Ghana turn to magic healer Marijana Kovacevic for World Cup

Mariana Kovacevic

Mariana Kovacevic

Ghana’s medical team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil will be further strengthened with the appointment of famous placenta healer, Marijana Kovacevic, Sports Minister Elvis-Afriyie Ankrah has confirmed.

The Serbian is renowned for her horse placenta treatment which heals injured players quicker than stipulated time and with several players injury prone, her treatment is expected to boost the medical staff.

Asamoah Gyan benefited immensely from her services at the 2012 Nations Cup which resulted in him making a quicker recovery to play in the tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

She also helped several Black Stars players to make quicker-than-expected return from injury which has resulted in the decision to bring her back for the World Cup

Kovacevic is part of a ten-member supporting staff which includes a team administrator, physiotherapist, media officer, protocol officer, two national security operatives, therapist, two caterers and drummer/entertainer.

“If you recall in 2010, there was a certain doctor who used placenta to heal the players. The players like her. She is very good so they have requested that we bring her on board,” Afriyie-Ankrah said at a press conference on Tuesday.

The Ghana FA first engaged her services during the 2010 World Cup after a recommendation by then coach Milovan Rajevac.

She was also at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations where Ghana finished fourth at the tournament co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

The Belgrade housewife has treated Premier League stars such as Frank Lampard, Robin van Persie and Glen Johnson at her clinic.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Viper says:

    What on earth is going on? Can’t we simply depend on our own for once? Even if anything we rather need a physical trainer,dieticians people who can put the players through their paces,they always seem lethargic,unfit as if they barely do any physical training,what food do they eat during match day? Why on earth do we need a placenta healer???? This world cup campaign looks like its going to a shambles with every dick and tom being called,for what exactly???? Get a physical trainer,a dietician.

  2. Kofi Manu says:

    I wouldn’t be surprise to read that Nana Kwaku Bonsam and or Bishop Obinim are going to be the “spiritual leaders” of the black stars in Brazil.

  3. TRUTH HURTS says:

    WHAT AT ALL IS WRONG WITH GHANAFO INSTEAD OF PRAYING AND PLANNING HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL WORLD CUP.. THIS STUPID COUNTRY MAN ZONGO.. IS ALWAYS CAUSING CONFUSION..THIS GUY WANT EVERYBODY IN A HIGHER POSITION TO BE FIRED.. HE STARTED WITH KOTOKO.. AND NOW THIS WEE SMOKING GUY IS ALLOWED TO INSULT EVERYBODY…IS THIS JOURNALISM?..HE IS DISGUSTING..AND ONE OF THE MOST DUMP JOURNALIST IN THE NATION’S HISTORY…HE IS AN IMBECILE AND HE NEEDS TO BE FIRED FROM MULTI -MEDIA. HE IS MORE OF A LIABILITY THAN AN ASSET IF THEY DON’T KNOW.

    • don king says:

      massa what is d correlation b/n what is being discussed here and ur stupid allegation of a view? if yu fink yu a part of those on the pay role of the FA and sports ministry jst keep quiet. mtchew

  4. kofi says:

    We are even fed up with all these things, I will not be surprise to read that Nana Kwaku Bonsam, Sheik Allah Grusah and Bishop Obinim are being taking to Brazil as the spiritual heads for Black Star. Tweea

  5. selfmade says:

    Now forumites are beginning to see all the noise I have been making about this Serbian connections!! Ghanaians has toiled- so hard with our own resources to qualify our country to the WC and all of a sudden the benefits are been reaped by this Serbian PRICKS!! I WEEP FOR MY COUNTRY!! I WEEP FOR THIS COUNTRY WHICH I WAS BORN INTO WITHOUT MY SAY! Is better we changed our national flag into that of SERBIAN ONE BECASUE THEY ARE GETTING ALL THE GLORY AND BENEFITS FOR OUR TOILS!! How can we be so kind to thses RACIST DOGS!!

