Los Angeles, California — Preying upon the worst health fears of parents, parishioners, and others, the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing in Southern California sells a supposed “miracle cure” for diseases ranging from autism to cancer, malaria, and HIV/AIDS.
The church charges nearly $100 for a dozen 4-ounce bottles of the so-called health “elixir.”
But the “cure” is really a chemical solution made of industrial-strength bleach, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The elixir’s creator is Jim Humble, a former Scientologist and Nevada gold prospector who asserts that he’s a billion-year-old god from the galaxy Andromeda.
Humble claims he discovered the miracle potion while prospecting in the South America jungles and that he used it to cure a friend with malaria.
He stated in a video that he,
“treated 800 cases of HIV just recently in Africa, every one of them came out good.”
The church’s archbishop, Mark Grenon, told a crowd of believers in February 2016 that he had cured, “just with the one drop an hour” diseases “from prostate cancer to brain cancer to autism.” He was speaking to audience members who paid $450 each to attend a seminar at an upmarket hotel in wealthy Orange County, California.
At the gathering Grenon read a document from a patient who supposedly wrote, “I coughed up a tumor.” Grenon added, “The doctor was flabbergasted. The tumor is gone.”
The church claims the “elixir” is its sacrament, and calls it the Miracle Mineral Solution or MMS.
Grenon told the audience at the seminar,
“Jesus heals you while you drink this,”
According to an ABC News report, the church has sold millions of MMS “miracle cure” kits to believers around the world.
But doctors debunk the church’s claim.
Dr. Paul Wang, senior president of the U.S. advocacy group Autism Speaks, observes,
“This is a high-strength industrial bleach. It really scares me that people would give this to their kids because it is a poison.”
He adds, “You can’t blame any parent for wanting to help their child. In this case, we just want to make sure that everybody understands MMS is not a cure.”
Dr. Steven Novella of the Yale School of Medicine agrees. He cautions,
“Vulnerable, desperate people are always going to be targets for con men. There’s a lot of money to be made from them.”
But those who partake of the “cure” risk more than just losing money. Recipients have reported side effects including diarrhea and nausea after ingesting MMS. Nevertheless, church authorities dismiss these concerns and say the symptoms are evidence that the “cure” is working.
Federal prosecutors are monitoring the church, and they warn not only that MMS will not cure any illness, but that it would be more appropriate as a solution to clean swimming pools or appliances.
Benjamin Mizer, principal deputy assistant attorney general with the U.S. Department of Justice, notes that one person is being prosecuted for selling the “cure,” and other prosecutions may follow. “They can be prosecuted, yes,” Mizer says, “if they are selling it in order to cure diseases and are telling people that it will cure diseases.”
Mizer concludes that the church “might as well be selling Clorox.”