Church sells more than faith in a deity, telling churchgoers that magic juice will heal them.
Health juices touted as “a cure for everything” are being sold by Pacific Island churches in Christchurch and are worrying social workers and government officials.
Pacific Island Evaluation social workers were aware of one church minister who claimed his health juice could “heal illnesses” and had told a seriously ill man to drink it rather than take his prescribed medication.
This month, the minister doorknocked a churchgoer and enticed him into buying a $60 bottle of juice the day after he had been released from hospital with serious medical conditions, Thomsen-Inder told The Press.
The elderly Samoan man, who could not speak English, was told the drink would “heal his illnesses”, but only if he stopped taking his antibiotics.
He bought the bottle, did not take his pills and ended up back in hospital with pneumonia days later.
Tip: Jeff Palmer
Wait, is faith not enough? This is a new idea.
Plenty of people in the church community are, not surprisingly, taking the Church and ministers sides, claiming the ministers never claim to sell these juices as a substitute for medicine. That it’s just a supplement. Without any evidence that is does anything, it’s sold at $60 a bottle.
Sadly, that’s not the only alternative “natural” therapy being offered in the area. So-called salt detox is being offered to find out your illnesses.
Churchgoers paid $30 each to put their feet in a bowl of salty water and, depending on which colour the water turned, sellers would advise them of their illnesses