Governments Warn Against 'Miracle' Supplement

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

February 17, 2012

2 Min Read
Governments Warn Against 'Miracle' Supplement

I believe in miracles, but I know they don't come in a jar, no matter how much I want to believe it. Health Canada shares my view and warned its citizens against using the MMS ("Miracle Mineral Solution") supplement because it contains  sodium chlorite, an ingredient that acts as a bleach in high doses. The product is promoted as a detoxifier.

FDA also doesn't believe in this kind of miracles, as it issued a warning against MMS in August 2010. Back then, FDA said this oral liquid, when used as directed, produces an industrial bleach. The agency stated it has received several serious adverse event reports (AERs), including severe nausea, vomiting, and life-threatening low blood pressure from dehydration. It recommended  consumers immediately cease use of the product and dispose of it.

In an advisory posted earlier this week, Health Canada said no therapeutic products are authorized to contain sodium chlorite for oral consumption by humans in Canada per the Food and Drugs Act. The agency said sodium chlorite may cause poisoning, kidney failure, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and harm to red blood cells that reduces the ability of the blood to carry oxygen. Sodium chlorite is authorized in Canada for use as a germicide by veterinarians and as a hard surface disinfectant.

Health Canada said it has received reports indicated ingestion of this product has been associated with four adverse reactions in Canada, including one life-threatening reaction.

The label of MMS claims to contain 28-percent sodium chlorite solution. Based on these claims, when taken as directed, MMS provides approximately 200 times more sodium chlorite than the tolerable daily intake of sodium chlorite in water established by Health Canada.

Since the advisory, the website that sold the supplement,, has been removed; Health Canada directed consumers to contact the distributor at (403) 652-1655 of they have questions or seek refunds.

 Health Canada said it notified the distributor of the illegality of its businesses, and the agency said the company has agreed to halt sales, at least in Canada.  It's still available in the United States.

With warnings against the supplement from both FDA and Canada (and with the various AERs), I would hope MMS would stop its sales completely; but getting all companies to operate with the health of the consumer in mind may just be a miracle.

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa


• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!


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  • Arizona State University


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