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    Ginseng Cures for Cancer?
    Ginseng Huckster
    Dave Wickware
    Brasilian Psychic
    with Fake PhD
    Target cancer patients

    Lanzon's fake PhD is clearly seen in this Yellow Pages Adv The advertisement at the left appeared in the Yellow Pages for Kitchener-Waterloo. I was shocked to say the least.

    She has continued to advertise her services in recent Yellow Pages at her new location. However the ad is not available on their web site and her own web site is now defunct.

    The first ad appeared under Holistic Health, and the second one under Naturopaths - Reg'd. In order to be included under this designation, the practitioner must be registered with the Board of Drugless Practitioners - Naturopathy (BDDT-N). If they are not registered NDs, they are basically scamming the Yellow Pages and the public.

    The Yellow Pages Standard Terms and Conditions says plainly that :

    "The client guarantees that the Advertisement does not violate any law and that it holds all permits or licences which may be necessary to publish the Advertisement in the heading and territory requested."

    Well, well, what do you think that means? There are no registered naturopathic doctors who work at this office. There may be a psychic or two, and perhaps a ginseng salesperson, but NO NATUROPATH.

    The woman in the ad, Lu Lanzon, never earned a real PhD, and the Centre is not licensed to treat cancer patients in any manner. In fact, in the summer of 2004, Dave Wickware claimed on Usenet that Lanzon actually was a psychiatrist from Brasil, yet he provides no evidence.

    When Dr. Polevoy questioned him about Lanzon and other false claims on the internet he refused to provide validation.

    Lanzon claims to be a psychic, not a psychiatrist. There IS a big difference!!

    In the Spring of 2005 Lanzon moved her operation to a building at 33 Bridgeport Street East in Waterloo.

    Advanced Wholistic Centre Waterloo 2005

    Advanced Wholistic Centre - Corrective Program for Health and Healing -
    "Education, Not Medication".

    The initials that she uses after her name are Ph.D, D.D., H.H.E. None of them are valid professional designators.

    "Lu is trained in many natural healing disciplines. She is a gifted psychic and an accomplished Herbologist, Healthologist, Spiritual Counsellor and Nutritionist. Lu is dedicated to helping her clients avoid crippling diseases by designing natural supplemented diets based on their individual needs. She has helped people with Asthma, Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, Depression, A.D.H.D., Cancer, Allergies, Celiac Disease, Arthritis, and many more." Advanced Wholistic Centre Waterloo 2005

    You will notice that several of these modalities are not just bogus, they are absurd, and anyone who gets sucked into their schemes are being defrauded of their hard earned cash.

    Of course none of her treatments can be used to treat real illness. Some of her treatments are illegal i.e. ear candling. Allergy testing by untrained people is nonsense and can result in serious injury or death to anyone who accepts those treatments. She in other words is practicing medicine without a license.

    The way I see it, Wickware and Lanzon's operation, which was originally nestled in an office building next to the Waterloo campus of Conestoga College, did a very good job of fooling the public about their credentials and their intentions. In fact, one of the most interesting claims that flowed from local media publicity was the claim that Wickware contacted the family of a three-year-old girl who had terminal brainstem cancer. Wickware later on said that he provided the family with one of the ginseng products that he was marketing for free. He made claims on the internet that she was still alive because of these products. When Dr Terry Polevoy asked questions about their operation and outrageous claims, Wickware began a defamatory and libelous attack over the internet that continued for weeks.

    For over a year or so the community helped to raise money for the little girl, and even one of the best-known radio personalities, Fred Merritt of CKWR radio, helped to spread the news about a fundraiser that was sponsored by the Schneiders Male Chorus, one of our communities most outstanding public service organizations. Neither the radio station, or Fred Merritt bothered to respond to my questions about the publicity about the fundraiser that was supposed to raise money for alternative therapy.

    Who is going to take responsibility at Bell Canada's Yellow Pages division for this? If you would like to ask Bell Canada yourself you can contact them at:
    1-800-554-5148 fax
    E-mail them at:

    The Record, our local newspaper that is owned by the Toronto Star recently gave some free publicity to one of their sales talks:

    Advanced Wholistic Centre
    421 King St. North (lower level)
    Waterloo, ON N2J 4E4
    880-8138 fax web site

    The operators offer several unproved methods of diagnosis such as iridology, and what is very surprising, they utilize ear candling, which in Canada is not only unsound, it is illegal!.

