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Caveat Emptor is your only hope
Disclaimer: If anyone does not know what the Latin term "caveat
emptor" means, they should go look it up. That's what people in Ontario
can expect from their own government.
The Government of Ontario has never in the past, is not now, and will
never regulate fringe alternative health care groups. The Government will
never approve training programs for iridology because it is quackery.
On the other hand, the College of Physicians
and Surgeons of Ontario is too busy looking after fake doctors to even
begin to look at fraudulent claims for unregulated schools in our Province.
The only way residents of Ontario can presently deal with this situation
is to challenge the newspapers, and radio stations who treat these people
as if they are health care professionals. Call your Better Business Bureau if someone tries to sell you a certificate course in iridology. Ask your MPP if complementary medicine should include iridology quackery in its courses.
Put a stop to the charade of self-regulation and fake regulatory bodies used by some holistic groups.
Sutton Institute no longer exists as such as far as we can tell. Their lease was up in a research park across the street from the University of Western Ontario, and the links that were claimed by the "institute" with that school can no longer be made. When they were in the "education" business, classes were held on weekends at the medical clinic of a prominent Waterloo alternative medical doctor. At that time they trained what they called Preventative Health Care Practitioners.
Part of their curriculum at the time had a heavy emphasis on unproved therapies and "non" diagnostic procedures such as iridology. They still, according to their web site, teach iridology to students who they hope to place in other doctors' offices across Canada.
Late in the year 2000, they surfaced again as the Institute of Integrated Medicine in London, Ontario. One of their clinics is the Patient Centred Clinic of Integrated Medicine.
Gabriele Sutton still claims to be a Registered Integrated Medical Clinician, and a registered nurse. A few years ago, she claimed to be something else, also not regulated by anyone. I think that if you look up that title in the RHPA list of regulated health professionals you won't find RIMC listed. And, if you called up the College of Nurses of Ontario and asked for her license number you might be surprised.
The Institute of Integrated Medicine is not recognized as a licensed school under the government of Ontario. They are not a member of the Ontario Association of Career Colleges.
Which brings me to this site that actually lists the institute as a "career college". Caveat emptor.
|Why did a prominent Royal Bank
web site choose Gabriele Sutton for a feature article entitled:
healthy dose of credibility?"
Who at the University of Western Ontario was behind the studies of complementary medicine with the Sutton Institute?
Who was the National Council of Preventative Health
What were the medical or scientific qualifications of Chris Atkinson, and what exactly had he accomplished in alternative medicine?
Sites for sore eyes:
Skeptics dictionary - Iridology was the invention of Ignatz Von Peczely,
a 19th-century Hungarian physician. The story is that he got the idea for
this novel diagnostic tool when he saw a similarity between the eyes of
a man he was treating for a broken leg and the eyes of an owl whose leg
Peczely had broken years earlier. The striking similarity consisted of
a dark streak. The hunt was on. Peczely then went on to document similarities
in eye markings and illnesses in his patients. Other wise men finished
off the map of the eye.
of holistic Quackery - What a University of Waterloo student thinks
about iridology and other quacks who set up at her university. On p. 280
of A Consumer's Guide to Alternative Medicine, Kurt Butler states, "It
is time for feminists to realize that quackery is a women's issue because
women are its main victims. The same is probably true of. . .all the New-Age
humbug so popular these days. . .Clearly, a major goal of both the feminist
and antiquackery movements should be to greatly increase the scientific
literacy of girls and women." This health fair was supposed to be
empowering to UW women and the cause at large; yet it actually may have
been victimizing women.
A Christian Perspective - By Janice Lyons, RN, MAEd - Iridologists
have failed to produce objective, verifiable evidence to support either
their theories or applications of iridology. Iridology has been examined
in studies using controls at UC-San Diego (1979), University of Melbourne
(1981), and University of Limburg-The Netherlands (1988). In not one of
these studies were the claims of iridology found to be valid. In a 1993
CNN interview Dr. Worrall, who has continued to evaluate iridology, equated
it with palm reading. According to Dr. Worrall, in a review of chiropractor
Dr. Bernard Jensen's newest text (1982) "contains countless misinterpretations
of established anatomical and physiological knowledge and includes references
to many pseudosciences, such as Kirlian photography and personology"
Blind Side - By George Nava True II - Looking for a non-invasive way
of examining your body? Tired of all those expensive medical tests? Afraid
of going under the knife or being exposed to x-rays? Practitioners of iridology
claim they can help you just by looking at the iris, the colored portion
of the eye. This system of iris analysis can supposedly detect subconscious
tensions, hereditary weaknesses, and states of health and disease. Although
they can't really say what's wrong with you, iridologists claim their unique
method can alert you to "imbalances" which can be treated with
vitamins, minerals or herbs.
Reality Check - Quackwatch - Dr. Stephen Barrett - Some multilevel
distributors are using iridology as a basis recommending dietary supplements
and/or herbs. Anyone who does this and is not a licensed health professional
would be guilty of practicing medicine without a license, which is a violation
of state law. If you encounter anyone practicing iridology, please report
this to your state attorney general. One of the leading proponents of iridology
have been chiropractors such as Bernard Jensen.
Committee Against Health Fraud (NCAHF) - guidelines for the practice
of chiropractic are accepted by the U.S. based National Association for
Chiropractic Medicine. A scientific chiropractor will not:
- Use their status as a health professional to
sell or profit from the sale of products to patients.
- Publish or publicly exhibit any circular extolling
non-scientific chiropractic treatment or preventive care.
- Present themselves as specialists in pediatrics
or claim the ability to treat childrens diseases.
