"Jim Bakker during a PTL broadcast with his wife Tammy Faye, 1986" by Peter K. Levy / Public Domain

N.Y. attorney general to televangelist Jim Bakker: Stop peddling unproven coronavirus cures

Mar 6, 2020

By Julie Zauzmer

The Rev. Jim Bakker, televangelist and salesman, has long promoted “Silver Solution” — a scientifically dubious medication made from the precious metal — to cure all sorts of ailments.

On Feb. 12, just as the novel coronavirus was starting to make worldwide headlines, Bakker asked a guest on his TV show whether the silver tonic he sells on his website just might cure this new illness as well.

“It hasn’t been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it’s been tested on other strains of the coronavirus, and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours. Totally eliminates it, kills it, deactivates it, and then it boosts your immune system,” said guest Sherrill Sellman, as Bakker interjected, “yeah, yeah.”

Other panelists on the TV set murmured their approval as well. One exclaimed: “That’s so good!”

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