Senator wants action on bleach ‘cure’

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has been urged to address the Seanad over what action officials are taking to prevent a "toxic chemical" form of bleach claiming to "cure" a host of serious conditions from being given to vulnerable Irish children.

Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout issued the call for action against the use of “mineral mineral solution”, also known as MMS and CD protocol, after the sale and promotion of the banned product was revealed by the Irish Examiner.

Speaking in the Seanad yesterday, the former Children’s Rights Alliance chief executive said the product, which claims to be able to “remove” conditions such as cancer, autism, HIV and malaria, is “industrial strength bleach” and poses a significant threat to the public.

However, despite the item being banned in Ireland, Britain and Canada after a number of “life-threatening reactions,” she said the group behind it — Genesis II Church, which was set up by US citizen and ex-Scientologist Jim Humble — is still attempting to promote it in this country under the guise of “water purification” seminars, with a number of Irish church members openly administering the product to vulnerable children.

Her request for a Senate debate was supported by other senators, who said the fact MMS was being “peddled” was “alarming”, including Labour’s Mary Moran, and Jim D’Arcy and Michael Mullins, Fine Gael.

As detailed in Saturday’s Irish Examiner, the Genesis II Church is planning to hold a seminar on MMS in Newtown, Moone, Co Kildare, on November 15 and 16, with participants asked to pay a €285 “donation” to attend.


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