Jim Humble

Jim Humble

MMS, or the Miracle (or Master) Mineral Solution, has both gained and lost popularity in waves since 2006. The name Miracle Mineral Solution was coined by Jim Humble, a man with no medical or scientific qualifications, in a self-published book promoting the use of MMS, which he also sells for 10-100 times the production cost.

Regardless of how obviously deceiving this seems, many people were and are still curious or convinced by his claims. His claims include, but are not limited to, the treatment and cure of AIDS, HIV, Hepatitis A, B and C, Malaria, Herpes, TB, most cancers, arthritis, all colds, all flus, Ebola, and Autism.

MMS is a solution of Sodium Chlorite, which is then “activated” with an acid such as citric acid to create Chlorine Dioxide.

Both of these chemicals are industrial strength bleaches and are commonly used in paper mills to bleach wood pulp.

cdisbleachWhile it is a bleach and used for bleaching purposes, MMS advocates claim that it is misinformation and endangering lives to call it bleach.

Jim Humble himself, and other MMS advocates such as Kerri Rivera, suggest a range of ways to take MMS depending on the problem, often suggesting using multiple at the same time. These include simply swallowing with water or juice, breathing in the vapors, adding to a humidifier, applying it to the skin directly, adding to eyes, vaginal and anal douches, and IV (intravenously).

The FDA, Health Canada, The Food Standards Agency (UK), the TGA (Australia), the Kenyan government and many other groups have issued warnings against the use of MMS.

Kerri Rivera

Kerri Rivera

Kerri Rivera has recently been in the spotlight for promoting the use of MMS to treat and cure autism. Like Jim Humble, she also has an ebook on the use of MMS or CDS (Chlorine Dioxide solution), and she also has a book called Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism which describes how to take MMS and includes claims that many children have lost their autism diagnosis. However, no evidence can be found in any of her books, her seminars, or anywhere else that the children she is writing about even ever had autism at all.

One of the popular ways she is suggesting parents treat their children is anal douches. As a bleach and powerful oxidant the MMS causes rapid damage with whatever it comes into contact with first, in this case it’s the large intestine.

The intestinal lining of a child have been photographed (I don’t suggest clicking if you are easily sickened) by a mother after apply this treatment to her child. She claims that it is proof of success and that what she is showing us is a parasite. Similar photos and claims from other people following Kerri’s protocol aren’t hard to find, and often include blood.

306713-06265ac2-5ff3-11e4-bfd9-14a3bab01828This reminds me of when I (was gullible and) personally tried just 2 drops of MMS about 5 years ago. Within about 2 minutes of trying it I threw up the lining of my stomach and was in a lot of pain for almost the entire day, even after drinking water. The smell of the gas coming off of the “activated” MMS is indescribably disgusting and would make anyone want to throw up from breathing in the smell alone for half a second. I didn’t touch it again, and I am not proud to admit that I ever tried it, but I hope these examples will serve as a warning.

In August 2009 a woman took MMS as a preventative for malaria, within 15 minutes she was ill and within 12 hours she was dead.

Jim Humble mixing an MMS solution

Jim Humble mixing an MMS solution

Although Jim Humble claims that he can rid entire nations of HIV within 2-3 years by himself, and that hundreds of thousands of people’s lives have been saved, there is no evidence (apart from anecdotal) that MMS has any benefit to health at all whatsoever. On the other hand, there is good evidence that MMS causes a range of symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, organ damage, and even death. Ironically those instructing the use of MMS such as Humble and Rivera list symptoms such as nausea and vomiting as a “good sign” that it is working but to temporarily lower the dose.

Studies on Chlorine Dioxide have shown that it impairs thyroid function, reduces red blood cell count, and even impairs immune function by reducing CD4+ helper T cells.

It is likely that those with life-threatening and incurable diseases will be more likely risk trying MMS, even if they are sceptical about it, but I strongly advise you not to.

So why do these people continue to promote MMS use? It is possible that they simply believe the claims that they make, but when looking at Jim Humble’s website we can find his books about MMS for sale ranging from $14.99 to over $254.25. He claims over 5 million people have used MMS, owndoc.com have roughly calculated this to be worth $500 million.

All of his income is also tax-free, since he’s registered his own church called Genesis II Church of Health and Healing and has made himself the Archbishop.

Calcium Hypochlorite for swimming pools

Calcium Hypochlorite for swimming pools

He also promotes the use of Calcium Hypochlorite powder, which is used for swimming pool chlorine. He calls this MMS2, he suggests buying swimming pool chlorine directly and as long as calcium hypochlorite is the main ingredient and not to worry about the other chemicals. Then all he asks is that you put it into a capsule and swallow it. He claims it does essentially the same as MMS, but that they can be used in combination.

Jim Humble reportedly has several warrants for his arrest regarding the poisoning and deaths of several people, so he’s exiled himself to the Dominican Republic, a country without extradition treaties. He still benefits however, since other people promote MMS for him internationally as members of his church.

The BBC caught “reverend” Leon Edwards on hidden camera this week promoting MMS in London, UK. An independent laboratory found that the sodium chlorite labelled as 22.4% was actually 57% stronger and hydrochloric acid labelled as 4% was 45% stronger than advertised.

Last month a jury in Washington convicted another member of the church named Louis Daniel Smith for selling MMS as a “miracle cure.” He faces a maximum of 34 years in prison.

“No evidence of any kind exists to support the preposterous claims made for MMS as an intervention for autism.” said Carol Povey, of the National Autistic Society.

More information:

The Guardian: The man who encourages the sick and dying to drink industrial bleach

Vice: The Parents Who Give Their Children Bleach Enemas to ‘Cure’ Them of Autism

Science-Based Medicine: Bleaching away what ails you

Debunking Denialism: Unraveling Pathetic Bleach Apologetics