A Victorian court has ruled a former Melbourne dentist who claims he is able to cure cancer using alternative therapies has been deceiving patients.
Noel Campbell is the sole director of Operation Smile which runs the Hope Clinic offering alternative therapies to treat the often fatal disease.
The clinic offers the use of photo-dynamic and ozone therapies, vitamins and Chinese herbs, among other treatments.
Its website claims there is evidence and research to show the therapies can cure or slow the progression of tumours and improve quality of life for patients.
Victoria’s Minister for Consumer Affairs, Michael O’Brien, has welcomed the court’s decision.
“The Court has confirmed that Mr Campbell – who has no medical qualifications beyond dentistry – traded in false hope through his flimsy and scientifically unsound medical methods, at times taking tens of thousands of dollars from the terminally ill,” he said.
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Lots of use of the words “deceptive” and “misleading”. There may be “evidence” of such claims but it’s flawed and did not withstand peer review. Apparently many people were led to believe things that he could not deliver and they paid a lot for such services. Many problems are apparent with this clinic. It’s good they were called out.