The interconnections amongst troofers, scammers, and grifters of the conspiranoid ilk never fail to amaze and astound. Just for example, the other day while browsing on Twitter we came across this tweet:
R. James Bilton had recently raised the issue of ex-cop Jon Wedger’s affiliation with (another ex-cop) Anthony Carlin, who in addition to attempting to arrest judges is a fan of Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS). As Wedger declined to respond to Bilton’s questions, Bilton began poking the hornet’s nest that is the “Genesis II Church”, aka the Cult of MMS.
Just for context, MMS is an industrial bleach product which has been making the rounds for a number of years, posing as a medication for pretty much anything that ails ya. Here’s what RationalWiki has to say about it:
Miracle Mineral Supplement, often referred to as Miracle Mineral Solution or MMS, is
bleachthe name given by its promoter, former Scientologist and sometime Colonel Sanders lookalike Jim Humble, to an aqueous solution of 28% sodium chlorite (NaClO2), a toxic industrial chemical known to cause fatal renal failure, in distilled water, prepared in a citric acid solution resulting in the formation of chlorine dioxide, a potent oxidising agent used in water treatment and in bleaching. The name was first coined by author, Jim Humble, in his 2006 self-published book, The Miracle Mineral Solution of the 21st Century.
MMS is promoted as a cure for HIV, malaria, viral hepatitis, the H1N1 flu virus, common colds, acne, cancer and much more (though apparently not gullibility). All evidence in support of this comes from Jim Humble’s book and from anecdotes promoted by the ironically named Humble who claims to be a billion-year-old God from the Andromeda galaxy. MMS is often described as a water purifier (especially on eBay where sales of quack remedies are notionally banned) so as to circumvent regulations prohibiting the sale of unregulated medicines. In January 2010, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that one vendor admitted that they do not repeat any of Jim Humble’s claims in writing in order to circumvent regulations against using it as a medicine.
In short, MMS is nasty shit which should not be promoted as a medicine on anybody, let alone a vulnerable child.
This is why we were interested to note Bilton’s mention of Leonardo Edwards, whose baby, Santiago, was allegedly “kidnapped” from him and his wife by Southwark Council.
Funnily enough, the name “Baby Santiago” rang a bell, albeit a distant one. Hadn’t Sabine McNeill been mentioned in connection with a family whose child of the same name she alleged had been “snatched” from them by the evil authorities?
Indeed she had!
According to PortugalResident.com, in an article from 7 April 2016 titled “Portuguese mother becomes latest victim of UK’s alleged practice of ‘institutional adoptions'”, the baby was “snatched by Social Services” when he was five days old:
A young Portuguese mother has become the latest victim of what many UK foreign nationals claim is an insidious network of judges, lawyers and social workers that effectively kidnap as many as 4500 children every year – the majority of them from people who do not speak good English or understand the system.
Iolanda Menino and her husband Leonardo Edwards are fighting to be reunited with their baby Santiago, “snatched by Social Services” five days after he was born.
They have started a Gofundme page to help with legal and logistical expenses, which has already raised 1,365 pounds in just over three weeks.
But it is only now that the case is getting exposure in the press – two months after Santiago was forcibly removed from the couple’s Southampton home.
In the same article, we hear from Sabine McNeill:
The parents…vow they are “dedicated to getting our baby back”.
Posting details and videos on Youtube, they have said: “We are going to get our baby back, prosecute the people involved and teach other parents how to do it”.
This could not come as better news to campaigners who have been sounding alarm bells over the UK’s so-called practice of forced adoptions for years.
“This is why we went to Brussels!” Veteran campaigner Sabine McNeill told the Resident today.
We first ‘met’ Sabine in 2014 when she led a group of parents to Brussels with stories of how they had ‘lost’ their children to British social services.
Since that time, other stories have appeared in the press of Portuguese parents losing children to the British system, but they rarely get much exposure – and exposure, Sabine McNeill stressed this morning, is the only thing that will ever change what has been happening.
“We have been fighting for years”, she added. “The whole thing is almost too awful to comprehend. There are so many cases. So many foreigners stripped of their children for the most spurious reasons in contradiction to a Council of Europe report that calls these practices ABUSIVE”.
Sabine’s impassioned appeal to the European Parliament’s Peti committee (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNvQFlFy9Cs) looked like it would force some changes in 2014, but still today foreign parents are in the same position.
There is no evidence that Sabine was directly involved in helping Iolanda Menino and Leonardo Edwards, but we were interested to note that she seemed to be acting as a rent-a-gob on the case.
