Recently, a warning letter has been issued to a company called Genesis II Church of Health and Healing for its “Miracle Mineral Solution” products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The line of products contained harmful ingredients such as chlorine dioxide and claimed to prevent and treat COVID-19.
Previously, the FDA had also issued a statement regarding the availability of medications and products on the market that contain bleach or other toxic substance, warning people to not trust, buy, and use without checking if they have been approved.
The commissioner of FDA, Dr. Stephen Hahn, says that they have repeatedly given reminders to people to stay away from ‘miraculous’ products that make false claims about being able to treat certain health conditions.
Since the COVID-19 is spreading rapidly at a global scale, a large majority of people are now trusting misleading information as well as following steps or taking medicines, many of which contain chlorine dioxide.
The use of such products does not only have any effect on the coronavirus infection but can also significantly elevate the risk for developing much more severe health conditions.
This is also the reason the products containing chlorine dioxide are also advised to keep away from the reach of children since even accidental consumption can result in immediate need of hospitalization or medical procedures.
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Previously, the medical literature present on chlorine dioxide has already highlighted its toxicity upon consumption. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, it is most commonly used only as a disinfectant.
For instance, chlorine dioxide is added to water in a controlled amount in order to purify it and kill bacteria that can cause infections in humans including Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium parvum.
The official guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency state that the amount of chlorine dioxide in water as a disinfectant should not be any more than 0.8 parts per million (ppm).
Other purposes of using chlorine dioxide include its industrial use especially in food-related industries as an antimicrobial agent. In addition, it is also used in many hospital settings for disinfecting and sterilizing medical equipment to be used in medical procedures, tools, surfaces, and others.
Research on the use of chlorine dioxide as a disinfectant shows that it effectively kills the infectious bacteria such as Legionella pneumophila and is also safe for usage.
However, chlorine dioxide is not an alternative treatment for curing health conditions such as cancer, HIV, hepatitis, and COVID-19. It is never prescribed or recommended by doctors or any health care workers and should not be consumed orally for any purpose.
Therefore, the joint warning letter by the Federal Trade Commission and the FDA has given Genesis II Church of Health and Healing a time period of forty-eight hours to report its activities on taking back the products that violate the standards.
Till now, the FDA has various reports of people who have had serious health complications due to the consumption of chlorine dioxide.
Consuming chlorine dioxide can cause a number of serious health issues including acute liver failure, alterations in the heart’s electrical activity, extremely low blood pressure, respiratory failure, severe diarrhea and vomiting, and low blood cell count.
All of these conditions require immediate hospitalization. Failure to get medical attention can result in life-threatening situations and even death. Therefore, in order to avoid COVID-19, only the official guidelines from the CDC or the World Health Organization should be followed.
Upon the occurrence of any symptoms of COVID-19, visit a medical facility or hospital immediately and maintain social distancing to stop the further spread of the disease. Do not self-medicate or take any medications that claim to treat the infection.