Patients warned as church sells 'bleach' as cure
IRISH patients have been warned that a scam-artist American religious group will arrive in Dublin this weekend, touting a false "miracle" cure for serious conditions.
The group, called the Genesis II Church, will attempt to scam vulnerable patients by passing off a "miracle mineral solution" as a cure for everything from cancer to HIV.
Instead, the solution becomes industrial strength bleach when taken as directed, which is highly dangerous if consumed and could even prove fatal.
The fake "cure all" product has been banned in the US, Canada and England after watchdogs warned that it was bleach.
The Health Products Regulatory Authority, formerly the Irish Medicines Board, and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland have issued a similar alert.
The product, MMS, is 28pc sodium chlorite drops mixed into water.
A chemical process turns the mixture into chlorine dioxide (industrial-strength bleach) when "activated" by a food-grade acid like citrus fruit, as advised by the group.
The chemical is far more potent than household bleach, and if users failed to follow MMS dilution instructions properly it could mean an even more potent concentration ends up in the body.
This could cause damage to the gut and red blood cells, potentially leading to respiratory failure.
The church is due to give a seminar at an undisclosed location in Monkstown this weekend. Anyone interested in attending must first email them to learn the location.
They also request a compulsory "donation" of €295 for people who wish to attend.
The church describes itself as a "non-religious" US health group set up in 2006 and based in the Dominican Republic.
It has a number of Irish members.
Advertisements on the church's website claim that MMS "can remove cancers, heart disease, diabetes, malaria and auto-immune dysfunctions".
The claims are wholly unsupported by any scientific evidence and the product is not licensed by any health body.
But the church sells the potentially fatal substance through its website.
When contacted by the Irish Examiner, the church's Mark Kishon Christopher said the Dublin event is a "water purification" seminar - a claim the group has previously been accused of using to avoid drug safety rules.
The church's founder, Jim Humble, has claimed he discovered MMS in a Guyana rainforest, while helping a malaria sufferer in 1996.
He has claimed that it is administered by "290 people in over 60 countries".
In 2010 the UK's Food Standards Agency launched a campaign to try to track down suppliers.