“Texas Court Smotes Church’s Promotion of Bad Medicine”
The October 3, 2018 post at Drug & Device blog is a must read. It’s a quick, humorous and pithy summary of a true story – a church-based scheme involving a “miracle water.” Amazing.
To tease you into reading, here’s the introduction:
“Take out your hymnal, and turn to Hawkins v. State, 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 7863 (Texas Ct. App., 14th Dist. Sept. 27, 2018). Consider the case of Mr. Hawkins, hereinafter referred to as “the defendant,” but who self-identified as a bishop of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing. A primary teaching of said church was the amazing curative power of “MMS,” which variously stands for Miracle Mineral Solution, Master Mineral Solution, or Miracle Mineral Supplement. (We think of MMS as an abbreviation either for the more prosaic Multimedia Messaging Service or the sillier Make Me Smile. But who are we to depart from church doctrine?). MMS is a sodium chloride product typically used as a disinfectant. It is an industrial bleaching agent. The defendant held monthly seminars and taught his flock how to mix and consumer MMS. And what bounty shall this marvelous MMS elixir deliver? Why, nothing less than a cure for cancer, HIV, heart disease, autism, and Ebola. So sayeth the defendant.”