Sunday, 8 May 2011
Nina Knowland, Healer of Broken Bones
Sceptics often challenge "healers" - with a barely-concealed snigger - to demonstrate their powers by "healing" a broken bone.
Today I found someone who actually claims to perform this service. Meet Nina Knowland!
Nina claims to be a psychic surgeon, a medical discipline closely related to faith healing. She describes herself as a
"Successful Specialised Healer and Lightworker, specializing in operable, inoperable and post operative [sic] trauma conditions... I have helped many clients who were waiting for an operation and some where an operation would not have been successful as the Surgeons today (not through their fault) do not have the knowledge or equipment..."
Nina is well-known is sceptical circles, mainly for her former friendship with Gary Mannion, another fraudulent healer. Mannion was lucky to avoid a free holiday at Her Majesty's Pleasure for his cancer cure claims, a criminal racket which was being emulated by Knowland until a few years ago.
Nina is still breaking the law, however. Just look at this list of conditions she claims to alleviate: nearly every one constitutes an offence under the 2008 Consumer Protection regulations.
"...acute pain, inoperable aneurysms, arthritis, asthma, back injuries, bilateral osteotomies, broken bones, bronchitis and other lung conditions, bladder problems, chest problems, persistent coughing, Crohn's disease, Deep Vein Thrombosis, detached retinas, damaged eyes, frozen neck, gall bladder conditions, gallstones, haemorrhoids, headaches, migraines, Hiatus Hernia, IBS, Lichen Sclerosis, kidney stones, macular degeneration, menstrual pains, MS, neck injuries, "extensive and irreparable" nerve damage, osteoporosis, sciatica, slipped discs, trapped nerves, whiplash..."
It's a rather long list and it would be easy to miss the "broken bones" gaff. Happily, Nina can support her claim with this, err, "evidence":
"I was off work with a painful cracked Rib [sic], I was on strong painkillers which had no affect [sic]. After Healing [sic] the pain from the cracked Rib [sic] had completely disappeared. My experience of my cracked Rib [sic] being Healed [sic] by Nina allows me to recommend her to anyone..."
"I suffered a broken tibia in my left arm. I had 2 operations and had my arm set in plaster twice. Xray's [sic] showed it calcified but had not fused together... I told Nina and she offered to try to help with healing... A month later I went back for another xray [sic] which showed the Tibia [sic] had fused together..."
An astute reader may wonder why all these "testimonials" are written in the same style, deftly employing the same punctuation errors. Due to space limitations, that query didn't find its way into my ASA complaint.
"I'm writing to complain about the health claims made on two sites operated by Nina Knowland of the "Odyssey Therapy Centre", who describes herself as a "psychic surgeon".
The sites are www.odysseytherapycentre.co.uk and www.ninaknowland.co.uk
1. Knowland describes her work as a "psychic surgeon" thus:
( http://www.ninaknowland.co.uk/#/psychic-surgery/4517505067 )
"Successful Specialised Healer and Lightworker, specializing in operable, inoperable and post operative [sic] trauma conditions..."
2. I'd like to challenge whether the advertiser can substantiate the following claims on the same webpage:
(i) Psychic surgery has "helped many clients who were waiting for an operation"
(ii) Psychic surgery is in some cases superior to (orthodox) surgery
(iii) Psychic surgery can "prevent disease and complications"
(iv) The advertiser has been "successful" in treating "operable, inoperable and post operative [sic] trauma conditions"
(v) "...there is nothing that cannot be cured by Spiritual [Psychic] Surgery"
(vi) "Most ailments are cleared in just one session, sometimes two"
3. The advertiser lists the conditions she imagines psychic surgery can treat ( http://www.ninaknowland.co.uk/#/conditions-alleviated/4523700306 ).
4. I'd like to challenge whether the advertiser can substantiate her claim that psychic surgery can "successfully alleviate" acute pain, inoperable aneurysms, arthritis, asthma, back injuries, bilateral osteotomies, broken bones, bronchitis and other lung conditions, bladder problems, chest problems, persistent coughing, Crohn's disease, Deep Vein Thrombosis, detached retinas, damaged eyes, frozen neck, gall bladder conditions, gallstones, haemorrhoids, headaches, migraines, Hiatus Hernia, IBS, Lichen Sclerosis, kidney stones, macular degeneration, menstrual pains, MS, neck injuries, "extensive and irreparable" nerve damage, osteoporosis, sciatica, slipped discs, trapped nerves and whiplash.
5. I'd also like to challenge her claim that psychic surgery can repair broken limbs and cracked ribs, unblock fallopian tubes, cause a "significant improvement in eyesight" and remove post-operative adhesions and scar tissue.
6. I'd like to challenge whether the claim, at the bottom of this page, that "No doctor will tell you ever tell you everyone can be cured... I can't do this either, I can say I have a high success rate" can be substantiated.
7. The advertiser supports the list of conditions she can "alleviate" with a page of "client testimonials" ( http://www.ninaknowland.co.uk/#/testimonials/4517599900 and http://www.odysseytherapycentre.co.uk/#/testimonials/4522356271 ). I'd like to challenge whether the testimonial claims that psychic surgery can cure inoperable detached retinas, macular degeneration, eczema, degenerative osteoporosis, cracked ribs, broken tibias, post-operative adhesions, pain so severe that morphine was prescribed, hiatus hernia, back pain, intestinal blockages requiring surgery, abscesses and inoperable aneurysms are misleading. I'd also like to challenge whether the claim on these pages, "My testimonials are the evidence of the work I do (in psychic surgery)" is likely to mislead consumers about the reliability of anecdotal evidence.
8. The advertiser's fees are contradictory. Is the fee #40 or #60? Does the advertiser charge for her time, or per condition cured?
(i) http://www.ninaknowland.co.uk/#/psychic-surgery/4517505067 states "#60 per condition...you can contact me through the Odyssey Therapy Centre"
(ii) http://www.odysseytherapycentre.co.uk/#/questionsanswers/4522363854 states "My main Clinic is held at Odyssey Therapy Clinic... the fee is #40"
(iii) http://www.odysseytherapycentre.co.uk/#/testimonials/4522356271 states "I do not charge a fee for my healing. As with all professions I charge for my time".
I've made some screenshots of the relevant pages, which are available at:
I can confirm that I have no connections with the advertiser or with the alternative medicine industry in general."