I was drawn into this discussion forum (and I believe this is somewhat the same for Bruce) because of what people taking Miracle-Mineral-Supplement
were reporting as side effects. We both believe that these side effects are a result of chlorine dioxide poisoning. This is a result of making and using a solution with too high a concentration of chlorine dioxide.
Bruce works developing applications and uses for ClO2, and I work in industry around ClO2 and the chemicals that are used to generate ClO2. Bruce knows a lot more about the specifics of these chemicals, and both of us know how to stay safe around these chemicals.
I have spent a lot of time and effort in researching and testing Miracle-Mineral-Supplement
and the Miracle-Mineral-Supplement
protocol. I have, so far, come to the conclusion that MMS (28% NaClO2) is the wrong concentration to present to the general public because of safety issues, and the MMS protocol is flawed.
However, I have read about and experienced benefits from having low concentrations of ClO2 inside the body.
I don't have Lyme disease, and I don't know much about it. I do think that ClO2 can be helpful in killing it, but I don't know what protocol should be used.
ClO2 kills by having a concentration of it in contact with the pathogen for a certain period of time. A thick cell wall, or a cyst form require longer contact time, and that is where the problem lays. In a test tube, we can vary the contact time and concentration and observe the results. However, the body is a dynamic environment that makes the results not so predicable.
Unfortunately, there has been no formal research or clinical trials done on using ClO2 for Lymes, so if you decide to try it, you are basically a pioneer. There is a lot of information on sodium chlorite, ClO2, chlorite, and chlorate, so you can approach your health care provider with upper ingestion limits, but bear in mind that a lot of this information was based on tests done on rats, and it is geared toward water treatment where the assumption is that the levels of contaminants need to be safe for the continual ingestion of water, daily, from birth to death.
I will add to this that anyone trying this should have blood work done before starting to serve as a benchmark to compare the effectiveness of the treatment. Frequent blood work during the treatment will also serve as a monitor for any signs of damage.
There are several arguments against Jim Humble and his MMS protocol.
Jim Humble started his exploration of this protocol using a 3.5% sodium chlorite solution. He has provided no justification or reasoning for using a 28% sodium chlorite solution. Jim Humble states that you can get the same results using a 3.5% solution, and even gives the conversion factor you would need to use this strength of sodium chlorite. The down side is that you have to use more product.
The only advantage I have been able to come up with for the 28% solution is that it is easier to carry while you are backpacking in the wilderness.
The 28% sodium chlorite solution will give you a chemical burn if you get some on your skin, and because it is so concentrated, you need to measure amounts in drops. If you have "issues" with the "fine motor skills" of your hands, drop measurements can be difficult. A lower concentration sodium chlorite solution is measured in milliliters. A syringe designed for pet use is very easy to use for measurements and gives accurate results. A sodium chlorite solution of 5% or lower will not give you a chemical burn if you spill some on your skin.
Next, the MMS protocol stems from work that Jim Humble did in South America and Africa working with people suffering from malaria. Jim reports that 75000 people became symptom free in a matter of hours after taking MMS. He has documented this information in his book.
The problem is that when attempts are made to verify this information, they come up empty. When phone calls are made to the clinics listed in the book, they respond by saying that they have never heard of Jim Humble or MMS, and if there was a miracle way to help with malaria, they would be very interested in it. When missionaries and doctors who regularly visit these areas giving aid are asked if they are aware of the 75000 people that have been relieved of malaria, they respond with a blank stare. They are not aware of Jim Humbles efforts, they have never heard of MMS, and they have never heard anything, rumors, tall stories, or facts, about the 75000. When newspaper articles are examined, there is no mention of Jim Humble, MMS, or a large group of people finding relief from malaria.
Now, I happen to think that the MMS protocol for malaria may have a good chance of working. I hold a glimmer of hope that the reason we can't verify any of this information is that we are simply looking in the wrong areas, but my glimmer is fading.
Next is the statement by Jim Humble that MMS only kills some types of bacteria and does not effect others. I have not been able to find any documentation of any bacteria that ClO2 does not kill if the ClO2 is presented in the proper concentration for the proper amount of time. It appears that MMS acts like a broad spectrum Antibiotic
or like a low grade chemotherapy. It kills everything, and if the concentrations are high enough (which are above those outlined in the MMS protocol for short term use, but may be an issue with long term use), they can kill you.
Next is the activation method. Industry has taken a very close look at activation. They want a safe product, that uses the least amount of raw materials, that does the job and produces the least amount of by products. A lot of tests have been done to determine the most effective way to activate a sodium chlorite solution.
Jim Humble does not follow the industry standard for activation in his protocol. He also does not give any rational, or reasoning why his activation is more effective than the industrial standard. The testing that I have done indicates that his activation method does release more free ClO2 upon activation, but ends up with a weaker solution overall. The industrial activation leaves more of the ClO2 in the form of chlorous acid in the solution so more of it is available to you once it gets inside the body. Jim Humble will not discuss this, but simply states that this is the way it should be done.
When apple cider vinegar was initially used as the activator, I can understand the method that Jim Humble used. However when he switched to the industry standard of using citric acid
as an activator, I don't understand why he didn't also switch to the standard method of activation.
The next issue has to do with the dilution of the activated solution. Jim Humble several times in his book refers to ending up with a mixture that has around a 1 PPM of free ClO2 in it. When I use the MMS protocol and use apple cider vinegar as the activator, I come very close to this. So far, so good. However, the problem is that 10% citric acid
, now the activator of choice, is about twice as strong as the acid in apple cider vinegar, and you end up with a lot more free ClO2 being released in the solution. If you drink a solution with 1 PPM free ClO2, you will most likely suffer no ill effects. However, if you drink a solution with 100 PPM free ClO2, it will make you sick. Jim Humble has addressed this by simply stating that if you drink to much you will simply vomit... I will add to this that as you sneak up on the concentration needed to make you vomit, you will end up with nausea and diarrhea, and possible respiratory problems.
The next issue has to do with the MMS protocol amount. There is no information on where the 3 drops per 25 pounds
of body weight came from, other than the comments Jim Humble has on working with malaria. It seems that the implication is that if it is effective with malaria, the same dose will also be effective for every other condition and disease. Some of us feel that 15 drops taken 3 times a day for 2 weeks is simply too much.
I think these are most of the highlights, but I must add that Jim Humble and his group of scientific advisers are not approachable for questions. I ask Bruce a question and he provides me an answer and several sources to double check his answers, and several tests that I can run to verify the information. When Jim Humble is asked a question, he responds by suggesting that you read his book. It would be nice to see a discussion between medical researchers, chlorine dioxide experts, and Jim Humble. In this setting, Jim Humble could enlighten everyone on his rational behind the MMS protocol, and expand upon the assumptions made in his book. It would also allow for the medical safety issues to be discussed, and the ClO2 expert could offer suggestions on the various uses of ClO2 - both inside and outside the body.
Most likely this will never happen, but I can still dream...