A week later, PortugalResident.com reported that a rally would be held outside the British Embassy in Lisbon:
With national media waking up to the startling numbers of Portuguese children forcibly taken from immigrant parents by British social services, the parents of ‘snatched baby’ Santiago Menino Edwards have called for a peaceful demonstration tomorrow outside the British Embassy in Lisbon.
Iolanda Menino and her partner Leonardo Edwards are flying out to Portugal to take part in the vigil – which will move on to the capital’s parliamentary building after making its presence known outside the embassy at midday.
“The British courts are threatening me with prison for publicising how the authorities kidnapped my baby”, 31-year-old Iolanda explained this afternoon.
“My own parents have written to the British authorities, to say they are prepared to look after Santiago in Portugal, but they have been ignored”.
The young cardiology technician is thus appealing to “all Portuguese mothers” to support her and show Britain that court injunctions forbidding heartbroken parents from speak out “will not work”.
“I would rather go to jail than stay silent”, she affirmed. “The lies that have been told about our story are endless. We are exhausted, but we will not sit back and let the system take our baby”.
However, a few days later, PortugalResident.com was singing a slightly different song:
In an extraordinary development on last week’s cover story centring on the number of Portuguese children taken into care by British social services, a source has come forwards to highlight the case against 31-year-old Portuguese mother Iolanda Menino – claiming the cardiology technician has been “brainwashed” by her partner, Leonardo Edwards.
Fiona O’Leary, co-founder of the not-for-profit organisation Autistic Rights Together, told us she had been working on exposing Leonardo Edwards “for the last two years”.
“British social services were absolutely right to remove the couple’s child,” she told us from her base in Ireland.
“I am amazed that newspapers in Portugal have skirted round the MMS connection,” she added – referring to the so-called Miracle Mineral Solution that Edwards has been caught on camera selling to purge all manner of ailments and conditions, including autism, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
“It is highly toxic and has already killed people. We have been working for years to stop the work of the Genesis II church, of which Leonardo is a so-called bishop,” she told us.
“MMS is not fit for human consumption, and yet they keep selling it and telling vulnerable people to give it to their children.”
As for the potential risk Edwards may pose to his newborn baby Santiago – removed by social services over two months ago – O’Leary stressed it is “completely valid”.
“The authorities gave this couple every opportunity to renounce MMS. The concentrations of bleach in this product mean that it stinks,” she explained. “Just having a baby in that environment would be enough to put him at risk.
“Iolanda also was given every opportunity to keep the baby. She was told that if she agreed to leave Leonardo, she could have him home. But the two chose bleach over their child. It’s almost too much to believe.”
Indeed, in 2015 Leonardo Edwards had been caught in a BBC sting, selling MMS as a cure for nearly all illnesses and conditions, including cancer, HIV, malaria, autism and Alzheimer’s:
A former NHS worker is still selling bleach as a “miracle” cure for cancer after being exposed by the BBC.
Leonardo Edwards, of Southampton, was filmed by Inside Out South selling Master Mineral Solution (MMS), made from chlorine dioxide.
He was also investigated by BBC London in June after selling the substance as an autism cure. …
Inside Out South filmed Mr Edwards selling the substance to an actress.
He said: “It can cure malaria in four hours and cure HIV.
“I will never knowingly take a pharmaceutical drug again. I am helping people all over the world with this.”
Presenter Jon Cuthill visited the home of the church in Houston, Texas, USA, and after two days and $412 (£267) was given a certificate to prove he was a “reverend” and was able to sell MMS.
The group was told the solution cured cancer and leukaemia.
The Food Standards Agency in the UK has re-issued a long-standing warning about MMS which said it can cause “severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea” and could potentially lead to death.
During the BBC sting, Edwards told the reporter that 27 drops of MMS was the correct dose for a baby.
On the evening that Edwards and Menino’s baby was removed from their care, Edwards posted the following on Facebook:
Funnily enough, though, the MMS connection was not mentioned to the reporter at PortugalResident.com at the time.
In an interview on The Richie Allen Show Leonardo tried to make sense of what might have led to this nightmarish situation. Full disclosure: Leonardo’s business involves selling the controversial alternative health treatment MMS (miracle mineral supplement) and last year was the subject of an undercover report by the BBC where Leonardo was portrayed as a charlatan, selling ‘bleach to babies’ (I won’t try to defend or condemn the product here, but I recommend doing a little reading on the topic before jumping to conclusions).
