American pastor, Robert Baldwin, financially backed by British former clairvoyant, Sam Little, is running a network that has given up to 50,000 Ugandans a “miracle cure” sent directly from God. The panacea in question is made from an industrial bleach used in the textile industry, known as chlorine dioxide, but is marketed in the extreme alternative health world as ‘Miracle Mineral Solution’ (MMS). Baldwin, however, out of fear of legal ramifications, calls the toxic fluid “healing water” and instructs his victims that under no circumstances are they to call it a medicine, but instead a “gift from God”. Using purposely flawed methodology, Baldwin and his cohorts have performed unsanctioned human experiments, where they conned hordes of vulnerable people into consuming relatively large quantities of this bleach. All of this would have gone under the radar if it weren’t for the vanity of Sam, who began gloating about the experiments to people like myself, which has eventually led to the Uganda Ministry of Health becoming involved.
However, before we talk about the events currently happening in Uganda, it’s important to understand not only what MMS is, but the events that led to these new series’ of human experiments.
MMS (once known as Miracle Mineral Supplement, but for legal reasons had a name change to Miracle Mineral Solution) is a 28% sodium chlorite solution in distilled water that, when mixed with a food-grade acid (e.g. phosphoric acid, citric acid, or hydrochloric acid), generates chlorine dioxide – a bleach and powerful disinfectant that has been used in the past as a water purifier. When ingested even in relatively small amounts, it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea – whereas larger doses cause renal failure, hemolysis (a rupturing of the red blood cells), and even death. Despite these known effects, the corrosive substance is currently being marketed online as a cure-all by a cult named the Genesis II Church of Health & Healing, who see the consumption of this hazardous chemical as a sacrament.
Ex Scientologist, Jim Humble, the leader and self-styled Archbishop of this cult, discusses in his book (or should I say scripture), ‘Breakthrough: The Miracle Mineral Solution of the 21st Century’, how he stumbled upon this panacea. Turns out, whilst prospecting for gold miles away from civilisation in a South American jungle, two of Jim’s colleagues became ill. Jim, despite having no medical background, diagnosed them with malaria, and decided that the best course of action would be to feed them a chemical they had previously used to purify water, because if it can purify water it can……well, to be honest, I am not really sure about his line of thinking here – It’s worth mentioning that, at this point in time, Jim did not know what chemical was in the water purifier, and would not know for several more years. The men apparently made a full recovery, and Jim went on to peddle his new panacea to anyone desperate enough to listen.
Jim then began performing unsanctioned human experiments in the developing world, where he convinced desperate people not only to drink this industrial bleach, but to also rub it in their eyes. In a particularly horrifying section of his book, Jim tells us that he attempted to cure a woman suffering from Lyme disease by injecting her with a high concentration of MMS. He goes on to say that these injections “burn like the devil”, and caused the woman to become ill and that her face, “which had become very old and wrinkled looking, completely peeled off”. Unbelievably, Jim tries to spin this rather horrific effect of injecting bleach into one’s body as a positive. He says that the “Lyme had apparently infiltrated her skin, and when the MMS killed the Lyme, it killed the skin as well”, but goes on to say that “Lyme was not gone” and that she required extra treatments.
In 2004, retired teacher, Sylvia Fink, answered an ad from retired NASA geologist Doug Nash, looking for a crew member to sail with him from Dana Point to Coba San Lucas. The two ended up falling in love, getting married, and spending the next five years sailing on their boat, the Windcastle, from one exotic location to the next. In the summer of 2009, Sylvia purchased MMS from two fellow sailors, who assured her it would ward off malaria in the Solomon Islands, their next destination.
Sylvia prepared the drink as per the instructions and, soon after consuming the toxic substance, began to suffer from diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting. The couple did not initially panic, believing the instructions, which said that not only is discomfort to be expected, but is also an indicator that the treatment was working. Sylvia’s condition soon began to deteriorate, and by the evening, she was in a lot of pain. Doug called for help on his radio, but by this time, Sylvia had started to lose consciousness. She died in his arms only 12 hours after drinking MMS. In a letter to his friends in the days afterwards Doug wrote…
”From almost the moment she drank the mixture of MMS with lime juice that she’d brewed up according to the instructions … she began to be nauseated, and soon was vomiting and on the toilet having diarrhoea.
