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Home of cancer claim spiritual healer attacked by vandals

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

  • Targeted: The home of Corascendea Cathary

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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."

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  • Judas  |  January 19 2013, 1:32PM

    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, 11:47PM

    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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  • ad072  |  January 18 2013, 6:27PM

    Thought i'd try and find her website & found the silly woman posted her own address on her own website which can be found simply by googling her name

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  January 18 2013, 2:37PM

    How true to life, today's Doctors was the same thing!!

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  • Judas  |  January 18 2013, 1:08PM

    It was TiG that disclosed her address on http://tinyurl.com/bh8slr3 In addition she IS a qualified doctor albeit not in medicine. The clue is on the previous news item from TiG. TiG stated in print "The Prestbury woman, who has a doctorate in sociology and philosophy". The BMA have also discredited Chinese medical practices. My daughter had a very bad case of eczema when she was young. After a couple of years seeing the GP, the condition remained. Eventually we took her to see a Chinese doctor in Soho. The treatment was expensive, but my guess is that she lost 90-95% of the eczema within 6 weeks (in addition it didn't return - and now she is a healthy 21 year old). I was hoping that most of us are savvy enough to look out for detail by the press. For instance, the article states: "....had claimed on her website that she COULD help cure him with a special diet that included vegetable juices.", very much like chemotherapy COULD help cure him. I suspect that if the BBC wanted to make a point to incriminate someone, they would "edit" sections to incriminate. Its a bit like a court of law, for us to be judgemental, we need the WHOLE truth rather than just implicating snippets. If however, she was breaking the law or committing fraud, she would have been arrested. The question is, has she? Answer: no. Why. Because the public has been played and some people have been gullible enough to fall for it. Rather than display what a bad woman she is, the press are again are revealing that they cannot be trusted.

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  • Hubert1841  |  January 18 2013, 12:39PM

    "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" Galatians 6:7, you Cathar heretic.

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  • zalapompadoo  |  January 18 2013, 11:40AM

    if she is NOT a qualified doctor then she should not give people hope of a cure even a top doctor cannot give you answer they say to we will treat you for your illness.while i dont agree with vandalism people are angry and frustrated at what is basically a charlatan and im sorry to say this but serves her right.

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  • EllJay1  |  January 18 2013, 10:56AM

    TIG - Is she a doctor of anything? If so please give the discipline in which she gained her degree, if not please stop referring to her as "Dr".

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  • Willow_Wisp  |  January 18 2013, 9:52AM

    "Extremely distressed and cannot cope"? Well....good. The victims you have preyed off of for so long feel like that when they come to you, and you sell them false hopes, false dreams, and dangerous woo. I have no sympathy. Oh - and TiG - MistyBuff has a good point - please stop referring to her as "Dr" - in fact if you have good taste you will alter this article.

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  • Willow_Wisp  |  January 18 2013, 9:47AM

    "Extremely distressed and cannot cope"? Well....good. The victims you have preyed off of for so long feel like that when they come to you, and you sell them false hopes, false dreams, and dangerous woo. I have no sympathy. Oh - and TiG - MistyBuff has a good point - please stop referring to her as "Dr" - in fact if you have good taste you will alter this article.

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