Sale of controversial 'miracle' tonic results in dozens of charges

Sale of controversial 'miracle' tonic results in dozens of charges

  • January 11, 2018
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A B.C. man and an Alberta woman face dozens of Food and Drug Act charges related to the promotion of a so-called miracle tonic touted as capable of curing everything from AIDS to autism.

The charges against Stanley and Sara Nowak follow years of Health Canada warnings about the sale of sodium chlorite, a bleach that a global community of believers is convinced can eliminate pathogens and poisons from the body when diluted with water.

Sodium chlorite is a chemical used mainly as a textile bleaching agent and disinfectant. It is authorized for use by veterinarians as a germicide.

But Health Canada has been warning Canadians about the risks associated with consuming sodium chlorite since 2010. That's when the federal agency first warned about the presence of the chemical in Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), an unapproved product widely distributed through the internet.

Since then, Health Canada has issued a slew of alerts to both the public and online retailers.

But the underground popularity of MMS and the legend of one of the mixture's chief proponents — Jim Humble — has spread as rapidly as one of the viruses the American claims he can eradicate.


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