Posted 02 November 2016
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has filed suit to stop a Texas-based distributor from marketing Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS).
The chemicals in MMS—sodium chlorite and citric acid—when mixed together become chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleaching agent that can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and severe dehydration when taken by mouth. Ryan’s petition alleges:
- Shane Hawkins promotes and sells MMS in Harris County through “seminars” offered at local hotels.
- These seminars are referred to as “Genesis II Church Sacraments: The Fundamentals of MMS.”
- This “church” has no known affiliation with any legitimate religious organization.
- The sacraments consist of mixing up and consuming MMS.
- Attendees must pay a $500 cash “donation” at the door in an envelope labeled “Genesis II Church donation c/o Rev. Shane Hawkins.”
- The donation gets a person a church membership for a year and a “Reverend Certificate.”
- Those who finish the course are promised that they will know “how to restore health from 95% of the diseases of mankind” and may “legally” use the prefix “Dr.” with their name.
The lawsuit contends that Hawkins has violated the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act because of the fraudulent claims about MMS and by promoting, manufacturing and selling MMS, a drug that is not legally approved as safe and effective for use. Ryan is asking the court to prevent Hawkins from promoting, manufacturing or selling any substance, including MMS, that is offered as a treatment for a disease or condition of the human body unless it has been legally approved by the Texas Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.