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Accused explains cancer 'cure'
Stephen Hall
Stephen Hall sought treatment after being diagnosed with cancer
An alternative therapist accused of deceiving a cancer sufferer into buying a 2,500 machine which would "kill" his disease - has demonstrated its operation in court.

Reginald Gill denies telling cancer sufferer Stephen Hall, 43, from Flint, north Wales, that a high-frequency treatment machine could cure him of his pancreatic cancer - he says he in fact said that it could help his body "heal itself".

Mr Gill from Poole in Dorset, denies charges of making a false statement about services provided and supplying goods with a false description.

The trial at Bournemouth Crown Court has heard that Mr Gill - who describes himself as a "wellness practitioner" - told Mr Hall that cancer was a metabolic disease that he could "reversed" using the IFAS machine.

There's no such thing as a cure for any disease whatsoever, the body is equipped by God to cure itself,
Reginald Gill

The jury were told that after the first two hour-long treatment, Mr Gill told Mr Hall: "I've got it. I've killed the bad cells, it's just the pancreas that needs more work." After four treatments, Mr Gill sold the machine to Mr Hall in May 2002 for 2,500 after having bought it from an Australian company for less than 200, the court heard.

Ten weeks later, Mr Hall died after his condition worsened.

Former Royal Marine Mr Gill demonstrated the machine to the jury on Thursday.

After plugging the machine in, he explained how it emits a high frequency electric current at a low voltage.

Pineapple juice

He told the court that he had not told Mr Hall that it would "kill" the cancer cells - only that it would help the body heal itself.

He added: "I never use the word cure, there's no such thing as a cure for any disease whatsoever.

"The body is equipped by God to cure itself, the word I prefer is heal."

He said that before treating Mr Hall, he gave him a mixture including pineapple juice and hemp seed oil to drink.

Mr Gill then told the jury that the IFAS machine would enable the body to use the nutrients in the drink to heal itself of the cancer.

"In the body there are nutrients and the machine would enable the body to pick these nutrients up and enhance them and the body would have a better chance of healing itself," he said.

The court heard that Mr Hall decided to buy the machine from Mr Gill, despite saying that he would have difficulty affording it.

The case against Mr Gill was brought to court after a complaint was made to the Medical Devices Agency and Poole Borough Council's Trading Standards.

The trial continues.



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