Leonardo feels this story had an impact on their baby being taken.
“I do believe it has a big part to play in this. MMS is not illegal in any country. MMS is not lethal, no one’s died from it. People can go and check the environmental protection agency’s own bureaucracies which show it’s safe and also the poison index will show it as safe.”(Emphasis ours)
The claim that “no one has died from” MMS is untrue. Drinking bleach has a number of harmful effects, up to and including death. When taken as directed, MMS can cause severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, potentially leading to dehydration and reduced blood pressure. Proponents of MMS claim that the acute vomiting and diarrhoea—and the slimy white material which is often ejected from the body—are actually signs that the product is working. There is no evidence to support this claim, and the white slime is actually bits of the victim’s gut lining.
In a 2009 case in Vanuatu, a woman died within hours of drinking MMS:
Death of Silvia Fink Solis
On the morning of 8 August 2009, an expatriate sailor named Silvia Fink Solis swallowed a liquid mixture which was called ‘Magical Mineral Supplement’. At that time, Ms Fink Solis was with her husband Mr Douglas Nash, onboard their yacht which was then moored at Lamen Bay, Epi.
Within 15 minutes of drinking the mixture, Ms Fink Solis became extremely sick. Her condition never improved. In the early evening of 8 August 2009, she fell into a coma and, at about 10.00 pm that night, she was pronounced dead.
The death of Ms Fink Solis was reported to the Coroner. The Coroner authorised an autopsy to be conducted on her body. Members of the Vanuatu Police Force conducted an extensive investigation into the cause of her death and into the circumstances of how she came to be in possession of the Magical Mineral Supplement. A brief of evidence was forwarded to my office for assessment as to whether any person had committed any criminal offence in the supply of the Magical Mineral Supplement to Ms Fink Solis.
After carefully examining all the available evidence, I have concluded that there are no reasonable prospects of securing a conviction against any person in relation to the death of Ms Fink Solis or in the supply of Magical Mineral Supplement to her. I have written to her widower, Mr Nash, to advise him fully of the reasons for my decision.
Magical Mineral Supplement is also known as Malaria Mineral Supplement, Magical Mineral Solution or, more commonly, MMS. Neither MMS nor any of its constituent elements are prohibited drugs under the Vanuatu Dangerous Drugs Act [CAP 12].
Currently, MMS is readily available for purchase online on the internet. There is no legislation in Vanuatu which prohibits the importation of MMS into Vanuatu. Whether MMS should be banned from Vanuatu is a matter for the Parliament of Vanuatu to decide.
On the evidence available in relation to this investigation, it is quite clear that Ms Fink Solis very rapidly became extremely ill shortly after drinking MMS. When examining the case, I had regard to information which has been published on the Internet about MMS. While MMS is not prohibited in the United States of America, the US Food and Drug Administration (a branch of the US Department of Health) has issued safety information alerts, warning consumers against consuming MMS. In July, the FDA warned that ‘Consumers who have MMS should stop using it immediately and throw it away’. On 1 October 2010, the FDA updated its warnings against the use of MMS.
While every case is assessed on its own merits, I advise that any person who misuses MMS in Vanuatu in the future would be likely to face prosecution for potentially serious criminal offences. No person should ever give MMS to another person to drink without advising them of what it is they are drinking and of the serious risks to health that may arise if they decide to drink the mixture.
So, “Baby Santiago’s” parents believe in and use MMS, a product with toxic and potentially fatal consequences when used as directed. Leonardo Edwards believes that infants can take MMS, and has convinced his wife that this is correct. However, according to Edwards and Menino, their child was “snatched” from them for completely spurious reasons.
Sabine McNeill was quoted in at least one news article related to this case, and in fact we discovered that both she and Belinda McKenzie are Facebook friends with Edwards and Menino:
(Yes, we have discovered that while one of Sabine’s Facebook accounts has disappeared, the other seems to be going strong in her absence.)
It should come as no surprise that Edwards and Menino are linked with Sabine, Belinda, and others of their ilk. They fit the profile perfectly: young, photogenic people whose child has been removed from their care for reasons which are either glossed over or excused. They advocate the use of an “alternative health product” and so can claim that they are being unjustly persecuted—just the sort of story Sabine and Belinda can spin into one of their “campaigns”.
Although Sabine has been out of commission for the past several months, and nobody knows what the outcome of her sentencing hearing will be on Wednesday, we wonder how much and what sort of support Edwards and Menino have received from Belinda and friends?