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Church that tells people to drink "miracle solution" to remove cancer coming to Dublin

The Genesis II Church says that the seminar is a “water purification event”.

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A CHURCH WHICH claims that a compound similar to bleach can cure cancer, AIDS, autism and malaria will hold a seminar in Dublin over the weekend.

The Genesis II Church advocates “miracle mineral solution” (MMS), but one of the teachers for the event, due to be held in Monkstown, says that it is merely a “water purification event”.

The Genesis II Church says that its founder Jim Humble discovered MMS in a rainforest in 1996 while helping a malaria sufferer. He claims to have treated 800 cases of HIV in Africa with MMS.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings about the solution, which is sold online. It is mixed with water and activated with citric acid.

They say that they have received numerous reports of “health injuries” because of the solution.

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) (formerly the Irish Medicines Board) says that MMS cannot be sold in Ireland.

“Products that claim to treat medical conditions such as autism are considered to be medicines and require an authorisation prior to be placed on the market in Ireland. The HPRA can confirm that the product referred to as Miracle Mineral Solution is not authorised as a medicine for sale or supply in Ireland.

“Based on the information available, this product is considered to be a medicine and therefore cannot be sold or supplied in Ireland without a medicinal product authorisation. The HPRA advises that consumers should not take this product as its safety and efficacy has not been independently verified by a competent authority for medicines (e.g. The HPRA). Consumers experiencing side effects thought to be associated with MMS are advised to consult a health care professional.”

Not for sale

However, Reverend Mark Kirshon Christopher, who will teach the €295 course, told TheJournal.ie he is not selling anything.

“We don’t sell anything. This is purely a water purification.

“If you drink purified water, the benefits are huge.”

He says that the seminar, which will qualify people to teach about MMS, is about church members coming together.

He says that the church is about “serving mankind and womankind, not God”.

The science

However, despite claims that it is all about water purification, Genesis II’s own website says that when the MMS is activated, using citric acid, it can “remove diseases as wide ranging as: Cancers, Heart disease, Diabetes; Malaria and Autoimmune Dysfunctions and many others”.

In reality, MMS is a 28% concentrated solution of sodium chlorite which, when mixed with water, becomes chlorine dioxide, which is similar to bleach.

Professor Mike Southern of Trinity College Dublin says that while ingesting the solution might not necessarily be harmful, it certainly can’t cure both AIDS and cancer.

“From a physiological perspective, the whole process of a compound getting from your mouth to where it’s needed is very complex.

“You could make some argument that if it could get to the blood it could maybe work, that’s scientifically more robust.

“But the mechanisms for treating cancer and HIV are very different.

If these purification tablets worked to that extent, you have these extreme hillwalkers and if they were using tablets like these, they would have very low instances. You would be able to observe very low instances in them.

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