Sunday, 19 April 2020

Another Cynical Christian Scam

con-artist Jim Humble, inventor of MMS
US halts sale of bleach product touted as 'miracle' virus cure | France24

Never slow to miss a get-rich-quick opportunity, a Christian church has been selling a phony 'cure' for multiple ills, including Covid-19 and claiming it as a 'sacrament'.

The quack cure is the invention of con-artist Jim Humble, who set of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing as a vehicle for selling industrial bleach for around $50 a bottle under the brand-name "Miracle Mineral Solution" (MMS) with the claim that it will:

Cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent coronavirus, which includes COVID-19, as well as other diseases including Alzheimer’s, autism, brain cancer, HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis.

Now the scam has been halted by a federal judge in Florida at the request of the US Justice Department, on the grounds that:

I[t] is unlawful under the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 41 et seq., to advertise that a product can treat or cure human disease unless you possess competent and reliable scientific evidence, including, when appropriate, well-controlled human clinical studies, substantiating that the claims are true at the time they are made. For COVID-19, no such study is currently known to exist for the product identified above.

Thus, any coronavirus-related treatment or cure claims regarding such product are not supported by competent and reliable scientific evidence. You must immediately cease making all such claims. Violations of the FTC Act may result in legal action seeking a Federal District Court injunction and an order may require that you pay back money to consumers.

'Archbishop' Mark Grenon of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing
This was met with a furious response from self-styled 'Archbishop' Mark Grenon of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, who claimed God had told him to write the following letter:

I immediately prayed and the Lord told me to write back right away to stop this horrible attack from two ‘agencies’ that are full of corrupt evil players in the decision making positions that effect many people’s lives daily in commerce.

Now, they have gone too far! They are attacking a Church Sacrament. This is something that is ‘sacred’ or ‘holy’ to us as a Church. Folks, this is THE time to fight and NOT back down and let the whole world know what is happening!

You’ve seen in the last months how the world has changed in regard to control over our lives health wise! The ‘virus’ has NOT even been identified! The test isn’t even looking for a virus and didn’t even follow the Koch’s 4 steps to identifying an agent and if it is contagious … Our bodies and our health are at stake! You want to enjoy good health, practice ‘SELFCARE’ NOT a healthcare system taught by Big Pharma and poisoning the body with horrible toxins and procedures!

Apparently, 'Archbishop' Mark Grenon's god is on the side of anyone who can con frightened and gullible Christians out of money.

When his quack cure began receiving media attention, Humble tried to cover himself by saying on his website that "MMS cures nothing" and scuttling off to Mexico, safely out of the reach of US justice. He then put up the following disclaimer:

It is important to note that MMS does not cure disease. MMS is an oxidizer, it kills pathogens and destroys poisons. When these are reduced or eliminated in the body, then the body can function properly and thereby heal.

But this was well buried beneath such quack health claims as:

In 1996, while on a gold mining expedition in South America, I discovered that chlorine dioxide [ie bleach] quickly eradicates malaria.

Since that time, 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…

The US Food and Drug Administration has warned that the product could cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and symptoms of severe dehydration.

The United States has set up specialized units tasked with combating fraud linked to the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far claimed more than 35,000 lives nationwide. It remains to be seen how many Christian churches will be prevented from selling their prayers, incantations and even 'the blood of Christ' as a miracle cure whilst encouraging gullible people to gather together in churches to give money and where they can better spread the virus.

Hat-tip: Barry Duke of the FreeThinker

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