    • spellBOUND says:

      so every serbian is a racist prick???? i think you can make your comments without the gross generalization. so i guess in your book, 1 rotten apple ruins the bunch does it not? what you’ve just said is analogous to a black student in Harvard being told that he/she was only admitted there because of their skin color. we claim racism against our people, yet our comments prove us no different. who had a say into which country they were born into. masa u either hate your country and root against it, or you love it and fight to make to better. pick one….

  6. selfmade says:

    All these are happening because of VIRTUS ! GFA want to bring milo back because of virus! They want this Serbian prick of a doctor because of virtus!! WE NEED A REAL REVOLUTION NOW BECASUE THIS IS BECOMING RIDICULOUS!! my question is this, IS THIS GHANA THAT HAS QUALIFIED TO THE WC OR SERBIA!

  7. selfmade says:

    We are indeed NATION OF JOKERS! Our action portrays us NATION OF JOKERS! Gfa ll do anything to balance the WC budget by hiring unnecessary people just to line up- their dirty pockets

  8. selfmade says:

    FAMOUS HEALER MY ASS!! John mensah was treated by this so called famous healer- was he HEALED FROM HIS CHRONIC INJURIES?!! BUNCH OF CRIMINALS AND CROOKS AT THE FA!!

  9. selfmade says:

    This fraud of a HEALER HAS TRESTED MOST OF BS PLAYERS but were not healed so stop this nonsenses!!! Lack of knowledge my people perished and this crook fa ll always play with our mind!! Serbian healer my Ass!!

  10. selfmade says:

    This fraud of a healer ll be making millions of dollars from a poor nation like ghana because WE ARE BEEN LEAD BY A BUNCH OF CROOKS AND BACKWARD PEOPLE!!

  11. selfmade says:

    Which INJURED PLAYERS is she coming to- treat? Don’t we have our own team doctors who are been paid so why do we have to pay for another healer??

  12. Kweku says:

    ei Ghanaians like complaining oo everytin we go complain. Mr Viper or whatever u dey talk too much I beg shut up small boy..

  13. selfmade says:

    Why didn’t JOHN MENSAH COMPLETELY HEALED after been treated by this so called healer!! This is lies!! We are fed up with this Ghanaian timidity!!

  14. selfmade says:

    Eastern European countries are PATHOLOGICAL RACIST PEOPLE and these are the bunch of people OUR BACKWARD LEADERS ARE GIVEN OUT OUR SCARCE RESOURCES to enrich themselves!!! Is so sad that the CENTER CANNOT HOLD IN GHANA!! This fraud healer ll take millions of dollars and pay TAXES TO HER GOVERNMENT whiles the average Ghanaian gets nothing from our toils!!! WE ARE BEEN LED BY BUNCH OF VILLAGERS AND INFERIOR FILL SUGAR DADDIES!!

  15. selfmade says:

    This lady was in gabon-eq guinea during the afcon matches and she treated john mensah but STILL JOHN MENSAH PLAYED IN ALL OUR MATCHES INJURED and he couldn’t finished most of our matches, so what was this famous HEALING THEN? John mensah and most of our players were- injured in the afcon 2012 and I quiet remember Dede, asamaoh gyan and john mensah sat on our bench during most of our matches but this HEALER WAS IN OUR CAMP!! When are we going to learn? Anything white is superior!!! WE ARR TIRED OF THIS MEDIOCRITY!!

  16. keith from germany says:

    Selfmade dont die ooo.hahahaa.u see my brother they are hiring these serbians because they are good in things they do.
    U see that shows that those medical staff members aint up to the task.
    She is good in her job and her treatment has been very successful on many top international players.
    She was the same person that treated john mensah at the wc when john mensah was been rushed to play against germany after meeting the australian game.
    I dont personaly care who the gfa brings in as long as they bring in the needed results why not.
    Bro selfmade i dont kno what these serbs have done to you.
    Please be soft hearted towards them.

