Campaign against the Genesis II Church of Health & Healing in Ireland: Politicians, Medical Professionals and You have an important role to play. Please get involved.

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Following a moving phone call with Fiona O’ Leary a few days ago regarding the Genesis II Church of Health & Healing (otherwise known as the bleaching cult) and the writing of my own blog on the issue, I feel compelled to take matters into my own hands. Fiona has worked tirelessly over the last year to try and achieve justice on this issue. She has made superb gains getting the issue highlighted on the Prime Time investigates documentary and having a facility belonging to this lunatic cult raided. However I firmly believe the time for dialogue is now over. This cult will not go away until it receives the full force of the State acting against it. The process has already started, and as the national press have reported, the Gardai are now involved. However this is not even close to enough.

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For my part I wish to declare war on this movement. I do not believe mere threats and Garda investigations will stop the activities of these people.  I propose the State enact new laws to put the activities of this group of deranged lunatics on a par with the trafficking of drugs and legislate for a minimum three year jail sentence for anyone knowingly profiting either directly or indirectly from this type of scam. However the activities of a handful of people are unlikely to bring about a change in the law. That is why I believe we must form a coalition of medical professionals and the general public to force the government to bring about the necessary legislation without delay.

I intend to start this process by writing to the three politicians (I know of) currently serving who are qualified medical doctors Leo Varadkar, James Reilly and Professor John Crown and bring this despicable scam to their attention. If this is unsuccessful, I then intend to form a coalition of unity among all trade unions in the healthcare sector to press for reform. I intend to find interested parties throughout the entirety of the Irish healthcare system to help bring this about by lobbying their respective trade union. A number of healthcare workers have already become proactive in this campaign and undoubtedly many more will be eager to get on-board.

As for the general public your help will be absolutely essential. Please write to your local TD and highlight this issue to them as a matter of urgency. If you like you can use the standard letter (Letter  file) below by simply double clicking on the word Letter and print and sign. Thanks for your assistance. Finally my message to anyone thinking of selling or promoting MMS in Ireland in the future is simple stop now or face a considerable time behind bars.

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Finally please spread the word by sharing this and making an effort to write to your local TD. My personal letter to Professor John Crown, Leo Varadkar and James Reilly as parliamentarians who are qualified medical doctors are below.

Thank You

Cyril

Dear Professor Crown

I am writing to all the qualified medical doctors I know of in the Dail and Seanad on behalf of Fiona O’ Leary and her heroic work that  lead to the Prime Time Investigates documentary that chillingly exposed the sinister activities of the lunatic cult known as the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing founded by ex-scientologist Jim Humble.

I wrote a blog “Pseudoscience gone toxic” (which can be googled) praising Fiona’s valiant efforts and lengthy dedication to do everything in her power to fight the activities of this insidious movement. I am very proud of the fact that it moved Fiona so much as to get back to me through facebook. Following a half hour phone call in which she described a living nightmare and witnessing the poisoning of children in the sick and ghoulish belief that Autism has a parasitic basis and can be remedied by ingesting Master Mineral Solution (MMS) which amounts to laboratory grade industrial bleach when acidic food or drinks are consumed.

The sheer narcissism of Jim Humble and his henchmen can be readily seen by taking a cursory glance at the cult’s official website. He claims no less than to be on a quest to grant health to all mankind. The organisation even has a wiki-like page with an A-Z list of diseases it claims to be able to cure.

Fiona’s brave work and dedication to the cause of fighting this band of “Jim Jones” type cult (to use Fiona’s own expression) convinced me within minutes of ending the phone call to take up her mantle and summon the full force of the Irish State to crush their activities and send a loud and clear message that anyone engaging in poisonous quackery can expect a lengthy prison sentence and have their assets seized by the criminal assets bureau.

I trust that as a medical doctor and as someone in a position of authority that you will heed my warning on the dangers of this toxic cult and request a debate in the Dail and Seanad on the passing of emergency legislation to destroy the capacity of this organisation to do any further harm to the most vulnerable people in Irish society.

I propose the following legislation

  • A new criminal offence to be created for knowingly profiting directly or indirectly from the sale of substances hazardous to health as determined by public health officials and tested in a State laboratory.
  • The offence should be independent of labelling as the organisation got around some States laws by labelling MMS as a water purifying agent while simultaneously marketing it as a medicine.
  • The conviction should carry a three year minimum mandatory prison sentence for a first offence.
  • Power should be granted to the Gardai to arrest, detain and charge overseas individuals suspected of entering the country for the purposes of committing the above crime.
  • Irish based websites, banks and other commercial organisations should be subject to the above penalties if they are knowingly in receipt of money from the sale of toxic substances marketed as medicine.

