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FDA: Church 'Miracle Cure' Is Highly Dangerous

Yet the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing marches on
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2019 11:05 AM CDT
Genesis II Church of Health and Healing "bishop" Mark Grenon confronts an ABC News reporter in 2016.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Bleach drinkers, unite: Your savior is here. The Genesis II Church of Health and Healing plans to meet Saturday at a Washington state hotel to promote its "miracle" health cure—otherwise known as industrial bleach, the Guardian reports. The group's Facebook invitation seeks $450 per attendee or $800 per couple to learn more about how the chemicals or "sacraments" can "save your life, or the life of a loved one sent home to die." Self-anointed "bishop" Mark Grenon, who's headlining the event, says in a video that the group's "sacramental protocols" can rid the world of nearly all disease including cancer, diabetes, autism, malaria, ebola, dengue fever, and multiple sclerosis. Anyone can buy $15 bottles of sodium chlorite or "sacramental cleansing water" and learn how to mix in citric acid to make chlorine dioxide.

Enter the FDA, which warns that many people have suffered severe dehydration, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea from drinking chlorine dioxide, which the group markets as "Miracle Mineral Supplement" or "MMS." The agency warns of "a significant health risk to consumers" and says there is no known research about effective MMS healing. Yet the "church" has posted a video of a British advocate giving Ugandan villagers the "miracle cure"—one of whom, a child, screams after swallowing it. In 2016, ABC News confronted group founder Jim Humble about reports of MMS-related injuries and deaths. "I say it ain't true," said Humble, who admitted to taking a financial cut from MMS seminars. And his medical background? "I didn't study medicine," Humble said. "I'm not a doctor and I'm proud of it." (Read more cult stories.)

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