'Dangerous' cancer claims made by Cheltenham spiritual healer
A SPIRITUAL healer who claims she can treat cancer by using a special diet has been attacked by medical experts, who say she is giving "dangerous advice".
Dr Corascendea Cathar, 62, who has no medical qualifications, claims her Dhaxem healing can combat tumours.
The Prestbury woman, who has a doctorate in sociology and philosophy, had offered to treat cancer using a special diet including cabbage juice.
And she insisted her treatment could help after claiming it had cured her dogs.
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Dr Cathar, of New Barn Avenue, charged £280 per session and issued patients with a £90 dietary menu – including vegetable juice and a herbal mixture.
Slovakian-born Dr Cathar, who changed her name from Dagmar Ebster-Grosz, was exposed by an undercover BBC investigation.
Former cancer patient Chris Geiger, from North Somerset, secretly filmed a two-hour appointment with her.
Mr Geiger, who was treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma when in his 20s, claimed he had experienced a relapse and was looking for treatment.
In the appointment, Dr Cathar gave dietary advice and told him: "If you want to stop cancer, you have to get high doses of quality calcium."
Dr Cathar claimed to have added 10 years onto the life of a terminal cancer patient.
The diet recommended cabbage juice "as it beats cancer" and a herbal mixture which Cancer Research UK has said holds no benefits for sufferers.
Dr Cathar, who claims to have healed her own dog, Sophie, of cancer, told Mr Geiger that only he could heal his disease but said he needed to live a "pure" life.
Mr Geiger – who had not experienced a relapse – said he was furious by her claims.
He said: "I just so hope that people aren't taken for it and that she stops what she is doing immediately."
Dr Cathar has now removed details of her treatments and her price list from her website, which describes cancer as an "experience" rather than a "tragedy".
An article on her website encourages cancer patients to recognise their "spirit guides" as they will help beat the disease.
It states: "Cancer starts in the Soul, prior to incarnation, and its purpose is to heal the Soul.
"Embracing the experience and taking a positive stance is the only constructive way forward. The way in which cancer affects the person will depend on what each Soul needs to derive from the experience."
Professor Chris Bunce, from the charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, warned Dr Cathar's patients would be vulnerable.
He said: " I think it's dangerous. You've got to remember the people she's talking to are scared and frightened. You know this kind of thing goes on but to actually see it happening is quite scary."
But Dr Cathar, who also works as a translator, said she believed she helped patients.
"As a spiritual healer, I believe that cancer is connected to the soul and to the life content of a sufferer," she said.
"A number of people I met as a healer remain my personal friends. That includes three people with cancer, in one case considered terminal, and they are still well and alive today.
"All three of these people live pure lives, and they do not know malice, or hate. This is at least as relevant, as their diets."