Mark Grenon, a self-styled archbishop of an undisclosed church in Florida, US has been arrested along with his son selling industrial bleach as a “miracle cure” for COVID-19.
Grenon was arrested with his son in Colombia and faces extradition to the US.
Video footage posted to the Twitter feed of Colombia’s top prosecutor showed Mark Grenon and his son Joseph Grenon, dressed in blue jumpsuits and masks, being led away by armed police.
The prosecutor’s office said the pair had been taken into custody on suspicion of selling a “miracle solution” that had caused the deaths of seven American citizens.
The substance, chlorine dioxide, is a powerful bleach used in textile manufacturing, but the Grenons market it as “miracle mineral solution” or MMS which they say when drunk as a dilution, can cure almost all illnesses including COVID, cancer, HIV/AIDS and autism.
Daily Times reports that Trump had sarcastically said that injecting disinfectant into the body will help to fight COVID-19. “Is there a way we can do something, by an injection inside or almost a cleaning?” he said.
The US Food and Drug Administration has banned Grenon and his sons from peddling in bleach. Last August the FDA issued a public notice warning Americans not to drink MMS or similar products.
“If you are drinking MMS or other sodium chlorite products, stop now,” the notice said. “The FDA has received many reports that these products, sold online as ‘treatments’, have made consumers sick.”
In reaction, Mark Grenon, who responded to the Guardian UK interview, debunked the news.