if you are interested, there is a petition on change.org urging a ban on MMS as a curative agent (it obviously still has industrial uses).