"Miracle" Cure Debate: Harmful or Helpful Effects of MMS

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LITTLE ROCK, AR - A small bottle for a small price has made big headlines in Arkansas that spread around the world.

"MMS" is a chemical substance at the center of Garland County case involving the removal of seven children from their home in January.

The FDA says MMS can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration. Supporters though, say those effects mean it's working.

Aids, malaria and the common cold are all apparently no match for for what some say is a miracle in a bottle.

The believers of "Miracle Mineral Solution" stand with its creator, Jim Humble, self proclaimed Archbishop of the Genesis II Church.

One mom though stands against all the claims though.

"It's absolutely shocking and it's child abuse," Fiona Oleary said during a Skype interview.

It was no surprise when the headlines in central Arkansas started catching the Oleary's eye more than 4 thousand miles away in Ireland.

She said, "It really set alarm bells ringing for me because this was the first time I heard of children being removed due to MMS."

Fiona, already battling the use of MMS in Ireland has taken her fight across the Atlantic. An Irish documentary by "RTE Prime Time" challenged the use of MMS and featured Fiona, a mother of five, who has children diagnosed as Autistic.

In addition to the laundry list of miracle claims, some supporters of MMS say it can cure autism, what they call a disease caused by parasites in the intestine.

Fiona explained, "By giving them this MMS, bleach solution, it will rid them of the parasites and normalize their children."

Fiona and her backers argue that what's passed through the bowels of children after taking MMS isn't worms or parasites.

She added, "We've had them tested. It's intestinal lining and these children are shedding the tissue of their insides basically."

What concerns her as well is that this proclaimed miracle cure is available to anyone.

"It's open to the public," she remarked. "You can buy this product. It's very bad in America."

All it takes is a search online through various websites selling it as water purification. In less than a week we were able to receive a shipment of the advertised MMS and citric acid combination that creates activated MMS.

Most remedies suggest activating MMS with the citric acid, then add water and drink. The bottle we received however, has warnings of what to do incase of accidental ingestion.

MMS, or if it's been given a new name like WPS which we received, is usually linked back to Humble, who claims MMS has helped cure thousands of malaria cases across Africa.

In the Garland County case, Hal Stanley didn't deny having MMS. He says it was used for water purification. In fact, that's what's written right on the label of the MMS solution we got in the mail. 

DHS eventually returned his children under several conditions, including the removal of MMS. Also, autism was never mentioned in the case.

Elsewhere it is though and Fiona is out end it.

She has the backing of the FDA which labeled MMS as a potent bleach and harmful if ingested.

For Fiona though, policing MMS is not enough and says she's willing to fight its use all over the world.

She suggested, "We need to have legislation to ban its use as treatment to autism."

As her fight continues though, MMS supporters will continue to reinforce the chemical combination as a "miracle cure".

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