London -- The Daily Mail reported that "so-called 'faith healers' [were] charging vulnerable and desperate cancer patients hundreds of pounds for treatments that some doctors have condemned as being useless..."
The British newspaper sent out undercover reporters to conduct an investigation shortly after the criminal conviction of notorious faith healer Julliette D’Souza, who was sentenced to ten years in prison for bilking her clients out of almost £1 million.
Two undercover reporters penetrated the murky world of faith healing. Each journalist claimed to have little girl with a potentially malignant brain tumor.
Noth London "Theta healer" Katy Keel claimed that she could somehow remotely "scan" the fictional girl's body without medical equipment. Ms Keel said, "We can actually do what are called body scans – you don’t actually need electronic equipment to scan the body. It sounds fantastical to most people, but anyone can learn to do [it] and you learn to view – it’s like you’re viewing the body psychically." When asked about conventional medical treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Keel responded, "The truth is, they are kind of the most damaging thing that you can do to your body really. It’s at the expense of the rest of the system. They destroy your immune system." Keel reportedly commented that such conventional medical treatment "should be the last option."
Medical expert Dr. Mark Gaze, contacted by the Daily Mail for comment stated, "Delaying the treatment of a child with cancer against medical advice could – in the worst case – prove fatal."
Another faith healer contacted by an undercover reporter was May Ling Thomas. Thomas admitted that she could "never ever promise" a cancer cure, but claimed that her "Vortex" approach could help the fictional girl. Thomas claimed that disease, "for the majority of people" was linked to "some sort of emotional cause." The premise of Vortex healing involved Thomas contacting a "divine intelligence" named "Merlin" through "vital webbing" for advice. Thomas said that her approach "can cure, but there’s no guarantee." Incredibly the faith healer claimed, "There are instances where it can shrink the tumour, kill the tumour, and change the environment in the body so the tumor won’t come back." Thomas charges fees for her work. "I offer a package of ten for £890 and I’ve checked with Merlin and if you wanted a package of 20 I could offer you that for £1,725," she told the reporter.
Michael Baum, emeritus professor of surgery at University College London told the Daily Mail, "To adopt or accept these treatments even in desperation, the patient or parent must accept these treatments are based on concepts that go back to the Dark Ages and have no place in the 21st Century."
London naturopath and osteopath Manjit Sehmby told an undercover reporter that she helped people avoid surgery based upon a "breathing techniques course." This included "adults diagnosed with [a] bladder tumor." Sehmby said that she potentially could enable people to "cure it all out of the system’. She charges £75 a session.
A self-proclaimed "energy healer" named "Master Oh" suggested that the fictional girl’s tumor was somehow linked to "a weakness passed down from generation to generation." Oh claimed, "The cancer is a manifestation of a very severe energy blockage in a certain area." His treatments run £100 per session. Oh admitted, "I can’t cure the cancer," but insisted that his method would somehow "make the body stronger" to fight cancer. Oh heads the London branch of a group called "Qi Wellness," formerly known as "Innersound" and/or "Qi Health."
Surgery professor Michael Baum told the Daily News anything that might potentially delay surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy might result in people dying sooner.
Dr. Gaze concluded, "Anything which doesn’t harm a child, and has the potential to make them or their families feel better is good. But anything which detracts from best standard care is quite definitely not."
Note: This news summary is based upon an article titled "How faith healers cash in with 'dark age' remedies for critically ill children" by Sophie Goodchild and Stephen Adams, which was published by the Daily Mail June 8, 2014.
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