Joao Teixeria da Faria (medium) (?)
« on: June 03, 2016, 07:18:21 PM »
Is there anybody have experience about him?

João Teixeira de Faria (born June 24, 1942), known also as João de Deus ("John of God"), is said to be a medium and psychic surgeon. He is based in Abadiânia, Brazil, where he runs the Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola, a spiritual healing center where he sees thousands of visitors every week from all over the world.

De Faria claims to act as a vehicle for God's healing, and to have absolutely no recollection of anything during the procedures. He states:

"I do not cure anybody. God heals, and in his infinite goodness permits the Entities to heal and console my brothers. I am merely an instrument in God's divine hands".
Millions of people have consulted with de Faria since 1965.[citation needed] Up to 3,000 people per day stand and wait in line to see him individually.[citation needed] De Faria claims to encourage research into his healing abilities in the hope that medical science can make use of his success in the treatment of humankind.[citation needed] At the Casa de Dom Inácio, where treatments take place, De Faria invites medical doctors to come onto the stage to observe his work.[citation needed] De Faria also regularly prescribes meditation and walks to a nearby waterfall as part of treatment. The Casa also sells herbs, blessed items and artefacts such as magic triangles. It was estimated by 60 Minutes Australia in 2014 that these sales earn de Faria over $10 million per year.[9]

When called for a spiritual surgery by De Faria, patients are offered the choice of 'visible' or 'invisible' operations. If they select an 'invisible' operation (or are younger than 18 or older than 52) they are directed to sit in a room and meditate. De Faria also claims that spiritual physicians can perform surgery on the actual patient via a surrogate when the actual patient is unable to make the trip.[10]

A very small percentage of people choose a 'visible' operation where De Faria operates without traditional anesthetic. Instead he says he uses "energized" mineral water and the spiritual energies present, the latter which are provided by groups of volunteers who meditate in a separate room called the 'current room'. These practices such as inserting scissors or forceps deep into a nose and scraping an eye without an anesthetic or antiseptics have been scrutinized by medical authorities and skeptical investigators James Randi, who has called for De Faria to come clean and stop lying to the public about the existence of spirit[11] and Joe Nickell[12] have described these procedures at length as old carnival tricks.

De Faria terlls people not to stop taking their medicine and says not everyone he serves will be cured, which has been cited as a cop-out. Often the treatment includes capsules containing pure passion flower that are claimed to carry special blessed spiritual energy to support the individual's healing process. Science says that this is the placebo effect[13] De Faria has undergone trials and scrutiny of his work. He has been arrested several times for practicing medicine without a licence and has been jailed once