You don't believe in the power of God to heal? This man - with God's
power, has healed many thousands of people (doctor validated) - including cancer
Ultimately it is the patient who heals themselves. Humans often times
label it "The Placebo Effect" but it is really God doing the
healing. The placebo effect has healed as many as 75% in clinical trials
and if you do a little research you will find that there is a significantly
higher placebo healing percentage of people today than just a couple of decades
By the way - this guy who has been known to use rusty knives in his surgeries
without ever causing an infection, has been jailed for what he does, but is now
able to openly perform his practice. He has a fourth grade education to go
along with all of this.
In Brazil, there is a quite remarkable man
called John of God. He has followers all over the world. He doesn´t heal people
- the power of God heals them, and people with cancer do find ´cures´. All the
more remarkable, his services are free.
Catherine Woollams reports on her visit to a remarkable Brazilian
Healer, Joao Teixeira da Faria, commonly referred to as Joao de Deus or John of
As many people know, my daughter Catherine, has a grade 4 Glioblastoma. She
was first diagnosed three years and two months ago, in late April 2001.
Off the record, the "experts" gave her six months to live. They
have since told her there is little more they can do for her.
Back in 2001 a young man approached me at Epsom Races. His mother, a healer,
had had a patient who had been "cured" by a healer in the Amazon
jungle going under the name of "John of God".
Shortly afterwards, another person in contact with our icon office, told us
that she had taken her husband there for treatment and it was, quite simply, a
life changing experience.
So immediately I hit the internet, and - after overcoming my initial cynicism
that a man from the Amazon jungle could have a highly polished website, I passed
the information on to Catherine and her mother.
Three years later in May 2004 Catherine and her mother visited John of God,
also known locally as "The Entity".
Of all the thoughts and help that came up when I was diagnosed with a grade 4
brain tumour, this was probably the most strange. Following Dad´s email, mum
read up about "John of God´, a healer based in Brazil and, two years
later, thought it would help if she sent my picture and details to him. One day,
whilst sitting in Cafe Nero in Chelsea, mum suddenly appeared with a letter
claiming that "The Entity" was apparently already helping me and that
we should go to him very soon. As you can imagine, we have tried most things to
date, so this seemed another harmless yet positive step. The cost for ten days
including all meals, hotels and the treatment was Ł900 plus flights, so even
this did not seem excessive.
We flew first to Rio de Janeiro and had a few days of very enjoyable R&R.
Then, by contrast, we flew to Brasilia, the new capital, which has no
personality at all. But we did meet all of our fellow patients. There were 15 of
us, all with very different ailments from cancer to muscular dystrophy. Everyone
was really friendly and warm.
Next we were taken to Abidijana and to our ´pousada´ - a very basic
B&B. Once we had had lunch and met our hosts Robert and Catrina, and their
daughter Natalie, we were taken to La Casa. This is absolutely beautiful; there
is a small shop, a tiny cafĂ© and then the main building where you wait to see
John of God, plus a beautiful view-point from which to meditate and three
crystal healing beds. La Casa is also decreed to be so holy that we could only
wear white clothes; all things black being viewed as bad. Immediately your
shoulders unwind and you relax - its a truly stress-free setting.
That afternoon we waited in the main room before being taken in a line
through to see John. This main room was surrounded by people in current - this
term essentially signifies lots of people meditating in an area alive with
energy. The queue is very long; I had my step-father in front of me and my
mother behind. As we reached John he immediately took my hand and in Portuguese
told us that I was to be operated on in the morning and that both my helpers had
to be in "current" for me.
In the hall there are TV screens showing operations, some of which involve
being cut - yet bizarrely no blood emerges. I was terrified. The next morning at
seven, I went for my two crystal healing bed sessions. This was gorgeous; you
simply lie on a bed under the crystals with your eves shut listening to some
relaxing music for 40 minutes. Even this feels like you are being healed.
