Helmut Pilhar, born on February 25, 1965, in Grünbach, and passing away on August 31, 2022, in Paraguay, was a man of complex and controversial interests. An Austrian engineer by training, he embarked on a path that would take him into the realms of alternative medicine and pseudoscience.
Early Life and Career
Despite lacking formal medical qualifications, Pilhar became known for his promotion of a pseudoscientific diagnosis and treatment method known as Germanische Neue Medizin (GNM), or GHK-Germanische Heilkunde. This method was developed by the late German physician Ryke Geerd Hamer.
Pilhar’s journey began when he embraced the teachings of Ryke Geerd Hamer, who had developed a holistic approach to medicine that claimed to uncover the emotional and psychological roots of illnesses. Pilhar became a devoted advocate of Hamer’s theories, offering paid seminars and closely associating himself with Hamer. In Austria, he even earned the title of a “Hamer disciple” from his wife.
However, Pilhar’s advocacy of GNM was not without controversy. In a November 5, 2013 article, the Wiesbadener Tagblatt labeled him as “the loudspeaker of madness,” reflecting the skepticism and criticism he faced in the mainstream medical community.
What set Pilhar apart was not just his advocacy of GNM but also his affiliation with the Reichsbürger movement, a fringe group that rejects the legitimacy of the modern German state. Pilhar adopted elaborate self-descriptions in line with the movement’s conventions, identifying himself as a “Sovereign Man, spiritual and moral being made of flesh and blood – ENTITY/This side Natural Law – International Law.” He even claimed to be a “member of the International Law Subject State of Lower Austria.” These grandiose self-identifications hinted at his affiliation with the Reichsbürger movement, although they did not appear to involve financial claims against Austria.
In the later stages of his life, Helmut Pilhar made Paraguay his home. He settled in the German-speaking “Privatkolonie El Paraíso Verde,” near Cáazapa in South America. His choice of residence was influenced by his belief that he would not encounter chemtrails there, which is a conspiracy theory about chemicals being dispersed into the atmosphere. In this tranquil location, he continued to pursue his interests in alternative medicine and unconventional science.
Helmut Pilhar’s unconventional journey took another twist in 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was discovered that numerous German vaccine opponents and alternative health practitioners had migrated to Paraguay to evade pandemic-related restrictions in Germany.
On December 1, 2018, Pilhar announced his intention to cease all commercial and propagandistic activities related to Germanische Neue Medizin. His decision was posted on his private website. Nevertheless, his unconventional beliefs continued to influence his actions and interactions.
In 2019, Pilhar faced legal consequences when he was sentenced to one year of probation for resisting state authority. He had declared himself a supporter of the anti-government “Staatenbund” movement and was convicted for making threats against a judge in Wiener Neustadt.
These threats were related to a private legal case against him for defamation. Pilhar’s confrontation with the legal system was characterized by his demand that the judge legitimize herself within the framework of the U.S. Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), a strategy often employed by Reichsbürger adherents. These legal battles and his unconventional beliefs further contributed to his controversial reputation.
What was Helmut Pilhar’s Cause of Death?
Helmut Pilhaon passed away on August 31, 2022, in Paraguay. His exact cause of death had not been revealed.