A church has been accused of attempting to capitalize on the coronavirus crisis by offering a “cure” for the disease – which is actually a deadly bleaching agent.
A product sold by the Genesis ll Church of Health and Healing in Queensland, Australia is marketed as a Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) when in fact it can cause serious health problems and death.
The controversial church – banned by YouTube, Facebook and Twitter since 2019 – sells products laced with an industrial bleach called chlorine dioxide, also known as powdered sodium chlorite.
It sells the product called HCL-MMS1 in 140ml bottles for $ 32 Australian dollars (£ 17), while their website shows buyers how to mix and drink the product, suggesting it is a “water purification treatment.”
However, the products have already been banned in the US after the FDA was ordered last month to stop the sale of the “ unapproved, unproven and potentially dangerous coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment product ” in America.
Australian 7News reports that “the injunction stated that MMS was a chemical that, when combined with the supplied activator, creates a powerful bleaching solution.”
If swallowed, the product can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe dehydration and even death.
With concerns over the sale of the product in Australia, locals have labeled the Genesis II Church as “morally bankrupt and deadly” online.
A Twitter user expressed his outrage at the product being sold in Australia after a ban in America, tweeting: “Not here, too. Fat people are exploited by soulless, criminal crooks. ‘
Another tweeted: “I think this absolutely terrifying WTF is wrong with these people?”
While another tweeted about the dangers of using the toxic product, he wrote, “Apart from the fact that it will kill you, it doesn’t cure everything except stupidity if you drink it and die.”
The Australian academic, Professor Ken Harvey of Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, has requested the government to ban the sale of the product by filing a complaint with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration.
However, he fears the action may not be swift, telling 7News, “The TGA is effectively powerless … and flooded with complaints about fake coronavirus treatments.”
He also warned, “This is bleach and it is dangerous.”
The use of bleach as a treatment for coronavirus has been in the headlines since U.S. President Donald Trump proposed investigating whether bleach injection could work as a cure.
He said at a news conference last month, “I see the sanitizer where it will come out in a minute. A minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injecting inside or by almost cleaning? So it would be interesting to check that. ‘
He later claimed the comment had been made sarcastic.