“Medicine” containing chlorine dioxide is seen at the Farmacia Boliviana in Cochabamba, Bolivia. REUTERS/Danilo Balderrama A movement that claims industrial bleach is a miracle cure is gaining strength in Latin America.
The Bolivian government’s endorsement of the substance has given it the appearance of credibility.
It’s a stark illustration of how the pandemic has been used to spread medical misinformation.
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Last month, the Justice Department announced the indictment of a Florida man, Mark Grenon, and his three adult sons for allegedly marketing a type of toxic bleach, chlorine dioxide, as a COVID-19 cure.
For several years, the indictment said, Grenon sold the bleach under the guise of a church called Genesis II. He told prosecutors that the church “has nothing to do with religion,” and that he founded it to “legalize the use of MMS” and avoid “going to jail.”
MMS stands for “Miracle Mineral Solution,” the name Grenon’s believers use for toxic bleach. The substance is usually used to treat wood products, has no medical value, and can be fatal if consumed in large doses. MMS followers believe it has healing powers.The indictment might have marked the end of Grenon’s attempts to falsely market the bleach as a miracle cure.But over in Latin America, the legacy of Grenon’s Genesis II church is stronger than ever. It is perhaps one of the most shocking triumphs of a medical misinformation movement to date. Mark Grenon. Robert J. Morris / YouTube The movement […]
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