    It would appear that there are at least two people who operate out of the Advanced Wholistic Centre. Lu Lanzon, who claims to be a psychic and a "doctor" of natural medicine, and Dave Wickware, a self-proclaimed former businessman for a Fortune 500 company who had his life saved by a miraculous "cure" with an oriental ginseng. Of course he then turned it into a money making operation, offering people a discount if they bought into his scheme, and if they marketed it with him, they could make even more. It's sort of an MLM structure (Multi-level Marketing).

    To get an idea of how pervasive some of the stealth marketing is for one of his pet projects, namely Immunocal, just do a Google Search for "Immunocal scam" and you come up with sites like this, that are actually run by a major Immunocal MLM distributor named Take a look at it, and you might think that the site was set up to warn you about MLM scams. But look again at the bottom of the page.

    Dave Wickware
    71 Northmanor Cres
    Kitchener, ON N2N 3C3
    741-5981 - archived web site

    Wickware, who goes by the name "Dave" on the internet has posted numerous posts on a variety of Usenet sites, as well as on the web site. This site is notoriously innacurate, and is associated with and has links to supporters of Hulda Clark. At the end of February it was impossible to get to their site. So, if theses links are dead, don't blame me. If you know how to use's web site or use the cache on Google, that's your best bet. Right now the folks are plenty worried that they are scurrying for financial support, while blocking unwanted people like me from contributing.

    Curezone is an outgrowth of the mind of someone named Dusan where you will find links back to such quack-filled pages such as:

    My Comments about the content of this web page

    I was recently contacted by the family of a little girl who was part of Dave Wickware's agenda in the summer of 2004. They were upset because of what Dave had posted, but they were equally upset that I had placed the story on the internet.

    The family claims that they did not discover this web site, nor were they aware of what Dave Wickware had done until 11 months after their daughter's death. They are also upset that this web site would repeat Dave's statements here, and that we included a copy of her obituary and a copy of an advertisement that ran in the local paper.

    The reason that we post stories like this and included Dave's public statements is to warn people about hucksters and scam artists who are out there. These people try to manipulate the press and attempt to confuse and defraud patients and their families. Their agenda usually includes an unhealthy dose of untrue stories about the dangers of chemotherapy or radiation therapy and how doctors are getting rich by poisoning their patients. We don't, I am sorry to say, have all of the answers, and certainly no oncologist is getting rich off the backs of their patients here in Canada.

    These predators often pounce on high-profile cases like this and call press conferences, help to organize fundraisers, send out thousands of e-mails, or set up their own web sites or blogs to push their own agenda forward. And guess what, they sometimes have the press on their bloody side. We saw that clearly demonstrated by Bill O'Neill and his CCRG with at least two cases of note -- Tyrell Dueck, and Sandra Schmirler.

    Wickware is just another example of those who attack medical professionals who are critical of alternative medicine, and/or quackery. It is really unfortunate for families to be dragged into this when they are at the end of the line for conventional treatment, but it happens more than you can imagine.

    Hope's story is just one of many that could have been told. The family has requested that all references to their daughter be deleted from this web site and that I issue an apology. They feel that I have created this web site to invade their privacy in their time of grief and sorrow and to enhance my own politics or agenda, whatever that means.

    I have to state clearly that my interest in this is not political and I don't have an agenda. As a local physician who lives here where this story broke, I feel that the story is an important one. Whatever the family feels about me personally they are entitled to state their case publicly, and I have invited them to share their point of view with our readers. However, the story about cancer quacks who still live and still apparently thrive in our community, is an important one. When the local press and media ignores the quacks we all lose. We should not ignore this story.

    Terry Polevoy, MD
    September 12, 2005

    Dave Wickware's post about a three year-old girl named Hope who has a brain tumour.

    "In October 2003, on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, Hope was diagnosed with a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a rare inoperable brain tumour. Hope underwent 6 weeks of radiation therapy at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Her Oncologist told her parents that there is nothing more they can do, and told them she is going to die."

    "To summarize, Hope's healing program is GlowLife Ginseng, HMS90 (Immunocal) and energy healing sessions by a powerful healer. What will cure this little girl? All of these things together will heal her."

    He even had the gall to post a full colour picture of Hope on the Curezone web site. I believe that this has now been removed. Wickware said that she had terminal brain cancer, and the parents told Dave that her uncle had found high levels of aluminum in her hair analysis, and that's what caused the tumour. The parents, on the other hand, told me 13 months later that the hair analysis was done to provide information about Hope's nutritional status. Unfortunately hair analysis as a means for detecting nutritional status is unreliable.

