doctor uncovered by Inside Out
undercover investigation for BBC ONE South's Inside Out programme
tonight (6 October) will accuse a doctor of using spurious tests
at his clinic near Winchester.
Kenyon, who runs the Dove Clinic in Twyford, is one of the country's
leading complementary doctors. But the BBC's Inside Out programme
will show him using a machine that has been discredited by his own
Kenyon has been using a technique called electrodermal testing for
more than twenty years. The idea is that ailments and allergies
can be detected by measuring the skin's resistance to a small electric
years ago, however, he co-authored a scientific report which concluded
that electrodermal machines couldn't detect environmental allergies,
like dust mites.
Kenyon must have agreed with the findings because he put his name
to the study which was published in the British Medical Journal.
despite the research, Inside Out claims he is still using electrodermal
machines to test for dust mite allergies. Using secret filming,
the programme shows Dr Kenyon testing a six-year-old boy and then
deciding that he is sensitive to dust mites.
Kenyon insists that he made his diagnosis purely on the boy's symptoms
and that he didn't use the machine to test for dust mites.
facts are that there is no dust mite sensitivity test on the machine,"
he tells the programme. "Therefore on his history alone, I
made a diagnosis that he probably has a sensitivity to dust mites.
It is reasonable for me to treat him because there is no downside
to the treatment."
BBC then took the boy for a conventional skin prick test, which
suggested he didn't have any allergies.
Dr Kenyon says the conventional test may not be accurate: "He
may be one of the 10% who actually are negative to the skin tests
but benefit from measures to reduce dust mite exposure."
Out can be seen on BBC ONE South on Monday 6 October at 7.30pm.
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