The “Jesus Shot” is the hottest new medical procedure you must know about—and every 60-year-old lawmaker you know has probably already gotten it.
According to a new report, the Agriculture Commissioner from Texas used taxpayer money to fly to Oklahoma City for the unusual medical procedure, while publicly stating that he had made the trip to meet with Oklahoma lawmakers.
The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday that longtime politician Sid Miller had used at least $1,120 for flights and a rental car to take a trip to Oklahoma in February, which he claimed was to meet lawmakers in the state. But interviews with several politicians he cited suggest that Miller wasn’t meeting with them that day, and all of the lawmakers pictured in a photograph from the trip said they weren’t with him on that day.
Instead, according to the Chronicle, Miller may have been receiving an unusual medical procedure to treat chronic pain:
Miller, a former rodeo cowboy who suffers from chronic pain, told the Houston Chronicle earlier this year he has received the “Jesus Shot,” a controversial but legal medication administered only by a single Oklahoma City-area doctor who claims that it takes away all pain for life.
Miller’s office will not confirm whether he received the treatment, but said Thursday that he was reimbursing the state for the trip “out of an abundance of caution.”
The news may not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Miller’s sometimes erratic behavior. One of his most well-known moves as commissioner was to reverse an eleven-year ban on soft drinks and fried foods in public schools, arguing that children should be able to choose what food they eat. Last August, he faced backlash after posting a Facebook meme that seemed to encourage bombing civilians in the Middle East. The image featured a photo of a nuclear explosion with the caption:
“Japan has been at peace with the US since August 9, 1945. It’s time we made peace with the Muslim world.”
Perhaps the “Jesus Shot” will be just the medicine Miller needs.