CLAIMS | John Inchley goes undercover to expose cancer quacks|
Out, with the help of John Inchley, goes undercover to investigate alternative
therapists who falsely claim to cure cancer.
Winchester shopkeeper John
Inchley, has turned undercover reporter to investigate the exploitation of cancer
patients by alternative therapists. Inside Out secretly filmed John as he went
in search of salvation.
John has prostate cancer. Although he was appalled
by some of the miracle cures he discovered, John feigned interest in some fairly
No scientific basis
was appalled by some of the 'miracle cures' he discovered|
are all kinds of strange therapies out there and most of them have no scientific
basis," he says. "There are people in my position who probably feel little hope
and who are prepared to go to any length to effect a cure."
John is filmed
visiting a company called Self Health Enterprises in East Grinstead. The treatment
offered by Self Health Enterprises is based on the work of Hulda Clark and has
been widely criticised by the medical establishment.
The therapist at Self
Health, who has no conventional medical qualifications, tells John that his cancer
will be cured if he uses a special device which emits electrical frequencies.
The price of this frequency generator? A mere £2,885.
"These people are wasting their money and their time. They are
being offered false hope and they are having their wallets emptied," says John.
still, the therapist then suggests that John should abandon his conventional medical
treatment as this would counteract the work of the frequency generator.
is extremely dangerous advice to give to people with cancer, as the conventional
treatment may be the only thing keeping them alive," said John. "Itís also an
incredible amount of money to pay for a machine that cannot possibly cure cancer."
Help claims electrical frequencies can cure cancer|
is not the only company offering controversial alternative treatments. A quick
trawl through the internet shows that there are thousands of practitioners offering
a wide range of unusual cures.
These include crystals, magnets, water,
sound, light, electricity, oxygen, urine, mistletoe, coffee enemas, apricot kernels
and a bewildering range of dietary supplements.
Most of these treatments
have not been scientifically tested and many of the therapists are not regulated
by any kind of professional body.
The British Medical Journal has however,
issued good practice guidelines for alternative medicine. The most important rule
is that therapists should never tell patients to change their conventional treatment.
Self Health Enterprises say the therapist should not have advised John
to stop his conventional treatment, yet the company still insists that the frequency
generator can help cure cancer.
Until they can provide sound scientific
proof, John will be hanging onto his £2,885 and will remain highly sceptical
of supposed 'miracle cures'.