For months now, we’ve posted about the Florida-based Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, which basically sells bleach as a cure for everything. In May, the group’s Australian chapter was slapped with a $150,000 fine for “selling and promoting a solution containing sodium chlorite, a chemical used as a textile bleaching agent and disinfectant.”
The group’s leader, Mark Grenon, has admitted that it’s not a church at all; that designation only exists to avoid government oversight.
Whatever it is, though, it has an audience, which means it can cause a lot of damage. Last August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning against using the products because they were deemed life-threatening.That’s why today’s news is a big deal.
Earlier this afternoon, government officials raided the “church” headquarters in Bradenton, Florida and confiscated everything inside, including 22 gallons of “Miracle Mineral Solution,” 8,300 pounds of sodium chlorite, and 50 gallons of muriatic acid. All of that will be destroyed, per a court order.
The order also says that the group’s websites, which sell the products, must be taken offline immediately.
The church must also reach out to every one who has purchased the solution to notify them that the product was unlawfully distributed.
The order of permanent injunction reads in part, “(The court) having considered such arguments and supporting evidence filed by Defendants, and it appearing that Defendants are violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act…. unless restrained by order of this Court, will continue to violate the Act.”
Grenon and his sons have also been charged with “conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and criminal contempt.” Two of the sons were arrested; the others, I assume, will meet that fate soon.
If the Grenon family obeys the law, then this should spell the end of an organization that existed for no other reason than to line their own pockets by hurting other people.