An American New Jersey pastor, backed by a former British clairvoyant, runs a network that offers up to 50,000 Ugandans a "miracle cure" made of industrial bleach, claiming to drink the toxic fluid that cancels cancer, HIV / AIDS. AIDS, malaria and most other diseases.
The network, led by Pastor Robert Baldwin and partially funded by Sam Little of Arlesey in Bedfordshire, is one of the most extensive efforts to distribute the "miracle cure" known as MMS, or "miracle mineral solution". The Guardian has learned that the poor Ugandans, including 14-year-olds, are given chlorine dioxide, a product that has no health benefits and can be extremely dangerous.
Baldwin, 52, imports bulk shipments of MMS components, sodium chlorite and citric acid, to Uganda. The two chemicals are mixed to produce chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleach used in the textile industry.
The American pastor has "trained" about 1,200 clerics in Uganda to administer the "miracle cure" and everyone in turn uses it to treat about 50 members of the congregation, usually after Sunday service. As an incentive, Baldwin offers smartphones to those clerics who are particularly "committed" to spreading bleach care.
Baldwin operates under a ministry he founded called Global Healing. The "church" advertises itself as "using the power of God Almighty … to greatly reduce the loss of life" in Africa.
Yet in a telephone conversation with Fiona O & # 39; Leary, a campaign against the charlatan medicine that spoke to him while pretending to be a freelance journalist, Baldwin said he distributed the bleach through the churches to "stay under the radar."
"We don't want to attract attention," he said during the call, a recording of which was heard by the Guardian. "When you draw attention to MMS you run the risk of getting yourself into trouble with the government or pharmaceutical companies. You have to do it low key. That's why I installed it through the church."
He added that as a further precaution he uses euphemisms on Facebook, where he raises funds through online donations. "I don't call it MMS, I call it" healing water "to protect me. They are very sophisticated. Facebook has algorithms that can recognize" MMS "."
Baldwin, who studied as a nurse and has no other medical knowledge, said he chose Uganda because he was a poor country with weak regulation. Speaking from New Jersey, where he is based, he told O&L: "America and Europe have much stricter laws, so you're not free to treat people because it's so controlled by the FDA "That's why I work in developing countries."
He added: "Those people in poor countries do not have the options we have in richer countries – they are much more open to receiving the blessings that God has given them."
When asked how babies and children were treated with MMS, he said the dose was reduced by half. "Small young children can take a small amount, they will spit it out. It does not cause any damage – they only have diarrhea."
The Guardian contacted Baldwin by phone in New Jersey and asked the pastor to explain his work in Uganda. He said: "We use natural healing therapies to help people – this is something that Christians do."
Then he said, "I don't think it's a good idea to talk to the media right now."
When asked what doses of bleach he was using in Africa, he abruptly interrupted the call.
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MMS is prohibited in several countries, including Canada and Ireland. In the United Kingdom and the United States it is strictly controlled and has led to fraud proceedings.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public notice advising anyone with MMS to "immediately stop using it and throw it away". Several people have been sick with the chemical, says the FDA, suffering from nausea, diarrhea and potentially "low life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration".
Baldwin's growing MMS network in Uganda seems to imply the free distribution of bleach. It is not clear how the money is collected to pay it. There are fundraising pages on Facebook, even if the sums donated seem small.
The MMS push was partly funded by Sam Little. At the age of 25, the British is currently in Fort Portal, in the west of Uganda, where the Guardian spoke to him via cell phone.
According to his Facebook page, Little attended Staffordshire University before becoming a clairvoyant with a business that is now deceased called Psychic Sam. Facebook posts from 2015 show that it offers Tarot card readings, "healings" and "regression therapy" for £ 6.99 ($ 8.90).
He told the Guardian that he also made money with "investments" and was using his savings to help finance the distribution of MMS in Uganda with a donation of $ 10,000. Separately, he also allocated $ 30,000 to build a home for about 20 homeless Ugandan children.
Call the house "Sam's orphanage" on Facebook, where he is trying to raise funds through donations to complete the building. He said the project was separated from his work with bleach treatment and insisted that he had no intention of treating the children in his orphanage with the MMS.
Little was introduced for the first time to the "miracle cure" in England by a friend.
"Someone in my family had recovered from cancer with MMS," he said. "I started searching online and saw more and more videos of cured people. It was then that I decided to test him on malaria and go to Africa."
Little published an online video of a trip made March 11 in a village hospital in the Kyenjojo district, in the west of the West, where he conducted a trial that stated that he would show that malaria could be cured with chlorine dioxide within two hours. Although he does not have a medical education, the British is seen in the video that instructs workers in a small local hospital to administer bleach according to the formula: 18 drops for adults, 12 drops for children aged 5 to 12 and 8 drops for children of one to four.
The video shows nine people receiving two doses of fluid, including a 14-month-old baby who screams into his mother's arms as he absorbs it. Little says that the blood tests conducted by a laboratory technician showed microscopic signs of disappearance of malaria within two hours.
The British told the Guardian that a lab technician examined blood samples from nine local people who were tested and said he was cured. Little himself did not return to the hospital to check the results.
He told the Guardian that he was repeating the HIV / AIDS patient study in several locations in Uganda to show that the MMS was also a cure for that disease. He admitted that he would not be allowed to conduct such "field studies" in the UK or the US, but when asked if he was using the poor Ugandans as guinea pigs in India, he replied that he was not doing nothing for money, but for altruistic reasons.
"People are not used as guinea pigs for trials," he said, "he is helping them. We have treated many people not only for malaria, cancer, HIV, all sorts of things."
Asked to cite any scientific evidence that the healing diseases of MMS indicated a 2018 study in which chlorine dioxide was tested on 500 malarial patients in Cameroon. The lead author of the study was Enno Freye of Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The Guardian contacted the university and was informed that his medical faculty had examined the study and found it "scientifically worthless, contradictory and partly ethically problematic". In February, Freye was deprived of the faculty's Apl degree on the grounds that he "severely damaged the respectability and trust that this title requires". He no longer works in any institution of the university.
The Guardian attempted to contact Freye for comment but did not immediately listen.
Uganda's health ministry was alarmed to hear about the MMS experiments, saying it had no information on chlorine dioxide tested in Ugandan hospitals. Emmanuel Ainebyoona, a spokesman for the ministry, stated that a government investigation was initiated.
"We are investigating the activities of these people. In the medical profession, you don't advertise when you heal people," he said, referring to the video for Little in which he claims to have cured malaria in two hours.
The Ugandan ministry of gender and social development, which monitors and approves all new orphanages, said it is also launching an inquiry into Little's plans for a home for 20 children.
"We have never received documents from Fort Portal showing the need for an orphanage," a senior official said. "This is new information for us."