Family Accused of Selling Bleach as COVID-19 Cure
April 26, 2021 – A family in Florida has been accused of selling tens of thousands of bottles of bleach as a “miracle cure” for coronavirus and other illnesses.
Mark Grenon, 62, and his sons – Jonathan, 34, Jordan, 26, and Joseph, 32 – have been charged with fraud and violating civil court orders to stop selling the bottles, according to documents from the federal court filed Friday.
They marketed the bottles as “miracle mineral solution” or MMS, which contained a sodium chlorite solution that they recommended mixing with an acid activator to become chlorine dioxide or bleach. In 2019, the FDA issued a warning not to drink Miracle Mineral Solution or similar sodium chlorite products, which can be fatal and are typically used for industrial water treatment.
“Drinking any of these chlorine dioxide products can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration,” the FDA wrote. “Some product labels claim that vomiting and diarrhea are common after ingestion of the product. They even claim that such reactions are proof that the product works. This assertion is false. “
The family created the solution in a shed in Bradenton and sold it under the guise of a church called the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, which they established in 2010 to avoid government regulation, according to court documents. The solution has been marketed as a remedy for cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, malaria, hepatitis, herpes, HIV and AIDS and others. disorders and diseases.
After starting to market the solution as a cure for COVID-19 in March 2020, the family saw their income jump from $ 32,000 per month to $ 123,000 per month, according to court documents. They sold over 28,000 bottles, which grossed them over $ 1 million.
In April 2020, the United States filed a civil action against the family to prevent them from distributing the solution, according to court documents. But the defendants continued to distribute the bottles and threatened that if the government enforced court orders and stopped the distribution, they would “pick up weapons” and incite “a Waco”, according to court documents.
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