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Written by James Randi   

Canadian television has inherited a quack-in-drag - Dr. Bill Nelson - who we thought was out of business, but it appears that he's still selling his $20,000 machines - see first this Swift article and then this one, then go to tinyurl.com/cosyhz to see the latest... Yes, that's the same Nelson in all these places...

And the BBC has found demons all over, it seems, and they're offering them up to their adoring public. We're told that the Royal Hospital in Derby has a ghost, so of course they're calling in an exorcist. Note the mention of a Roman soldier who - one might assume, from the delivered text, met his death in the 1920s... Remarkable, if true... Go to http://tinyurl.com/abuhdj.

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written by MadScientist, February 01, 2009
That Canadian site has even got quack apologist nuts claiming that the miracle device works! One woman posted saying she (or her daughter) was tricked into using that scam machine - such a horrible thing to happen to anyone (if the post is true - then again I don't have any reason to doubt it).

Is that Darby hospital exorcism for real? What sort of hospital is it - animal hospital? Scientologist hospital? Modern medicine is still pretty young, but certainly old enough to reject BS like spirits (unless of course we're talking booze). It's time to break the glass, liberate the fire axe, and exorcise those imbecile managers.
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written by Simon, February 01, 2009
My Mother and Grandmother were both nurses at the DRI. My mum in particular used to delight in spooky tales of nights on the ward, and ghostly figures of long-gone victorian Doctors and patients. (This was in the wonderfully gothic old building on London road, not the ultra modern new one)
It was part of the DRI culture, tales told by older staff to new ones, to wind them up for their first night shift and so on. But they would have found the idea of bringing in an exorcist extraordinary!

I have a friend who is currently a lead practioner (Used to be called Matrons!) at the hospital, and she says she knew nothing of the story at all until reading it in the press. Given that the tabloid that kick started it is the Sun, which seems to have been evolving into a re-born national enquirer recently (They paid a cub recorder to camp out in field near an air port to get pictures of UFOs!) I think we can allow for a little journalistic licence!
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written by Mikebo, February 02, 2009
When I first went to the site showing the video, I thought the still showed Sylvia Browne! Even the voice and moodiness of "Desiree" have something of the Ms Browne about them. (Is that a bit of an ad hominem - or should I say "ad feminam" - attack?)
I wonder if "Dr" Nelson's apparent gender reassignment was the result of treatment with his/her invention retuning his/her body's "frequencies"? If so, maybe another few sessions (at $200 a time, of course) are needed to complete the job!
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written by TDjazz, February 02, 2009
You haven't given Bill Nelson recognition for his real talent: the ability to channel Sylvia Browne.
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written by TDjazz, February 02, 2009
Seriously, Nelson should be arrested and prosecuted for this shameful scam.
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written by drahcir87, February 02, 2009
i literally read the derby hospital story about 5 minutes ago in the Daily Mail (any fellow brits will be aware of the daily mails so called "journalism." We still havn't thanked them for the problems caused by those MMR stories.) They did briefly mention at the the end of the article that the exorsicsm wasn't acctually called for, and i mean BRIEFLY mentioned. Also the Paranormal "Expert" mentioned (again in the same brief, almost unimportant, way) that these sighting could be shadows or a trick of the mind because of people expecting to see a ghost. this is after him and some monk (i shit you not) decided that the ghost (yes they already decided that it WAS a ghost) is friendly and not a demon hellbent on destroying the hospital. Incidently this same paranormal expert also mentioned that in derby hes investigated sightings of not only ghosts but also vampires and wearwolves. My country isn't full of idiots i swear, its just a bit overcrowded with them.
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written by Rogue Medic, February 02, 2009
Yeah, that's what hospitals need to do to improve care - more exorcisms, please.

Maybe they could teach the ghost to perform surgery. The ghost could move through the outside of the body, mess around with the organs, and leave without leaving a scar. I could be in charge of the ghosts and their pay. If anyone claimed that they were not healed, I would have to discipline that particular ghost. Salary negotiations would be simple, the ghosts wouldn't threaten to strike, but to picket wherever the compensation board lives. Ooooh! smilies/grin.gif
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written by CryoTank, February 02, 2009
This creep lives in Budapest? Ok, that's a three hour car ride from my place. I am very tempted to pay this lowlife a visit smilies/angry.gif
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written by Cuddy Joe, February 02, 2009
He's prettier than Sylvia Browne, but no less a fraud.
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written by jimbo52, February 25, 2009
I despair that our world is populated by people who are taken in on a daily basis by this crap. I am obviously in the wrong field, (conventional medicine). maybe I should start a new business selling woo to the ever increasing flock of gullibles..... baa baa
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