Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, said that the cause of all so-called disease is mental ... all illness is simply in the mind.
One of her most recent protégés, Revd. Mike Robeskill, has just spent £300k on a newspaper campaign which insists that the cure for the current Coronavirus pandemic is just a matter of mind control.
"The fact is," says Revd Robeskill, "that Covid-19 doesn't actually exist at all. It's your imagination. That's all."
We were able to get a transcript of a conversation that he had with one of his flock. Sally Flabberghast had phoned Revd Robeskill concerned about her father.
SF: "I'm worried that my dad's got Covid, Reverend. He's coughing and sweating and can hardly lift his head off the pillow."
MR: "Sally, there's nothing to worry about. It's all in his head. Tell him he's just under the impression that he's ill. Nothing more. He's just under the impression he's ill."
SF: "OK, thank you Reverend. I'll tell him. Can I phone you back later?"
MR: "Of course. Let me know how he's improving."
Five Hours Later
SF: "Reverend, it's Sally again."
MR: "Hello Sally. How did it go? Did you explain to your dad that he's only under the impression that he's ill?"
SF: "Yes. Yes, I did."
MR: "So, how is he now, then?"
SF: "Well, now he's under the impression that he's dead."