Friday, July 14, 2006

Death: A Cure For All Cancers

People offering alternative cancer 'cures' seem to gravitate towards countries with lax laws regarding what constitutes medical treatment. Mexico, for example. Unfortunately, Thailand seems to have been a poor choice for Hellfried Sartori.

A disgraced doctor who left a New Zealand woman fighting for her life after treating her cancer with "liquid ozone" injections has been arrested in Thailand. Austrian man Hellfried Sartori was arrested in a Chiang Mai hotel on Sunday and charged with fraud and practising medicine without a licence. Known as "Dr Ozone", he had previously served two jail terms in the United States for administering the bogus treatments, Bangkok newspaper the Nation reported. Sartori took Kiwi woman Melissa Judith Taylor, who was suffering from lung cancer, to the intensive care unit of a Chiang Mai hospital on June 22. Her relatives told police she had passed out after he injected three doses of an "ozone treatment" into veins in her chest and neck, the newspaper said. Websites claim the treatment cures everything from Aids and cancer to allergies and hardening of the arteries. It consists of injections of "liquid ozone", usually into a vein.

Regardless of what he might be known as, the report makes clear that Mr Sartori (EoR wonders if that's his real name) has not been a doctor since 1974, and had previously had his registration suspended in the UK. He has also had his license revoked in two states in the US in the 1980s.

Nonetheless, desperate people were apparently willing to pay $NZ36,500 for his 'treatment'.

Sadly, the train of miracle cancer cures that seem to leave a surprising number of deaths in their wakes does not stop there.

Police say they have almost completed their investigation into a Perth doctor who treated several terminally-ill cancer patients, who died within days of each other. They are investigating whether Dr Alexandra Boyd received instructions from a Thai-based man, Hellfried Sartori, on how to administer the caesium chloride treatment. Mr Sartori was refused entry into Western Australia last year and has now been arrested in Thailand and reportedly charged with fraud and practising medicine without a licence. Seven patients were treated by Dr Boyd in May last year. Of those, six died and four of the deaths were within four days of treatment.

Dr Boyd's standard response seems to be "it has produced successful results in other patients". Presumably, they were the lucky ones who successfully didn't die. Presumably, this Dr Alexandra Boyd is the same one who wrote a testimonial supporting Emotional Freedom Techinique, Provocative Energy Technique and 100% YES!™, where she relates her transformation from someone who didn't deserve money, to someone who did.

"Thank you for two of the most enlightening and lightening days of my life.... My relationship with money has not been a good one, I think because deep down I have a deeply held belief that I do not deserve it, with other beliefs that you have to work hard, also it is better to give than receive. All these beliefs were challenged and shaken in a way that has allowed me to develop new beliefs that will enable me to keep the money that I work for and deserve to have. How about that for a turnaround. WOW. But that's not all, along with that, so much other work was done on my self-esteem ... Life's cup of joy for me today is overflowing. Was doing 100% YES! worth it? 100% YES, YES, YES."

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