MMSAustralia.com.au currently describes itself as a ‘Ministry of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing’. It promotes and sells Master Mineral Solution (MMS) – chlorine dioxide (a bleach) as a ‘sacrament of the Church’. For example, ‘Jim Humble Approved formulation of MMS1 is composed of the highest grade 22.4% Sodium Chlorite’. Price $32.50. This is yet another COVID-19 scam.
MMSAustralia.com.au links to (and thus endorses) a number of videos, testimonials, protocols and other material invoking Jim Humble that allege that MMS, ‘has proven to restore partial or full health to hundreds of thousands of people suffering from a wide range of diseases. These include prohibited representations such as COVID-19, cancer, coronary heart disease, depression and multiple sclerosis. Humble has published a document, ‘Coronavirus Update (COVID-19)’, that provides a protocol of using MMS for coronavirus.
Mark Grenon, self- described as the Archbishop and founder of the “Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, recently wrote to President Trump saying chlorine dioxide ‘can rid the body of Covid-19’ a few days before the president promoted disinfectant as treatment.
The ‘Church’ provides a $300 video course has that, upon completion, provides a ‘Minister of Health Certificate with Reverend I.D. card’ and a ‘Certificate of Authorization to start a Genesis II Church chapter’. We have two such ‘Reverends’ in Australia:
Genesis II Church RC232 AU
Reverend Peter Greg
PO box 83, Westminster 6061 Australia
M: 0403 880 869
Genesis II Church RC946
Reverend Francesco Duardo
Sydney, NSW Australia
M: 0407 807 907
In August 2009, a Mexican woman travelling with her American husband on their yacht in Vanuatu took Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) as a preventative for malaria. Within 15 minutes she was ill, and within twelve hours she was dead.
In 2010 the CRP upheld three complaints about MMS by me (and others) and recommended that the advertisements be withdrawn, and a retraction be published.
In 2014, the TGA issued a safety advisory about MMS after a report that four people were hospitalised in Victoria after using the product. The TGA noted that MMS was not approved for any therapeutic use and if used for this purpose can pose a serious risk to health.
In 2019, the U.S. FDA warned consumers about the dangerous and potentially life-threatening side effects of MMS.
On 24 March 2020, the TGA issued a warning about illegal advertising relating to COVID-19 and stated they would act in relation to the illegal advertising of therapeutic products.
On 8 April 2020, the U.S. FDA wrote a warning letter to Mark Grenon, Joseph Grenon, Jordan Grenon, and Jim Humble of the Genesis 2 Church noting that claims on their websites misleadingly represent MMS as safe and/or effective to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent COVID-19. They were ordered to immediately cease making all such claims.
Regardless, MMS continues to be promoted for COVID-19 and other conditions by MMSAustralia.com.au. This promotion of an unauthorised therapeutic good breaches both the Therapeutic Goods Act and the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code.
On 29 April 2020, I asked the TGA to take immediate action against this company, including ordering that a prominent retraction be placed on the home page of MMSAustralia.com.au and that significant fines be instituted via infringement notices (Complaint AC-Q6V4DYR1/2020).
Update 13/05/2020 – More publicity and TGA Acts
- COVID-19 Scams – ABC7:30 update on MMSAustralia
- Concerns over church in Australia selling bleach which its US leader claims can cure coronavirus
- TGA Acts – Southern Cross Directories Pty Ltd trading as MMS Australia fined $151,200
- ‘Church’ fined $150,000 for promoting fake coronavirus cure
- Church in Australia selling bleach as a coronavirus treatment fined $151,200
Update 15/05 2020
- The TGA infringement notices were issued on the evening of 12 May 2020.
- At the same time a detailed “immediate notice to cease and desist” was sent requiring MMS Australia to immediately cease advertising and supplying the product.
- MMS Australia had until COB, Thursday 14 May to provide written confirmation to the TGA that the advertising has ceased.
- If the TGA finds that advertising does not cease (for example on the MMS website), the TGA will immediately move to seek an interlocutory injunction against further promotion and supply in the Federal Court of Australia.
The MMS Australia web site now shows
- COVID-19 Scams: Hydrogen Technologies Pty Ltd
- COVID-19 Scams: Pete Evans BioCharger device
- COVID-19 scams: BergaMet Pro +
- Launch of TGA Advertising Hub – Initial experience of submitting complaints
- Independent review: Therapeutic goods advertising
- Independent review: Consumer consultation