another HIV scam

The HIV Support Centre‘s news page has the following story, thought others might want to hear about what scams are out there for people living with HIV.

The Food Standards Agency warned against ‘Miracle Mineral Solution‘ claims that it cures cancer and HIV. On the Mirror‘s website Andrew Penman writes:

The Miracle Mineral Solution cure that could make you very sick

Meet Jim Humble, a “bishop” who reckons that he can cure the sick – by getting them to drink bleach.

For around £10 you can buy a bottle of Miracle Mineral Solution online. According to Humble’s website, it has helped treat everything from malaria to cancer, HIV, baldness, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, tape worms and allergic reactions to cats.

There’s just one snag, as the Food Standards Agency warns: “Miracle Mineral Solution is a 28% sodium chlorite solution which is equivalent to industrial-strength bleach.”

The watchdog says it can cause severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea and if the solution is diluted less than instructed, it could cause damage to the gut and red blood cells, potentially resulting in respiratory failure.

That warning came about after a campaign by a remarkable 15-year-old from Cardiff

read full story here

Andrew Penman and Nick Sommerlad form the Daily Mirror‘s Investigations team. They write a weekly column in the Mirror every Thursday and they’re here to help uncover the scams, and expose the people behind them. They won the Cudlipp Award for campaigning popular journalism at the 2010 British Press Awards.

One thought on “another HIV scam

  1. Horrifying… Have you read Ben Goldacre’s book “Bad Science”?

    Heart-breaking stuff on the HIV denial movement in S Africa, and those who have profited from it…

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