Historical Use of Chlorine Dioxide
Nowadays, many people associate chloride dioxide with Jim Humble's MMS protocol, which has of course been in the
spotlight for several years already due to its power "anti-pathogenic" properties. Interestingly enough however,
this strange but remarkable substance plays a much bigger part in the world than most people realize.
First, chlorine dioxide is for the most part obtained from sodium chlorate but mixing the sodium chlorate with a
suitable acid. In fact, when you purchase MMS, you actually receive sodium chlorate, rather than chlorine dioxide.
You also receive some citric acid, which you then mix with the chlorate as per the instructions given. The reason
why MMS is not shipped premixed is because once mixed, the resultant substance is extremely volatile, meaning it
breaks down violently. For this reason, manufacturing plants have to take considerable care in order to avoid
explosions, hence the reason why they almost always bypass the gas phase.
One of the primary uses for chlorine dioxide is seen in the bleaching of paper pulp. Chlorine dioxide is also
widely used in the disinfectants industry, and ever since the late nineties, it's been increasingly used for water
purification. This is essentially because of its extreme effectiveness in killing a vast plethora of contaminants
and pathogens, including the likes of anthrax for example. Chlorine dioxide is also effective at killing certain
water borne viruses. In all this applications, it has proven to be far superior to regular elemental chlorine. In
fact, chlorine is one of a handful of biocides which has received EPA approval.
Over and above water treatment, chlorine dioxide has also been widely used to disinfect air, particularly in the
US following the anthrax attacks. It was also extensively used in the wake of hurricane Katrina in order to destroy
potentially dangerous mold which had began to accumulate in many homes due to the flooding.
Chlorine dioxide has and is still sometimes used in the teeth whitening process, although several other
substances tend to have overtaken it in terms of popularity. There are of course several other instances where
chlorine dioxide is used on a daily basis, such as the air scrubbers in animal waste treatment facilities.
One point of interest here is that the chlorine dioxide used in these cases is generally manufactured slightly
differently to the way it was done in the past. This change in the manufacturing process took place for two main
1) The more modern production process is considerably safer than the original process.
2) The new process does not result in manufacturers having to deal with large quantities of unwanted elemental
chlorine, a substance which is known to be carcinogenic.
Even though chlorine dioxide has so many uses, and despite the fact that thousands of people have begun using
MMS for health reasons, the ingestion of chlorine dioxide in many cases still remains a somewhat controversial
subject. This was once again highlighted twice during 2010 when the Food and Drug Administration issued an official
warning against using MMS. When the warning was questioned by advocates of this product, the reply was that several
people have suffered side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, and on occasions, internal inflammation.
A number of clinical trials have been carried out which supported the idea that regulated consumption poses no
real danger, but because of the strict level of control applied to those studies, some argue that the results may
not be 100% accurate.