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An American pastor from New Jersey backed by a British forms clairvoyant is running a network giving up to 50,000 Ugandans a "miracle cure" made from industrial bleach, claiming 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 called founded Global Healing. The “church” advertises itself as “using the power of Almighty God… to reduce the loss of life” in Africa. Yet in a phone conversation with Fiona O'Leary, a campaign against quack medicine who spoke to him while as a freelance journalist, Baldwin said…

An American pastor from New Jersey backed by a British forms clairvoyant is running a network giving up to 50,000 Ugandans a “miracle cure” made from industrial bleach, claiming 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 called founded Global Healing. The “church” advertises itself as “using the power of Almighty God… to reduce the loss of life” in Africa.

Yet in a phone conversation with Fiona O’Leary, a campaign against quack medicine who spoke to him while as a freelance journalist, Baldwin said he distributed the bleach through churches to “stay under the radar”.

“We don’t want to pay 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 into trouble with the government or drug companies. You have to do it low key. That’s 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 don’t 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 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 O’Leary: “America and Europe have much more laws so you are not free to treat people because it is 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 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, 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 – that’s something Christians do.”

Then he said: “I don’t think it’s a good idea to be talking to the media right now.”

Asked What was the bleach he was using in Africa, he abruptly ended the call

“Sam’s orphanage”

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 from nausea, diarrhea and potentially “life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration.”

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