  • Hope Monaghan's obituary - October 12, 2004 - archived on the internet

    Another post about the powers of his amazing ginseng: with links to a forum that is all about, you guessed it, the magic ginseng formula that he sells.

    "read about unique ginseng that kills cancer cells and restores the body. We have many people who have been using various herbal remedies come to us and achieve the erradication of their disease."

    What's really insane here is that his associate Lu Lanzon, a self-proclaimed psychic, had absolutely no trouble gaining membership to the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce last Fall. I have no idea of what she told them she was doing, but why in the world would the C of C take her money?

    She is now in practice at another location in Waterloo and I believe that she shares an office with someone named Gabriele. This could be Gabriele Sutton, but we are not certain. If it is Sutton, then Lanzon has joined up with someone who has been active for years teaching quackery around the Province.

    Publicity to raise money for alternative care - CKCO-TV

    All of the typos were from their web site

    [At the time of the concert, Dave Wickware was busy telling people on Usenet that the little girl was back in the Hospital, and was not doing very well at all. Why in the world would a major community group like the Schneider's Male Chorus support such nonsense?]

    An Evening with "Hope"

    A fundraiser for Hope Monaghan (a little girl, four years old who has an inoperable tumor on her brain) featuring The Cor Meibion Abercynon Male Voice Choir and The Schneider Male Chorus.

    Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2004.

    Time: 7:00pm.
    Location: St. Agnes R. C. Church, 75 Bluevale St. N. Waterloo.

    Free will offering! All funds raised will help the family with expenses for holistic treatment which she seems to be responsing too at the present time. For further information call 885-4329.

    Wickware's defamatory campaign against Dr. Terry Polevoy

    It began in January 2004 when Dave's little quack empire reached out to a family in need. Month after month he posted numerous articles about how various herbal products could irradicate cancer. When he was exposed on the internet by Terry Polevoy, Dave began a defamatory barage against this local medical doctor and others who were involved in her treatment. Of course none of his statements about Dr. Polevoy, or the other caregivers were true. It is truly unfortunate that the media responded in such a manner. Here are just a few choice links for the record that the media should have read:

    The following posts were made by Dave Wickware

    The family of the little girl who had brain cancer has told me that I should remove all of these posts. If Wickware's rants are untrue or if the family was purposefully misrepresented then it is Mr. Wickware who is responsible. It is really unfortunate that the family has not spoken out prior to this. (September 11, 2005). I have invited the family to tell their side of the story, but instead they have felt that all of this should be removed.

    (NOTE: All typos are Dave's - not mine)

  • Hope's story update - Aug 12, 2004 "Little Hope was responding to the ginseng and several other holistic medications and her symptoms were disappearing. Then Terry Polevoy attacked me as a charleton and acused the parents of being irresponsible by feeding their little girl poison."

    "The Doctors are offering two months of life to a little 4 year old girl. The parents are so deoressed and confused that they are not likely making good decisions for those of us with understanding. For the resident killers, it appears to be a victory. A new grave to dance on."

  • Hopes story update - Aug 13, 2004 "The point is that we won't know if the most important component of the alternative treatment would have changed this outcome because that choice was taken away by Polevoy. What happened to the patient being allowed to choose?"

    "I am curious to know how you think someone is "seduced" into a treatment? Do you assume that everyone but you is a mindless, uninformed, sheep deserving of no opinion? In fact this family was "seduced" into not using ginseng which has a long history in more informed cultures of assisting in the elimination of cancer."

  • Hope's story update - Aug 15, 2004 "My involvement was that I donated my ginseng to the family in late January (2004) and after 8 days they saw some significant improvements in Hope's disposition. They gave her 3 cans of my ginseng over the next two months. Hope became symptom free and it was our "understanding" that the physical mass of the tumor would have to be diminished in order for this to occur. My involvement ended when Terry Polevoy threatened to have Hope taken from her parents if they didn't stop giving her my ginseng. From that time in March I followed Hope's progress through a private family information website. There was no contact with any traditional medical people until one week go. They took Hope to back to the Hospital for the first time since last December.There was no scan done, the treatment is based on the original diagnosis and the current symptom is that she is vomiting."