But she thought, because the literature that came with the MMS kit emphasised that these were normal symptoms, that one just had to grin and bear it when first using the substance. How wrong we were. It turned into torture the whole day, with her getting gradually worse and worse, having incredible abdominal pains, then urinary pains.
‘I’d been helping her all day, bathing her, emptying the bucket, comforting her, trying to get liquids down her, all to no avail because she could not keep anything down. Eventually, about the time it was getting dark, she started having feelings that she was going to faint. That’s when I became fully alarmed. I got on the VHF radio and called for assistance.
At that moment she suddenly went into a coma. Then I put out another radio call, this time an emergency one for immediate medical help. Fellow cruisers rushed to our boat within minutes to aid me, and for over an hour we conducted emergency CPR and administered oxygen but it, and an adrenaline shot administered by a physician who finally arrived from the village, failed to revive her.
A story titled, “Death in Paradise” was published in The Sunday Morning Herald, documenting the events onboard the Windcastle and Jim’s counter-attack online, in which he accused Doug of lying about the events that lead to his wife’s death, implied that he did something to put her in a coma, and said that for warning people about the dangers of MMS, he was “taking his revenge out not on just the public, but on humanity in general”
Weeks after the publication of ‘Death in Paradise’, Jim decided to rebrand his bleach distributing and promoting organisation into a religious institution, and thus the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing came into existence. Now, MMS would no longer be promoted as a medicine, but as sacrament, and they are no longer to be healers, but Bishops and Cardinals of their newly formed cult.
So here it is: we are forming a church of health and healing. Now that’s not religion, that’s health and healing. It’s called Genesis II Church of Health and Healing. (“Genesis” means the beginning, and “II” means the second beginning and this is the beginning of a new world without disease.) – Jim Humble
Many have speculated that the reason they did this was to avoid accountability for Sylvia’s death and the suffering they have caused. Others believe they did it in an attempt to circumnavigate laws that would prevent them from making outlandish medical claims, whilst some think they did it simply to avoid paying taxes. Personally, I believe it’s a mixture of all three.
What was it that Jesus Christ did first of all, always? He healed the sick. That is what we will be doing but there is a lot more to it than that. Do you understand the power that a church has that hasn’t given up its power? Look at the Catholics. Their priests have been molesting women and children for centuries and the governments have not been able to stop it. If handled properly a church can protect us from vaccinations that we don’t want, from forced insurance, and from many things that a government might want to use to oppress us – Jim Humble
This could not have come at a better time for the “Non-religious church of health and healing”, as the American government started to pay attention to those who were selling this toxic substance as a cure-all.
In 2015, a federal jury in the Eastern District of Washington returned a guilty verdict against a man named Louis Daniel Smith for selling MMS, claiming it could cure numerous diseases and illnesses, including cancer, AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, lyme disease, asthma and the common cold. Smith obtained sodium chlorite by creating a phoney “water purification” and “wastewater treatment” businesses from 2007 to 2011, which also allowed him to ship MMS without being detected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. When law enforcement agents were executing search warrants on his residence and business, Smith hid and destroyed evidence from FDA inspectors. Smith was convicted of three counts of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce with intent to defraud or mislead, and one count of fraudulently smuggling merchandise into the United States, and received a 51 month prison sentence. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer of the Justice Department’s Civil Division said, “This verdict demonstrates that the Department of Justice will prosecute those who sell dangerous chemicals as miracle cures to sick people and their desperate loved ones,” and, “Consumers have the right to expect that the medicines that they purchase are safe and effective.”
Fearing prosecution, Jim and other members of his “congregation” moved to Mexico, where they continued to promote this hazardous and highly lucrative substance as a panacea.
Jumping onto current trends, a “bishop” in Jim’s church named Kerri Rivera believes that she has the cure to autism. In her book, ‘Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism’, Kerri recommends not only giving autistic children hourly doses of MMS, but also advocates the use of MMS enemas. These bleach enemas damage the lining of the bowel, and often lead to the child passing fibrinous material and bits of intestinal mucosal – which you would think, as with nausea and vomiting, would give a clear warning sign to the parents. However, Kerri says that these children are passing parasites, and that it is a sign of them becoming well.
In 2012, a video was published titled, “LEAKED: Proof the Red Cross Cured 154 Malaria Cases with MMS”, which documented a “clinical trial” organised in cooperation with the Ugandan Red Cross Society and the Water Reference Centre. The video appeared to show Klaas Proesmans, the CEO of the Water Reference Centre, and Leo Koehof, a man who has translated several books by Jim, curing 154 Ugandans using nothing more than MMS.