Next came the operation. At 8:00 am we were walked through the main hall and
taken into a third room for prayer. In here, we were asked if we wanted a
physical or invisible operation. I chose physical but, because I had had
radiotherapy, chemotherapy and a recent operation, it was felt that I´d be
better with an invisible one.
operation was equally fascinating - for me it was amazing
The operation was equally fascinating. You sit and place your right hand
either over the specific and damaged part of your body or over your heart if the
illness is general. You have your eyes closed and listen to a man talking in
Portuguese. For me it was amazing. When I was first on the crystal healing beds,
I had seen white light but had thought that I was going a little mad, But then I
was "operated on" and I could actually feel my head moving inside!
Two other patients, David and Sue, were given physical operations. David has
bone cancer all over and had only been given two months to live. He had what I
can only describe as a triangular metal instrument (which he said he couldn´t
even feel) stuck up his nose. However when the instrument was removed he
immediately passed out! Sue, who has muscular dystrophy, was told to relax and
she too immediately passed out from all the treatment pressure to which she was
After all this we were helped outside - I was shattered - photographed and
taken back to our pousada where we were put to bed and served with special soup
freshly made at La Casa. You have to eat the special food they provide three
times a day along with their prescribed herbs which are also given three times a
day after the food. Abstinence from pork, alcohol and sex is essential!
was as if I had had surgery back in the
National Hospital for Neurology
For the next 24 hours I slept. It was as if I had had surgery back in the
National Hospital for Neurology. I had some very bizarre dreams but apparently
this is normal when you subject yourself to this energetic environment.
By Friday afternoon I was again placed "in current", this time for
four hours. The weekend was for relaxing and sleeping. By now we were all
getting along very well and games of cards had started. The game, hearts, was
The weather was gorgeous so sun-bathing and reading were also the norm. Below
the house there is the most beautiful waterfall, where you go to wash away any
bad energies and spirits. On Tuesday we were allowed to go to the waterfall
specifically to wash away the bad dreams we had all been having. This, in
itself, was amazing - we walked down to this beautiful but cold waterfall and
were each asked to step into the falling water and wash ourselves. Invigorating,
healing, stimulating and cleansing.
On Wednesday it was back to the "current" in the morning and then
seeing John in the afternoon. So we queued up to see John. He was telling
everyone that they were fine; but when it came to me apparently I wasn´t and
needed another operation! I was quite down about this as I was literally the
only one who needed another session but by now I had this compelling feeling
that I was in the best place for it.
So on Thursday morning I was back in for my second "operation".
This felt even madder as my head was swirling before I even got into the room.
For the next 30 minutes I could feel so many things that I was exhausted when I
left. I slept for the next 24 hours with some horrible dreams. When I appeared
for breakfast on the Friday morning I have to confess that I felt fantastic and
totally relaxed. It was shortly afterwards that the black eye started to develop
- exactly as it bad when I had had surgery in London!!
A week after your operation you must get rid of your ´stitches´. To do this
you have to put a glass of water by your bed and pray to God to remove your
stitches that night. The next morning you drink the water and your stitches
I have to confess that I am not particularly religious and this visit to
Brazil was not an obvious thing for me to do, but it has been both stimulating
and amazing. I have never before felt so in touch with my body and its healing
At the centre they repeatedly told us that healing was 50 per cent them and
50 per cent you. I am now convinced that this is true.
So here I am back in London feeling great. I am still having other treatments
like Photo-dynamic Therapy and Metabolic Typing but who knows? I haven´t been
officially scanned at St Thomas´ Hospital yet but David, who had all over bone
cancer, has just had his psi reading done and it is lower than you, or he, could
So although I can´t yet give you any scientific readings on my health, I can
tell you that I feel amazing and fortunate. Frankly it was such a friendly
experience, and I know I have made friends for life.
For more information, visit http://www.johnofgod.com.
Sadly, on October 22nd 2004 at 2.00 am Catherine passed away. The oncologist
told her parents that when he first saw her he ´gave´ her 6 months maximum to
live, as it was a grade 4 cancer then. The most anyone has lived is 18 months
and Catherine survived three and a half years.
´Survived´ is certainly the wrong word. ´Enjoyed´ might be more
She never complained; she always took the attitude that all people get sick
and, for some reason, she had been dealt a card that was an unavoidable death
sentence. Just bad luck. She always knew that there was no cure, but she was
determined to be positive and never wished to be regarded, nor regard herself,
as a victim.