A #NewJersey pastor has been accused of giving out industrial bleach to thousands of poor Ugandans, including infants as young as 14 months old. The bleach is promoted as a “miracle cure” that can cure cancer, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses when ingested.
Pastor #RobertBaldwin leads the charity network that distributes the “miracle cure” known as MMS, or “miracle mineral solution,” @guardian reports. MMS has no known health benefits and can actually pose a significant health risk to consumers, including causing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration, according to @huffpost.
Baldwin, 52, has reportedly “trained” about 1,200 church leaders in Uganda on administering the “miracle cure.” The leaders are in turn administering the liquid to up to 50,000 sick people every month, according to a Global Healing Christian Missions Facebook fundraising page. The pastor reportedly promised smartphones to pastors who are particularly “committed” to the cause.
In an interview with #NJAdvanceMedia on Monday, Baldwin denied distributing any liquid containing bleach. Baldwin said he was being demonized by people who didn’t understand the benefit of natural medicines.
“It’s so confusing to the average person,” Baldwin told NJ Advance Media about the “miracle cure.”
Baldwin added that he has disabled the Global Healing Christian Missions website and social media page after the Guardian’s story was published.
“I had to shut everything down. I’m getting hate e-mail. People are calling me Satan,” Baldwin told NJ Advance Media.
According to The Guardian, Baldwin trained as a student nurse and has no other medical expertise.
The U.S. Embassy in Uganda tweeted on Monday that it was aware of an American pastor distributing MMS to Ugandan churches and warned people against it.
“The U.S. Mission is aware of reports that an American pastor based remotely is distributing a substance called “Miracle Mineral Solution” to churches in Uganda. We strongly condemn the distribution of this substance, which is extremely dangerous and is NOT a cure for any disease,” the tweet read.
New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs is looking into the allegations against Baldwin, according to HuffPost. Global Healing Christian Missions is not a registered charity in the state.
MMS is banned in a handful of countries and is strictly controlled in the United Kingdom and United States, The Guardian added.