  17. Selfmade says:

    This lady was in gabon-eq guinea but most of our players were injured and remained on the sidelines during most of our matches, SO WHAT WAS SHE HEALING THEN? We are so rich that we are given FREE MONIES TO THESE SERBIANS WHILES POOR GHANAIANS CANNOT AFFORD SQUARE MEAL A DAY!! If she is so good and famous,WHY HASNT HER COUNTRY ATTACHED HER TO THEIR LACK OF DEPTH NATIONAL TEAM? In afcon 2012, john mensah was injured, Dede ayee was injured, asamoah gyan was also injured, Anthony annan was injured too aln am just WONDERING what this famous was HEALING THEN!!!

    • spellBOUND says:

      apart from jesus, there are no magic healers. so would you have felt better if a ghanian was hired instead? because she does not have devine healing powers does not mean she isn’t good at her job. your beef with this issue is the fact that she’s serbian. the issue with us is that we have the mentality that we can do everything on our own and thus we don’t need help from outsiders. africa is failing because boneheaded individuals choose to fail rather than collaborate with knowledgeable individuals to accomplish goals.

      running a country is analogous to running a business. you hire the best man possible irrespective of their skin color. you give the job to a qualified zambian with 2 phd’s not your incompetent cousin who dropped out of high school just because he’s family. corruption and pride are killing us….

  18. selfmade says:

    I can bet anyone that this MAGIC SERBIAN HEALER is gonna be PAY MORE THAN ALL THE GHANAIAN TECHNICAL CREW!!

  19. aponkye says:

    Is this a joke? A magic healer whos first name is Marijuana? hahaha, nice one GSN.

  20. keith from germany says:

    Selfmade my brother let me tell you something there is also alot of hatred going on between blacks.
    I personally find hatred more painful than racism.
    When somebody calls me a monkey which i know im not,that wouldnt bother more than by being hated by someone just because i posses something he doesnt.
    Let me tell you something some of us ghanaians are also racist.
    Look at how some insulted many liberians who seeked refuge in ghana by calling them all sort of names.
    Look at how nigerians treat ghanians in nigeria.
    Look at how black south africans think they are superior to other blacks in other african countries.
    Selfmade i have being to serbia on two occaisions and they are very nice ppl.i was in Gornji milanovac,in belgrade,kregujavac and čačack.
    Racism is a disease that cant be eridicated so one better cope without or forget it.
    Its very sad to hear from say all serbisns are racist.
    There are alot of stuipud ppl in ghana excuse my language but does that make all ghanians stuipid?
    Your guess is goood as mine.
    Racism among blacks is even worser.
    I rest my case selfmade

  21. selfmade says:

    @ Keith… This lady is just coming for freebies and nothing else!! This lady was in our camp during afcon 2012 and most of our players were still injured and most of them play thru the pain barrier!! What was she HEALING THEN when most our boys were playing thru pains?!! John mensah was injured, Anthony annan was injured, Dede ayee was injured, asamaoh gyan was also injured and AM JUST WONDERING WHAT SHE WAS DOING IN CAMP THEN?! This lady is a fraud and just taking advantage of our stupidities to get money from us!!

  22. selfmade says:

    @ keith…. Majority carries the vote and Serbians and for that matter, eastern European countries are RACISTS!

  23. selfmade says:

    Ghana has qualify to the WC and not Serbians!!! Serbians are not good at what they do!! They were kicked out of the group stages in south Africa and GHANA EVEN BEAT THEM so we should stop given them OUR SCARCE RESOURCES!! We were in the same group with them and we only not beat them but we completely DOMINATED THEIR RIGID TEAM!!

