Bogus “Miracle Mineral Solution” cure hucksters convicted

Posted 26 July 2023

A Miami Florida federal jury has convicted Mark Grenon, 65, and his sons, Jonathan, 37, Joseph, 35, and Jordan, 29, of selling $1 million worth of Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS). To promote the product as a cure for 95% of the world’s diseases, they set up a phony religious front, the Genesis II Church.
Reference: Weaver J. Federal jury convicts 4 Florida men for selling bleach solution as ‘miracle’ cure for diseases. Miami Herald, July 20, 2023

The jury found all four defendants guilty of conspiring to defraud the U.S. government and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by distributing MMS, an unapproved and misbranded drug. It also found Jonathan and Gordon guilty of two counts of violating federal court orders requiring them to stop selling MMS in 2020. Contempt charges against Mark and Joseph were dropped as a condition of their extradition from Bogota, Columbia. According to the indictment against the Grenons:

  • MMS is a chemical solution containing sodium chlorite and water that, when ingested orally, becomes chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleach typically used for industrial water treatment or bleaching textiles, pulp, and paper.
  • In 2019, the FDA had strongly urged consumers not to purchase or use MMS for any reason, explaining that drinking MMS was the same as drinking bleach and could cause dangerous side effects, including severe vomiting, diarrhea, and life-threatening low blood pressure.
  • The FDA received reports of people requiring hospitalizations, developing life-threatening conditions, and even dying after drinking MMS.
  • The Grenons used Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, an entity they described as a “non-religious church,” to try to avoid government regulation of MMS and to protect themselves from prosecution.
  • MMS could only be acquired through a “donation” to the church, but donation amounts were set at specific dollar amounts and were mandatory,

Reference: Florida man, 3 sons convicted of selling bleach as fake COVID-19 cure: “Snake-oil salesmen”. CBS News, July 20, 2023

Mark Grenon has claimed to have written to Donald Trump, urging him to promote the alleged healing powers of MMS, and provided the then-president with the product shortly before Trump speculated about using “disinfectant” to treat COVID-19.
Reference: Pilkington E. Leader behind bleach ‘miracle cure’ claims Trump consumed his product. The Guardian, June 22, 2021

Source: Consumer Health Digest #23-30 July 23 2023

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