    "Last week the family called me to ask if I could help. The doctors have placed Hope, who turned 4 years of age two weeks ago, on steroids and chemotherapy treatment. The oncologists said they expect to have extended Hope's life by two month's. The parents want more! If you are compassionate in any way, pray for her. I know miracles exist."

    [It would be easy for Dr. Polevoy to defend himself in court against such outrageous charges by Wickware. Why in the world would Dave make such outrageous claims? The use of the word "threat" is a criminal term, but I don't think that Wickware knows anything about the law. It is clear grounds for a defamation lawsuit to suggest that anyone is threatening someone else.]

    Dave Wickware's other ginseng products

    Bing Han

  • Google groups post by Dave boosting Bing Han - GlowLife Seminar for Bing Han Ginseng This is an open invitation to attend a seminar about a most extraordinary Korean Panax Ginseng product that has had its unique medicinal properties preserved for our benefit. Bing Han Refined Ginseng Powder, a 100% pure Korean Panax Ginseng, is different from any other because it is created by a patent pending low temperature process that preserves all of the efficacies of this ginseng.

    Freda Chen and Frank Young will explain the history of the creation of this ginseng and its properties. Dave Wickware speaks about Dave's Story of overcoming severe asthma and emphysema with the aid of this ginseng.

    A Blood Microscopy technician will do a live blood demonstration using an electron microscope and camera, to show the effects of the ginseng on several volunteers from the audience.

    [Does it occur to anyone with half a brain that Dave and his psychic friend are now practicing medicine without a license? Live cell microscopy is a total scam. These idiots are not licensed laboratory technicians, they do not have an approved license to carry on their scams. So what do they do, they bring in a blood microscopy technician to do the work for them. Shame, shame, shame on all of them, and for the government of Ontario for allowing this to continue!]

  • Department of Health issues warnings about contamination of Bing Han "The Department of Health (DH) today (May 22) advised members of the public not to buy and use "Bing Han Refined Ginseng Powder" and "Matsuwura Ginseng Powder" which contain excessive amount of three kinds of pesticides, namely hexachlorobenzene, hexachlorocyclohexane and quintozene."

    "A spokesman for DH said, 'DH has instructed the importers of the two products to recall the products from the market and to surrender them to the department.'"

    "Members of the public who have purchased the products, are advised to immediately stop using it, dispose of it or surrender it to the Pharmaceutical Service of DH at 3/F, Public Health Laboratory Centre, 382 Nam Cheong Street, Kowloon during office hours. DH will issue them a receipt."

  • Company manufacturing poisonous ginseng "Health authorities in Taiwan have ordered an examination of locally made ginseng powder in the wake of reports that Hong Kong has recalled two such Taiwan-exported products allegedly containing banned chemicals." "Samples were obtained from Bing Han company, one of the two manufacturers accused of producing 'poisonous' ginseng powder, and the test results should come out in one or two days, said Chen Lu-hung, head of the Department of Health's Food Sanitation Bureau."

    Covering their tracks - Missing links and pictures

    The Canadian links from the Careseng Cancer Clinic in Richmond, B.C. were completely intact until about the last week in February, 2004. They mysteriously disappeared after we blew the whistle on them. The picture of the storefront marquee of the Careseng Cancer Institute operated by the company and their naturopathic doctor, Jim Chan, wasn't even available from But, we managed to save the rest of the site for investigators. On January 13, 2004 the U.S. FDA issued another order to block shipments of Careseng products to the U.S. They are "UNAPPROVED NEW DRUGS". It's not the first time ALERTS have been sent to inspectors.
    Careseng #1 Pegasus Pharmaceuticals Group Inc. Canada
    (Capsules & Liquids) 3331 No. 3 Road
    66V -- 99 Richmond, British Columbia
    1/13/04 Canada
    FEI #3004153848
    Pegasus Natural Supplements, Inc.
    Richmond, Canada
    FEI #3003817323
    Pegasus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    #156 11786 River Rd
    Richmond, Canada
    FEI #3003114241
    Pegasus Pharmaceut
    156 11786 River Road
    Richmond, Canada
    FEI #3003659429
    Pegasus Pharmaceut
    Richmond BRITISH COLUMBIA, CA V6X3Z3 SAN-DO 112-1675143-7/1/1
    18-FEB-2003 DANGEROUS
    Canada XXX-0057870-9 1 2
    Pegasus Natural Supplements Inc.
    Richmond British Columbia, CA V6X3Z3 NOL-DO
    66VAH99 Careseng #1
    22-APR-2003 UNAPPROVED

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