Home of cancer claim spiritual healer attacked by vandals
VANDALS have attacked the home of a Prestbury woman after she claimed to be able to treat cancer with a special diet of vegetable juices and herbal mixes.
The home of spiritual healer Corascendea Cathar has been sprayed with graffiti since the allegations were made earlier this week.
The 62-year-old said she was terrified when thugs started kicking at her front door in the early hours of the morning.
Dr Cathar said: "I am extremely distressed and cannot cope.
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"My friends are worried as my house was shown on BBC's Inside Out programme and now everybody knows where I live.
"They were basically asking people to come to my home and vandalise it.
"I have had people kicking my door and spraying graffiti and that film was inviting it."
Slovakian-born Dr Cathar, who changed her name from Dagmar Ebster-Grosz, was featured by the BBC in an undercover 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.
Dr Cathar, who holds no medical qualifications, had claimed on her website that she could help cure him with a special diet that included vegetable juices.
Cancer Research UK had warned her herbal mix held no benefits for sufferers.
Dr Cathar claimed to have added 10 years onto the life of a terminal cancer patient.
Dr Cathar, who claimed 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.
Now Dr Cathar has now hit back at the programme-makers, claiming that they did not give all the facts.
She added: "I don't have a television so I went to a friend's to watch it and it was the most horrendous thing I have ever seen.
"They have made a complete witch out of me. The makers selected certain words that I had used and turned it into an evil fairytale.
"The woman they have accused me of treating when she died, I hadn't even seen her for four years.
"I never charged anybody £280. I would go to village halls and offer treatment for £3 or £4."
Dr Cathar has since removed details of her treatments as well as her price list from her website.
A BBC spokeswoman said the corporation would never reveal details of anybody's address in their programmes.
And she added that Dr Cathar should inform the authorities if she is being targeted with anti-social behaviour.
She added: "BBC Inside Out West at no point gave out specific address details of Dr Cathar's place of business in their film.
"Any form of vandalism is regrettable and it is clearly a matter for the police."