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Quackery knows no bounds. It’s sad someone died, but this is just another example of the real damage that can be done by hack quacks and their BS treatments.


Alternative healer faces manslaughter charge over woman's death at a UK slapping therapy workshop​

An alternative healer who advocates a technique known as “slapping therapy” has been charged over the death of a woman at one of his workshops in England.

LONDON -- An alternative healer who advocates a technique known as “slapping therapy” was charged Thursday over the death of a woman at one of his workshops in England seven years ago.

Hongchi Xiao was charged with manslaughter by gross negligence in the October 2016 death of Danielle Carr-Gomm, Wiltshire Police said.

British police first sought to arrest Xiao in 2019. He was detained after being extradited from Australia.

Xiao promotes paida lajin therapy, in which patients are slapped or slap themselves repeatedly, ostensibly to release toxins from the body. Patients often end up with bruises or bleeding. The technique has its roots in Chinese medicine, but critics say it has no scientific basis.

Xiao, who is originally from China and runs the California-based Pailala Institute, has led paida lajin workshops around the world.

Carr-Gomm, 71, died at Cleeve House country hotel in western England while attending a workshop run by Xiao.

Carr-Gomm’s son Matthew said after her death that she had sought “alternative methods of treating and dealing with her diabetes” because she struggled to inject insulin due to a fear of needles.

“I know she was desperate to try and cure herself of this disease,” he said. “She always maintained a healthy lifestyle and was adamant that nothing would stop her from living a full life.”

Police said Xiao, 60, is due to appear in court in Salisbury, southwest England, on Friday.

Source: Alternative healer faces manslaughter charge over woman's death at a UK slapping therapy workshop

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California strikes again. It's a shame as a brief course of psychotherapy could have addressed the issue. I actually just treated a patient of mine who was avoiding being put on insulin or a a GLP-1 agonist due to fear of needles. Just started on injections successfully after a bit of education and little exposure.
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Can’t help but think of the three stooges. Slap that right out of you.
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See, all that coming to mind for me is How I Met Your Mother
how in the world could it have gone right?

Real sad to read how quackery, even if seemingly innocuous, can be harmful. This woman needed a half of a decent behavioral therapist and would still be living a fulfilling life.
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This mother****er is working on killing as many diabetics as possible
A man wanted on a warrant for manslaughter over the death of a six-year-old boy at a self-healing conference in Sydney has been arrested at London airport.
Police are now working to complete an application for Hongchi Xiao, 53, to be extradited back to Australia.
Between April 22–28, 2015, a man and a woman took their six-year-old son to a self-healing conference which Xiao was involved with at a facility on Park Road, Hurstville.
Xiao is a prominent 'slapping therapist' and promotes the controversial practice of Paida Lajin which aims to release the toxins from patients by slapping one's skin.
The boy was a type-1 diabetic and Paida Lajin claims to eradicate the symptoms of diabetes.
Just before 10:00pm on April 28, emergency services were called to a nearby hotel on Forest Road, Hurstville, following reports the boy had been found in an unconscious state.
Paramedics attended the location and commenced CPR, however the boy could not be revived.
Xiao has appeared before Westminster Court where he was remanded in custody until June 8.
In March this year, the mother, 41, and father, 56, of the boy who died were charged with manslaughter.
They were arrested at their home in Prospect and were granted conditional bail.
They are due to appear again in court this month.