Industrial bleach is sold on Amazon through its product pages, which consumers buy under the false assumption that it is a “miracle cure” for Covid-19, despite health warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration that drinking the liquid can be fatal .
The chlorine dioxide solutions are sold on the Amazon platform under the brand names CD Kit and NatriChlor. Third-party suppliers signal the bleach as “water treatment” and include legal disclaimers that the liquid is “not marketed for internal use”.
However, comments from Amazon customers in the review section of the pages tell a different story. Users discuss how many drops of bleach they drink and explain that they drink the chemical they call MMS to “sanitize ourselves”. This phrase echoes Donald Trump’s controversial remarks in April that injections of disinfectant could cure Covid-19.
A shopper, who wrote in Spanish, said his family started taking bleach shortly after the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. “A lot of people still don’t believe in it, but I’m sure it has helped us a lot,” he said.
Another Amazon customer wrote: “My mother, who is 77 years old, got Corona, Covid, and had a stomachache, very extreme headache, fatigue … Well, she started taking MMS and not kidding you, she was practically half better than the NEXT day and the day after it was totally good !! ”
The bleaching agent sold in the Amazon market is typically used in industrial processes including textile manufacturing and the bleaching of pulp and paper. In small doses it can be used to disinfect water, but the concentrations recommended by MQL pushers – “miracle mineral solution” – are well above the safety level.
Proponents of MMS falsely claim that it is a panacea for almost all diseases, including malaria, HIV / AIDS, cancer and now Covid-19. They also untruthfully market it as a cure for autism.
Since the pandemic started, the FDA has been trying to contain fraudulent traders of quacks who claim to protect against the virus. Last August, the agency issued a strong health warning that MMS bleach products could be life threatening.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers has registered more than 16,000 cases of chlorine dioxide poisoning, including 2,500 cases from children under the age of 12. Many of these people had serious side effects, including a six-year-old autistic girl who was three years ago, the hospital had to be treated for liver failure.
Several deaths have been reported across South America of people drinking bleach, marketed as a “miracle cure,” including Argentina where a five-year-old boy reportedly died in August after receiving chlorine dioxide as a Covid cure.
In the past, Amazon removed several pro-MMS books from its platform, including that of the movement’s founder, Jim Humble. He claimed to have discovered that chlorine dioxide cures malaria during a gold mining expedition in the jungles of Guyana in 1996.
In March, Amazon promised to take action against product lists that use false drugs against Covid-19. However, third party vendors are still finding ways to sell potentially dangerous products on the website.
Amazon didn’t immediately respond to Guardian questions about selling the bleach on its platform.
Fiona O’Leary, an Ireland-based anti-MMS activist, said she was “shocked and heartbroken that Amazon is still selling this product. The FDA is tracking bleach manufacturers, but they’re now selling from Amazon How can this happen? “
The CD kit and sodium chlorine bleach products currently available on Amazon are made by KVLAB, which is affiliated with Keavy’s Corner, an online store in Lake Placid, Florida. In an industry entry, Keavy’s Corner describes itself as a specialist in “chlorine dioxide products for consumers”.
In an email to the Guardian, Keavy’s Corner owner Steve Pardee said he had started selling the product for cleaning dog houses and for use on horses. Denying ever claiming chlorine dioxide was a cure, he stressed that he had nothing to do with the third-party sellers who advertise his goods on Amazon.
“I never spoke out in favor of human consumption. My listings for all of these items have links to FDA warnings since 2013, ”he said.
Documents show that last year Pardee was active in the MMS Forum, an online community of proponents of bleach as a miracle cure. In 2012 he was involved in the creation of an approved list of MQL suppliers and said in a post: “I started making MQL in 2008.”
Pardee told The Guardian that in 2012 he offered “safety and technical advice” to a forum run by Genesis II, a once-leading US bleach wonder drug company operated by the Grenon family. Family head Mark Grenon and son Joseph were arrested and charged by the FDA last month in Columbia, pending extradition to the US. Two other sons are also in jail and face similar charges in Florida.
Pardee said he cut ties with Genesis back in 2013 or 2014 and had nothing to do with it. In March 2019, he participated in a discussion on the MMS forum where members discussed changing the name from Miracle Mineral Solution to WPS, an acronym for Water Purification Solution.
The name change would help them hide from the wolves and hyenas that target MMS, as one user put it.
Pardee added to the conversation by saying that “People who deal with alternative health products need to be very careful about the language they choose. It all boils down to words. If you just sell a chemical and get people training elsewhere, if they know what they’re looking for, they’ll find you. “