Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Investigations have discovered that many of the naturopath's qualifications cannot be verified. Then again, in Australia it doesn't matter if qualifications are held or not, as none are required.
This is not the first time that Mr. Dummett has been in trouble for his treatment of patients. The 2003 annual report of the New South Wales Medical Board mentioned Mr. Dummett and his activities.
"Last year the Board prosecuted Jeffery Dummett, an unregistered person for holding himself out as being entitled, qualified or willing to practice medicine or perform a medical service. He was convicted, fined and placed on a bond. This year the Board again prosecuted him for similar offences and he was convicted in relation to that prosecution."
The conviction was mentioned in a press release by the New South Wales Health Minister Craig Knowles.
"A recently discredited procedure was the Live Blood Cell Analysis by which a self-proclaimed naturopath claimed he could diagnose illnesses by examining a pinprick of a patient's blood under a microscope and devise treatments to cure whatever disease was found.
"But the naturopath, Jeffrey Dummett was fined almost $34,000 and court costs in May this year for making false health claims as expert medical evidence found Dummet's claims could not possibly be true. However, under current arrangements this does not prevent other spivs hawking the same technique.
Australian consumers beware. When you see a naturopath or other alternative medicine practitioner, you are placing your health in the hands of somebody who will provide services that are not supported by science, but by superstition.
"There is only one truth. How we interpret that truth is called belief."
"The presence of belief, does not indicate the existence of truth."