The “healers” have made good use of the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have benefited non-medically trained “healers” offering controversial treatments on the web, in alternative clinics, places of worship and even shopping malls.

According to the most recent data from the College of Physicians, 156 investigations were opened for the illegal practice of medicine in the first six months of the year 2021-2022.

By comparison, before the pandemic, the College opened an average of 200 such investigations over a 12-month period.

In a report that will be broadcast this evening at 9 p.m. on TVA, a team from the JE program has identified two churches that are very active on social networks.

A visit with a hidden camera to the Salut et Délivrance Church in Ste-Cécile de Milton, in the Eastern Townships, revealed that Pastor Daniel Poulin promises healings during Sunday assemblies.

During the ceremony, the pastor asks those who wish for healing to come to him at the front. He places a hand on the part of the body affected by pain or disease.

“I heal you in the name of Jesus. Receive the healing of victory. Thank you Lord”, he said with great conviction in front of his faithful.

“Check out my YouTube”…

Pastor Poulin declined our request for an interview as follows: “I don’t tempt me to answer you. Go see my YouTube, the teachings I bring on healing, it can inform you”.

Members of the Salvation and Deliverance Church also regularly approach passers-by in parks and shopping malls to perform healing rituals. They film them and then post them on Facebook and YouTube.

Pastor Daniel Poulin, who is not a doctor, is filmed in the middle of a “healing” session in his church.  In mortise, a healing ritual in front of the display of Ziploc bags at Walmart in Sept-Îles.

Photos taken from JE and the Disciples of Jesus Facebook page

Pastor Daniel Poulin, who is not a doctor, is filmed in the middle of a “healing” session in his church. In mortise, a healing ritual in front of the display of Ziploc bags at Walmart in Sept-Îles.

On the North Shore, another religious movement, the Disciples of Jesus, practice the same kind of ritual.

The JE team went to Sept-Îles before the Holidays to attend, still with a hidden camera, an assembly of the Disciples.

Even Crohn’s disease

Pastor François Nadeau claimed to heal the faithful on several occasions during the ceremony. He even performed a healing ritual on our reporter, who said he suffered from Crohn’s disease, which affects the digestive system. He then refused to grant us an interview.

The Disciples of Jesus have also published videos and photos of rituals performed in businesses in Sept-Îles.

The program JE also presents Friday evening the case of an individual who claims to be able to heal by email, for a payment of $85.

The College of Physicians is concerned

The president of the College of Physicians of Quebec says he is concerned about healing rituals and the consequences they can have on patients.

“For two years with the pandemic, it has been a more important phenomenon”, notes the Dr Mauril Gaudreault.

“These healers do not claim to be doctors, but they make comments that may suggest that they are doctors and offer treatments,” he said.

“The positioning of the hands is a treatment all the same”, gives the example of the doctor, about the rituals practiced in churches.

Intervening to treat a person or to relieve their symptoms may constitute an offense under the Professional Code.

The Code provides that certain acts can only be performed by professionals, such as medical diagnosis and treatment.

Twice as many lawsuits

An offender charged and convicted of the illegal practice of medicine is liable to a fine ranging from $2,500 to $62,500 per count.

During the first six months of 2021-2022, the College initiated proceedings to bring proceedings against 17 persons or organizations. This is the equivalent of the total number of lawsuits usually filed in a year.

Mauril Gaudreault says he understands that some want a treatment that traditional medicine has not been able to offer them.

“There is no miracle cure. And that is presented as a miracle cure. I see this as an abuse of people’s credulity, which I find completely unacceptable,” he concludes.

The College invites the public to denounce this type of situation.

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