Concern over latest ‘Aids cure’

2010-08-06 00:00

THE Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has raised concerns about yet another medicine which claims to cure chronic diseases, including HIV/Aids, but is alleged to be a form of industrial bleach.

TAC spokesperson in Pietermaritzburg Ntombizonke Ndlovu said in the past week people from Durban were selling the Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) to unsuspecting HIV/Aids patients with claims that it cures the disease.

These people were spotted in the France area.

Ndlovu said these people called themselves consultants and said that they were working for a Dr Zondo from Inanda, Durban.

“They could not provide us with substantial information to back up their claim and they didn’t seem to know much about the mixture. Attempts to contact Dr Zondo were fruitless, but our concern is the number of people who will suffer from using this mixture as it is distributed in various areas of the province, especially in Durban,” Ndlovu said.

The Witness contacted two suppliers in Durban to find out more about MMS.

A Mr Mhlongo, who refused to divulge his first name, from Inanda confirmed that he was only a distributor.

A Mrs Maliga Naidoo claimed to have met the inventor of the mixture, a Dr Jim Humble from Mexico, when he was in Durban promoting the mixture in the past few months.

However, she wouldn’t divulge any information except to say it costs R300 for a 24-millilitre dose.

Instructions to Aids patients are to mix one drop of MMS with two drops of citric acid or lime juice into a half-glass of water every hour.

Dr Humble’s website claims that patients will experience some relief within two hours of taking the first dose.

TAC researcher in Cape Town Marcus Low said he has never heard of the mixture, stating that selling it as a cure for HIV or other serious diseases is not only unethical and exploitative, but in contravention of the Medicines Act.

“There is no evidence that MMS can cure or treat HIV. In fact, the United States Food and Drug Administration [USFDA] recently warned against using it due to the serious harm it causes,” he said.

Medicines Control Council registrar Mandisa Hela said they had only heard about the mixture yesterday evening and have instructed their inspectors to investigate.

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