Cults who engage in these types of activities require legislation on a par with counter-terrorism measures and the trafficking of illegal narcotics. This is why on behalf of Fiona O’ Leary; I am requesting you to instigate an appeal for cross party support for an imminent introduction of this urgently needed law reform.

A dedicated facebook page (facebook.com/bleaching4jail) and twitter account (sayno2quackery) have been set up along with the twitter hash-tag #bleaching4jail for the purposes of this campaign.

Yours sincerely

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Cyril Butler

Pseudoscience Gone Toxic: A Tribute to Fiona O’ Leary and her exposure of Genesis II Church in Ireland.

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The human cost of pseudoscientific thinking and general mistrust of scientific authority is never far from the news. Our innate recalcitrance when it comes to questioning our fundamental beliefs and how and why they are derived in the first instance is one of the biggest threats we face as a species. Mark Twain once said “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

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Last Thursday RTEs Prime Time investigates documentary exposed the sales tactics of the so called Genesis II Church of Health & Healing. The founder of this Church is Jim Humble, a former member of the Church of Scientology. According to its website the Genesis II Church claims to be non-religious and welcomes people from all walks of life.  The Genesis II Church is no ordinary Church. The second pillar or their belief system boldly states “We of the Church believe in good health for all mankind” How it claims to realise this objective is by the oral ingestion of what the Church refers to as master mineral solution  (sometimes referred to as miracle mineral solution). When prepared according to the official instructions of the Church, MMS consists of a 28% solution of sodium chlorite in water. This is not to be confused with regular table salt (sodium chloride). The former is a component of industrial bleach and when taken at the recommended doses constitutes an intake of up to 500 times the recommended daily allowance as directed by the World Health Organisation. A more dilute version is also marketed as Chlorine Dioxide solution. Upon ingestion of regular acidic food or drink such as orange juice it becomes the equivalent of industrial bleach and can result in conditions such as renal impairment requiring transplant to death by damage to red blood cells (haemolysis). Even more disturbing is the fact this is being marketed in Ireland as a cure for autism in children. If it were not for the determined and heroic efforts of mother of 5 (herself being diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome at the age of 42) Fiona O’ Leary, the Genesis II Church would have undoubtedly gone unnoticed for much longer in Ireland. The organisation first came to her attention when she responded to an online advertisement. She was startled when the person she contacted, Mark Kishon Christopher, asked her if she was a genuine person seeking advice or from an organisation? According to Fiona O Leary, Mark assured her that it was a fact that MMS could cure her son who is also on the autistic spectrum.  The same person was exposed by BBCs The One Show in 2014. The youtube link can be seen below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do76EvIdxZY

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According to Archbishop Jim Humble’s personal account MMS was first discovered by himself on a jungle trip in Guyana. He claims that two fellow travellers succumbed to Malaria on the trip as they had not taken any preventative measures as they were supposedly told the region was a malaria free zone.  It was claimed that a preparation made from the water purification tablets that they had taken with them resulted in the cures of the two sick travellers. This is the start of a litany of ever increasing bizarre and dangerous claims made about MMS. The self-styled Archbishop of the Church claimed to have cured 800 people of HIV in Africa. His definition of cure has nothing to do with the absence of detectable HIV in formerly HIV+ patients. On the contrary he claims the treatment made the patient appear healthy for up to 4 months.

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The Church even published a Wiki like page purporting the origins and miraculous cures it attributes MMS.

http://mmswiki.is/index.php?title=Main_Page

The wiki-clone page of the Church relating to HIV/AIDS makes for disturbing reading. http://mmswiki.is/index.php?title=HIV_and_AIDS

Just as alarming are the efforts of the Church to flood the internet with an array of different websites consisting of pseudoscientific baloney to highly dubious untested accounts of people claiming to have been cured from an A – Z list of conditions. http://mmstestimonials.is/ The cult claim to believe childhood autism is the result of a parasitic infection that can be cured by administering an enema of MMS. They have openly acknowledged vomiting and diarrhoea in children. While medical experts attribute these symptoms to the direct effects of ingesting toxic bleach, the organisation claim this is all a legitimate stage of recovery.

