Jun 102012
 

Jim Humble, the inventor of Miracle Mineral Solution, is not a happy man. Apparently Emily Willingham of the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism took it upon herself to say that chlorine dioxide is bleach.

This would not normally qualify as even remotely controversial, but the problem is, you see, that according to Humble, Miracle Mineral Solution (a 28% sodium chlorite solution), when mixed with citric acid, does not in fact form the bleach kind of chlorine dioxide, but instead forms something different which cures cancer, AIDS, malaria, autism and presumably also the common cold.

In fact, there is no credible evidence that MMS cures anything at all, other than Jim Humble’s overdraft, but as with most quack remedies the lack of evidence is taken as evidence that they don’t want you to know about it because they don’t make money out of it so they want to suppress it. Because, after all, what doctors, drug companies, health regulators, charities, patient groups and scientists care about most is making money, not curing sick people.

Which is why so many health regulators have warned people off (e.g. FDAHealth CanadaFood Standards Agency (UK)).

Now, obviously, in order to silence this dissent Humble can only go one of two ways: either he needs to publish robust peer-reviewed science to back his claims, or he needs to issue threats. The latter is the route of choice for quacks and chalrlatans, and Humble insists he is not a quack or a charlatan, so of course he’s going with the former.

Oh, wait, no he’s not. He’s started a petition on change.org: “Emily Willingham to stop telling people MMS is bleach“.

Now, you might think that MMS is dangerous, fraudulent quackery, and that calling it bleach just because it is made of the same chemical as bleach is, in fact, perfectly legitimate. You may feel that the petition is an abuse of change.org’s services then you might choose to flag it as inappropriate.

  One Response to “MMS. It’s bleach. No, really, it is.”

  1. MMS has killed people. However, the people have usually been adults and it’s described as whatever they officially died from (i.e., extreme dehydration from the vomiting and diarrhea it caused, etc.). Alternative medicine lovers have been assured repeatedly that “herxheimer reactions” are a “good sign” because it means that toxins, viruses, etc., are “dying off,” so many don’t do the rational thing when they start getting so sick (and quit using it). Instead, they keep “doing the protocol,” making themselves sicker and sicker.

    It is what prompted the FDA warning about it – how dangerous it is – but many alternative med users suffer from “true believerism” – any warnings from government are only meant to keep them from the truth – the government would never warn them about something because it is hazardous to their health (like cigarettes?). :-|

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