Alternative cancer treatment might have caused four deaths in Perth

DPP to consider charges over cancer deaths

CONTROVERSIAL alternative treatments given to four cancer patients in Perth hastened their deaths, the State’s deputy coroner has found.

The case will now be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions to determine whether an offence has been committed, after a lengthy coronial inquest into the deaths of the patients who were treated at the Mosman Park home of Dr Alexandra Boyd,

Austrian doctor Hellfried Sartori was the mastermind behind the treatment, and the inquest heard he had his medical licence revoked in several states of the USA and was jailed for practising medicine without a licence.

The treatment, which the patients were told would cure them of cancer, was an administration of an IV High pH Cancer Therapy, using a range of substances including caesium, the industrial solvent DMSO, and laetrile – all of which are potentially toxic.

“There is no evidence this particular treatment had any real benefit at all to patients. There is considerable evidence it is dangerous and has a serious risk of accelerating death.”

Ms Vicker said she more concerned that Dr Boyd did not use her conventional medical knowledge to stop the treatment for patients who were clearly suffering than the fact she administered the treatment.


Tip: Kylie Sturgess (@kyliesturgess) via Twitter

Four deaths are so far being investigated for this radical alternative treatment. There is no wonder cure for cancer. Still, they promote them with no evidence to back it up. This one is particularly awful.

Here is more about the doctor:

Sartori (sometimes bobbing up as Abdul-Haqq Sartori) has been jailed twice in the US. Although convicted over various frauds, including an AIDS cure scam whilst practising medicine without a licence in Thailand, he is unrepentant.

He has a long history of “vitamin” and “ozone” cancer cures, charging up to $40,000 in Australia. He is deregistered in a number of U.S. states.

And see here for his license revocations.

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  3 comments for “Alternative cancer treatment might have caused four deaths in Perth

  1. oldebabe
    July 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    As long as some dying people believe that there is a cure from the dying for them, no matter how unbelievable or unproven, they will continue to encourage these fraudsters.

  2. Zep
    July 3, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Practicing medicine without a license is a serious offence in Australia. You get serious gaol time for that. So was he ever a registered doctor?

  3. Tom Calarco
    July 13, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    When are they going to start prosecuting the 1000s of doctors who use chemotherapy to kill their cancer patients?

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