Equally conspicuous is the organisation’s hostility toward the scientific community and medical science in general.  According to the Church’s official website the American Medical Association and the Food and Drug administration are portrayed as being the bogeyman that go to extreme lengths to promote their own self-interest. Delve a little deeper and a motive for this apparent mistrust of medical authority becomes very clear. As the RTE Prime Time Investigates documentary reported, the Church’s base in Ireland was raided by the Health Products Regulatory Authority the week prior to RTEs investigation of the Church. MMS was banned in Canada after a life threatening reaction took place in one of its users.

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Of most importance is the fact that the US Food and Drug Administration and Department of Justice are taking a criminal law suit against Oregon citizens Louis Daniel Smith & Karis Delong. They were indicted on multiple charges relating to selling industrial bleach as a miracle cure. The transcript below is taken directly from the US Department of Justice website.

Four Charged with Internet Sales of Industrial Bleach as Miracle Cure

“Louis Daniel Smith, 42, and Karis Delong, 38, both of Ashland, Ore., were charged with defrauding regulators and suppliers in a scheme to manufacture and sell industrial bleach as a cure for numerous illnesses, including arthritis, cancer, and the seasonal flu. Also charged were Chris Olson, 49, and Tammy Olson, 50, of Nine Mile Falls, Wash. A federal grand jury returned an indictment, unsealed yesterday, charging Smith, Delong and Tammy Olson with one count of conspiracy, four counts of interstate sales of misbranded drugs, and one count of smuggling. The grand jury charged Chris Olson with one count of conspiracy, one count of the interstate sale of a misbranded drug and one count of smuggling”.

Absurdly the group even started a petition on the site change.org to campaign for all charges against the two individuals to be dropped. So far it has gained over 5000 signatures.

Critical thinking and Skepticism

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While Fiona O Leary’s valiant campaign to have the laws tightened to prevent the sale of toxic substances being marketed as medicine in Ireland is to be very much welcomed, I believe this will not go far enough. Indeed the cult flouted existing laws by listing the product as a water purifying agent.  In an earlier blog “The Case for Shooting the Messenger” I showed just how easy it is to con vulnerable people with just a rudimentary understanding of behavioural psychology and the psychology surrounding belief. I showed that we are intrinsically predisposed to trusting authority figures and that we have an inherent bias for what we want to believe. This is known as the confirmation bias. By inventing pseudoscientific statements and creating an air of authority, it is more than easy to gain the absolute trust of susceptible individuals. This is all the more true when the victims of these scams are going through a difficult period and otherwise intelligent and learned people can easily fall prey to the most absurd ideas. Scam artists often use charity or the notion of good works to create a feel good factor which further builds up trust. In other instances feigning solidarity with the victim can result in their unquestioning trust. Further to this is the use of callous lying. We want to believe that people won’t lie about despicable things such as terrorist acts, baby deaths, horrific accidents etc but all too often lying about these is part and parcel of a con artists repertoire. Stage psychics lie about being able to contact the dead babies of grieving mothers or self-appointed religious gurus claim to have been able to foretell terrorist acts such as September 11th 2001. Needless to say none have ever been prevented by such knowledge. Charismatic leaders make this process easier and such leaders are often so narcissistic in their thinking that they may actually believe the scams they are perpetrating.  L Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, once stated  “I’d like to start a religion. That’s where the money is.”

If you consider this to be the limit of human narcissism consider the quotes of the founder of the Genesis II Church Jim Humble as reported in the Guardian on September 15th 2010.

The quote below was taken directly from an MMS news letter. He correctly describes that religious organisations can openly be granted immunity from laws that are applicable to every other section of society.

“Look at the Catholics. Their priests have been molesting women and children for centuries and the governments have not been able to stop it. If handled properly a church can protect us from vaccinations that we don’t want, from forced insurance, and from many things that a government might want to use to oppress us.”

Stories like these are the reason I and many others are passionate about promoting reason, science and skepticism. While all too often skeptics are unpopular as they challenge the idea that everyone’s view is equal and the Utopian worldview that such tolerance will lead to peace and prosperity. On the contrary all the evidence suggests that societies that do not place enough value on evidence and reason will undoubtedly be prone to more than their fair share of religious and pseudoscientific scams. While I will continue to write about such matters for as long as I can, there is a duty on all to be inspired by people like Fiona O’ Leary who bring the activities of these unrepentant charlatans to our attention.

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