Robert Baldwin, a 52-year-old pastor, distributed “healing water” through his Global Healing ministry. He gave the “miracle cure” – which he claimed would cure malaria and HIV – to 50,000 parishioners. While he asserts that “all I wanted to do is help people,” the FDA labeled the mixture a noxious substance, stating that it contained industrial bleach.
The New Jersey pastor and the distribution of the Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) were funded in part by Sam Little, an English former clairvoyant who donated approximately $10,000 to the mission, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
MMS contains chlorine dioxide, a noxious substance that, according to the FDA, can cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and a variety of symptoms linked to severe dehydration.
Baldwin was reportedly sending MMS in bulk to Uganda, where 1,200 trained clerics would treat parishioners – including adults, children, and infants – with the “cure” after Sunday sermons.
He also offered smartphones to those who demonstrate that they are “committed” to the project.
On the now deleted website, Global Healing stated the organization believed in “using the power of Almighty God… to greatly reduce the loss of life.”
Baldwin reportedly told Fiona O’Leary, a campaigner, to distribute MMS through the ministry to “stay under the radar.”
“When you draw attention to MMS you run the risk of getting in trouble with the government or drug companies,” Baldwin allegedly told O’Leary. “You have to do it low key. That’s why I set it up through the church.”
He also reportedly said that he did not refer to the substance as MMS online because algorithms could detect the phrase, instead calling it “healing water.”
Baldwin said that infants were given half doses because it wouldn’t cause harm, just diarrhea.
Baldwin has denied the reports, stating, “All I wanted to do is help people using natural healing therapies.” He also said that he had to shut down the organization’s website and his social media accounts because “people are calling me Satan.”
Little, 25, donated $10,000 to Baldwin’s ministry and also spent $30,000 constructing a home for Ugandan children.
“Somebody in my family was cured of cancer with MMS,” Little reportedly said. “I started researching online and saw more and more videos of people being cured. That’s when I decided to test it myself on malaria and traveled to Africa.”
A YouTube video – that has since been removed from the platform – claimed that Little documented an MMS trail that took place at a small hospital in western Uganda. In the video, Little watches as MMS is given to small children, including an approximately 14-month-old baby.
Little cites a University of Dusseldorf study which claimed to have tested chlorine dioxide as a malaria treatment. After being asked about the study, the university stated that it was reviewed and found to be “scientifically worthless, contradictory, and, in part, ethically problematic.”
The FDA also released a statement about MMS, saying, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to take Miracle Mineral Solution, an oral liquid also known as ‘Miracle Mineral Supplement’ or ‘MMS.’ The product, when used as directed, produces an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health.”
“The FDA has received several reports of health injuries from consumers using this product, including severe nausea, vomiting, and life-threatening low blood pressure from dehydration,” the FDA continued. “Consumers who have MMS should stop using it immediately and throw it away.”
“MMS is distributed on Internet sites and online auctions by multiple independent distributors. Although the products share the MMS name, the look of the labeling may vary.”