Andy Porter, Psychic Surgeon, has claimed on his website not only that Schizophrenia is treatable by psychic surgery, but that it is caused by spirit possession. We shouldn’t be surprised that Andy claims that Schizophrenia is treatable by psychic surgery – he claims all conditions can be treated this way. According to his website:
Psychic surgery is able to treat all conditions because the healing is performed by spirit, not the individual doing the work, and as many of today’s ailments exist due to an un-balance in the spiritual body they are almost exclusively
This is obvious bullshit. Where (in my opinion) it becomes offensive is the statement to the effect that Schizophrenics are possessed by a spirit. That’s right – Schizophrenia has nothing to do with genes, environment, or neurobiology. You are simply possessed by a spirit. And Andy Porter can make you better. You don’t even have to pay for the healing! You simply pay £30 for his time. If someone told me that I had a condition caused by spirit possession I think I might feel offended by the suggestion.
Where (again, in my opinion) this bullshit becomes dangerous is in encouraging the idea that Schizophrenics can be treated by psychic surgery. Might this not lead some to assume that the drugs currently being used to treat Schizophrenia are unnecessary and can be dispensed with? I personally feel that there is a danger this could happen and I don’t imagine it would benefit the patient.