Capitalising on Corona – MMS and the Bleach Cult – #3

Welcome to the third instalment of Capitalising on Corona, the series in which I point a spotlight on the disinformation distributers who have been exploiting the current pandemic to push their agenda and sell their snake-oil. I can imagine a few of you reading this will be thinking to yourself, “What happened to the second instalment?” Unfortunately, a copyright claim was filed against it by London Real, a company whose slogan is ironically, “Fighting for Free Speech Since 2011”. The video was removed from YouTube, proving that the host and CEO of London Real, Brian Rose, who bangs the drum of free speech, only really bangs it for speech he agrees with.

In this third instalment of Capitalising on Corona, I’m going to be covering old ground and once again talk about the Genesis II Church of Health & Healing cult and their bleach sacrament, which they market online as a cure-all tonic. I realise that I’ve covered this subject to death, but these quack cultists and their corrosive elixir are showing no sign of going away and, if anything, have been ramping up their activities since the beginning of the pandemic.

Jim Humble, founder of the Genesis II Church

Their panacea consists of a 28% sodium chlorite solution in distilled water, that when mixed with a weak acid, generates an industrial bleach used in the textile industry, known as chlorine dioxide. The cult, as well as the extreme alternative health world, market this bleach as ‘Miracle Mineral Solution’ (MMS) claiming that it can cure all of mankind’s ailments. In reality, when ingested, even in relatively small amounts, it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea; whereas larger doses cause renal failure, hemolysis (a rupturing of the red blood cells), and even death.

In the past I’ve discussed the history of MMS, starting with how ex-Scientologist, and self-styled Archbishop of the Genesis II cult, Jim Humble, stumbled upon his magical tonic by performing unsanctioned human experiments in the developing world. These experiments included injecting people with high concentrations of MMS, resulting in the skin of one woman’s face to “completely peel off”. In 2017 I had a hand in exposing a fake clinical trial organised in cooperation with the Ugandan Red Cross Society, in which they conned over 154 Ugandans that MMS cured their malaria by using sleight of hand and fundamentally flawed methodology. And last year, I reported on a network financially backed by British former clairvoyant, Sam Little, which convinced up to 50,000 Ugandans to consume MMS by incorporating it into their religion. The head of the network American pastor Robert Baldwin out of fear of legal ramifications rebranded MMS as “healing water” and instructed his victims that under no circumstances are they to call it medicine, but instead a “gift from God”. Sam was arrested for his part in this mass poisoning, but later released.

As the novel coronavirus started to spread around the world the Genesis II cultists and administrators of fringe medical groups starting rubbing their hands with glee and immediately got to work. In late January, Jim published a now deleted blogpost titled “A word on Coronavirus”, where he (as you can guess) proclaimed that MMS can eradicate COVID-19:

“Again, I have reason to believe, MMS (chlorine dioxide), can be very effective in both preventing and eradicating the coronavirus. With the barrage of health issues in the world today, I would say, let MMS be your first line of defense.” – Jim Humble

What is his evidence that MMS will both prevent and eradicate COVID-19? Well it has worked 95% of the time before, so it’s worth a punt.

“Regarding the coronavirus, at this point in time if you have it, I would suggest trying MMS first as MMS has eradicated a wide range of maladies. In my own personal experience travelling around the world and helping people with many different diseases, I have to say there have been positive results at least 95% of the time. I would say those are pretty good odds.” – Jim Humble

Just remember not to drink tea or coffee as it will neutralise the MMS:

“Things that neutralize MMS such as coffee, tea, orange juice, milk, alcohol, things very high in antioxidants and so on, at the same time you take MMS doses.” – Jim Humble

This is a very strange thing to say, considering for years the cult has been advising its victims to activate MMS using – among other things – orange juice. 

Long-time disciple and now ‘bishop’ in the Genesis II cult Kerri Rivera has also been busy telling people online that MMS can treat COVID-19. After platforms like Facebook and YouTube prohibited the promotion of MMS on their platforms, Kerri moved to the app Telegram. There she has created several private groups, entry to which must be approved by Kerri or a group administrator, where she spreads disinformation about the viruses and promotes her cult’s sacrament as an autism cure.

