Fink autopsy results made public as dangerous MMS promoted as cure for Gulf oil spill victims
Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), the supposed cure-all substance implicated in the death of Sylvia Fink aboard the yacht “Windcastle” at Epi Island in August 2009, is in the world news again.
On December 23, 2010, Deborah Dupre writing for www.examiner.com reported in an article titled “Crude oil, Corexit and now snake oil to fix it” that Gulf Coast [U.S.] Barefoot Doctors (a group of health professionals working to help people poisoned by the April 20, 2010 Gulf oil spill and subsequent cleanup attempts) had exposed MMS, reinvented as “Advanced Oxygen Therapy”, being sold to residents as a remedy for a wide range of illnesses and skin disorders caused by the toxic oil and vapours.
Barefoot Doctors estimate that up to 40 million Gulf Coast people have been poisoned by the oil spill. They say many are suffering standard neurotoxin exposure injuries that are very debilitating. Desperate for help, which it is alleged is not coming from U.S. Health Authorities, the sick are turning to what the health professionals call snake oil.
The person allegedly selling the reinvented MMS in the Gulf, Wil Spencer, at first claimed that his product was a ‘sister to MMS’, but has later conceded that the two are one and the same.
MMS is a mixture of Sodium Chlorite (note chlor’ite’ not chlor’ine’ or chlo’ride) and water which when mixed with citric acid turns into Chlorine Dioxide, a strong bleach which is potentially harmful if ingested.
Since Sylvia Fink died, warnings about MMS have come from many sources including the US FDA, Medsafe NZ and health departments in Canada, Brunei and Denmark. In Australia the TGA has banned the advertising of MMS because the marketers could not substantiate their claims as to its efficacy.
Vanuatu’s Public Prosecutor, in a press release on November 5, 2010, made what is possibly the strongest statement yet by any Government agency against MMS saying: “While every case is assessed on its own merits, I advise that any person who misuses MMS in Vanuatu in the future would be likely to face prosecution for potentially serious criminal offences. No person should ever give MMS to another person to drink without advising them of what it is they are drinking and of the serious risks to health that may arise if they decide to drink the mixture.”
But despite the warnings, the traveling sideshow that is the promotion of MMS via the Internet has not slowed.
Jim Humble, gold miner from deepest Africa and self proclaimed inventor of MMS still runs dozens of promotional websites where books and videos about it are also available for purchase online. His Jim Humble Foundation charitable organisation began receiving donations in August, 2009 – the same month Sylvia died – and more recently he has installed himself as Right Honourable Bishop in his own Genesis II Church of Health and Healing - about as far removed from the usual conception of ‘church’ as it is possible to get.
Both the Foundation and ‘church’ actively solicit funding from the public via the Internet to further the good work of promoting MMS to the (invariably third world) masses; attendees of seminars run by the ‘church’ are promised they will graduate as ‘Minister of Health’ and being so armed will be ready to disseminate their knowledge to the aforementioned masses and insinuations abound that people who do not recognize and promote MMS are actually doing humanity a great disservice.
Various other websites such as “Food for Thought”, www.phaelosopher.wordpress.org run by someone calling himself Adam Abraham, are used for longwinded, mind numbing rants extolling Humble’s magnanimity, the benefits of MMS and lashing out at anyone who dares to speak against it – including the Government departments that have done so and Sylvia’s widower Doug Nash.
As is the norm for most alternative health care brouhaha, all the MMS related websites are paranoid in their attempts to discredit the legitimate pharmaceutical industry.
The editor at www.youwb.com noted in his article (Jim Humble, Nexus Magazine and the MMS Mafia August 18, 2010) “There’s a strange phenomenon that crops up over and over again in our line of work: when you disagree with pathological people, they seem singularly incapable of letting it go and exercising a little ‘live and let live’ philosophy.”
Certainly, since Deborah Dupre’s articles about the use of MMS on the Gulf Coast have appeared on www.examiner.com she has become the target of such pathological pro MMS fervour on the Internet. Jim Humble has personally challenged her, as he did Sydney Morning Herald journalists when their articles about the involvement of MMS in Sylvia Fink’s death appeared last January. When I contacted Luc Callebaut (supplier of the MMS to Sylvia Fink) seeking his opinion for an article I wrote about the FDA’s warning last August, I was subjected to verbal and written tirades as to the benefits of MMS and what Callebaut considers the conspiratorial treachery of the legitimate pharmaceutical and food safety control industries.
And so the MMS gravy train rolls on. Other than a brief period of denial at the time (including such inanities as denying that an autopsy even took place) even the involvement of MMS in Fink’s death does not seem to have caused the wagons to slow.
And why would they have slowed, since at the request of Vanuatu Police and Australian Federal Police, the results of the autopsy and toxicology testing on Sylvia’s body have not been made available to the public. No one has therefore been able to say exactly what part MMS played in her death.
If the results had been known earlier, as they should have been if investigations had been done correctly and in an appropriate time frame, the picture we are seeing today could be very different.
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