  24. keith from germany says:

    Selfmade@ every injury needs to time to heal and due to the different bodies we have some injury heals quicjkly whilst others delay.
    Marijana Kovacevic can only help the players to recover from injury.
    If u break ur knee ligaments u cant expect u knee to be healed within a twinkle of an eye.
    Broken knee ligaments takes 6 months or more to be healed properly
    Can your doctor cure you immediately
    When u have a pain or other sickness?
    No he cant because there are certain things one cannot influence.
    This lady gave the blackstars players safety precautions about he to go about with their injury.
    These injuries were chronic injuries so and you cant influence chronic injury to be cured immediately.
    There are many things Doctors cannot infleunce or cure immediately eventhough they try their best and the same thing applies to this marijana lady over here.
    Selfmade over to you

  25. keith from germany says:

    @selfmade so since you say majority carries the vote that means we ghanians are also racist by mocking and calling liberians all sort of names.
    You seem to be contradicting yourself.
    That also means nigerians are racist becuase they treat their ghanaian neigbhors badly.
    That also means that south africans are racist because they feel their country is better than other african countries or?
    You see my beloved brother selfmade that doesnt make sense.

  26. Benny says:

    Was this part of the budget presented?
    It does not surprise me.You have a populace of 25million who think the only means of acquiring wealth is juju.We have such a stupid believe system and so this stupidity does not surprise me.
    Is this woman is that effective,she would be sought after by the Germans,Spain,England etc.
    I think she is probably one of the Gfa’s members girl friend and the job is just an excuse.Absolute garbage.

  27. Benny says:

    I meant to say if this woman is that effective ……..

  28. selfmade says:

    @ Keith…. U are rather contradicting yourself!!! If every injuries needs time to healed, then WE DONT NEED THIS LADY!! Eastern European countries are pathologically racist people and we all witnesses to how they treat black players in their hellish hole!! Don’t pretend that everything is cool when is not! If this lady cannot cure injuries immediately, THEN THERE IS NOTHING SPECIAL ABOUT HER PERIOD!! if she cannot do anything extraordinarily from ourghanaian TEAM DOCTORS, THEN WE DONT NEED HER AND WE ARE WASTING OUR MONIES ON HER! Which safety precautions can this lady give to out players that our ghanaina doctors can’t give? How did her safety precautions measures worked for john mensah, Anthony anane etc!! If we all knows that certain injuries takes a long time to heal, then what’s the essence of employing an ad hoc measures which ll nt work!!! Come on bro, u should know better!! This lady is there just for nothing!!

  29. selfmade says:

    @ Keith… If u know that certain injuries takes time to heal then in the same breadth that u should know that employing this lady is just useless because her efforts is COS90!! How can we pay monies to this fraud of a magic healer when some INJURIES TAKES LONG TIME TO HEAL regardless of her SO CALLED MAGIC STUNT? If according to u certain things cannot be influenced by even a medical doctor, then is just a total waste of time and money of paying this lady because her treatments wouldn’t work!! Her treatments don’t work that’s why john mensah couldn’t finished most of our matches in afcon 2012 though she was been treated by this fradulent so called magic healer!!

  30. selfmade says:

    This so called MAGIC HEALER IS A QUACK DOCTOR without any medical license!! Her own country even investigated her for unpay taxes!! Health authorities in Serbia wants her facilities banned in Serbia!!

  31. selfmade says:

    Type in http://www.highbeam.com and search for ‘ footballers mysterious placenta healer goes on the run for unpaid taxes’ and u ll see that this lady cannot be trusted with our national team!!

  32. selfmade says:

    Again type in http://WWW.STANDARD.CO.UK n type in ‘ footballers mysterious placenta healer goes on the run over unpaid taxes’ and u ll understand what am saying!! This lady has a credibility issues and she is a big fraud!!! Only ignorant Ghanaians ll entertain this fraud who administer untested and unproved medicines on our players!!

  33. selfmade says:

    Van persie injuries became worst after his treatment with this QUACK DOCTOR!! Lampard was not impressed with her treatments and only spend ONE HOUR AT HER CLINIC!! Read the lines and educate yourself!! She is a quack doctor!!

  34. jstone says:

    @selfmade ,my bother tell them why you are mad.lol

  35. selfmade says:

    @ spellbound… Which knowledgeable person are h talking about?!! Read the link below and educate your sorry self….. This lady is a QUACK DOCTOR, her methods are untested and she has no medical license! … Her own country health administrates want to close her facility and u say what! Open your BLIND EYES U FOOL!!

