The Health Products Regulatory Authority said an “active investigation” is under way, after the Irish Examiner revealed a seminar promoting the internationally discredited “miracle mineral solution” is planned for Dublin this weekend.
As reported yesterday, the group behind the seminar — Genesis II Church — claims its product can “remove” cancer, autism, HIV, malaria and other serious illnesses.
However, US safety watchdog, the Food and Drugs Agency and its counterparts in England, Canada and Australia, have warned it is in fact an “industrial strength bleach”.
Speaking to this newspaper, a spokesperson for the Health Products Regulatory Authority — previously the Irish Medicines Board — said it is examining the product, and if it is being sold to seriously ill Irish people.
The spokesperson was unable to comment further as the matter is a live case.
Separate sources have confirmed that after the drugs watchdog was alerted to the seminar, it visited two people who are selling or administering the product in Ireland.
The individuals are understood to be a man in Co Kildare and a person with a medical background in the west of Ireland.
It is unclear what, if any, connection the individuals have to the organisers of this weekend’s seminar on the MMS product, Genesis II Church.
It is also unclear what, if any, connection they have to a website linked to Genesis II Church called www.mmsireland.org, set up a number of months ago to promote the group and the product in this country.
A message on this website’s homepage states: “This website was launched and is being maintained by a group of people who consider themselves privileged and lucky to have become aware of ‘miracle mineral solution’ water purification drops and the great works of Archbishop Jim Humble [the founder of Genesis II Church].”
A separate message from Mr Humble, dated January 12, 2014, says the group is “available to heal people in this country”.
The group behind the “miracle” cure says it is “a non-religious church of health and healing to serve mankind”, but the truth is far simpler than that.
Genesis II Church was set up in 2010 by US mining engineer Jim Humble to promote MMS. Based in the Dominican Republic, the group has 290 “health ministers” in 60 nations, including Ireland.
The “church” website consists of a number of MMS products — described as “sacraments” — for sale, alongside videos and books on the same products.
It also explains how individuals who attend seminars, and pay compulsory donations, can receive a “doctorate degree” allowing them to administer MMS.
“The doctor’s certificate is dependent upon some experience. Once a student or minister has healed 10 people we feel justified in issuing a doctorate degree. Why wouldn’t we?
“No other healer anywhere on earth can do what a Genesis II Church doctor or minister can do,” the group’s website — which says people can buy membership cards to ‘protect’ them from modern medical treatments — states.