Warnings by the FDA et. al, about the personal and therapeutic use of chlorine dioxide as a disinfectant, via Jim Humble’s MMS protocol are not being heeded by people who look at the available science. I’m not talking about toxicity reports, but about the fundamental behavior of the oxidant known as chlorine dioxide.
The published toxicological data about chlorine dioxide were produced with a specific application in mind; i.e., large-scale pathogen eradication, which require large-scale concentrations of chlorine dioxide. These concentrations are too high for human use. Given that internal human use had never been considered in spite of chlorine dioxide’s fundamental behavior, it was rightfully deemed hazardous, and left at that.
However, Jim Humble has now upset that applecart. Given what we have learned since he came on the scene, the “hazard” must be a qualified one because, far from being “toxic” unto itself (such as chloroform), chlorine dioxide is actually beneficial for its ability to safely reduce the active toxic load that an individual may be carrying.
This stands in stark contrast to the fact that medicine today still relies on methods that add toxicity to an already overloaded environment; a strategy that yet appears to be unquestioned among medical professionals. And why should they? The System considers these methods to be sacrosanct. Insurance companies pay the exorbitant prices, and then extract exorbitant premiums from those who can pay, and deny services to those who can’t.
Simple disinfection through the medical use of MMS would solve a host of medical problems for tens of millions of people around the world, in the same way that we get more longevity and reliability from our cars by regularly changing the oil, flushing the cooling system and other fluids.
I believe that day is coming, but not without additional examination of present-day thinking that has become outmoded. Critics and pundits who bash MMS cite a litany of allegations based on outmoded, but still current thinking on chlorine dioxide.
One of the most vocal MMS denouncers on this blog sent this link about the dangers of chlorine dioxide, published by the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry. It is a Public Health Statement for Chlorine Dioxide and Chlorite, published September 2004.
The document is the summary chapter from the Toxicological Profile for Chlorine Dioxide and Chlorite.
You could say that this document represents how information from a “credible source” may not be providing the best understanding of the subject that it covers. When you consider the application that chlorine dioxide has been used for, this advice is most appropriate. However, the RESULTS that people have reported from preparing and using MMS is compelling evidence of a need to hone and fine tune our thoughts on this natural chemical element.
Instead of producing a long treatise, let’s look at the first point, and see what we can learn or unlearn from it. All the excerpts from the Toxicological Profile will be indented.
1.1 What are chlorine dioxide and chlorite?
Chlorine dioxide is a yellow to reddish-yellow gas that can decompose rapidly in air. Because it is a hazardous gas, chlorine dioxide is always made at the location where it is used.
Chlorine dioxide decomposes rapidly in air is a true statement. In the next line they say it has to be prepared on site because it is a hazardous gas. This is not true. Chlorine dioxide has to be prepared on site, not because it is a hazardous gas, but because it does not hold together – i.e., it decomposes rapidly – in air. The first sentence is the reason for the second.
If you activate chlorine dioxide in concentrations for what have been its traditional uses, the gas will indeed be “hazardous.” However, in comparatively minute concentrations, it can be highly therapeutic.
Chlorine dioxide’s rapid decomposition can easily be seen when you activate a small amount, for example 3 drops, of MMS (adding 3 drops of citric acid) in an open dish or shot glass. Within 30 seconds it will turn from clear to dark, which notes the chlorine dioxide formation (from the sodium chlorite) in solution (as shown in the opening photo).
Naturally rising, the chlorine dioxide will “offgas” from the solution it was formed in, which you can readily smell. If left alone, the dark liquid will clear up again in 30-60 minutes.
Chlorine dioxide is an oxidizer. The term “hazardous” is misleading. A highway that has no traffic, or even sporadic traffic is not hazardous. The traffic itself is not even hazardous. However, if the traffic is heavy and swift, the highway environment will then have become hazardous. Yet, when traffic ebbs, and becomes light and sporadic again, the highway environment will have once again become benign.
An environment where temperature and humidity support mold growth is hazardous, as mold colonies produce mycotoxins which are known health hazards. When molds exist in sufficient numbers to colonize, mycotoxin levels are high. Yet, introducing sufficient amounts of oxygen into such an environment will reduce or eliminate these harmful elements, making the environment itself benign.
Chlorine dioxide will safely and effectively inactivate mold colonies and their mycotoxins byproducts, leaving behind no toxic residue. It will do this if the environment is a building (involving amounts that do require great caution), or a gut (requiring significantly smaller amounts). The hazardous quotient of chlorine dioxide is strictly a matter of concentration. It is as therapeutic when applied, in appropriately reduced concentrations, to a correspondingly small environment as it is in a large one.
The Wikipedia article on mycotoxins is pretty informative. The proliferation of mold byproducts, microscopic spores that contain mycotoxins, can result in anything from “the common cold,” to allergic reactions, to certain forms of cancer.
