Multiple agencies raided the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing in Bradenton, Florida, on Wednesday in connection with search warrants and a federal order involving a toxic bleach concoction that the church has been selling as an alleged drinkable preventative, treatment and cure for COVID-19.
Mark Grenon, 62, and his sons Jonathan Grenon, 34, Jordan Grenon, 26, and Joseph Grenon, 32, all of Bradenton, were charged Wednesday in Miami with conspiracy and criminal contempt in the manufacture and sale of a mixture called “Miracle Mineral Solution,” or MMS, that prosecutors said has been linked to illnesses and death.
Back in April, the FDA issued an injunction against the church for distributing the solution, which is a combination of sodium chlorite and water. The father-and-sons team marketed MMS as a miracle cure not just for the coronavirus but also for dozens of other serious diseases and conditions, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, multiple sclerosis, HIV and AIDS, prosecutors said.
“The Grenons allegedly directed their customers to ingest MMS orally, which causes the solution to become chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleach, typically used for industrial water treatment or bleaching textiles, pulp and paper,” prosecutors said.
Drinking the chemical mix is the same as drinking bleach, which can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea and life-threatening low blood pressure, the Food and Drug Administration warned.
President Trump in April falsely suggested that injecting oneself with disinfectant might cure the coronavirus. He later claimed this was a joke.
In the case of MMS, prosecutors said that the FDA “has received reports of people requiring hospitalizations, developing life-threatening conditions and dying after drinking MMS.”
In April, prosecutors argued that any medicinal claims about MMS are “unsupported by any well-controlled clinical studies or other credible scientific substantiation.”
Court order filed yesterday calls for Genesis II Church of Health and Healing to cease immediately, as well as granting FDA authority to inspect facility without notice.
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The Grenons told the judge shortly after the ruling that they would not comply with the court order. They also threatened violence in letters sent to the judge, prosecutors said.
ABC 7 reports that Hazmat crews recovered 50 gallons of muriatic acid, 22 gallons of the finished “Miracle Mineral Solution,” and 8,300 pounds sodium chlorite.
The FDA says the family that lives here sold what they called “MMS” or “miracle mineral solution.” Claiming it would cure Covid or a whole host of medical problems. The FDA says it’s the equivalent to industrial strength bleach @FOX13News #manatee pic.twitter.com/4BmEwlyqv4
— Kim Kuizon FOX 13 (@kkuizon) July 8, 2020