COUNCIL officers are warning attendees of an alternative medicine festival not to consume “potentially harmful” bleach-like substance being offered as a miracle cure.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s trading standards service have responded to concerns that a potentially harmful substance known as Miracle Mineral Solution could be on sale at a health this Bank Holiday weekend.

Officers have raised concerns about the products which they understand could be on sale at the Spirit of Health Congress on Saturday and Monday.

Attendees have paid up to £89 to go to the two events with organisers claiming that leading contributors, researchers and practitioners of alternative medicine and law will speak for the first time in history of the United Kingdom.

Advice given out by the council officiers said that Miracle Mineral Solution is sold as an oral supplement and is a 28% sodium chlorite solution, which is equivalent to industrial-strength bleach.

When taken as directed it could cause severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, potentially leading to dehydration and reduced blood pressure.

The officers warn that if the solution is diluted less than instructed, it could cause damage to the gut and red blood cells, potentially resulting in respiratory failure.

The Food Standards Agency has previously warned that Miracle Mineral Solution and Chlorine Dioxide Solution should not be consumed.

Chlorine Dioxide Solution is a more dilute product and not as potentially dangerous as MMS, it could irritate and damage the skin and gastrointestinal tract if swallowed.

Anyone aware of these products being sold are asked to contact their local trading standards team on 03454 04 05 06.

Anyone who has any of these products should throw them away. If someone has consumed MMS, CDS or similar products and feels unwell, they should consult their doctor.