Miracle Mineral Solution, the “miracle cure-all” made from a common industrial bleach, is back in the news. This time, it’s Canada that is prosecuting peddlers of the scam “supplement”.
Local media are reporting that Sara Nowak, who lives in Okotoks, and Stanley Nowak, who reportedly lives in Riondel, were back in court this week after spending the past couple of months out on bail, accused of multiple Food and Drug Act charges. The alleged wrongdoing goes back years.
Sara Nowak and Stanley Nowak are believed to be the first Canadians to be criminally prosecuted for hawking Miracle Mineral Solution. But the scam is certainly well-known to Canadian health authorities, who have issued multiple consumer advisories over the years.
Miracle Mineral Solution, which is also sold under names like Masters Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement and MMS, is nothing more than diluted sodium chlorite. In industry, sodium chlorite is used to bleach textiles and to disinfect water treatment plants. But in the body, it can be deadly. Like its chemical cousin sodium chlorate, sodium chlorite causes serious blood problems and kidney failure. A lethal dose is believed to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-15 grams.
A 2014 issue of BMJ Case Reports told the story of a Malay woman who developed Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease after drinking a single glass of Miracle Mineral Solution. Her illness is believed to have been triggered by an inflammatory response to the product.
How Did Nonsense Like Miracle Mineral Supplement Get So Popular?
Miracle Mineral Supplement’s popularity is widely credited to an American man named Jim Humble. Humble is neither a physician nor a pharmacist but refers to himself as “a non-degreed engineer” who dabbled in gold mining, once worked on a lunar vehicle (but does not know if mankind ever actually stepped foot on the moon) and, eventually, became–as he puts it on his website–“a health enthusiast” who once cured 2 employees’ malaria in 4 hours by giving them drops of water purifying chemical.
His heroic malaria-curing efforts were ultimately thwaryed in South America, he claims, after the U.S. called health officials in Guyana and forced them to stop Humble by threatening to withhold drug aid to the country.
Humble claims that his product is incapable of oxidizing any bodily tissues, healthy cells or beneficial bacteria. He falsely claims that diseases are only caused by anaerobic pathogens, which his product kills, but that aerobic pathogens, which MMS doesn’t hurt, are beneficial. Bacteria, he claims, cannot become resistant to it. He also, again falsely, claims that cancer is caused by a “little bug” that lives inside your body’s cells.
Humble, who claims to have developed something he calls “touch healing”, says that his product has cured bacterial infections, parasites, malaria, HIV, hepatitis and a host of non-pathogen diseases like diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, high blood pressure . . . if you can name it, Humble will probably claim to cure it.
Humble is also the founder of Genesis II Church of Health and Healing. These days he appears to traffic his miracle solution, marketed online with intentional typos under the guise of its being a “water purification solution” used as part of a church sacrament:
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