A group called the "Genesis II Church of Health and Healing" plans to gather in a Washington hotel resort on Saturday to promote a "miracle cure" claiming to produce 95% of the world's diseases of adults and children, including infants, to cure drink industrial bleach.
The group invites members of the public via Facebook to attend Saturday morning at Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth, the so-called "effective alternative cure". The organizer of the event, Tom Merry, posted the event on his personal Facebook page, telling people that learning bleach "could save lives or the life of a loved one who was sent home to to die".
The "Church" asks attendees to "donate" $ 450 or $ 800 per couple to receive membership and receive packages of bleach, which they call "sacraments." The chemical is referred to as MMS or "miracle mineral solution or supplement," and participants are promised that they "will acquire the knowledge that will cure many people of the terrible diseases of the world."
In fact, MMS consists of chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleaching agent used in textiles as well as in industrial water treatment. It is banned for use as a medical treatment in several countries of the world.
In the US, the chemical can not be sold for human consumption. In 2010, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public warning after being notified of numerous injuries while consuming the liquid. The symptoms included nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe dehydration and a person who had a life-threatening reaction.
The FDA gave the blunt advice: "Consumers who have MMS should discontinue use immediately and throw it away."
An FDA spokesman told the Guardian that the agency could not comment on possible civil or criminal prosecutions, but added, "The FDA continues to inform consumers about the dangers of Miracle Mineral Solution, and the agency has issued warnings to consumers spent last decade. "
The main attraction of Saturday's event in Leavenworth is Mark Grenon, a self-appointed "bishop" of the Genesis II Church. He's the author of a book called Imagine A World without Disase: is it possible?
In a video posted on Church's website, Grenon says the "sacramental protocols" sold by the group account for 95% of the world's diseases, including malaria, Ebola, dengue, all types of cancer, diabetes, autism and HIV, can eliminate and multiple sclerosis. It sells 4 ounces of sodium chlorite as "sacramental cleansing water" for $ 15 and gives instructions on how to mix it with citric acid to make chlorine dioxide.
The Guardian turned to Grenon to ask why he sold industrial bleaches that the FDA considered potentially dangerous as a panacea, but he did not respond immediately.
To promote the event, Merry posted a link on Facebook to a video claiming that people with malaria will be cured in two hours. The video shows a British supporter of MMS traveling to a village in Uganda, where he orders several villagers for the "miracle cure".
One of the victims shown in the film is a toddler who lies in his mother's arms and is forced to drink a cup of bleach. The child screams as the liquid is swallowed.
The guard tried to contact both Merry and the Icicle Village Resort, but nobody answered.
Fiona O'Leary, an anti-pseudo-activist whose work in 2016 helped to ban MMS in Ireland, said she was appalled that the Genesis II Church, which she called a "bleach cult," was a public event in Washington hosted.
"This event endangers the lives of people, especially children. We need to protect vulnerable people from this dangerous quackery, "she said.
It is not the first time Washington State has applied to a group promoting MMS. In 2015, Louis Smith was sentenced by Spokane in eastern Washington for ill-selling drugs and fraud in the United States. He had sold MMS through a website called Project GreenLife, which fraudulently received sodium chlorite by founding a fake "water treatment business."
He was sentenced to four years in prison.