An American pastor Robert Baldwin from New Jersey is feeding over 50,000 Ugandans with chlorine dioxide, an industrial bleach he claims cures cancer, HIV/Aids, malaria, among other diseases.
According to theguardian, Baldwin who is backed by a British former clairvoyant calls the toxic fluid “miracle cure” and has administered it to poor Ugandans including infants aged 14 months.
This network partly-funded by Sam Little from Arlesey in Bedfordshire, is one of the most extensive efforts yet to distribute the “miracle cure” known as MMS, or “miracle mineral solution”.
Chlorine dioxide, a product that has no known health benefit and can be extremely dangerous and Baldwin, 52, is importing bulk shipments of the components of MMS, sodium chlorite and citric acid, into Uganda from China.
The two chemicals are mixed to produce chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleach used in the textile industry, reports theguardian.
The American pastor has “trained” about 1,200 clerics in Uganda on administering the “miracle cure” and each in turn uses it to treat about 50 congregants, usually after Sunday service.
As an inducement, Baldwin is offering smartphones to those clerics who are especially “committed” to spreading the bleach cure.
Baldwin operates under a ministry he founded called Global Healing. The “church” advertises itself as “using the power of Almighty God … to greatly reduce the loss of life” in Africa.
Baldwin, who trained as a student nurse and is understood to have no other medical expertise, said he chose Uganda because it was a poor country with weak regulation.
Asked how babies and children were treated with MMS, Baldwin said the dose was reduced by half. “Little tiny infants can take a small amount, they will spit it out. It causes no harm – they just get diarrhoea.”
MMS is banned in several countries, including Canada and Ireland. In the UK and US it is strictly controlled and has led to fraud prosecutions.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public warning that advises anyone with MMS to “stop using it immediately and throw it away”.
Several people have been sickened by the chemical, the FDA says, suffering nausea, diarrhoea and potentially “life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration”.
Sam Little orphanage
The MMS push has been partly bankrolled by Sam Little. Aged 25, the Briton is currently based in Fort Portal town, Kabarole district, Western Uganda.
According to his Facebook page, Little attended Staffordshire University before setting up as a clairvoyant with a business that is now defunct called Psychic Sam. Facebook posts from 2015 show him offering Tarot card readings, “healings” and “regression therapy” for £6.99 ($8.90).
He told theguardian he also made money through “investments” and was using his savings to help fund MMS distribution in Uganda with a donation of $10,000.
Separately, he has also put $30,000 into building a home for about 20 homeless Ugandan children.
Little has posted a video online of a trip he made on 11 March to a village hospital in Kyenjojo district, where he conducted a trial that he said would prove malaria could be cured with chlorine dioxide within two hours.
Though he has no medical training, the Briton is seen on the video instructing workers in a tiny local hospital to administer the bleach according to the formula: 18 drops for adults, 12 drops for children aged five to 12 and eight drops for children aged one to four.
He told the Guardian he was repeating the study on HIV/Aids patients in several locations in Uganda, to prove that MMS was also a cure for that disease.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, a spokesman for the Health ministry, told theguardian a government investigation had been initiated.