'Miracle' church on way here

Waikato Times, New Zealand/October 17, 2014

By Donna-Lee Biddle

An American church with links to the Church of Scientology will be heading to Ngatea next month to promote the use of a product containing the same ingredients as industrial bleach.

The founder of Genesis Church II - Church of Health and Healing, Jim Humble, former member of the Church of Scientology, published a book in 2006 promoting the use of a sodium chlorite product, marketed as Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS).

MMS contains 28 per cent sodium chlorite and when mixed with an acid, it produces chlorine dioxide, an industrial-strength bleach used for water treatment and disinfection purposes.

The product's New Zealand website, Miracle Medical, instructs consumers to add 50 per cent citric acid per drop of the solution. It also instructs consumers to consume six drops per day and for serious medical problems, 3 to 4 drops for up to 10 hours a day.

Victoria University professor Shaun Holt said that MMS should in no way be consumed by humans.

"It's highly concentrated and I wouldn't let one drop near my lips."

He said that minuscule amounts are OK for but only for "rotten waters" and can be added to reservoirs.

"A lot of people who use the product are desperate; they're facing terminal illnesses and will try anything."

Holt is part of the expert advisory committee for the Natural Health and Supplementary Products Bill which was is due to come into effect at the end of the year. The bill is to establish "a system for the regulation of low-risk natural health and supplementary products in New Zealand."

A three-day "natural health" seminar will be held at the Ngatea Water Gardens in November and its owner, Roger Blake, said he has sold "thousands of bottles [of MMS] over several years" with no complaints.

"It's essentially about health, how to keep good health but specifically about the product [MMS] and other natural products."

The seminar is believed to be the first of its kind in New Zealand and will cost $626 (US$500) a head.

In 2010, Medsafe warned consumers not to take MMS after warnings from The Food Standards Authority in the UK, the Food and Drug Administration in the United States and Health Canada.

In the same year, Blake was in the headlines for marketing the product on a website he is associated with, as a miracle cure for cancer and malaria, and he believes the product can cure such diseases.

"I personally know people that have had their cancer cured with [MMS]," said Blake.

So far, 40 tickets have been purchased for the MMS seminar in Ngatea.

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