At the beginning of April, I started to receive messages on Facebook from a man claiming to have proof that the industrial bleach and water purifier, chlorine dioxide (Miracle Mineral Solution – MMS), can not only cure malaria, but can do so in as little as two hours. The messages, which included a link to a now-deleted YouTube video, were sent by 25-year-old former clairvoyant, Sam Little, who ended by stating, “The truth will always win in the end!”.
The video Sam sent me a link to was titled, ‘Malaria cured in 2 hours with MMS Miracle mineral solution’, and was identical to the Red Cross “study” 7 years prior. Horrified that history was repeating itself, I asked him how he came to find this obscure video on YouTube, only to discover that he actually starred in it. Sam was the one who was front and centre, conning Ugandan villagers to feed this industrial bleach to their children, and no, I am not being overly dramatic, as the video predominantly shows children rather than adults drinking this toxic fluid.
Over the following 6 weeks, I, and several others, probed Sam for information regarding this new “clinical trial” and, to our horror, discovered that he was only a cog in a much larger machine. This is the story of how, with Sam’s help, we stumbled upon a network of bleach-pushers that had conned up to 50,000 Ugandans to consume MMS by convincing them it was a gift from God.
Up until recently, if you were to search “MMS” on YouTube, you would be bombarded with self-proclaimed health experts all telling you that this substance is a magical panacea thats properties are known by the pharmaceutical companies, which is why, out of fear of losing money, they are trying to suppress it. One video that found particular traction, and one that I have talked about ad nauseam, was the 2012 “LEAKED: Proof the Red Cross Cured 154 Malaria Cases with MMS”, which shows Ugandans being used as guinea pigs in a bogus medical trial. The original had been viewed more than 250,000 times on YouTube, with other versions uploaded in several languages. The Red Cross denies involvement in the video, stating that it “does not support or endorse in any manner the claims made in relation to this project, and has at no time been involved in ‘clinical trials’ related to malaria treatment.” However, a Red Cross official told Business Insider that Ugandan Red Cross Society officials were duped into taking part, believing they were partners on a water treatment project…a water treatment project that was purifying bottled water.
Personally, I believe that the Ugandan Red Cross Society are complicit in the poisoning of, not only the 781 who took part in the original 2012 “clinical trial” (remember, everyone was fed bleach regardless of their malarial status), but also the tens of thousands of people since who have been conned into drinking this toxic substance by doing the bare minimum to combat this misinformation. Yes, they published a statement on their website condemning these human experiments, but they never explained how their representatives came to be involved; nor did they do anything to have these videos, which heavily rely on Red Cross branding, removed. As a result, thousands of people were convinced of MMS’s magical non-existent properties; including Sam, who told a reporter working for the Business Insider that the video was the inspiration for him to go to Uganda in the first place.
After getting to know Sam for 6 weeks, I can say with some confidence that he is a bit of a narcissist. I believe that after watching the original 2012 video and seeing the admiration Klaas Proesmans and Leo Koehof received from the extreme alternative health world, Sam had the idea of performing his own unsanctioned “field study” on Ugandan villagers in an attempt to get the same adoration. Like with the 2012 “study”, Sam was going to record these new series’ of experiments, making sure he was front and centre at all times.
In March of this year, Sam and a “bishop” in the Genesis II church, Samuel Albert Araali, arrived at a hospital in Fort Portal Uganda to begin their “clinical trial”. They started by screening locals for malaria using quick strips, and identified 9 malarial-positive individuals. Like in the 2012 study, there is some ambiguity on the amount and type of tests used to confirm these people’s infection. I challenged Sam on this, saying that I believed that he used the same flawed methodology used in the 2012 study, where they used sleight-of-hand to make it appear that MMS had cured malaria by using two different tests, and misreading false positives as proof of MMS’s divine properties. Sam, however, assured me that the quick strips were only used for screening, and that all positives were followed up with a blood smear, but I remained skeptical.
I asked Sam to send me the raw, unedited footage so I could see the order of the tests for myself. At first, he was hesitant, but did eventually agree. However, over the following 6 weeks, he gave me excuse after excuse as to why he was unable to get the footage to me. It began when he told me that he never had access to the raw files to begin with, but said he would contact the person that did. A week later, he told me that this third party had agreed to send me the videos, but was experiencing problems uploading the files to a Google drive. When I challenged him on this, his story changed, and now the issue was the cost associated with uploading such large files in Uganda. When I said I would either pay any excess for mobile data needed, or pay for a hard drive and express delivery to the UK, Sam went quiet.
