Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has filed suit to stop the promotion and distribution of a fraudulent medical treatment known as the “Miracle Mineral Solution.”
“This product is nothing but an industrial bleach concoction that poses a serious health risk to Harris County residents,” said County Attorney Ryan. “The promoter’s claim that this product can solve practically every ailment known to man is not only ridiculous but dangerous to the persons who use it.”
Ryan filed suit on behalf of the State of Texas against Shane B. Hawkins doing business as Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, Chapter #119. The suit seeks a temporary and, upon final hearing, a permanent injunction to prohibit Hawkins from promoting or selling the “Miracle Mineral Solution,” also known as MMS.
According to the Federal Drug Administration, MMS is a solution of sodium chlorite mixed with an activator such as an acid like citric acid. The FDA says that when those two chemicals are mixed together, they create chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleaching agent. Both of these chemicals are active ingredients in disinfectants and other industrial uses.
Despite this, MMS is promoted by Hawkins and others as a “miracle” substance that can cure cancer, diabetes, autism, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Hepatitis and even the common cold.
However, no medical research shows MMS is effective in treating any of these diseases. In fact, when used as directed, MMS can cause serious harm to a person’s health. Health authorities warn that drinking the MMS mixture can cause severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration and possibly even death.
County Attorney Ryan states in the lawsuit that Hawkins promotes and sells MMS in Harris County through “seminars” offered at local hotels. These seminars are referred to as “Genesis II Church Sacraments: The Fundamentals of MMS.” (This church has no known affiliation with any legitimate religious organization.) The sacraments consist of mixing up and consuming MMS. Attendees must pay a $500 cash “donation” at the door in an envelope labeled “Genesis II Church donation c/o Rev. Shane Hawkins.” The donation gets a person a church membership for a year and a “Reverend Certificate.” Those who finish the course are promised that they will know “how to restore health from 95% of the diseases of mankind” and may “legally” use the prefix “Dr.” with their name.
The lawsuit contends that Hawkins has violated the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act because of the fraudulent claims about MMS and by promoting, manufacturing and selling MMS, a drug that is not legally approved as safe and effective for use.
County Attorney Ryan is asking the court to prevent Hawkins from promoting, manufacturing or selling any substance, including MMS, that is offered as a treatment for a disease or condition of the human body unless it has been legally approved by the Texas Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
“I understand the desperation of many people to find a cure for their illnesses,” said Ryan. “That someone would use this desperation to prey upon them, fraudulently offering hope that they will be cured, is bad enough. But that this so-called cure is likely to make them even sicker is intolerable. We will stop this fraud from happening in Harris County.”
The FDA news release warning about the dangers of MMS can be viewed at http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm220747.htm
The petition filed by Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan can be viewed at http://www.harriscountytx.gov/cmpdocuments/caoimages/mmsPetition.pdf.
The website of Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, Chapter #119 is at