Mycotoxins themselves point to another factor; that is, the lack of sufficient coherent energy within the environment to maintain a state that supports life and health. The key is energy’s coherency. Environments that are high in positive charged ions lack such coherency, cause significant stress, and support the growth of lifeforms (i.e., anaerobic microorganisms) that begin the breakdown process, otherwise known as decay, that allows new life to be formed.
Some mycotoxins, such as Patulin, are involved in the rotting and decay of fruits and vegetables. They actually break down the apple or fig after it has passed its ability to enhance life so that it can be transformed into something else that can support and enhance life. This is part of life’s natural ebb and flow.
Oxygen will halt the decay process because it brings energy that had been lacking or insufficient.
Chlorine dioxide has been shown to safely inactivate mycotoxins as well as the molds that produce them. Unlike chlorine, it produces no derivative chemical toxicity as a result of its activity.
Here’s a news story on how chlorine dioxide was used to inactivate molds in Louisiana after hurricane Katrina.
Chlorine dioxide is used as a bleach at pulp mills, which make paper and paper products, and in public water-treatment facilities, to make water safe for drinking. It has also been used to decontaminate public buildings.
The only way that a building (or any environment) can be de-contaminated, and therefore made safe for human re-habitation, is by removing or inactivating the elements that threatened health or may have brought about death. Chlorine dioxide has clearly proven itself in that regard.
Contrast this to some methods of eradicating infestations with pesticides where, by using chemical sprays, the environment has actually be further contaminated. The bugs are gone (temporarily), but the air, carpet, clothes and surfaces are loaded with toxicity. Initially you can smell it, but the aroma wearing off doesn’t mean it’s gone.
The statement below has some fuzziness that can support misperception.
Chlorine dioxide is soluble in water and will react rapidly with other compounds. When it reacts in water, chlorine dioxide forms chlorite ion, which is also a very reactive chemical. Because chlorine dioxide is very reactive, it is able to kill bacteria and microorganisms in water.
The “reactivity” of chlorine dioxide has nothing to do with its ability to kill bacteria. The statement suggests that all bacteria and microorganisms in water will be killed off. That is not true. All bacteria and microorganisms that have respiratory nitrate reductase enzyme will be killed off. This enzyme, carried in certain anaerobic strains, such as Salmonella and E. coli, governs the electron transport function.
Some people have criticized Jim Humble for saying that chlorine dioxide “blows a hole” in the pathogen. It appears that the respiratory nitrate reductase enzyme actually pulls the trigger on contact with the chlorine dioxide molecule, setting off a chain reaction that blows up its own host.
There is no “good” or “bad” connotation here. There is only purpose being served naturally by all involved parties.
About 5% of large water-treatment facilities (serving more than 100,000 persons) in the United States use chlorine dioxide to treat drinking water. An estimated 12 million persons may be exposed in this way to chlorine dioxide and chlorite ions. In communities that use chlorine dioxide to treat drinking water, chlorine dioxide and its by-product, chlorite ions, may be present at low levels in tap water.
A friend who lives in Spain informed me that chlorine dioxide is the predominant water treatment method for 90% of France. However, he says that their water also contains high amounts of uranium.
The report fails to note that an estimated 75% of the American public, approximately 240 million people, are “consuming” chlorinated water in one way or another. We are paying a dear price for our deep and long-standing immersion into this and other chemical agents. Who decided that the course we have taken could not be reversed, or the effects, not mitigated? The term “incurable” only applies if we continue to embrace the same way of thinking in our efforts to change.
In this profile, the term “chlorite” will be used to refer to “chlorite ion,” which is a water-soluble ion. Chlorite ion can combine with metal ions to form solid salts (e.g., sodium chlorite). Sodium chlorite dissolves in water and forms chlorite ions and sodium ions. More than 80% of all chlorite (present as sodium chlorite) is used to make chlorine dioxide to disinfect drinking water. Sodium chlorite is also used as a disinfectant to kill germs.
We have cultivated a perception that all microorganisms are “germs” and therefore, should be killed off. We think that all “germs” are harmful, and therefore allow people to give us synthetic medications that will kill the “bad guys”. This is part of the problem with our thinking. Imagine what life would be like if chemicals rushed into an environment and bound up available oxygen, as the hydrocarbons did into the Gulf of Mexico during the BP Oil Spill, suffocating a large proportion of the marine life population. If this happens in the human body and anaerobic microorganisms don’t show up, what would such oxygen deprivation do to the body? Necrosis would set in, and do so in short order. So how “bad” can anaerobic microorganisms be?
Yet, we create a condition of gross over-chemicalization via our predominant method of water treatment, knowing full well the potential outcomes. When the disease pathologies eventually show up, which is now projected with the same anticipation as a bull market, we respond medically with treatment regimens that is largely chemical-based. This is why diseases come earlier in life and last longer. It’s a great way to get you sick, keep you sick and dependent on chemical medications, and appear to prolong your life.
I’ll continue examining the Toxicological Profile for Chlorine Dioxide and Chlorite and see what else comes up.