This is a long and complex story, but it's one that can, in time, benefit the whole of humanity.
The HOCl Trust was founded in March 2016 by me, Charles Alan Cocking, a South Devon resident where I have been living for the last 35 years. I am 75 years old and was born on the 21st June, 1945 in London, England. My parents were both pharmacists, and I was educated at UCS Hampstead then Chelsea College, London.
This personal account concerns a traditional chemical – Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl). In short, it is an aqueous chlorine solution which has a mildly acidic pH ranging between 5 and 7. Every person or animal which uses blood as its life support system carries HOCl within their white blood cells. This naturally-occurring chemical forms a major part of the immune system and it's triggered into action when the body is attacked by the threat of infection.
The first peer review paper concerning HOCL was, I believe, published in the British Medical Journal in 1915 by a J.Lorraine-Smith.
My team and I are very happy to answer any questions on even the smallest detail of anything written here. I will make some references but very many more are available on request. You will also benefit from your own research.
HOCl has never been properly exploited even though it is the world’s most powerful non-toxic sanitiser. There are two reasons for this lack of recognition.:
My story begins in 1993/4 when I and three others decided to commercialise a Russian technology (STEL). It had been developed by Moscow University as part of the MIR Space Programme for space-based water treatment, and was recognised in those days as 'Super-Oxidised Water'. This was a system for electrolysing a simple solution of common salt (NaCl). The fluid produced by this process purported to be a decontaminant of such startling power with apparently zero human or animal toxicity that it was simply too good to be true. And you know what is said about that – if it sounds too good, it cannot be true. However I thought I’d give it a go.
I am the first to admit that I'm not an academic but over the course of the ensuing years I virtually became a “de facto” microbiologist. Through a colleague of my late father at the Wellcome Institute, I was introduced to Dr Joseph Selkon of Oxford University. He, like everyone else, was highly sceptical, to put it mildly. However after much pleading from me to at least do some simple testing, he called me after 3 days:
That was the start of it.
Joe was on the point of retirement but his enthusiasm and eminence as a clinical microbiologist put that on hold. It led to further validations by UCLH, Churchill Hospital Oxford and Hospital Infection Research Laboratory, Birmingham.
Joe became my mentor and together we developed a portfolio of undeniable proof of every microbiology claim that the Russians had made.
In order to make a business out of it, my team and I formed a company involving the Russians and we went out to raise vast amounts of venture capital. This fortunately in the mid 90’s was fairly easy to do. Within 3 weeks we had raised more than £2.3 million, but eventually many more millions were to be required.
Sterilox replaced a highly toxic chemical Gluteraldehyde, which only disinfected whereas Sterilox could sterilise and was non-toxic. This, as you can imagine, upset several pharma and chemical companies who did their best to bad-mouth the product.
There was a downside. The electrolytic fluid was unstable in as far as it had a half-life of 48 hours. This meant that it couldn’t be bottled and stored, so the business model was to install small production units in hospitals. These would make Sterilox at the time and point of use. The machines were complex and cost about £100,000 each but the advantages were that there was no cross infection between patients via the endoscopes.
To cut a very long story drastically short, Sterilox went public on the London Stock Exchange in June/July 2006 under the name Puricore plc. under whose further guidance it has also made inroads into food treatment in the USA. By this time the company had a large venture capital debt and during my time with the company it never made a profit.
In the period June – Dec 2006 I had to have two consecutive hip operations. I returned to work in Feb 2007, however a few months later I was diagnosed with throat cancer. This completely changed my life and my view on life. I retired.
This really marks the end of phase 1 of this story. However, here I rewind to 1999 for a moment. As part of my personal efforts to prove some of the Russian claims (especially the basic one being contaminated water treatment) I travelled to Lima, Peru at the request of Dr. Carlton Evans who worked with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicines. We had met at an environmental hygiene conference at which Dr Joe was presenting in London.
Carlton was affiliated to a research team’s programme at the University Hospital in Lima in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. Accepting HOCL’s lack of toxicity, he wanted to evaluate the effect of Sterilox on decontaminating shanty town drinking water which, in a high percentage of cases, can be heavily polluted with human pathogens.