Leo would later go on to perform at least one other “clinical trial” in Uganda, which was practically identical to the first one right down to it being recorded on video and uploaded onto YouTube. The only difference between the two is the second video gives a detailed explanation, at least in comparison to the first one, about what is actually happening and how these charlatans purposely designed an experiment to con people into thinking that industrial bleach can cure them of malaria.
Local people first heard about the “trial” on a local radio station. When they arrived, they were registered and received an initial examination to “determine their symptoms” and to “record their diagnosis”. Next, everyone was given an antigen-based rapid diagnostic test. Those who tested positive where given a dose of MMS and told to return the next day. Bafflingly, those who tested negative were told to go for a second medical examination and then, for some unknown reason, were also given MMS! Even the babies were given this bleach for no reason! This is backed up by one of the Red Cross volunteers, Kerstin Wojciechowski, who wrote in her now deleted blog about the first trial, in which she said the following…
Tested negative or positive, people were given purified water which was prepared by Ronald, Enno and me. Thereby the amount of drops of water purifier varied by age and malaria status. After taking the purified water people were also given bottled water to take home as they had to drink a lot for the chemical to take action in the body. – Kerstin Wojciechowski
Kerstin also documented the initial reactions of those who took part.
The immediate reactions after taking the purified water were worrying to me: People disliked the smell, taste and some children had to vomit. Unfortunately we had to tell people that these symptoms might carry on at home for the day. – Kerstin Wojciechowski
The people who initially tested positive for malaria returned the next day and were tested again, this time using the blood smear method. Of these 154 people (curiously the exact same number of people who tested positive in both “trial”), 11 people still tested positive, however, this (at least according to the video) was because they received too few drops of MMS.
On the surface this looks convincing, however, there is a fundamental flaw in their methodology that I believe was done purposely to deceive the viewer and the vulnerable people in Uganda. The antigen-based rapid diagnostic test they originally used should only be used for screening, and can’t be used to diagnose anyone. The specific test used in the “trials” detects malaria histidine-rich protein II (Pf HRP-II), which is expressed by one of the five malaria parasites. The manufacturer claims that it can detect the presence of 50 parasites in 1 micrometer of blood, however, Pf HRP-II secreted by the parasite into the hosts bloodstream can persist in the circulating blood after the parasite has been cleared, or has been greatly reduced. This means that, just because a person tested positive using this method, does not necessarily mean that they are infected at that specific moment in time. This is why these rapid tests are intended to be used for screening, and that any positives must be confirmed with an alternative testing method.
Another problem with relying on antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests is that in malaria-endemic areas, like Uganda, malaria transmission is so intense that a large proportion of the population is infected but not made ill by the parasites. According to Dr Okul Albert Peter, the Malaria Control Programme manager in the Ministry of Health said that about 42% of Ugandans are host to the malaria parasite. Such carriers have developed just enough immunity to protect them from malarial illness, but not from material infection. These malaria infections would be detected by the rapid antigen test, but not by the “gold standard” for laboratory confirmation, a blood smear. This is where a drop of blood is smeared on a glass slide and stained before the number of parasites and leukocytes are physically counted. This is how they faked their results!
They tried to convince viewers and the Ugandans involved in the “trial” that the positive results obtained from the rapid test screening on the first day were accurate. Then, they retested those who tested positive using the blood smear method on the second day, and discovered, as you would expect in a malaria-endemic area, that the vast majority were false positives, as they fell below the threshold. They then purposely miscredited this drop in people testing positive to the MMS given between the testing.
Since the publication of the original video, both the Ugandan Red Cross and Water Reference Centre have released statements saying that they played no part in these “trials”, and that they in no way endorse the use of MMS in the fight against malaria.
For those who are interested, the video below goes into more detail about how Klaas and Leo designed an experiment to get the results they wanted, and shows more evidence of their deception.
I hoped this would be the end of the story. I hoped that the work I and others had done exposing these unsanctioned, unethical human experiments would be a warning to others thinking of using the Ugandan people as guinea pigs….but I was wrong. Earlier in the year, I started receiving messages from a man named Sam Little, who was gloating that a new “clinical trial”, which had taken place in a government hospital, had confirmed the 2012 Red Cross “study”.
Little did Sam know of the can of worms he had just opened.