Back in 2010, The Guardian introduced its readers to ‘bishop’ Jim Humble, above, a man who, on a visit to South America in 1996, allegedly discovered a ‘cure’ for virtually all known diseases and ailments: MMS, also known as Miracle Mineral Solution or Miracle Mineral Supplement.
MMS is basically an industrial bleach – and anyone contemplating taking it should be aware of this US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning:
The product, when used as directed, produces an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health. The product instructs consumers to mix the 28 percent sodium chlorite solution with an acid such as citrus juice.
This mixture produces chlorine dioxide, a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment. High oral doses of this bleach, such as those recommended in the labeling, can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration.
MMS was clearly making Humble rich. Very rich indeed. The last thing he needed was government interference in his “miracle cure” scam, and he saw a neat way of getting round the problem by establishing a church to promote MMS.
Look at the Catholics. Their priests have been molesting women and children for centuries and the governments have not been able to stop it. If handled properly a church can protect us from vaccinations that we don’t want, from forced insurance, and from many things that a government might want to use to oppress us.
And so it came to pass that the Genesis II Church of Health & Healing was created to market MMS – but not directly, although its site will direct you to suppliers selling a basic kit for $21.50 and a 24-pack for $320. It is taken only a few drops at a time, and church officials say it should be combined with citric acid as an activator. (Prosecutors say that creates chlorine dioxide, an agent used to bleach textiles.)
Floyd Jerred, 78, a bishop in the church, is reported in The Washington Post this week as saying:
As long as I’m just telling you about it, it’s just education. And if they do lock me up, I know how to do out-of-body travel. I can go anywhere, see anything I want to see anyway.
The WP revealed that one Louis Daniel Smith, 46, is currently serving a sentence of four years and three months in federal prison for selling MMS.
But MMS and testimonials about its effectiveness continue to proliferate online, largely because it it heavily promoted by the Genesis II Church of Health & Healing. Church leaders put on costly seminars for people to learn more about the product, and one later this month in Houston, Texas, asks people for “$500 cash at the door”, according to an online listing.
Benjamin C Mizer, the principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s civil division, said supplements are not subject to standards as rigorous as those for FDA-approved drugs. MMS, he said, represents a “particularly egregious” case.
The people who are promoting and distributing MMS are telling people to ingest bleach, and that is not good for anyone.
Mizer said the Justice Department:
Is not here to comment on their [the church’s] beliefs, but if they are promoting a product and claiming that it will cure diseases, they are subjecting themselves to the jurisdiction of the FDA and the Justice Department, and we won’t hesitate to prosecute bad actors.
He declined to comment on whether the church or its leaders were being investigated.
An FDA spokesman said the agency received 16 adverse incident reports from users from 2004 to early 2016, including one death. That number could be low, however, as those distributing MMS tell users that some negative side effects, at least initially, are to be expected.
Authorities in other countries – including Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom – have also warned against using MMS.
The church’s website says it is headquartered in the Dominican Republic, although it lists locations across the United States and claimed that as of December 2014 it had:
Trained 1400+ Health Ministers in 110+ countries around the globe.
Humble’s own website says of MMS:
It has proven to restore partial or full health to hundreds of thousands of people suffering from a wide range of disease, including cancer, diabetes, hepatitis A, B, C, Lyme disease, MRSA, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, malaria, autism, infections of all kinds, arthritis, high cholesterol, acid reflux, kidney or liver diseases, aches and pains, allergies, urinary tract infections, digestive problems, high blood pressure, obesity, parasites, tumors and cysts, depression, sinus problems, eye disease, ear infections, dengue fever, skin problems, dental issues, problems with prostate (high PSA), erectile dysfunction and the list goes on.
This is by far not a comprehensive list. I know it sounds too good to be true, but according to feedback I have received over the last 18 years, I think it’s safe to say MMS is able to overcome most diseases known to mankind.