Monday, April 9, 2018

'Fake Medical Claims' Gets UK Homeopath Jail

here, good news for consumers:

001. Cheyenne Roundtree reports, @dailymail.co.uk, in "Homeopathic 'Quack' Doctor Who Claimed He Could Cure Cancer and Told Kate Middleton She Should Burn Her Bra to Avoid 'Acidity' in the Breasts Faces Jail After Being Found Guilty of Fake Medical Claims" [oh, my the alliteration!; 2018-04-03]:

"[a man who] claimed to be a doctor despite having no medical qualifications [...and who] charged £650 for consultations booked through his website, offering to put clients' blood under a microscope to assess their health problems [...] a homeopathic doctor [...who] claimed he could cure cancer with a blend of diet tips and blood analysis [...including]  'food as medicine' as well as natural herbs [...] is facing jail over his 'dangerous' medical claims [...and he was convicted of] two counts of engaging in unfair commercial practice and one of selling food not of the quality demanded [...which] carry a maximum sentence of up to two years imprisonment [...] Denton was convicted of illegally advertising cancer treatments in 2014 [...] in September 2010, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled against Denton's Live Blood Test business in relation to a misleading leaflet claiming a prick of blood could detect areas of weakness within the body that could be treated by an alkalizing nutritional program [...]";

ah, doctoring, homeopathy, live blood analysis, wacky diet ideas, food as medicine, herbs and dangerous medical claims: things naturopaths do. 

"he was caught after an undercover trading standards officer was given a bottle of colloidal silver to drink after a test purchase [...with the claim] it would help her immune system and 'clean your blood' [...] the charges relate to claiming the bottle of colloidal silver was 'antimicrobial' and could cure illnesses, dysfunction and malformations, falsely claiming he could resolve issues with the officer's blood and selling the product which was not of the nature, substance or quality demanded by the purchaser [...]";

ah, a sure sign of quackery: colloidal silver.  The claims sound so typically naturopathic-homeopathic.

"Professor Alan Hoffbrand, an Oxford-qualified doctor, who writes university textbooks on blood, slammed Denton's claims as 'dangerous' and 'way out'. 'The idea that you could tell someone has dislocated their shoulder from the blood is just so way out - I have never come across it,' Professor Hoffbrand said. He added: 'I think it is quite dangerous - this is why we all take examinations and are all trained so we give accurate medical descriptions. 'The earth goes round the sun, the sun doesn't go round the earth, two plus two makes four and the same here - for blood and scientific study of blood - there is only one language and it is universal' [...]";

hear, hear.  Nobody is entitled to their own facts, particularly in medicine.
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