  36. selfmade says:

    http://WWW.STANDARD.CO.UK and read the caption…’ Footballers mysterious to placenta healer goes on the run over unpaid taxes’ and educate your sorry self @ spellBOUND!!

  37. selfmade says:

    If this lady is so good, do u think Ghanaians can afford her service? None of the European countries has approaches this magic healer because they know that she IS FAKE and her treatment methods are not reliable!! Is only Africans who bought into things hook and sinker!! She is pratically using our footballers as experiments but it ll take only a smart, thinking dude like me to point to these fools on this forum who can’t think for themselves sometime!!!! THIS LADY IS FAKE ANF HER TREATMENTS ARE NOT RELIABLE AND UNTESTED!!

  38. sticky Straw says:

    @keit from Germany u boast too!!! Much on this site why do tell your friend that he doesn’t make sence ?don’t u know that is an insult? I expect somebody like u who is living in Europe should behave more matured on this site .infact u like attacking anybody whom u disagree afterall what’s in Germany twea u clean toilet daily so it makes makes your mind full of toilets keit from germany the twerp.

  39. johnny says:

    Looking at her picture, it is obvious she needs more healing, not the Stars players. This is so sad, African corruption! This is an obvious way of justifying embezzlement. Don’t we have qualified physicians, physical therapists, and people who can take the players through the right training routines? Africa!!!???

  40. selfmade says:

    miracle” healer who has used horse placenta to treat injured Premier League stars is being investigated over unpaid taxes.
    Arsenal striker Robin van Persie and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard are among players who have paid Marijana Kovacevic £5,000 for her unorthodox work.

    But today it emerged that Ms Kovacevic, 42, has fled her native Serbia over allegations that her Belgrade clinic is not registered and has not paid tax.

    The country’s health ministry is understood to have begun an investigation into her qualifications and status as a practising medic. Serbia’s football association is calling for her remedies to be banned or properly regulated.

    Van Persie hailed the housewife, a pharmacist by training, as a miracle worker after she massaged placenta into his ankle to treat damaged ligaments. Players from Manchester City and Liverpool, including England defender Glen Johnson, have also visited her clinic. Ms Kovacevic is said to work from her home and keeps the address a secret.

    Belgrade locals pay just £50 for her treatments but the football stars have been charged thousands.

    Dutch international Van Persie flew to Serbia last month to see Ms Kovacevic, who has declined to be interviewed about her treatments.

    He told a Serbian newspaper: “It’s good — I am happy. The woman is a miracle.”

    However, his injury turned out to be worse than feared and he faces months on the sidelines, possibly until the end of the football season.

    Lampard is understood to have been less impressed and only spent an hour at the clinic before walking out.

    Sources close to the player, who was accompanied by Chelsea’s doctor, say he received a thigh massage using oils — not placenta — and felt it was no different from any he had received from club physiotherapists

    Ms Kovacevic’s fame brought her to the attention of the Serbian FA and tax inspectors, whose records are understood to show her company is not registered.

    Miljko Ristic, president of the Serbian FA’s health commission, said: “It’s high time the ministry of health formed a commission to either approve or ban the use of Marijana Kovacevic’s remedy, whose reported miraculous healing properties in the treatment of football players have been widely discussed. Until that moment the procedure should be put out of use.

    “The healer who has helped foreign players does possess some kind of medical licence but the procedure has not yet been approved, and its application would effectively be illegal.”

    Chelsea and Arsenal said they did not wish to comment on the allegations surrounding Ms Kovacevic, who was unavailable for interview.

    The Serbian health ministry also said it was not prepared to make a statement about the healer.

  41. selfmade says:

    This is the Serbian fraudster who is coming- to chop some CHEAP GHANA MONIES!!! Am a smart dude and unlike other fools on this site, I can read between the lines!! THIS LADY IS A QUACK DOCTORE and her treatments are extremely DANGEROUS!!! Only fools ll hail this dangerous SERBIAN OPPORTUNIST!!

