Spiritual healer investigated for claims vegetable juice heal cancer
A SPIRITUAL healer from Cheltenham has been accused of putting patients at risk after claiming she could treat cancer using a special diet.
Dr Corascendea Cathar, who has no medical qualifications, claims her 'Dhaxem' healing can combat tumours.
The 62-year-old, who lives in New Barn Avenue, Prestbury, charges £280 per session and issues patients with a £90 dietary menu - including vegetable juice and a herbal mixture.
But experts have criticised her after she was exposed by an undercover BBC investigation.
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Former cancer patient Chris Geiger, from North Somerset, secretly filmed a two-hour appointment with Dr Cathar, whose real name is Dagmar Ebster-Grosz.
Mr Geiger, who was treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma when in his 20s, claimed he had experienced a relapse and was looking for treatment.
Speaking after the visit, on December 13, Mr Geiger - who has not experienced a relapse - said he was furious by Dr Cathar's claims.
He said: "It makes me feel really angry when I heard what she was saying today.
"I just so hope that people aren't taken for it and that she stops what she is doing immediately."
Dr Cathar removed details of her treatments and her price list from her website, which describes cancer as an "experience" rather than a "tragedy".
In a statement, Dr Cathar insisted her treatments could help those suffering from the disease but refused to provide details of specific cases.
She said: "As a spiritual healer, I believe that cancer is connected to the soul and to the life content of a sufferer.
"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."
Dr Cathar, who works as a translator, has stopped offering treatments through her website and claims she only gave Mr Geiger sessions because he "sounded desperate".