New warning sounded in US over a 'miracle cure' church

New warning sounded in US over a 'miracle cure' church March 11, 2016

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.
Humble argued:

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.

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  • Peterat

    A Genesis II bishop is currently being prosecuted in Canada for administering this poison concoction to his cancer-ridden 4 yr old son, makes my proud of my country!!

  • Old Nick

    “You don’t get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.”
    L. Ron Hubbard.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    is currently being prosecuted in Canada for administering this poison concoction to his cancer-ridden 4 yr old son
    ATTENTION: the following is sarcasm:
    If he was in Idaho, he’d have RELIGIOUS FREEDOM !
    Sarcasm is over.

  • Club Secretary

    It has proven to restore partial or full health to hundreds of thousands of people suffering from a wide range of disease, including………………………….
    Damn it won’t make my amputated leg re-grow.

  • Cali Ron

    There seems to be no limit to the incredible things people will believe as long as it’s “religious”. How can you take someone serious who says things like “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.” Please lock him up and send him on his “out-of-body” vacation.

  • L.Long

    For adults using this stuff, it is hopefully a Darwin award. For any using it on their kids, do not deserve to have kids.

  • This rich man could become one million dollars richer were he to submit his claims to the One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge.
    He could keep the money or donate it to charity. What’s the hold-up?

  • Angela_K

    The one thing this stuff does not cure and that is gullibility and stupidity.

  • Vanity Unfair

    Out-of-body abilities would be useful in prison but only because out-of-mind practices got him there in the first place.
    The pedlars of this poison have been warned before.

  • John the Drunkard

    I don’t think the Randi prize is applicable. Is this dweeb claiming anything magical or supernatural? If so he would need an extra layer of rationalization to sell this poison.
    This would appear to be straight pseudo-science and quackery. I wonder how Humble even came up with THIS particular universal panacea.

  • Broga

    Bloody hell, and I thought statins were bad.

  • AgentCormac

    The gullible. The desperate. The naive. They are out there in their millions. And there will always be someone willing to fleece them for what little they have in the name of religion. It’s the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on mankind, by mankind.
    Yet more false promises from those who peddle lies as truth.

  • dionigi

    Although this is a scam and a fraud and has no evidence to show it works sites such as this cater to sceptics and should be careful what they write. As it says it is taken only a few drops at a time, it is the dosage that is the poison not the substance. Nitroglycerine is taken for heart complaints but it is the dose that works. Ordinary bleach is used to disinfect many things which are subsequently eaten including salads. Selling bleach as a cure is the scam not telling people to ingest a few drops watered down with fruitjuice. Anyway people swim in the stuff eveytime they go to the pool it is also added to drinking water.

  • Laura Roberts

    @JohnTheDrunkard: ironically, he may have come up with it because (a) to the gullible, it seems “science-y” and (b) it probably tastes like some kind of medicine. Unfortunately his naive customers have been trained from the cradle to trust church leaders more than anyone else.

  • Brian Jordan

    How does anybody fall for this? I swear by Lydia’s Compound myself.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    Seems rather expensive, I can buy bleach for £1 a litre at my local supermarket (buggered if I’ll drink it though).

  • barriejohn

    Brian Jordan:
    “Lydia E Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound”–0v4

  • barriejohn

    Graham Martin-Royle: How about the mark-up on “Holy Water”?
    What a racket!

  • Why not say household bleach cures cancer and autism and just about anything?
    If you believe in the miraculous, you can say then that it is possible that household bleach can cure cancer if you drink some for three days.
    You can ignore research that says it could kill you or permanently injure your body. You could say that it is talking about bleach that does not have the miracle power or say that bleach from now on has the power so the research doesn’t apply. Chances are you will say, “Look it did some people good so it works. Those who died after taking it did not have enough faith or it let them die for it was for the best in the divine plan”. Anyway to believe in miracles, you have to put aside the research that says for example some illnesses cannot just disappear. They do when magic makes an input.
    The placebo effect can fool anybody into thinking a treatment works when it is in fact useless. And bringing in the supernatural into it is a placebo in itself. You get hope from the thought that the laws of cause and effect may not apply in your case and your illness may lessen or vanish which is not the norm. You get hope from feeling that God is going to miraculously cure your toothache and let children die of cancer – you feel that special and that important.
    What if proof appears that the treatment is dangerous? Argue that there are testimonials that say different. You will always have testimonials anyway no matter what kind of rubbish medicine you put out. Argue that many medical treatments were controversial and poorly understood for years and then were endorsed by the medical professionals. Blame the drug companies for creating scepticism towards the treatment you have invented. Argue that the bleach works best if people use it secretly and that if anybody gets sick and dies it is not down to the bleach but some unknown factor. Perhaps the magic has a reason for letting the bleach cure one person and not another?
    Notice how people will eventually see through it if you blame the drug companies. They will also see that though it is true some treatments that work have been condemned by medicine, that medicine will discern the truth in time. Time will tell but if a treatment is scoffed at by the medical professionals for long enough it will become clear that the treatment really is useless. Notice how once you bring “mysterious divine purpose” and the supernatural into it there is no limit to the things you can say to give the impression that an ineffective treatment is effective. Get a few testimonials and people will fall for it.
    Anybody can be detached from reality. We all suffer that to some extent and some more than others. But nothing makes the bubble you put yourself in harder to burst than religion. It gives you infinite ways to excuse the inexcusable or to believe utter shite.
    If you really believe in the miraculous, you will not object to the person who says bleach has miracle powers. You will say, “Maybe it does!” Or, “She has a right to her religious opinions even if they are not the same opinions as myself.” Actions speak loudest.