When we realised the full implications of these results (helping disaster areas or areas with contaminated water supplies) we were truly elated only to become distraught that there was no effective way that the Russian process could cope with the enormous volumes of water which would require treatment. The small electrolytic cells could only produce 22 litres per hour and each one consumed 10 amps of DC power. So it was just one of many applications closed to us.
In March 2008 I was recovering from the devastating but life-saving effects of chemo and radio therapies. During recovery and bored by endless weeks watching daytime TV, I realised that the thing that had been quietly and relentlessly nagging at me was what a waste the HOCl phenomenon was in terms of unexploited potential.
Given everything I had already learned about the qualities and problems with electrolytically produced HOCl, (the main problem being short effective life), together with a chemist friend Dr Abi-Aoun I decided to experiment further with chemically produced HOCl to see if there was a way to extend the shelf life. Using more sophisticated base chemicals that were probably unavailable in 1915, we found we could make a version of HOCl chemically which appeared to have the same efficacy and qualities as the electrochemical product of a similar concentration and seemed to be rather more stable.
We then had the efficacy confirmed by my former testing laboratories at University College London Hospital and Hospital Infection Research Laboratory, Birmingham. They also confirmed a 3 month, then 6 month shelf-life whereas the previous product had a half life of 48 hours. With this as our early proof we realised we could have a highly commercial product. The chemicals required were readily available and inexpensive giving an end cost of about £9/1000 litres. However more venture capital would be required to fully validate and exploit it. Considering the sheer size of the market for a non-toxic bulk sterilizer, we felt it would not be too difficult to find.
I was introduced to an individual venture capitalist who ran the company while I agreed to have the product fully tested to EU standards and validated by the institutions, academics and companies with whom I had previously worked.
Among these were as before UCLH, HIRL Birmingham, Dr. Joseph Selkon, Oxford University, Oxford NANO, Dr. Alison Crossley, B&V Water of Daventry and others.
The complete dossier of results can be found on this website on the science pages.
The product has raised great interest and over 3 years we recruited some major bulk user clients to market the product under their own brand names within their own fields, such as human wound treatment, animal infections and health, water treatment, clean room technology, food decontamination etc.
I conceived the idea for an HOCl-based charity back in December 2015. After some consultation with friends, family and those who know of and have worked with HOCl with me over the years, I put in an application to the Charities Commission at the end of February 2016. I was told it would be a while before we heard anything, only to get charity status within 6 days - even the lawyer who assisted me was shocked!
So now here we are, and although we've been caught slightly off-guard and a little unprepared, we are gradually paving our way towards a viable and effective purpose, and in the process I have found my 'raison d'être'!
To the layman it seems too good to be true as it did to me before I understood it. However even now, nearly 20 years after I started on this journey, the general public knows nothing of this simple solution to many of the world’s problems.
Since Peru, I have wanted to make enough money from this to enable me to become philanthropic and bring HOCl to the wider world but sadly I have failed. For me, time is now running out. I am hoping that by establising the HOCl Trust the general public across the world may benefit from it. This is as close to philanthropy as I am able to figure out. Everyone can do it, it’s dead easy to make it and kill bugs.
The formulae for making HOCl chemically as I do are readily available on the Internet in such places as Wikipedia, however they are technical and one needs to be a chemist to make real sense of them.
I make HOCl at home all the time and simply give it away to my friends and family for their own cuts, scrapes and rashes, or their ailing dogs, cats, sheep or horses. I also use it to sterilise my feeding tube - since I had cancer of the throat I have been feeding through a tube directly into my stomach, and I need to clean the feedline really carefully, so I use HOCl. I use it for many other things too, including as an underarm deodorant, and my daughter has used it to clear up her gum disease by rinsing her mouth with it each time she brushes. These are just a couple of practical examples of how we can each use it every day.
In return for a small donation you will have:
1. A simple, everyday recipe for making HOCl for your own household using 1 simple chemical readily available online.
2. A list of the simple equipment and supplies needed to make your HOCl.
Your donations will accumulate towards making such training available to those who work in the field in densely populated disaster areas as well as daily water-stressed areas of the globe. The Ebola outbreak, the 2010 Haiti earthquake are examples. Regions of Africa, The Middle East and South America all suffer currently. Your donations will enable "on the spot" decontamination of water, environment and food treatment wherever it is needed at short notice or where an intense disease outbreak occurs. This internationally available rapid response facility can help a huge number of people in schools, hospitals, shanty towns etc.