BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration are warning consumers not buy or drink mineral miracle solution products, or MMS.
Mineral miracle solution is promoted as a cure for cancer, autism, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and other illnesses. But health experts say it is a dangerous product that's available online.
Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said people have been experiencing adverse effects after consuming it.
"Severe vomiting, severe diarrhea, so much so that people are developing low blood pressure because of they're so dehydrated. It can also cause acute liver failure," she said.
MMS is bleach-based, containing 28% sodium chlorite. To "activate" the product, people are instructed to mix it with citric acid. Something like lemon or lime juice.
"And when combined with this mixture it becomes chlorine dioxide. So that is actually an agent that's used for water purification, for industrial water treatment, and as a bleach product," said Dr. Burstein.
The product has not been approved by the FDA for sale or consumption to treat any medical condition.
Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein also warning Erie county residents about the product after a seminar in Eden just this past weekend, where these products were sold.
"They were charging $450 per person and $800 per couple," said Dr. Burstein.
Genesis II Church of Health and Healing has a website providing information about various products including MMS and the post about the seminar last weekend.
Dr. Burstein said this is reckless and misguided behavior that endangers people's health.
"Since the FDA has spoken with the people that developed this product and has alerted them to this warning, they must know, I assume, that this is not FDA approved and it can be dangerous," she said.
We've reached out to Genesis II Church for a comment but have not heard back.
Dr. Burstein said anyone who has MMS products should not use them and should throw them away. You should seek immediate medical attention if you used these products and experienced adverse effects.
You can report these effects to the FDA here.