The Medicines Control Council (MCC) warned against the use of a “bleach” being sold by the Genesis II Church as being “effective in the treatment of various medical conditions‚ including HIV/Aids‚ cancer‚ autism‚ type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus”.
It also said that Miracle Mineral Solution was being “allegedly sold…using a pyramid-type marketing and distribution scheme”. MMS “is presented as two separate bottles‚ one purporting to contain a mixture of herbs and sodium chlorite‚ and the second purporting to contain citric acid”.
“In accordance with the directions for use‚ when the two solutions are mixed‚ chlorine is released‚” registrar of medicines Dr JC Gouws said. “Sodium chlorite (not to be confused with table salt – sodium chloride) is commonly used as a bleach. It is included in disinfectants or bleaching agents for domestic use. It is also used to control slime and bacterial formation in water systems used‚ such as at power plants‚ pulp and paper mills.”
Gouws noted in the report that the “manufacturer‚ sellers and distributors claim that the product is registered by the Medicines Control Council”‚ but it “has no record of such registration or of an application for registration”. As the “quality‚ safety and efficacy of the product have not been evaluated…the sale of the said product is illegal in terms of the provisions of the Medicines and Related Substances Act”.Full report in The Times