The State Attorney General's Office has launched an investigation into the gurus and pseudoscientists who spread the idea that the compound MMS (Miracle Mineral Supplement) -it is actually sodium chlorite, a derivative of bleach- is a cure for autism, according to has advanced 'El Periódico de Catalunya'.
The decision of the Public Ministry has its origin in the complaint that Sanidad presented about this compound in mid-October. Specifically, the department headed by María Luisa Carcedo aimed at the sale and advertising of the product, pointing to a possible crime against public health.
The complaint pointed to the sale of MMS through several websites. These pages, according to sources quoted by the Catalan newspaper, would be under the magnitude of the Prosecutor's Office, where it is highlighted that it is a "particularly complex" case.
Although the use of MMS as a drug has been banned for eight years, some healers have defended its effectiveness in overcoming this and other diseases, such as malaria or Ebola, although it lacks any scientific basis. Among them, stands out the name of the Lleida-born Josep Pàmies, who just three weeks ago was fined by the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya with 600,000 euros.
The cause of the fine was also in the aforementioned bleach derivative: he organized a conference on alleged cures of autism in which the MMS was disseminated as a "remedy". It was not the first time the Catalan Administration sanctioned Pàmies in recent months.
The first, of 90,000 euros – which Pàmies announced it will appeal – is also related to the same pseudomedicamento. While the second reaches 30,000 euros – already paid – corresponds to the promotion of the use of certain plants as a cure for cancer.