A federal grand jury in Miami has arraigned a Florida man and his 3 children for fraudulently marketing and offering a toxic industrial bleach as an expected cure for Covid-19, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, autism, malaria, hepatitis, Parkinson’s, herpes, HIV/Aids, and a series of other medical conditions.
According to the indictment, Mark Grenon, 62, and his boys Jonathan Grenon, 34, Jordan Grenon, 26, and Joseph Grenon, 32, all of Bradenton, “made, promoted, and offered the chemical solution that ingested orally ended up being chlorine dioxide, an effective bleach usually used for commercial water treatment or lightening textiles, pulp, and paper.”.
The indictment states the Grenons sold 10s of thousands of bottles of “Wonder Mineral Solution” (MMS) nationwide, declaring it might deal with, avoid and cure Covid-19 The indictment alleges that the Grenons received more than $1m.
The United States Food and Drug Administration has actually not authorized MMS for treatment of Covid-19 or any other use and has cautioned that consuming the service is the very same as drinking bleach and might trigger unsafe adverse effects. “including serious throwing up, diarrhea and dangerous low high blood pressure”.
According to Guardian reporting, in April in 2015 Mark Grenon wrote to then president Donald Trump to promote industrial bleach as “a fantastic detox that can eliminate 99%of the pathogens in the body”.
At a subsequent White House briefing, and to the visible astonishment of specialists, Trump said disinfectant “knocks [the coronavirus] out in a minute. One minute!”
He went on to ask: “Exists a way we can do something, by an injection inside or almost a cleansing? Since you see it gets in the lungs and it does an incredible number on the lungs, so it ‘d be intriguing to check that.”
Trump strolled back the idea in the middle of widespread alarm and as Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of disinfectants Lysol and Dettol, alerted: “Under no scenario needs to our disinfectant items be administered into the human body.”
Trump claimed to have been “asking a concern sarcastically to press reporters like you, simply to see what would happen”.
The Grenons are alleged to have offered their bleach solution under the guise of Genesis II Church of Health and Recovery, a pseudo-charitable business they are accused of developing to side-step guideline and prosecution.
Business’s own websites describe it as a “non-religious church”. Mark Grenon has actually acknowledged that Genesis “has absolutely nothing to do with religion” and has stated he set up the organisation to “legalise making use of MMS” and prevent “going to prison”.
The government has actually also charged the Grenons with criminal contempt, for presumably breaking civil court orders to stop circulation of MMS, and for presumably threatening an administering judge and warning that if the federal government tried to avoid distribution they would “get guns” and instigate “a Waco”.
That was a recommendation to an event in 1993 in which more than 70 individuals died throughout a raid by federal and state authorities on a cult in Texas.
According to the indictment, a search by federal authorities at the Bradenton house of Jonathan Grenon seized dozens of drums consisting of almost 10,000 lb of salt chlorite powder, countless bottles of MMS and packed guns including a pump-action shotgun concealed in a customized violin case.
If convicted on charges of conspiracy and criminal contempt, the Grenons might deal with life imprisonment.
Mark and Joseph Grenon are presently in Colombia, the government said. Jonathan and Jordan Grenon remain in United States custody. They were due to be arraigned on Monday.