If it weren’t bad enough that Jim Humble is still pushing bleach as a cure-all, the latest product that he is championing is MMS2. What is MMS2, you may ask? I’ll let Jim speak for himself:
“OK, so what is MMS2? What chemical turns to hypochlorous acid in the body? Hold on to your hat. It’s a special type of swimming ----- pool ----- chlorine. Well, that's what everybody calls it - swimming pool chlorine. BUT it is really not chlorine. It's a special agent that is used to "shock" the pool, called CALCIUM HYPOCHLORITE.”
That’s right. Pool shock! This is the stuff that they recommended that you wear gloves when you prepared it before putting it in your pool when I was a kid. But it’s ok. Just in case you were worried that ingesting pool chemicals might be bad for you, ol’ Jim has you covered:
“Good luck in using MMS2. Don't let the terrifying cautions on the pouch of Calcium Hypochlorite scare you away. I've tested it for years. “
As for studies on MMS2, Jim has an excuse for the lack of these:
“I realize, of course, that much more research is needed and I should have done most of that research already, but as you know I have to plead lack of millions of dollars for that research until the Foundation is funded. I decided that I must release the information as the urgency became greater and greater in my own mind. I can’t afford, Earth can’t afford for me to wait any longer. As it is I have waited 9 months longer than I should, than safety for the data would allow.”
Out of curiosity, I went to the MMS site and sent a message to them telling them that I have asthma (true) and that regular medical treatments, herbal, acupuncture, and chiropractic don’t work. I told them that I read on an MSS forum that MSS can treat asthma and asked if this is true and how can I use MSS to treat it. I received a reply:
Go to the website and do Protocol 1000 and breathe Protocol or gas Protocol. do only 2 drops of activated MMS and slowly breathe a few times.
I responded asking for clarification and here is the reply I received:
…no all you have to do is make MMS 1-2 drops and slowly breathe in the gas it makes but NEVER use more than 2 drops because it is powerful. only like 3 or 4 deep breathes every 2 hours and thats it.
A study by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists has this to say about breathing chlorine dioxide gas:
A concentration of chlorine dioxide of 5 ppm was definitely irritating ... 19 ppm of the gas inside a bleach tank was more than sufficient to cause the death of 1 worker (time of exposure not specified) ... /investigators/ suggested in 1950 a maximal acceptable concentration of 1 ppm ... Found concentrations averaging between traces and 0.25 ppm associated with minor respiratory ailments ... /Investigators also/ reported bronchitis and pronounced emphysema in a chemist after repeated exposure over several years to chlorine dioxide; symptoms were increasing dyspnea and asthmatic bronchitis… [American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. 2001]
As well as this:
Workers acutely exposed to chlorine dioxide developed both reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS), a form of occupational asthma, and an upper airways reactive disorder that they called reactive upper airways disfunction syndrome (RUDS). Pathological examination of biopsy specimens from the workers who developed RUDS demonstrated changes in the nasal epithelium that the investigators believed to provide a basis for the ongoing syndrome of upper airway distress, rhinitis, sinusitis, and conjunctivitis that was observed in these patients. [Bingham, E.; Cohrssen, B.; Powell, C.H.; Patty. 2001]
It would seem that the advice would acerbate my asthma, not help it.
The scary thing is that there are plenty of companies out there who are happy to sell you MMS for all sorts of maladies. Cancer Tutor includes information on how take MMS and while it doesn’t specifically say that MSS can cure cancer, the fact that it is included on this site implies that they believe it does.
Another company that deals in MMS is H2O Air Water Americas. This company is a “Members Only” company that sell MMS alongside, oddly enough, oil spill clean up kits, water filtration, and air purification products. They tout MMS as a water purification product, which is true to a point. What is strange, though, is why they just don’t advertise it as chlorine dioxide, instead of by the trade name MMS. Here is how they pitch this product on their website:
MMS, stands for "Miracle Mineral Solution" which is commonly known as a water purification drop. When activated with citric acid, sodium chlorite produces a miracle mineral solution containing chlorine dioxide which is a strong water disinfectant.
They they add the following disclaimer at the bottom:
**Disclaimer** These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human or veterinary use at this time.This product is a water purification agent.Consult your health care provider.
This seems like a sneaky way to sell a product for medical use without even admitting it.
Project GreenLife is another company that sells MMS tablets as water purification tablets but also uses the U.S. Constitution to justify the promotion and sale of untested and potentially dangerous health remedies:
“If you know anything about alternative health and medicine, you know that the AMA, FDA, FTC, and Big Pharma make life difficult for any small company attempting to manufacture, promote, or sell anything that may actually have a positive impact on human health. Over the years, more and more statutes, laws, and regulations have been passed restricting more and more of what manufacturers can say and do. This has led to a market flooded with products that do little-to-nothing, a public deficit in true health knowledge, and a general consensus that few alternative remedies actually do what they claim.
We of Project GreenLife have a different perspective based upon years of research and first-hand experience. We want to share that knowledge and experience, as well as the knowledge and experiences of our members, and do so without interference or harassment from public agencies.
Alas, we've found a solution to an otherwise insurmountable problem. Government agencies have a mandate to protect "the public" but have very limited jurisdiction over 1st and 14th Amendment private membership associations. By being a private healthcare membership association we are free to share products and information with one another - our fellow members - providing solutions and remedies many so desperately need. Joining a private membership association is a small price to pay for such a wonderful freedom - the freedom to take charge of our own health! Do we really want the government making healthcare choices for us?”
This is a shameful example of the dangers of quack medicine that is being promoted by Jim Humble and other organizations. The dispensing of medical advice by non-qualified people who are not certified to practice medicine is dangerous, disgraceful and likely illegal.
Humble and others of his ilk who are promoting MMS as a cure-all are endangering the thousands of their customers who are desperate for anything to help treat their illnesses. Jim Humble is no different than the snake oil and patent medicine peddlers of the 19th and early 20th century who’s despicable practices lead to laws controlling the dispensing of medicine and medical advice. The fact that he is still able to push his harmful wares in this day and age is sad.
American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists. Documentation of Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents and Biological Exposure Indices for 2001. Cincinnati, OH. 2001., p. 2
Bingham, E.; Cohrssen, B.; Powell, C.H.; Patty's Toxicology Volumes 1-9 5th ed. John Wiley & Sons. New York, N.Y. (2001)., p. V3 p.788]
Jay Walker currently works in the IT field but is pursuing a career as a skeptical writer. He has been published in AIM Magazine and various local newspapers. He is also the author of the Freethinking For Dummies blog.