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Spiritual healer investigated for claims vegetable juice heal cancer

By echobenevans  |  Posted: January 14, 2013

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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.

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".

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  • Judas  |  January 20 2013, 12:57PM

    XZiggyeryX - Can you elaborate how you have come to the conclusion that this is an "evil woman"? (it's woman, not women - I can explain the difference if needed). Your comment "...when I read her web site many years ago I reported her to trading standards. Again she got away with it as she changed her wording on her web site". Two things: 1/ Why were you on her website? I can only assume you were/are a customer, or you went on solely to cause her trouble? 2/ Sounds like trading standards contacted her about the anomaly and she changed the wording. Are you suggesting when wording is "wrong" on a website, companies/businesses should be automatically penalised rather than a chance to amend the error? I have been walking round Prestbury park for years and although I try to avoid her (I think she is a bit eccentric), and yes, I have walked around the field with her on several occasions, I believe she is harmless. I have NEVER, NEVER heard first or second hand that she "regularly dishes out verbal abuse" - not once. The ONLY time I have ever heard her raise her voice is to call her dogs back. My opinion is that you are making things up. You are right, Dagmar doesn't have a TV licence. She also doesn't have a TV. I know one of her neighbours had a staffie knocked down by a car on the Prestbury Road. The staffie was terrified of going to certain parts of the park The owner didn't know what to do. Dagmar helped him by treating the dog (without charge). The way you have written your comments, it comes across that you know OF the woman, rather than know HER first hand. I must say, for someone who clearly doesn't like this woman, you seem to know an awful lot about her in her personal and business life. It makes one question who is the "evil" one here.

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  • XZiggyeryX  |  January 18 2013, 11:49PM

    I would like to add to this story, a family member lives very close to this evil women, Dagmar has been preying on people for years, when I read her web site many years ago I reported her to trading standards. Again she got away with it as she changed her wording on her web site. This woman has caused nothing but pain and upset for many residents in her area. She herself years ago claimed L'Oreal hair dye gave her Cancer and she tried to claim compensation against L'Oreal, she again tried to claim from the Council regarding the plants (weeds) they sprayed outside her home. She herself has been convicted of having no TV licence, Along with being arrested for harassing an elderly lady. The list is endless so many people are scared of her because Dagmar regularly dishes out verbal abuse, how many of the local dog walkers have heard her?? The Echo has printed so many stories about Dagmar over the years and Dagmar is known to the Police and Council- Ask any of her neighbours, she has always preyed on the vulnerable and needs to be STOPPED. What is has been doing for years is unacceptable and I am glad that someone from outside the area has spoken up . People should not fear her or part with your money, please just stay away from her. Oh and as for this statement, people are knocking at her door late at night, this again is LIES, no one can get in to her house it's like fought knocks, she is the only one who can open the side gates from inside.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  January 14 2013, 10:51PM

    Several members of my family, including my Grandparents on my Mothers side have died from cancer. I and I suspect many people have seen friends or relatives die from this terrible disease, not to mention witness the ravages it inflicts on their bodies. We know know that there are foods that can encourage cancer, and foods that can help prevent cancer. But foods that cure it, bunkum, unproven bunkum at that. This women is either deluded or evil to prey on people with this terrible disease. There will be people with cancer, who may have been diaganosed by a eminently qualified consultant, that they have terminal cancer and only so long to live. Those people could be desperate enough to be taken in by this woman and fleeced by her. She should be investigated thoroughly by the police, and if she has no scientifically proven facts to back up her claims, she should be prosecuted for fraud. We could all cobble up some sort of diet, and claim it cures some ill or another, and make a mint of conning the vulnerable.

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  • Jewbacca  |  January 14 2013, 10:15PM

    Misty - judging by the pictures I wouldn't spray her lobelia with yours :D

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  • MistyBuff  |  January 14 2013, 9:56PM

    Dagmars name rings bells. Hasn't she been the subject of several bonkers articles on this very site? The council spraying her lobelia (no that's not a euphemism) made headlines. Hmmm... 'Dr' Cather my 'arris! 'Service user' Ebster-Grosz more like!

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  • Jewbacca  |  January 14 2013, 8:36PM

    If people are healthy enough then feel free to feed them expensive placebo's, it's simply Darwinism applied to stupid people. But cancer sufferers?! Kill her with fire, it's the only sure way to know she won't ruin anybody else.

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  • lordigaga  |  January 14 2013, 5:41PM

    fools and their money............

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  • Hubert1841  |  January 14 2013, 5:40PM

    They should take this maniac to the coast near a cliff, and tip her off. Cancer, an experience. I'd like to smack her in the chops for that. Why the article calls her a Dr. several times when she is no more qualifed than I, as far as I can ascertain from the article, mystifies me, unless she has a Mickey Mouse Doctorate in New Age Cr*pology from the University of Interweb. Maybe the author of the article, Ben Evans, can enlighten us please?

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  • K-riknall  |  January 14 2013, 5:13PM

    We all have a choice and these people approach her for her services and choose to pay her. You cant blame her!

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  • Alfredo_  |  January 14 2013, 5:09PM

    @Brian_Dong - the article doesn't say that she isn't a doctor. It says that she has no medical qualifications.

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