  42. keith from germany says:

    Bro sticky raw i will never return evil with evil but i rather conquer the evil with the good.
    Thats all i can say

  43. Nana says:

    @selfmade , for what you read , what’s wrong about her method of healings, there are doctors, footballers accountants etc that evade taxes as well, does that makes them fake ,
    If you are talking about his method and you have a evidence come out and stop making baseless arguments

  44. selfmade says:

    @ Nana… Read the post again and u ll understand it better!!

  45. selfmade says:

    @ Nana… Mate I had wanted to give u a link to read but is not coming!! This lady charges 6,300 dollars for six hours of treatment of van persie and other stars and u can asked yourself how much she ll take from Ghanaians for each player!!! Her treatments are unscientific and bogus too mate!! Gfa is entertaining this lady simply because someone is getting a cut from her period!!

  46. selfmade says:

    in the last few years. I shouldn’t even say that it’s grown but rather that it’s exploded onto the scene. Europe, on the other hand, is having a slow start.

    Last fall, news broke in the English Premiere [Soccer] League (EPL) of a radical new treatment involving several high-profile players. At least 12 players had seen an alternative medicine proponent, Marianna Kovacevic, to undergo a procedure to cure a variety of injuries in her homeland of Serbia by using a special gel created from horse placenta. That’s right… repeat after me… HORSE PLACENTA!

    Before going into the technicalities, it should be noted that this was a complete media fail. Coverage was hardly skeptical and I was especially disappointed by the UK’s reporting on this matter since so many of their citizens are die-hard fans of the teams these players are on, as well as the players themselves.

    Robin van Persie, for example, was named Barclay’s Premiere League Player of the Month last October and plays for Arsenal Football Club, the third richest soccer club in the world. One would think that with so much money on the line, all reliant on the performance  of a few players, the care and advice given to these players would be the best in the world. Think again.

    It’s no secret that EPL soccer players can seek unusual treatments to cure their rather typical sports-related injuries. Wayne Rooney, currently the top goal scorer, used a hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) chamber to heal a fractured metatarsal in 2006. This alternative modality of treatment is not established to be effective by the scientific community. Such alternatives are not only supported by the players themselves, but also by the teams they work for.

    Rumor has it that Manchester City Football Club had contemplated hiring Kovacevic to formally treat their own players. Rafael Benitez, manager of Liverpool Football Club, also fell for the act hook line and sinker. He sent 6 of his own players to Serbia for the controversial treatment. Is this why his top-four team has dropped in ranking so much this year? Ouch! Obviously not, but such management of his players’ health causes me to question his common sense.

    Marianna Kovacevic claims that her horse placenta treatment speeds up the recovery of injuries by using stem cells present inside of it to increase the healing process. This sort of scam is not new. Quacks like Dr. Huang from China have been selling bogus stem cell treatments for years. Stem cells are a very sexy topic in medicine because of the immense potential they have for curing disease. The key word there being potential, as there are yet very few applications for stem cells in medicine and absolutely none in the sports medicine department.

    How does Kovacevic use these stem cells to cure torn ligaments and broken bones, you might ask? Don’t expect to get an answer. Kovacevic has clouded her methods in mystery and refuses to explain her technique. This sort of ambiguity is a red flag and is common in the alternative medicine world. That’s OK, because Liverpool’s own Yossi Benayoun leaked a vague description of the treatment and explained that,

    “Nothing went into the muscle itself. It was just a case of massaging the liquid on to the skin around the affected area.”

    Well that’s a relief. At least she isn’t injecting foreign material into the tissue. This could lead to infection and more inflammation as the body’s natural response to foreign material is to attack it with an immune reaction. So how could stem cells on the surface of the skin affect the damaged tissue deep beneath? They can’t!

    Assuming somehow the cells could travel across the skin and subcutaneous tissues to reach the ligaments or bones, which if they could would mean we would have a constant bombardment of microbial pathogens seeping into our blood, there still is no explanation for how these cells would help us heal. For one, horse placenta is completely foreign to our bodies. Cells from another species contain too many ‘unusual’ markers on their surfaces to be accepted by our immune systems.

