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Warrant for 'healer' who made fake claims over cure

A warrant has been issued for a 'holistic healer' after a jury took little more than a half an hour to convict her of advertising a fake cure for diseases including Alzheimer's, Huntington's and cancer.

Genevieve Flight, 43, failed to attend her trial at Gloucester Crown County on trading standards false description charges and is believed to be in Nigeria.

Flight, formerly of Valley Gardens, Quedgeley, who is listed as a director of the Shambhallah Healing Centre, had denied 12 charges of making misleading written representations on social media and her centre's website that Brain Tonic is a holistic cure for diseases which are medically regarded as incurable.

The two-day trial in her absence ended with the jury taking just 31 minutes to convict her of all charges and Recorder James Waddington QC issued a warrant for her arrest with sentencing when she is brought to court.

Woman accused of falsely advertising holistic cure for incurable diseases 

The judge told the jurors she had not co-operated with the judicial system since pleading not guilty but allowed the trial to go ahead after being told that she had received details of the case and has been effectively on the run in Australia, New Zealand and now Nigeria.

Dr Alex Bailey, consultant psychiatrist and chairman of the Old Age Psychiatry organisation, told the jury it is "not scientifically possible to cure people of Alzheimer's disease or reverse the effects it has on a patient".

He said: "There are four licensed products available to slow the onset of dementia down, but it cannot stop it or reverse it pathologically or clinically.

"I had not heard of the Shambhallah Healing Centre before these proceedings and the claims the company makes are definitely false. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that these claims are viable."

The jury heard that Flight describes herself as the 'Priestess of Lunar Logos' and as an 'ancient healing initiator.'

In his summing up to the jury, the Recorder said "You've heard from the two medical experts in their relevant fields of Alzheimer's and Huntington diseases.

"They both echo each other in saying families are desperate to find a cure for their loved ones and may be tempted to reach for something unrealistic.

"She likened the NHS and the Shambhallah Healing Centre as being the difference between life and death."

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