In a video uploaded onto her Telegram channel, Kerri Rivera advocates taking chlorine dioxide as a cure for the novel coronavirus.

In a recent video published in to one of her private groups, Kerri claims a coronavirus infection can be prevented and cured with chlorine dioxide. She says it can be drunk from a bottle, sprayed into the mouth and nose throughout the day, or even loaded into a humidifier device and inhaled via droplets in the air. If you become ill, Kerri recommends taking the bleach three ways at once:

“And if we do get sick, we can go into hyper mode and we can be doing everything.” – Kerri Rivera

Recently the US Food and Drug Administration have taken rare action against the Genesis II cult and issued a temporary injunction, preventing them from selling their “unproven and potentially harmful treatment of COVID-19”. At the time the cult were manifesting their corrosive elixir from a makeshift factory set up in the backyard of ‘bishop’ Jonathan Grenon, the son of  ‘Archbishop’ Mark Grenon. With the cultists temporarily out of the picture many quacks from the extreme alternative health world stepped in to take their place. 

Gregorio Placeres is a self-proclaimed autism specialist who stated in an interview with the Spanish programme Más Vale Tarde that he had successfully treated 128 cases of children with autism using MMS. The Puerto Rican who now resides in Ohio discovered the magical properties of MMS after using it to cure his genital herpes. In 2014, in conjunction with Ohio University, Gregorio used an artificial stomach to study the effects acidic conditions would have on MMS. He concluded that ingesting 28% sodium chlorite solution on its own would be a more beneficial way to consume MMS. At least that’s what he’s been telling people on his secretive Facebook group, SCSINFO-AUTISM. In reality, no such study exists and a search on Pubmed yields no results for his name. Both the Ohio University and the Ohio State University would later go on record to state that Gregorio has never worked for them, nor has he been involved in any research associated with the institutions.

Gregorio Placeres, self-proclaimed autism specialist.

In July of last year Gregorio, who also claims to be a chemistry graduate from the University of Puerto Rico, took to Twitter to tell me that I was wrong when I called MMS a bleach. For those of you who don’t know, a bleach is a chemical that whitens materials such as cloth, paper, or hair. It does this by either breaking or reducing the chemical bonds in the chromophore (part of the molecule responsible for its colour). Chlorine dioxide not only has this property but is actually used industrially as a bleaching agent! Gregorio, an alleged chemist, however, believed that the textile and paper industries and I were wrong and demanded to know what my chemistry qualifications were.

He responded by deleting his original tweet and blocking me on Twitter.

Personally I don’t think Gregorio has a chemical background judging by his lack of basic chemical knowledge and his reaction when confronted by a fully-qualified industrial chemist. This is further backed up by a video he published to his YouTube channel showing his home setup, where he has a complete disregard for the chemicals he is using.

Gregorio’s secretive Facebook group SCSINFO-AUTISM, which he runs from his Ohio home has amassed almost 17,000 members, who, as with Kerri’s Telegram groups, can only be accessed with the approval of one of the administrators. Inside the group, members are encouraged to drink a mix of six drops of sodium chlorite with 60ml of water. Anyone who contracts COVID-19 should double the dose by drinking it twice a day. This includes children. 

Gregorio has said in the past that he doesn’t make any money from the sale of MMS. If that were the case what is he doing with 7 lbs of technical grade sodium chlorite? Let’s do some very raw maths and actually work out how much water he could purify using the amount of sodium chlorite he has lying around his kitchen. He had approximately 3.17kg (7 lbs) of sodium chlorite, to which he would need to add 11.4 kg of water to make a 28% solution. A drop of water is approximately 0.05g meaning his 14.57kg solution will give him 291,400 drops.  As he recommends 6 drops in 60ml his solution can be split into 48,566 doses to be used to purify a total of 2,913L of water.  Let’s cut the bulls**t! He is manufacturing it in his house and selling it on. After all, what else can the guy do? He certainly can’t fall back on his music career. 