    Even if they weren’t destroyed immediately by the host’s immune cells, the stem cells wouldn’t just start multiplying and transforming into whatever tissue surrounds them. That would require a special environment and exact cell signaling molecules, one of the many hurdles for stem cell researchers.

    Dusan Petrovic, a Serbian player and former patient of Kovacevic, explained that her treatment involved,

    “a combination of electricity and the miracle gel that is her exclusive product. The electric current goes through a stick holding the gel, which is applied to the injured spot.”

    Kovacevic adds electricity to the lure! If electricity could heal sports injuries, wouldn’t every famous player be attached to an electric current after breaking a leg or spraining an ankle? This additional electricity only adds to the placebo effect that these players are experiencing because it is a well known fact that the more invasive and technical a treatment seems, the more inclined the patient is to feeling an improvement in their symptoms.

    If anything, I propose that traveling to rural Serbia for a factitious cure by a non-professional would only aggravate a sports injury. Musculoskeletal injuries are meant to be stabilized to let the body use it’s well known and documented ability of healing itself without any disruptions. Otherwise, there will be more inflammation, which is supposed to be suppressed as much as possible to prevent the build up of scar tissue. Ice also helps prevent inflammation. Not electricity with animal placenta and amniotic fluids. For me, it’s repulsive to even think about.

    But why is this placenta treatment so popular amongst these extremely valuable players? The answer lies in the susceptibility of our minds to unconsciously cherry pick positive results. For the same reason that people think vitamin C cures a cold, soccer players believe that placenta treatment could cure breaks and tears. Anecdotal evidence runs rampant in all societies. Misinformation spreads because people claim efficacy for treatments without considering their own bodies’ abilities to heal. A placebo effect leads to a belief that a false treatment works, which is then propagated through anecdotal evidence to other people, and they too start to believe in the nonsense.

    I haven’t read much about Kovacevic recently. Last I heard, she has gone into hiding from allegations by the Serbian Health Commission of fraud and illegally treating patients without a license along with tax evasion for charging different amounts depending on the profile of the player. This will only add to her martyrdom for her believers. To them, she is another guardian of alternative healing from the evil conspirators of modern western medicine.

    This whole story in general is not surprising to me at all. Like I said, it’s not uncommon for high profile players to search for miraculous cures to speed their recoveries. The thing that struck me the most, however, was the complete lack of skepticism to all of this. Effectively, the incompetent UK media reported of a Serbian housewife electrically shocking horse placenta fluid onto some of it’s most cherished athletes without mentioning a hint of wrong doing. Dropping the word ‘controversial’ into a long article does not suffice to create a balanced story.

    Even now there are only a few skeptical posts about this on the internet, after a whole media-storm of coverage last fall. I think that the lack of skepticism on this subject should be brought to notice by the public at large so that reporters can do a better job of doing their homework when covering such stories in the future. Also, the medical staff of sports teams and doctors in general should be more outspoken about such pseudoscientific treatments and should not allow their patients to undergo these sorts of bogus therapies. This is especially true in Europe, where I personally believe skepticism is not abundant enough.

    And come on! Horse placenta for sports injuries? Seriously???? Some people need more common sense!

  47. selfmade says:

    This is the Serbian quack doctor were are entrusting our players and destiny of mother ghana into!! Is only ghana where such nonsenses are tolerated by people who should have known better!! We always accept whatever is push down on us because is coming from a Serbian!! I the ONE AND ONLY INFAMOUS M.A.D.E REFUSED IT!!

  48. Agyengo says:

    Keith youare arguing blindly. The question is, would these Serbians appoint a Ghanain of that. sort.Am residing in Sweden even we are. not. In Their country. Do. You. Know. How jealous. They. Are. At us. That. We. Blacks have. The same rights like. Them.Am tired of. Your. Blind. Folding comments. When it Comes to these. Useless baltics.Wake-up and live up Keith or whoever you call yourself.