[The Sun] Disgraced TV pastor Jim Bakker hawking product that kills ‘coronavirus, SARS and HIV’
DISGRACED TV pastor and convicted fraudster Jim Bakker claims to have a coronavirus cure that can "kill" or "deactivate" the deadly disease within 12 hours.
Speaking with Natropathic doctor Sherrill Sellman on his syndicated television show, Bakker promoted the Silver Solution product - which he also markets as a cure for SARS and HIV.
Ms Sellman told Bakker that while the $125 (£95) 'Silver Solution' - a product that can be purchased on Bakker's online store - hasn't been tested on the current strain of the coronavirus killing thousands across the globe, it has been tested on other strains of the virus been able to eliminate it in just hours.
Further, she said Silver Solution could bolster a person's immune system and potentially make their bodies less susceptible to the virus
Ms Sellman claimed: "Totally eliminated. Kills it, deactivates it and then it boosts your immune system so then you can support the recovery because when you kill the virus, the immune system comes into action to clear it out."
You want a vibrant immune system as well as an ability to deactivate these viruses."
Televangelist and former Assemblies of God minister, Bakker added: "God gave us this product, I believe."
According to its page on Bakker's website, Silver Solution is a product that "works faster, longer and more efficiently than other silvers to support your immune system."
Bakker's reckless claims are completely unfounded, as there is currently no vaccine to protect against the coronavirus - and no specific treatment.
Bakker's suggested coronavirus cure directly contradicts scientific information about coronavirus that's been distributed by public health authorities including the World Health Organization.
Medical authorities have stressed that if someone believes they have been infected with coronavirus, they should immediately seek professional attention.
The Federal Trade Commission has also warned against falling for grandiose or secret claims of miracle cures sold online or through TV infomercials.
"If you see ads touting prevention, treatment, or cure claims for the Coronavirus, ask yourself: if there's been a medical breakthrough, would you be hearing about it for the first time through an ad or sales pitch?"
Coronavirus developed in China late last year before subsequently infecting some 68,500 people worldwide.
So far, at least 1,665 people have been killed.
In 1989, Bakker was convicted on 24 counts relating to fraud stemming from his business practices.
He was sentenced to 45 years in prison and served less than five.
Prior to the fraud chargers, in 1987, Jessica Hahn accused Bakker of drugging and raping her in a hotel room in 1980 when she was working for him as a church secretary.
"He just believed that everybody should serve him because he was serving God," she told the Charlotte Observer.
Bakker denied the accusation and claimed the encounter was consensual.
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