Thursday, 9 March 2017

Healing from a distance, false hopes and scams

Talking to a friend recently, I was shocked to hear she’d been diagnosed with an incurable condition. “But there’s a glimmer of hope,” she said – a hope offered by a South American who claims to heal people from a distance.

“Well, actually, it’s not him who does the healing. He’s surrounded by Entities who diagnose your problem and tell him what will cure it.”

“Entities?” I replied. “What are these entities?” I already had a fair idea but hoped I was mistaken.

“Spirits, you know? People who have passed over to another dimension….”

“People who have died you mean?”*

“Yes,” she said, “and now they want to help others. Apparently there’s been some incredible results - nothing short of miraculous! – and all you have to do is send a photograph.”

“Oh please, please, don’t go there!” I exclaimed. Far be it from me to dash somebody’s hopes, but I just blurted it out. And I could speak with some authority, having once been involved with spiritism myself.  As gently as I could, I explained the dangers involved and promised to check out this ‘healer’ as soon as I got home.

Up popped the website with the usual flummery – the so-called successes and recommendations, celebrity plaudits and masses of feel-good bilge – promising much for minimal effort. Just send a photograph and not only could you be healed but live a longer, healthier and happier life. Oh, there IS a disclaimer, in line with advertising standards, but, short of immortality, this man offers the works.

By gazing at your photograph and communing with the ‘entities’, he claims to know exactly what is needed for each individual – a pack of herbs specifically tailored to their condition for just £56, plus postage and packing, no doubt.

Another friend of mine, who suffers from fibromyalgia, had a nasty experience with a similar website….although this particular ‘amazing cure’ was a natural one – 100% free from spiritual additives.  The product, which cost £70, was paid for by card and promptly delivered. However, the following month she was shocked to see a further £70 had been taken from her bank account, while another (unordered) package arrived. What she thought was a one-off transaction turned out to be monthly payments which were virtually impossible to stop, as the website had no cancellation provision. In the end, it took time and effort to settle the matter through her bank.

Such scams are common nowadays, and it’s sad when they dupe desperate people with serious illnesses. But when they claim to work miracles through supernatural means, then they are robbing their victims of something very precious indeed. The truth.*


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1 comment:

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