The industrial bleach is sold to Amazon through its product pages, which consumers mistakenly believe are a “miracle drug” for Covid-19, despite health warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration that drinking liquids can kill.
Chlorine dioxide solutions are sold on the Amazon platform under the CD Kit and NatriChlor brands. Third-party vendors report whitening as “water purification”
But comments from Amazon customers in the page review section tell a different story. Consumers discuss how many drops of bleach they absorb and explain that they drink a chemical they call MMS to “disinfect,” a phrase that echoes Donald Trump’s conflicting remarks in April that disinfectant injections can cure Covid-19.
A buyer writing in Spanish said his family began taking bleach soon after the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States. “A lot of people still don’t believe it, but I’m sure it has helped us a lot,” he said.
Another Amazon customer wrote: “My mother, who is 77 years old, has a Crown, Kovid and has pain all over her body, stomach upset, very severe headache, fatigue … Well, she started taking MMS and DIDN’T STOP , in fact it was half as good THE NEXT day and the day after it was completely good !! “
Bleach, which is sold on the market in the Amazon, is commonly used in industrial processes, including the production of textiles and the bleaching of pulp and paper. It can be used in small doses to disinfect water, but the concentrations recommended by MMS pushers – the “miracle mineral solution” – are well above safety levels.
Proponents of MMS falsely claim that it is a cure for almost all diseases, including malaria, HIV / AIDS, cancer and now Covid-19. They also misrepresent it as a cure for autism.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the FDA has been trying to curb fraudulent charlatan dealers who claim to protect against the virus. Last August, the agency issued a strong health warning that MMS whitening products could be life-threatening.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers has reported more than 16,000 cases of chlorine dioxide poisoning, including 2,500 cases of children under 12. Many of these individuals have suffered serious side effects, the group said, including a six-year-old girl with autism who needed hospital treatment for liver failure three years ago.
Several deaths have been reported in people drinking bleach marketed as a “miracle drug” in South America, including Argentina, where a five-year-old boy was reported to have died in August from being given chlorine dioxide as a Covid medicine. .
In the past, Amazon has removed several pro-MMS books from its platform, including those of movement founder Jim Humble. He claims to have discovered that chlorine dioxide cures malaria while on a gold expedition to the jungles of Guyana in 1996.
In March, Amazon promised to take action against lists of products that cash in counterfeit Covid-19 protections. But third-party vendors are still finding ways to trade potentially dangerous products on the site.
Amazon did not immediately answer the Guardian’s questions about the sale of bleach on its platform.
Fiona O’Leary, a campaign against MMS based in Ireland, said she was “shocked and devastated that Amazon is still selling this product. The FDA is pursuing bleach manufacturers, but now Amazon is selling it. How can this happen? ”
The CD Kit and Natrichlor whitening products currently sold through Amazon are manufactured by KVLAB, which is affiliated with Keavy’s Corner, an online store based in Lake Placid, Florida. In the business list, Keavy’s Corner is described as specializing in “chlorine dioxide products for consumer use.”
In an email to the Guardian, Keavy’s Corner owner Steve Pardi said he had started selling kennel cleaning products for dogs and horses. He denied ever claiming that chlorine dioxide was light and stressed that it had nothing to do with third-party vendors advertising his goods on Amazon.
“I have never advocated human consumption. My lists of all these items include links to FDA warnings since 2013, ”he said.
Documents show that Pardee was active in the MMS Forum, an online community of bleach advocates as a miracle cure, last year. In 2012, he participated in the preparation of an approved list of MMS providers and said in a post: “I started making MMS in 2008.”
Pardi told the Guardian that as early as 2012, he had “offered safety and technical advice” at a forum run by Genesis II, a one-time leading provider of miracle whitening treatments in the United States run by the Grenon family. Mark Grenon, the head of the family, and his son Joseph were arrested and charged by the FDA last month in Colombia and awaiting extradition to the United States, while two other sons are also in jail facing similar charges in Florida.
Pardi said he severed ties with Genesis back in 2013 or 2014 and had nothing to do with them. But he joined a discussion at the MMS forum in March 2019, in which members discussed the name change from WPS’s Miracle Mineral Solution, short for a water purification solution.
The name change will help them “hide from wolves and hyenas targeting MMS,” as one user put it.
Pardi contributed to this conversation by commenting that “people who deal with some alternative health subjects should be very careful about the language they choose. It all comes down to words. If you just sell a pen and let people study elsewhere, they will find you when they know what they are looking for. “