Chlorine dioxide, dangerous chemical promoted as a cure for covid-19 and which experts warn about

The search for a miracle cure for coronavirus is leading many to promote the use of a controversial chemical formulation: chlorine dioxide.

Chlorine dioxide, dangerous chemical promoted as a cure for covid-19 and which experts warn about
Ugobleno News Update: This product also known as ‘Miracle Mineral Supplement’ has been advertising itself for years as a remedy for many conditions and diseases ranging from malaria, diabetes and asthma, autism or even cancer.
However, no health institution recognizes it as a medicine and now that the covid-19 pandemic is plaguing the world, it appears again as something capable of curbing the effects of the virus.
Social media is full of testimonials and videos on how to use it.
However, the list of dangers of chlorine dioxide is long and various authorities have issued strong warnings against its use.
The latest to do so was the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which in an April 8 note says that there is ‘no scientific evidence to support its safety or efficacy, and it presents considerable health risks from the patients’.

What is Chlorine dioxide?

Chlorine dioxide is a 28% solution of sodium chlorite in distilled water.
It is used as a bleach and to decontaminate industrial surfaces, as it resembles bleach or chlorine.
‘It is a commercial disinfectant that should in no case be ingested,’ Miguel Ángel Sierra Rodríguez, professor of chemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid, said.
In fact, the US agency says, drinking this mixture has already caused serious and life-threatening side effects.
‘Of course, its effectiveness against the virus is nil,’ says the professor of Chemistry.

Deadly side effects

‘The FDA has received reports of people experiencing serious adverse events after taking a chlorine dioxide product including respiratory failure, acute liver failure, abnormal and possibly fatal heart rhythms.’
The FDA remembers to be wary of websites and stores that sell products that claim to prevent, alleviate, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19.
Others reported rapid destruction of red blood cells, something that requires a blood transfusion to heal, vomiting, and severe diarrhea.
The FDA further recalls that those who consume this product are slow to seek appropriate medical treatment, which can aggravate the disease.
And even so, YouTube and Facebook are full of videos of people who say they have healed thanks to this solution, which they attribute antimicrobial, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Above all, coinciding with the coronavirus pandemic, the testimonies are now focused on miraculous virus recoveries.
‘I really didn't take the test, but if I went out to eat, to buy, I was in contact with people, I went to the supermarket,’ says a young woman in an internet video.
She is from Guayaquil and declares to be asthmatic.
Covid-19 patients admitted to intensive care units have to be connected to a ventilator that assumes the role of their lungs.
‘At one point I started getting an intermittent fever for a week, I was feeling extremely tired. I had general discomfort, pain behind my eyes and in my head.’
‘A week later, I had neither taste nor smell,’ she says, naming one of the possible effects suffered by patients infected with coronavirus.
Although she took great care of herself for weeks, she only started to improve with MMS, that is, when she started taking chlorine dioxide.
‘I had tried it before, but I didn't like it because the taste was so ugly. The next morning the sore throat and fever disappeared and I felt much better.’
Coronavirus produces a respiratory infection that begins with fever and dry cough and that, after about a week, can cause shortness of breath and trigger severe pneumonia.
Many of the patients who develop the symptoms need medical assistance to stop the disease.
If aggravated, the patient can be taken to an intensive care unit, where he will need the assistance of a mechanical ventilator.

The Genesis II Church

In its statement, the US FDA states that it has sent a warning letter to the Genesis II Church of Healing, which is the one that began promoting the ‘Miracle Mineral Solution’ also against covid-19 in the US.
Among the addresses to which the claim has been sent to stop marketing the product for being ‘misleading’ is that of the American Jim Humble.
The product is controversial and arouses suspicion among the healthcare community.
He is the founder of this church, which is based in the Casandra Damiron neighborhood of the Dominican Republic and it is present in four continents.
In Latin America it has branches in Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay.
Humble named chlorine dioxide ‘Miracle Mineral Supplement’ in a 2006 book, The Miracle Mineral Solution of the 21st Century, and began spreading the substance.

The battle against the coronavirus is one of the toughest missions science and medicine has had in recent history.

All church members appointed by the FDA were contacted, but no response was received.
For its part, the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products issued a health alert against the product in 2010, which today ‘is still in force,’ the agency tells BBC.
In turn, the European Medicines Agency urges consumers not to buy medicine and drugs from unauthorized websites and other sellers who seek to ‘exploit fear and concerns during the pandemic’.
For this reason, despite the therapeutic and preventive properties attributed to this compound, the health authorities have prohibited its commercialization in Spain, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Australia and among others.
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