Rocks for Brains

I sometimes use the phrase “the worst thing ever” to describe things, and most of the time it is just hyperbole. Not this time. This might actually be the worst thing ever. It’s called Miracle Mineral (MMS). Let’s look at what the website claims it does:

The answer to AIDS, hepatitis A,B and C, malaria, herpes, TB, most cancer and many more of mankind’s worse diseases has been found. Many diseases are now easily controlled. More that 75,000 disease victims have been included in the field tests in Africa. Scientific clinical trials have been conducted in a prison in the country of Malawi, East Africa

Oh joy. A cure-all and prison tests in Africa. However, let’s see what the FDA has to say about it:

The product instructs consumers to mix the 28 percent sodium chlorite solution with an acid such as citrus juice. This mixture produces chlorine dioxide, a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment. High oral doses of this bleach, such as those recommended in the labeling, can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration.

MMS claims to treat multiple unrelated diseases, including HIV, hepatitis, the H1N1 flu virus, common colds, acne, cancer, and other conditions. The FDA is not aware of any research that MMS is effective in treating any of these conditions. 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 continues to investigate and may pursue civil or criminal enforcement actions as appropriate to protect the public from this potentially dangerous product.

Holy shit! And people are selling this as a cure? What’s wrong with them?!?!

Take a look at the nonsense the MMS website spews about the side-effects:

Note: If you notice diarrhea, or even vomiting that is not a bad sign. The body is simply throwing off poisons and cleaning itself out. Everyone says that they feel much better after the diarrhea. You do not have to take any medicine for the diarrhea. It will go away as fast as it came. It will not last. It is not real diarrhea as the body is just cleaning out, and it is not caused by bacteria or virus. When the poison is gone, the diarrhea is gone.

And by poison, they mean MMS, right? Not some nonsense about “toxins” and our body flushing them out? No? I cannot believe that they are serious. As a semi-rational human, there is no way you can convince me that something used to clean tiles and remove tough stains from my whites is good for you to ingest.

At least the “inventor” of MMS is a doctor.

Jim started his career in the Aerospace industry where he quickly became a research engineer. He worked on the first intercontinental missile, the moon vehicle, wrote instruction manuals for the first vacuum tube computers, set up experiments for A-bomb explosions, worked on secret radio control electronics, set up experiments in electrical generation by magneto hydro dynamics, complete wired the first machine to be controlled by computers at Hughes aircraft company and invented the first automatic garage door opener.

O.K., I give up. This guy, who claims to have a cure-all, isn’t even a doctor, and has a dubious list of vague things he claims to have done. I’m not a doctor either, but I’m not peddling bleach as a miracle cure. This guy is a horrible human being.

You know who has a bunch of doctors working for them? The FDA. And they say to this about MMS:

Consumers who have MMS should stop using it immediately and throw it away.

I trust the people whose job it is to keep me from ingesting harmful things.

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One Response to Rocks for Brains

  1. Nathan says:

    Holy shit indeed. I guess even though they’re both used to describe hard things, there is a difference between rocket science and brain surgery (or medicine in general) and people trained in one should stay out of the other.

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