Group led by Robert Baldwin and part-funded by Sam Little claims drinking toxic fluid will eradicate HIV/Aids and other diseases
An American pastor from New Jersey backed by a British former clairvoyant is running a network that gives up to 50,000 Ugandans a miracle cure made from industrial bleach, claiming drinking the toxic fluid eradicates cancer, HIV/Aids, malaria and most other diseases.
The network, led by pastor Robert Baldwin and part-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. The Guardian has learned that poor Ugandans, including infants as young as 14 months old, are being given chlorine dioxide, a product that has no known health benefit and can be extremely dangerous.
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.
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.
Yet in a phone conversation with Fiona OLeary, a campaigner against quack medicine who spoke to him while posing as a freelance journalist, Baldwin said he distributed the bleach through churches to stay under the radar.
We dont want to draw any attention, he said during the call, a recording of which has been heard by the Guardian. When you draw attention to MMS you run the risk of getting in trouble with the government or drug companies. You have to do it low key. Thats why I set it up through the church.
He added that as a further precaution he uses euphemisms on Facebook, where he raises money through online donations. I dont call it MMS, I call it healing water, to protect myself. They are very sophisticated. Facebook has algorithms that can recognize MMS.
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. Speaking from New Jersey, where he is based, he told OLeary: America and Europe have much stricter laws so you are not as free to treat people because it is so controlled by the FDA. Thats why I work in developing countries.
He added: Those people in poor countries they dont have the options that we have in the richer countries they are much more open to receiving the blessings that God has given them.
Asked how babies and children were treated with MMS, he 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 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 thats something Christians do.
Then he said: I dont think its a good idea to be talking to the media right now.
Asked what doses of bleach he was using in Africa, he abruptly ended the call.
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, diarrhea and potentially life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration.
Baldwins growing MMS network in Uganda appears to involve the distribution of the bleach free of charge. It is not clear how the money is raised to pay for it. There are fundraising pages on Facebook, though the sums of money donated seem small.
The MMS push has been partly bankrolled by Sam Little. Aged 25, the Briton is currently based in Fort Portal, in the west of Uganda, where the Guardian spoke to him via cellphone.
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 the Guardian 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.
He calls the home Sams orphanage on Facebook, where he is attempting to raise money through donations to complete the building. He said that project was a separate venture from his work with the bleach treatment and he insisted he had no intention of treating the children in his orphanage with MMS.