`Miracle` mineral drink contains bleach?

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

London: Health watchdogs have warned against a `miracle` health drink that contains industrial strength bleach.

Hundreds of thousands of bottles of `Miracle Mineral Solution` have been sold worldwide after makers claimed it cured illnesses, including cancer and malaria. But its desperate users have suffered agonising bouts of nausea and diarrhoea after taking just a few drops of the fluid.

Shockingly, the health drink contains 28 percent sodium chlorite solution - the equivalent to industrial strength bleach and six times the amount in a bottle of Domestos, reports the Daily Mail.

The Food Standards Agency has now warned people who have bought the drink, asking them to throw it away after Trading Standards received a deluge of complaints.

A spokesperson said: "If you look at a bottle of Domestos, that`s just 4.5 percent sodium chlorite. The simple fact is not how this solution is taken but that you just shouldn`t be drinking bleach, full stop.

"We were alerted to the solution after a local authority received a complaint from somebody who drank it. Sodium chlorite is bleach. Bleach is not on the approved list of foods and it shouldn`t be sold as a food supplement."

Miracle Mineral Solution is sold over the internet by a man who gives his name as `Jim Humble`. A bottle of the liquid costs 21.98 pounds in American dollars and users must mix it with citric acid.

Makers of the liquid claim the solution can cure a range of illnesses, including Hepatitis, cancer, herpes and TB.

But side effects include severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, dehydration and reduced blood pressure. If the solution is taken in large enough doses, the sodium chlorite could be fatal. It is the equivalent of drinking industrial strength bleach.

IANS