A group that advocates drinking bleach to cure illnesses, and conditions including autism will not be selling it at its Irish seminar next month, but may teach people how to use it.
The Genesis II Church of Health and Healing is due to hold a seminar in Kildare next month, despite controversy about the Master Mineral Solution it claims can cure cancer, autism, HIV, malaria, and other conditions.
MMS is a mixture of water and sodium chlorite, a chemical that cannot be sold for human consumption and is used in waste-water treatment and textile bleaching.
A Genesis II member dismissed warnings from the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), the National Poisons Information Centre of Ireland, and the Food Safety Authority, which have all advised the public not to consume MMS.
Self-proclaimed bishop Joseph Grenon, who is hosting the Kildare event, said it was not a seminar on MMS.
“It is a Genesis II Church of Health and Healing seminar,” he said.
“We have many sacraments that we use to help people restore their health. We do not sell or administer anything. This is a church service and we will be showing our future health ministers the amazing testimonies of people who have been restored to health using our sacraments.”
The Genesis II website lists 11 different substances under the heading “sacraments”, including MMS.
“The Genesis II Church of Health and Healing will be teaching about all of our sacraments, from clays, plants, minerals, and much more. These are sacred to us, as our Lord God has given us these wonderful things to use for our health,” said Mr Grenon.
“I, myself, have been restored to health using these wonderful sacraments and they are a blessing from our God. MMS is only one of our sacraments and it is as holy and sacred as the holy water of the Catholic Church and the bread of which they eat.”
The HRPA has warned that any manufacture, supply or sale of MMS for the purposes of treating a medical condition is illegal.
However, in a series of emails to the Irish Examiner, Mr Grenon said the HPRA holds no authority over the Genesis II church.
“Religious freedom gives us the right to believe, and use, what we deem necessary for our health,” he said.
“We do not manufacture, supply or sale [sic] anything for medical purposes. These are church members that seek our God-given sacraments in order to be more pure. We do not treat anyone.
“This is a private church service, so do not interrupt us during our service. We are not under these agencies, so please stop using their names, as they have no authority over us.”
Attendees at the weekend-long Kildare event are encouraged to make a €350 donation to the Genesis II church. Last month, an MMS salesman was sentenced to 51 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy, smuggling, selling misbranded drugs and defrauding the United States.
Louis Daniel Smith, 45, operated a business called Project GreenLife (PGL), from 2007 to 2011, and sold MMS over the internet.
“This verdict demonstrates that the department of justice will prosecute those who sell dangerous chemicals, as miracle cures, to sick people and their desperate loved-ones,” principal deputy assistant attorney general, Benjamin C. Mizer, said at the time.
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