Newspaper article: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/miracle-cancer-care-church-genesis-9530074
A church allegedly marketing a banned miracle cure has hit out at police and trading standards for their heavy-handed presence at a seminar in Farnham earlier this month.
Nearly 30 people attended a secret meeting of the US-based Genesis II Church, held at the home of Farnham resident and church member Amanda ‘Mary’ Jewell on June 12.
It was alleged the church would be supplying MMS (Miracle Mineral Solution) at the seminar. Similar products supplied by other groups have been described as a fierce concoction akin to bleach, which is banned by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
However, the church claims MMS can cure all manner of ills, including cancer, HIV and malaria.
Officers from Surrey County Council’s Trading Standards department and Surrey Policeattended the meeting after intercepting a number of attendees at Farnham railway station, where those interested were told to gather to be taken to the meeting, on the evening of June 12.
Posting on the MMS News website on Saturday (June 20), Archbishop Mark Grenon said Trading Standards later “broke into’ Ms Jewell’s house and disrupted the service – which he said violated the church’s ‘religious rights”.
The officers were invited to return after the service to discuss the matter, which the church filmed and published on MMS News, with the full post republished by Ms Jewell on her own blog Mother Nature and You.
The video shows the officers explain to Mr Grenon while Trading Standards did not attend to intervene in religious matters, it had powers to enforce legislation banning any trade of MMS.
Mr Grenon said Genesis II was a church, not a business, but the officers stressed professions covered by ‘divinity’ were not exempt from the legislation.
On its website, the FSA states: “MMS is a 28% sodium chlorite solution, which is equivalent to industrial-strength bleach. When taken as directed, it could cause severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, potentially leading to dehydration and reduced blood pressure.”
In an email, one of the organisers Bishop Jonathan Grenon told guests that in exchange for $400 (£250), they would be made ‘health ministers’ and would receive a package of ‘sacraments’, including MMS.
In a statement, a spokesman for Trading Standards told the News & Mail that, while there was no evidence of MMS being supplied at the meeting, officers were still concerned people were being ‘misled’ and wished to remind the church of the legislation banning MMS.
Anyone who attended the event is still urged to contact Trading Standards on 01296 388771.
A spokesman for Surrey Police confirmed the force did attend the event on June 12, but stressed Trading Standards had taken the lead on the investigation, adding: “The role of Surrey Police was to attend to prevent any breach of the peace.”