- O<sub>2</sub> MYGA III
- Sundance Nachez mineral water
For Patients & Caregivers
Bottom Line: The purported benefits of MICOM are not supported by current medical and scientific knowledge.
The manufacturers of this liquid claim that it is designed to mimic natural spring mineral water. The website that advertises this supplement claims that it raises cellular oxygen levels,” allows detoxification, and cancer cells for recognition and elimination by the immune system.This is based on the idea that cancer cells grow because of a lack of oxygen, and that raising the oxygen concentration in the body will kill cancer cells. Some animal studies suggest inhaling oxygen-rich air may inhibit cancer cells growth. However, there is no evidence that oral preparations have the same effect.
There is no scientific evidence to support any of the following purported uses.
- To relieve withdrawal symptoms from alcoholism and drug addiction
- To treat asthma
- To prevent and treat cancer
- To treat circulatory disorders
- For improved cognitive performance
- To detoxify the body
- To treat hepatitis
- To treat HIV and AIDS
- To treat leukemia
- To improve strength and stamina
- Case Reports: (1) A 52-year old man with colon and liver cancer experienced kidney and heart failure leading to death after being given intravenous MICOM that was contaminated with bacteria. It was found that the high levels of potassium in MICOM caused the man’s death. (2) A second patient with brain cancer developed an infection, pneumonia, and kidney failure after being given the same contaminated product.
For Healthcare Professionals
Bogus mineral solution advertised to prevent and treat cancer and other degenerative diseases by “raising cellular oxygen levels.” Also called O2 MYGA III and Sundance Nachez mineral water, the product is said to “simulate natural spring mineral water” and is prepared with igneous rock, iron pyrite, weak acids and bases. Its supposed efficacy is based on the theory that a high-oxygen environment is lethal to cancer cells and that its minerals “tag” cancer cells for recognition and elimination by the immune system. Despite the claims by the manufacturer, no clinical evidence supports the use of this product.
In February 2002, a Washington nurse was indicted after administering intravenous MICOM to a cancer patient who subsequently died from kidney and heart failure. A physician testified that high levels of potassium in MICOM caused the death. This product has also been found to be contaminated with bacteria (1).
The product web site claims that conditions of low cellular oxygen cause and are indicative of cancer and that MICOM raises cellular oxygen levels to 10-13 ppm, allowing detoxification and reduced organ burden. Supplemental respiratory oxygen is thought to have anticancer activities by enhancing T cells and NK cells (2). No evidence shows that MICOM raises cellular oxygen levels. The web site also claims the theory that the mineral water will “tag” cancer cells so they might be recognized and eliminated by the immune system, which is against current scientific understanding.
Case Reports: A 52-year old man with colon and liver cancer experienced kidney and heart failure leading to death after intravenous infusion of MICOM found to be contaminated with bacteria. A physician testified that high levels of potassium in MICOM caused the man’s death. A second patient with brain cancer experienced infection, pneumonia, and kidney failure after infusion with the same contaminated product.(1)