Knowing about the impending articles that were about to be published in The Guardian and The Business Insider, which were a direct result of contacting people like myself, I asked him one final time for the videos in mid-May. When he came up with yet another excuse, I told him that I believed that the only reason the files were not in my possession was that those involved were trying to hide something…and hide something, they did. In a video uploaded to Sam’s personal Facebook page, we see the laboratory technician who ran the blood smear tests looking at the slides again. He points to a dark patch and says, “these are the malarial parasites”, however, according to medics and analysts I have contacted, he is actually pointing to a white blood cell. He goes on to point at more examples of the parasites in the pre-MMS blood sample, but the image quality is so low that none of the people I contacted said that it could be used to diagnose malaria. When he shows us a post-MMS blood sample, we see nothing but scratches and dirt on the slide, yet he believed it showed malaria-free blood. This is how they fooled people in this new “clinical trial”; not with a purposely designed experiment as they did in 2012, but through sheer incompetency. The laboratory technician simply does not have the equipment or skills to correctly identify the parasite.
Sam, however, claimed victory, and was waiting in anticipation to become the next star of the extreme alternative health world.
It was about this time that Sam, sensing that I did not believe a word he was saying, tried to convince me of MMS’s magical properties. He sent me a link to the paper ‘TC Malachlorite® for treatment of patients with acute Plasmodium falciparum infection: A pilot study incorporating 500 patients in the rural area of Cameroon’, and told me it was the definitive proof of MMS’s malaria-fighting properties. The study looked at the effectiveness of a new formulation of the well known antimalarial drug, artemisinin, which included sodium chlorite (the precursor to MMS).
There are many issues with this paper, starting with the fact that there is no evidence that this clinical trial ever took place. The paper does not include any information on where in Cameroon this study took place; nor does it name anyone involved. There is also no information on the public clinical trial registry of its existence, and no mention of it online in general. The experiment design itself is poor, which is what you would expect for a paper published in such a low-impact, high-acceptance journal. For example, it never had a control, and all 500 participants received the artemisinin formulation containing sodium chlorite. The results are beyond anaemic, ignoring artemisinin completely, and instead focusing entirely on the generated chlorine dioxide.
Only one of the authors, Prof. dr. Enno Frye, had an academic affiliation. According to his ResearchGate profile, he is a professor at the Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics at Heinrich Heine Universität. However, Blogger, Pepijn van Erp, was unable to find any information about him on their website, and so reached out to the university, whose reply was quite intriguing…
“The Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf can officially inform you, that the faculty has informed Dr. Freye at the beginning of February 2019, that he is no longer allowed to bear the title of “Apl-Professor“ of the faculty. The faculty decided to revoke his title, as “he severely damaged the respectability and trust this title required”
So, just to clarify, Sam’s evidence of MMS’s malaria-fighting properties is a paper published in a low-impact journal reporting on a pilot study that, in all actuality, never happened, authored by a professor who lost his job for bringing his university into disrepute.
Sam, as you have probably already guessed, had a publicly open facebook, and one afternoon I decided to trawl through it, looking for information on his “field study” and those who helped him pull it off. At the time, I was unaware of the scale of the operation, so when I started to see pictures of him giving an MMS presentation to the Ugandan army, I was taken aback. I probed him for information, but, as usual, Sam was unwilling to give names out of fear of legal ramifications.
Soon after, Sam began posting more pictures on Facebook, hinting at the scale of mass poisoning, which is when we all realised that something very wrong was happening in Uganda.
I began asking Sam more questions about what he was doing and, to my horror, discovered that he was planning another “clinical trial”; this time targeting those who were infected with HIV and were on medication. Unbelievably, he had somehow convinced a HIV centre to let him do the study with them.
Soon after we had this conversation, The Guardian and The Business Insider published their articles on him, and the Ugandan government took notice. Five days later, they arrested him and two Ugandans, bishop Samuel, and Samula Tadeop, on suspicion of “intoxicating the public” after raiding a church known as the Global Healing Christian Mission in Kitembe, near Fort Portal. Sam was also found to be in possession of marijuana, which can lead to some significant jail time in Uganda.
To my knowledge, Sam is still sitting in a Jail cell with only himself to blame. As I had said previously, it is more than likely all of this would have went under the radar if it weren’t for his vanity and his desperation to become the next big thing in the extreme alternative health world. What possessed him to contact people like Pepijn van Erp, Fiona Pettit O’Leary, and myself, gloating about his “field study”, I will never understand, but I am glad he did, for if he hadn’t, we would not know the scale of the deception in Uganda, and we would not have the name of the ring leader, an American pastor by the name of Robert.
But more on that next time.