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Posted July 14, 2020

Sellers of Miracle Mineral Solution Criminally Charged With Making Coronavirus Claims

On July 8, 2020, federal prosecutors charged the sellers of Miracle Mineral Solution, a toxic bleach solution marketed as a cure for coronavirus (COVID-19), with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and criminal contempt. The FDA first warned consumers not to use Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) in 2010 and warned consumers again in 2016 and 2019. In April of 2020, the FDA warned the sellers of MMS for marketing the product as a treatment for coronavirus under the company name "Genesis II Church."

MMS and similar products, such as Miracle or Master Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, Chlorine Dioxide (CD) Protocol, and Water Purification Solution (WPS), have also been promoted as remedies for autism, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, flu, and other conditions on social media and distributor websites. The directions for use often advise mixing the sodium chlorite solution with a citric acid, such as lemon or lime juice, or another acid before drinking, or are sold with a citric acid "activator." 

However, the FDA warned that adding acid to sodium chlorite produces chlorine dioxide, a bleaching agent. Sodium chlorite and chlorine dioxide are active ingredients in disinfectants and should not be swallowed.

Drinking these products can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration. Such reactions are not evidence that the product is "working," as claimed by some websites. The agency has received reports of from severe vomiting, severe diarrhea, life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration, and acute liver failure associated with the use of these products. 

The defendants are Florida residents Mark Grenon and his sons, Jonathan, Jordan, and Joseph Grenon. A U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida condemned fake coronavirus cures, stating, "We continue to protect the public from criminal conduct that takes advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only is this MMS product toxic, but its distribution and use may prevent those who are sick from receiving the legitimate healthcare they need. A United States District Court already has ordered the defendants to stop distributing this product; we will not sit idly by as individuals purposefully violate Court orders and put the public in danger."

See related warnings:

FDA Warns Against "Miracle" Mineral Supplement

Miracle Mineral Solution Danger

Miracle Mineral Solution Is Dangerous, Warns FDA

FDA Warns Sellers of CBD, Colloidal Silver & Natural Remedies Promoted to Treat Coronavirus

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