An American pastor from New Jersey supported by a former British astrologer runs a network that gives up to 50,000 Ugandan people a "miraculous healing" made from industrial bleach, claiming that drinking toxic fluids eliminates cancer, HIV / AIDS, malaria and most other diseases .
The network, led by Rev. Robert Baldwin and funded in part by Sam Little of Arlesey in Bedfordshire, is one of the broadest efforts that has not yet distributed the "miracle cure" known as MMS, or "miracle mineral solution". The Guardian has learned that Ugandan poor people, including 14-month-old babies, are given chlorine dioxide, a product that has no known health benefits and can be very dangerous.
Baldwin, 52, imports bulk shipments of MMS components, sodium chlorite and citric acid, to Uganda from China. Both chemicals are mixed to produce chlorine dioxide, a strong bleach used in the textile industry.
The American pastor has "trained" about 1,200 scholars in Uganda to manage "miraculous healing" and each uses it to treat around 50 congregations, usually after Sunday services. As a persuasion, Baldwin offered smartphones to scholars who were very "committed" to spreading whitening drugs.
Baldwin operates under the ministry he founded named Global Healing. "The Church" advertises itself as "using the power of the Almighty God … to greatly reduce death" in Africa.
But in a telephone conversation with Fiona O & # 39; Leary, a campaigner against the shaman who talked to him while posing as a freelance journalist, Baldwin said he distributed bleach through the church to "stay under the radar".
"We don't want to attract attention," he said during a call, a recording that had been heard by the Guardian. "When you draw attention to MMS, you run the risk of getting into trouble with the government or drug companies. You have to do it with a low key. That's why I arranged it through the church. "
He added that as a further precaution he used euphemism on Facebook, where he raised money through online donations. "I don't call it MMS, I call it 'healing water', to protect myself. They are very sophisticated. Facebook has an algorithm that can recognize 'MMS'. "
Baldwin, who was trained as a student nurse and is known to have no other medical expertise, said he chose Uganda because the country was a poor country with weak regulation. Speaking from New Jersey, where he is, he told O & # 39; Leary: "America and Europe have stricter laws so you are not free to treat people because they are very controlled by the FDA. That's why I work in a developing country. "
He added: "People in poor countries that they have no choice in rich countries – they are far more open to receiving the blessings God has given them."
Asked how babies and children were treated by MMS, said the dose was reduced by half. "Little babies can take a little, they will vomit. It's not dangerous – they only get diarrhea. "
The Guardian contacted Baldwin by telephone in New Jersey and asked the pastor to explain his work in Uganda. He said, "We use natural healing therapies to help people – that's something Christians do."
Then he said: "I don't think it's good to talk to the media now."
Asked what bleach dose he used in Africa, he suddenly ended the call.
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MMS is prohibited in several countries, including Canada and Ireland. In the UK and the US it is very controlled and has led to prosecution of fraud.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public warning advising anyone who has MMS to "immediately stop using it and throw it away". Some people have been sick by these chemicals, the FDA said, suffering from nausea, diarrhea, and potentially "life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration".
The MMS Baldwin network that developed in Uganda seems to involve the distribution of bleach at no cost. It is not clear how the money was collected to pay for it. There is a fundraising page on Facebook, even though the amount of money donated seems small.
The MMS driver was partly financed by Sam Little. Aged 25, Britons are currently based at Fort Portal, in western Uganda, where the Guardians talk to him via cellphone.
According to his Facebook page, Little entered Staffordshire University before establishing as a fortune teller with a now-dead business called Psychic Sam. Facebook posts from 2015 showed him offering Tarot card reading, "healing" and "regression therapy" for £ 6.99 ($ 8.90).
He told the Guardian that he also made money through "investment" and used his savings to help fund the MMS distribution in Uganda with a $ 10,000 contribution. Separately, he has also spent $ 30,000 to build homes for around 20 Ugandan children who do not have homes.
He called the house "Sam's orphanage" on Facebook, where he tried to raise money through donations to complete the building. He said that the project was a separate effort from his work with whitening treatments and he insisted he had no intention of caring for children in his orphanage by MMS.
Little was first introduced with a "miracle drug" in England by a friend.
"Someone in my family recovered from cancer by MMS," he said. "I started researching online and saw more and more videos of people being healed. That's when I decided to test it myself about malaria and take a trip to Africa. "
Little has posted an online video about the trip he took on March 11 to a village hospital in Kyenjojo district, western Uganda, where he conducted an experiment which he said would prove that malaria could be cured with chlorine dioxide within two hours. Even though he did not have medical training, the Briton was seen in the video instructing workers at a small local hospital to provide bleach according to the formula: 18 drops for adults, 12 drops for children aged five to 12 and eight drops for children – one year old child. fourth.
The video showed nine people were given two doses of liquid, including a baby around 14 months old who screamed on his mother's arm as he swallowed it. Few who claimed blood tests carried out by laboratory technicians showed microscopic signs of malaria disappearing within two hours.
The Briton told the Guardian that laboratory technicians had seen blood samples from nine local people who were being tested and said they had been healed. Little himself has not returned to the hospital to verify the results.
He told the Guardian that he repeated research on HIV / AIDS patients in several locations in Uganda, to prove that MMS is also a cure for the disease. He acknowledged that he would not be allowed to do such "field studies" in the UK or the US, but when asked if he used poor Uganda as a guinea pig, he replied he did not do all this for money but purely for altruistic reasons.
"It doesn't use people as guinea pigs for experiments," he said, "it helps them. We have healed many people not only for malaria, cancer, HIV, all kinds of things."
Asked to cite scientific evidence that MMS cures disease, he pointed to a 2018 study in which chlorine dioxide was tested on 500 malaria patients in Cameroon. The main author of this study was Enno Freye from Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The Guardian contacted the university and was told its medical faculty had reviewed the research and found it "scientifically worthless, contradictory and partially ethically problematic". In February, Freye was stripped of her Professor-App title from the faculty on the grounds that she had "severely damaged the honor and trust needed by this title". He no longer works at any university institution.
The Guardian tried to contact Freye for comment but did not immediately hear it.
The Ugandan Ministry of Health is worried about hearing about the MMS trial, saying it had no information about chlorine dioxide being tested at a Ugandan hospital. Emmanuel Ainebyoona, a ministry spokesman, said the government investigation had begun.
"We are investigating the activities of these people. In the medical profession, you don't do advertisements when you cure people, "he said, referring to Little's video where he claimed to have cured malaria in two hours.
Uganda's gender and social development ministry, which checks and approves all new orphanages, said it was also launching an investigation into Little's plans to house 20 children.
"We have never received documents from Fort Portal that indicate the need for an orphanage," said a senior official. "That's new information for us."