A federal judge has ordered a self-proclaimed church to stop selling a bleach product that he claims cures coronavirus.
Florida-based company Genesis II Church of Health and Healing allegedly improperly marketed its “mineral wonder solution” as a treatment for COVID-19.
The product contains chlorine dioxide – a chemical compound that, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will turn into a hazardous bleach when mixed with other substances, making consumers sick.
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Prosecutors at the US attorney’s office in South Florida have filed a civil lawsuit against the company and said its allegations were “not supported by any well-controlled clinical study or any other credible scientific justification.”
It came after the FDA sent a warning letter to the company on April 8 about its claims, ordering it to respond within 48 hours about the corrective actions it planned to take.
Prosecutors also argued that the company is secular despite the name “church” in its title. Cabinet officers – Mark Grenon, Joseph Grenon, Jordan Grenon and Jonathan Grenon – hold the titles of “bishop” or “archbishop”.
The company describes itself as a “loose organization” on its website, adding that it has been “trained to serve MAN directly” and “bring health to the world”.
The Department of Justice said that Mark Grenon had made false comments about a remedy coronavirus in a video on the company’s website.
“The coronavirus is curable, do you believe it?” You better … it’s nasty good things Joe, “he said in the clip.
Joseph Grenon then replied: “MMS will kill him. “
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are now more than 700,000 known coronavirus infections in the United States – most of all countries. At least 35,000 people died there.
In March, Attorney General William Barr ordered all US prosecutor’s offices to prioritize investigations of coronavirus scams, such as trafficking in bogus treatment, investment programs, and Medicare fraud.
Earlier this month, famed American “doctor” Drew Pinsky apologized for a series of statements in which he downplayed the coronavirus and suggested it was “press panic” .
An online video has brought together clips from a series of appearances he made over a two-month period where he repeatedly suggested that COVID-19 would not be as bad as the flu.
At one point, he said that the probability of dying from a coronavirus was lower than that from an asteroid.
American televangelist Kenneth Copeland recently said that the coronavirus pandemic would be “over sooner than you think” because “Christians across the country praying have overwhelmed it.”
Copeland said COVID-19 was “finished” and “finished” and had “healed the United States again” in a sermon last month.
In another recent sermon, he invoked the “wind of God” to destroy the disease, chanting, “You are destroyed forever, and you will never be back. Thank God. Let it happen. Make it happen. “