Is there any miracle to be found in miracle mineral solution?

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Well, there is a short answer and a long answer.  The short answer is no.  There are no health benefits, miraculous or otherwise to be found in Miracle Mineral Solution.  Now, in traditional Great Ape fashion, I will tell you about the latest medical scam that I have learned about.  This is the long version for those of you who are still reading.

Miracle Mineral Solution, or MMS for short, is a substance sold by Jim Humble.  He claims that this product can cure AIDS, all forms of hepatitis, cancer, and a wide variety of other ailments.  But what is MMS exactly?

Miracle Mineral Solution. It has no minerals. It has no miracles. But, it is a solution.

MMS is a solution of sodium chlorite that a person is supposed to put in their drinking water with a few drops of vinegar.  It is supposed to be absorbed by the body and damage any and all pathogens without harming the healthy tissue.  Now there are a few problems with these claims.  First, there are no minerals in this solution.  Second, sodium chlorite is bleach.  Third, there is no such thing as a substance that is capable of killing pathogens that does not do some level of damage to any living tissue.

So why is MMS so bad for you?  Well to put it bluntly, MMS is industrial strength bleach.  Sodium chlorite is used in textiles, lumber, paper production, and cleansing solutions.  Now you may have the same question that I did when learning about this product; why would anyone think that this stuff is safe to drink?

Sodium chlorite is used in water purification.  This use is very different than the use when it is sold as MMS however.  In profesional water purification, the sodium chlorite is added in small amounts while being exposed to UV light.  The UV light causes sodium chlorite to degrade rapidly so that it is not in the water anymore when it is distributed.

So what are the dangers of drinking water with MMS added to it.  Well, MMS is just bleach.  Bleach is a powerful oxidizer, which means that it destroys the molecules of tissues in order to become more stable at the molecular level.  This means that MMS degrades the tissues of the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines.

In the words of Tyler Durton, “this is a chemical burn.”

The dangers of ingesting MMS go beyond the degradation of bodily tissues in the GI tract.  MMS can coagulate bodily fluids and destroy red blood cells, which in turn can lead to a wide host of medical problems.

So remember, MMS is just one more fraud that preys on the desperation of people with severe illnesses.  If you use it, please stop for your own health.  If you know someone who uses it, please try to help them stop.  And remember, this stuff is just bleach.

How the fossil record and human behavior disprove the food pyramid

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[edit] I would like to clarify a point in this article.  When I talk about any food being bad or I disagree with the food pyramid, I am only advocating caution in putting large amounts of those food into your diet.  I do not mean that everyone should avoid these foods at all times.

So I keep seeing advertisements for the new food pyramid. Now I’m all for the idea of giving children a helpful tool so that they can eat better. But looking at it, I can tell that it is not giving the best advise when it comes to proper diet. The two things that let me know that the pyramid is not the best diet are basic human behavior and the fossil record of human evolution; and while I’m at it, I can also prove a growing diet fad wrong.

Now before I get too into the argument, I feel like I should explain the food pyramid to some extent so that I can properly argue against it.  This is the latest food pyramid, 

Now according to this pyramid, a healthy diet consists of large amounts of grain and dairy, followed by vegetables and fruit, finally followed by meats and oils.  Now there seems to be some truth to this diet, but there are a few things that I have a problem with.

To start off, the inability to properly digest gluten is being recognized in more and more people around the world.  To me, this could be an indication that the human diet did not contain wheat until very recently on the evolutionary time scale.  This would mean that our species has not evolved to the point where the consumption of common grains is healthy for the majority.

When it comes to dairy being the second biggest slice of the “pie chart,” I can only say that humans are the only mammals on the planet that regularly consume milk after infancy.  The high rates of lactose intolerance and dairy allergies in mammals shows that the heavy consumption of dairy after infancy is probably not the healthiest thing in the world.

Now, onto the title of this article, the fossil record.  If we look at the human skull, as well as the skulls of our most recent ancestors, we can pretty easily tell what diet we evolved into.

To start off, the changes in hominid teeth.  As you can see in the above picture, hominids have always had grinding teeth.  This points to our species being a heavy eater of plant matter.  This can also be easily seen in the skulls A-F.  These skulls are longer and flatter than the skulls that come after, evidence of the need for powerful jaw muscles.  There are only two reasons that we hominids would really need that much power in our jaw, the need to grind raw plant material, or the need to kill our prey with our bite.  Considering that our teeth have never been that sharp when compared to purely predatory mammals like the felines, it can be implied that early hominids needed that skull shape to make the chewing of raw plants easier.

Another interesting thing that you can see in the progression is that over time the skull has gotten rounder and the teeth have gotten smaller.  To me, this shows that the smarter hominids were more successful than the great chewers. This change is also around the time that hominids were believed to have discovered the uses of fire.  This would mean that as hominids evolved, they were able to devote more energy to the mental than the physical.  They didn’t need as much jaw strength since cooking food usually made it easier to chew and digest.  Now the fossil record shows that we humans evolved to eat much more plant matter than the food pyramid says we should, but what about our meat consumption?  Is the food pyramid right about that one?

This is where human behavior comes into play.  When you look at the foods that people crave the most, you find that we crave meat, fats, and sugars.  Now why would we crave these things when the fossil record shows that our staple food was vegetation?  That’s actually pretty easy to answer, we didn’t get those foods very often back in the day.  When an animal needs a particular substance in their diet, they have powerful cravings for the foods that contain said substance.  These cravings are usually stronger when the food is harder to find, since the animal that gorges itself on vital nutrients would be the healthiest and therefor the most successful in passing on its genes.  Since we humans have strong cravings for meat, fats, and sugar, I believe that these resources were harder to find in the natural world.  That would then mean that our bodies evolved to get meats, oils, and sugars in smaller amounts than vegetables.

So let’s put this all together, shall we?  Humans are an animal that evolved from ancestors that were designed to eat raw plant matter over meat, we then evolved with our use of fire to eat cooked foods, the rate of gluten intolerence is being shown as very high, we crave meat and sugar, and mammals do not consume dairy after infancy.

This would mean that the food pyramid is right about meat and oils/sweets only.  When you look at our evolution and behavior, the human being is an animal that should thrive on a diet primarily of cooked and raw vegetables, a decent amount of fruit, small amounts of meat, and occasional indulgences of oils and sugars.  Grains and dairy should most likely be eaten in similar quantities for the best health, or not at all for individuals with intolerance to either one.

Now I want to clarify that I am not a medical professional.  If you want to know more about this, I would recommend that you talk to your doctor before changing your diet.  If your doctor does not feel comfortable giving this advice or is too busy to sit down long enough to talk about diet, then have a doctor you trust recommend a nutritionist.  A doctor or nutritionist can go over your diet and make sure that you eat foods to maximize your health and nutrient intake.

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