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Sunday, 20 September 2009

Faith healing: Can this man cure cancer with his bare hands in UK?

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Faith healing: Can this man cure cancer with his bare hands in UK?
21st September 2009
The BBC's Watchdog says he's a menace. But when one of UK media's most cynical writers met Britain's most controversial healer, her scepticism began to waver.

So here I am with the man who, in recent days, has become the most controversial healer in Britain - and he's giving me a backrub. Or as Adrian Pengelly puts it: 'I'm tuning into your energy.'
His hands, some claim magical hands, move up and down my spine. There's a weird warm, tingling sensation.
'Your energy's moving OK,' he says, which is, I guess, a good thing. Not like poor Matt Allwright from BBC1's Watchdog. 'When he came in his energy was so unpleasant - aggressive,' says Adrian.

And, well, he might have sensed this. Matt, you see, is the consumer affair programme's hotshot investigative reporter who zooms around on a motorbike with his partner Dan Penteado rooting out Britain's rogue traders, who 'con the public out of their hard earned cash'.

Last week, he added Adrian to his rogue's gallery, claiming him to be a 'dangerous man' for saying he was able to cure up to 65 per cent of cancer sufferers who came to him.

Adrian, 43, from Leominster, in Herefordshire, who has been treating horses as well as people for 17 years, doesn't seem particularly dangerous. In fact, he's a rather gentle man who maintains: 'All I do is tuck myself away and try to help people.'

Indeed, clients he has helped are producing a lot of angry energy over what they believe to be the BBC's 'unbalanced', 'dreadful', treatment of him.

Ivy Clayson, a no-nonsense horsewoman, first brought her stallion to Adrian three years ago when vets could do nothing more for him. Adrian, she believes, cured the horse - and he now treats a cancerous growth on Ivy's face, which has shrunk from the size of a fingernail to a pimple.

There's Jon Sklan, the chairman of a school board of governors who believes Adrian cured his prostate cancer; Judy Collins, the manager of a GP practice who credits him the successful treatment of a liver tumour, and, oh, so many more.

Indeed, more than 200 of Adrian's clients lobbied the BBC before Watchdog was aired, but, that didn't stop the rogue trader investigation.

Instead, they rigged up a fake haunted house where they secretly filmed Adrian, apparently conversing with spirits; and covertly recorded him diagnosing - or misdiagnosing ('He doesn't know his hoof from his elbow,' they said) - an injured horse.

Finally, they reported that he had 'shockingly' advised an undercover cancer sufferer against having chemotherapy.

But, several of his clients, such as director John Raines-Smith, who had a tumour in his jaw, tell me they combine Adrian's healing with conventional medicine.

'I always support people, whatever their choice,' says Adrian.

'Matt kept asking for proof. I said: "The proof is in thousands of people saying they were healed." He said: "That's not proof." I said: "I'm a healer I'm supposed to make people well." He said: "That's still not proof."

'Well, I'm sorry. For me the proof of the pudding is people recover when they come and see me. I don't care about scientific evidence.'

So, back to the pudding. I've left my bag on the floor with a packet of cigarettes sticking out. Surely, if this man is a fraud, he's going to hone in on my lungs.

'There's no sign in your energy system of you smoking,' he says. 'If you were a heavy smoker, I'd be able to feel that. How many do you smoke a day?' A packet.

'I feel with your energy, whatever you do - you could probably drink and smoke 40-a-day - you're likely to live to be old. That's how your energy feels.' Yippee.

'You're not supposed to smoke, because it will affect your quality of life,' says Adrian. 'But I'm always honest. I say what I feel.'

Now he's feeling my liver. 'People often accumulate emotional and psychological stress here,' he says. 'I can feel lumps of stress.'

Quelle surprise - I have a deadline to meet.

'But you can say that about anybody's life,' he adds. Oops, surely he's not telepathic too?

'One lump is now becoming bigger than the others. It's either a partner or a child it's related to. Is it related to a child and a partner at the same time? Does that make sense?


'The energy is twisted together. It's an emotional trauma, a shock, an energy you've held on to.'

Now I'm slightly freaked out. Almost two years ago my son's father died. 'Would you like me to release the energy? I can give it a blast and see what happens.'

I'm intrigued. Does Adrian truly have the power to heal? I remain sceptical. So was he once. A policeman's son, he had no inkling he was able to heal until his mid-20s.

'I was in Rugby with a girlfriend,' he says. 'There was a psychic fair. This chap started talking to us. He looked at me and told me a number of things, specifically where the scars were on my body from cycle racing.

'He then said: "You're a very, very powerful healer. You should use it." I didn't take him seriously.'

'A few months later I was with a friend who had a migraine. I said to her jokingly: "This bloke said I can heal. Let's see what I can do." I put my hands on her head, my hands were red hot and the headache was gone. She was amazed.

'Then, my friend's brother-in-law came to see me. He was a head of PE. His back was in agony. He could barely walk. I asked him to lie down and could see a black banana-shaped scar floating above him. He told me he'd torn a muscle ten years earlier.

'I put my hands on his back. My hands felt burning hot and this hand buzzed.' Adrian holds up his left hand. 'It was a strange feeling. When he stood up his back was better.'

People began to seek Adrian out. He didn't advertise or charge.

'I was just happy to help people. Some said I had a gift from God. But I just wanted to understand the science.

'I thought: "What is there? There's only energy - electricity in different forms - and it floats." I can feel energy come with one hand and draw it with another.

'Somehow the energy I was generating was stimulating the body's immune system. I did the healing as a hobby, helping people with arthritis, bad backs, migraines.'

Then, in 1996, Adrian was approached by Norma Parsons whose three-year-old son, Elliot, was dying of the childhood cancer Neuroblastoma.

'Healing had a huge effect on him,' says Adrian. 'He was very bad when I first saw him and in terrible pain. I knocked the pain out. The Macmillan nurses said it was amazing.

'When he died I felt terrible. I thought I'd let him down. The family felt differently. They felt I'd changed their lives. I realised what I had was special. I started to sense things about people. If they phoned for some healing, I'd know they had a bad neck. I started to see figures around me. Healing is about being sensitive to energy.

'A spirit is just a higher form of energy so the more sensitive I became, the more subtle energies I would see.'

Since then, Adrian claims to have helped hundreds of cancer sufferers. He charges £30 a session and sees up to 120 clients a week, half of whom, he says, are gratis.

And the words from the clients I speak to are overwhelmingly positive, including Norma Parsons, who says she remains indebted to Adrian.

'Adrian never made any promises. His whole manner was just so gentle. He improved Elliot's quality of life and allowed him to gently slip away pain free. Watchdog wouldn't listen to what we had to say.'

So why did Watchdog focus their energies on Adrian?

Adrian is unsure and has yet to find out if the BBC was acting on any actual complaints. He is now considering legal action.

Meanwhile, I, as a professional cynic, am far less sceptical about Adrian than I expected.

Clearly, no one should discourage cancer patients from following conventional treatment - or offer them false hope they can't fulfil.

But Adrian seems sincere - and the evidence of his clients is that he does more good than harm.

Ever since he gave that 'blast' to my liver, I have felt an overwhelming sense of release.

Perhaps he really does have magic hands. Or maybe it's just the relief of another deadline met.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He's a proven liar and charlatan. Ask him why he doesn't support his child. He has been living with his girlfriend for many years but ask for a show of hands from other lovers during the same period.
How many sick people have put their trust in this cult leader's 'gift' and stopped conventional treatment and have died at his hands?
Has he got CRB clearance? Why is he touching children then?
Why are the carpets in his grand mansion covered in dog excrement?