A mother of two children who have autism and aspergers has claimed a US church said its bleach-based "miracle" treatment for serious health problems could cure her sons.
Fiona O’Leary, from Drimoleague in West Cork, said the remark was made when she contacted the group about this weekend’s seminar on “miracle mineral solution”, or MMS which is taking place in Monkstown, Dublin.
Speaking to the Irish Examiner, she said she called Genesis II Church’s Reverend Mark Kishon Christopher on Monday about the event.
The mother-of-five said Mr Christopher asked her if she was a genuine person seeking advice or from an organisation, before asking her to email the request.
When Ms O Leary asked if MMS “could really cure autism”, she alleges Mr Christopher replied it was not a possibility but a fact — a claim also made about numerous conditions on the Genesis II Church website.
Ms O Leary was then sent an email, giving directions to the seminar, and asking her for a €295 donation.
Mr Christopher did not address the issue when contacted by the Irish Examiner, describing this weekend’s event as a “water purification” seminar and saying: “MMS is not a health medication, I have never claimed it is a health medication.”
The advertisement for the seminar states: “When sodium chlorite is activated you can remove diseases [like] cancers, heart disease, diabetes, malaria and auto-immune dysfunctions.”
The situation follows repeated warnings in the US, Canada, England, and Australia about MMS, which the US Food and Drugs Association warnedwarning in July 2010 was “bleach”.
“The product instructs consumers to mix the 28% sodium chlorite solution with... citrus juice.
“This mixture produces chlorine dioxide, a potent bleach for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment,” it said.
In 2012, after three hospital admissions and other incidents linked to MMS, Dr Naren Gunja of New South Wales’ Poisons Information Centre in Australia told the Sydney Morning Herald: “It’s a bit like drinking concentrated bleach. They’ve had corrosive injuries: vomiting, stomach pains, diarrhoea.
“If you drink enough sodium chlorite it causes kidney problems, it could cause death.”
MMS creator, Jim Humble, has insisted in video blogs the side affects are nothing more than “stomach ache”, and that “nausea and vomiting happens occasionally”.
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