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Published: 2 September 2015

Miracle Mineral Solution — Buyer Beware

Prescriber Update 36(3): 41
September 2015

Key Messages

  • Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) products contain sodium chlorite (an industrial bleach) and are not approved medicines.
  • Consumers who have bought MMS to take orally are advised to stop using the products immediately.
  • Medsafe is not aware of any research showing that MMS is effective for any illness when taken orally.
  • Ingesting MMS products can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and symptoms of severe dehydration.


Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) products contain sodium chlorite (an industrial bleach) and are not approved medicines. The quality of the products is unknown.

MMS products are promoted as highly effective destroyers of pathogens, fungi, disease, bacteria and viruses to treat a variety of conditions. Medsafe is not aware of any scientific evidence that MMS products are effective for any illness when taken orally.

Whilst sodium chlorite may be an effective disinfectant when used on household surfaces or for water purification, this is not the same as ingesting the product. In fact, these products produce chlorine dioxide which can cause serious harm to health when ingested.

Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and those of severe dehydration which may be life threatening. Any suspected adverse reactions to MMS product should be reported to the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM).

Further information on MMS products is available on the Medsafe website (www.medsafe.govt.nz/safety/EWS/2015/MiracleMineralSolution.asp).