Gregorios album ‘Jesus’ from the 1990’s

The bleach cult story has recently taken an interesting turn when president Donald Trump stunned the world by embarking on a wild series of speculations about coronavirus cures: 

“I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that,” – Donald Trump

Trump would later claim that he was being sarcastic to see what would happen.

“I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen.” – Donald Trump

Mr Trump’s recent off-the-cuff comments about injecting disinfectant might sound ridiculous but they are already being used as an endorsement by the bleach pushers, who have in the past injected people with their disinfectant. For a world leader at the height of a pandemic to say something so utterly ridiculous is not only irresponsible it’s also potentially lethal! 

MMS advocates like Jordan Sather jumped on the president’s remarks. 

“Do you realize how freaking cheap and easy it would be to mass produce chlorine dioxide for 100,000’s of people? We could wipe out COVID quick! The biggest hurdle is education, which is difficult with how s**t our media is. Doctors should be learning about this stuff.” – Jordan Sather

Archbishop’ Mark Grenon, who reportedly wrote to the White House a few weeks earlier, praised the president for speaking the truth:

Trump has got the MMS and all the info!!! Things are happening folks! Lord help others to see the Truth!”-“Archbishop” Mark Grenon

For years, people like myself have been screaming into the void, trying to warn others about these dangerous quacks and their potentially lethal concoction, only to be ignored. The cult, by contrast, with no one paying attention to them, are free to travel the globe conning the most vulnerable into drinking bleach. But I believe times are changing. I believe Trump’s off-the-cuff comments mark a turning point, as for the first time these charlatans have the attention of the general public and they are not happy.

They are disgusted to hear that cultists have been performing unsanctioned human experiments on the world’s most vulnerable people; they are appalled to find out that autistic children are being forced to endure bleach enemas in an attempt to cure them; and they are outraged that this has been going on for decades!

Yes Trump’s comments were idiotic, but he has helped put a spotlight on these quacks and now I believe it’s only a matter of time before every single one of them ends up in jail. 

About Myles Power (738 Articles)
My name is Myles Power, and I run the educational YouTube channel, powerm1985. I spend what little free time I have sharing my love of SCIENCE! through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific interest, and angrily ranting at pseudoscience proponents. I am also one of the founding members of the podcast 'The League of Nerds' - which I co-host with James from 'The History of Infection'.

3 Comments on Capitalising on Corona – MMS and the Bleach Cult – #3

  1. Myles, the funny thing is the President was misquoted by these hacks. This is what he actually said:
    “So, I’m going to ask Bill a question that probably some of you are thinking of if you’re totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting. So, supposing when we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it. And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that too. Sounds interesting. And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that, so that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me. So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute. That’s pretty powerful.”

    A few moments later, ABC News reporter Jon Karl asked Bryan, “The president mentioned the idea of a cleaner, bleach and isopropyl alcohol emerging. There’s no scenario where that could be injected into a person, is there?”

    “No, I’m here to talk about the finds that we had in the study,” Bryan responded. “We don’t do that within that lab at our labs.”

    Trump then clarified his remarks: “It wouldn’t be through injections, you’re talking about almost a cleaning and sterilization of an area. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t work, but it certainly has a big effect if it’s on a stationary object.”

    So, President Trump, in discussing the issue with Bryan, never told people to “inject disinfectants.” He made it perfectly clear he was asking a scientist about some experiments being done in a lab.

    In other words: the President. Was. Not. Promoting. Drinking. Bleach.

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  2. @Hex

    How slow are you?

    “And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning?”

    Yet you say he did’t just say that

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  3. @Anonymous

    Trump supporters of this calibre are pretty unable to acknowledge reality, even if it is about what Trump said. He isn’t even using Trump’s own excuse of “sarcasm” since even he is probably aware of how weak that is.

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