- Utilize unproven, disproven, or questionable
methods, devices, and products such as adjusting machines, applied kinesiology,
chelation therapy, colonic irrigation, computerized nutrition deficiency
tests, cranial osteopathy, cytotoxic food allergy testing, DMSO, gerovital,
glandular therapy, hair analysis, herbal crystallization analyses, homeopathy,
internal managements, iridology, laser beam acupuncture, laetrile,
magnetic therapy, Moire contourographic analysis, Neurothermography, orthomolecular
therapy, pendulum divination, pyramid power, Reams test, reflexology, scleraglyphics,
Spinal column stressology, Thermography Thermoscribe, Toffness device,
and so forth.
it time to look for another Dentist? - by Drs. Marvin J. Schissel and
John E. Dodes - The main euphemism for dental quackery is "holistic
dentistry." So-called holistic dentists may: allegedly adjust jaw
joints, claiming that their misalignment causes numerous disorders; remove
sound silver fillings, purportedly to resolve medical problems; provide
dubious nutrition counseling and sell overpriced, unnecessary, and possibly
harmful dietary supplements; and use unscientific methods (see sidebar
on page XX) such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, auriculotherapy, CranioSacral
Therapy, homeopathy, iridology, "muscle testing," and
Iridology Quackery Sites
- Iridology and the other Eyology Sciences - Grand Medicine products
Come one -- come all - to the greatest side show of all. Now we not only have Iridology, but we get Eyology and Sclerology to boot. What next, will they be teaching tear ductology at the Canadian Naturopathic College?
- The Eye: more than the Window to Your Soul - by Peter Riddering - Great review of this quack pseudoscience with flowing words by a master of gibberish.
Preventorium Insitute - Montreal, Quebec - Dr.
Juergen Buche, is Canada's master iridologist and naturopathic doctor.
Follow his links
to Cancer treatment. If you're thirsty for knowledge on other metaphysical
quackery, then follow this webmaster to his site dedicated to Rene
Quinton, father of "marine plasma" therapy. If Buche is really
licensed to practice naturopathic medicine in Quebec, thank God he's not
here in Ontario. Plus, he's out of the country somewhere on his yacht.
Scott, RNC, Natural Health Counseling - Brantford, Ontario -
"Remember, doctors deal with pathology and disease, not nutrition
and vitality. By optimizing your health you may avoid disease and add many
healthy years to your life."
- It's those damn Babylonians, eh? No wonder Shadraky,
Meshaky, and Abednawhooy laughed in the fire. By the time you fill out
Randi's 600 question form, your car has been towed away and impounded by
his buddies and you have to pay him $125 to get it back, even if you don't
buy that suitcase full of pills and potions that will set you back on the
road to recovery.
Blind Side - By George Nava True
II -Although they canít really say whatís wrong with you, iridologists
claim their unique method can alert you to "imbalances" which
can be treated with vitamins, minerals or herbs. Strangely, the "science"
of iris analysis is not taught in medical schools nor is it practiced by
- "It is in the eye that the nervous system
comes to the surface. And the iris reflects all parts of the body, and
even the mind and the spirit. The lines, flecks, and pigments guide the
iridologist not only to what is wrong at the moment of examination but
also to what may have been wrong in the past or may go wrong in the future.
It should be said, however, that it does not show up specific illnesses;
rather it indicates the things a patient may be prone to: congestion of
the digestive system, circulation problems, stomach acidity, tendency to
a weak heart, these are the kind of things that show up, and they may develop
into problems or they may not. At least the pin-pointing of the danger
spots and signals can alert the patient so that he can take preventive
- Canadian Neuro-Optic Research Institute - Frequently asked
questions - Who are these guys anyway? They say that there have been only
2 studies that have debunked their work. (Where
did Bryan K. Marcia, Ph.D. get his doctorate? Did he go to Hungary to study
with the great masters, or did he delve into the work of the early Chaldeans
and obtain his PhD from a mailbox in California?)
- International Yoga School - The history of iridology: The
beginnings of Iridology have been cited from many areas of the world dating
back to the time of the early Chaldeans. The first documented reference
to iris analysis can be credited to the physician Philippus Meyens, who
wrote a book called Chiromatica Medica, published in 1670, described the
reflexive features of the iris.
Ozarko's Wonderful Wierd World of irises - Iridology shows every
part of the body that has nerve sensitivity. So it will not give an indication
of the contents of a hollow organ (viz.: stones in gall bladder, kidney,
or urinary bladder), unless the contents of a hollow organ are irritating
or affecting the walls/membranes of the organ. Thus, if a patient has gall
stones the iridologist would have an indication if the gall bladder was
in an irritated/inflammed state, but the iridologist would not be certain
from iridology alone if the problem was from stones. Hence the need to
combine other diagnostic methods with iridology for certain conditions.
(Yeah right, Gary, what next are you going
to do sexual counseling? Is a uterus or testes hollow or solid? Like how
much misinformation can you put on a web site?)
web links - no comments on accuracy of this information is implied
Home of Iris Studies - www.iris-ward.com - Dan Waniek says "The beauty is in the whole, and our theory proves it."
This man says he is a French medical doctor who supports iridology. He uses what he calls CAIN and ABEL to do his work. I guess he doesn't read much. Anyone out there who has a homeopathic cure, or who can bend spoons with their minds, please contact him, and send him a message: "Dan, it doesn't work".
and Alternative Medicine links to iridology - some of these
are dead, as is their science
Society of Iridologists
- remember these people are not health professionals and don't
have a license to practice any form of healing arts. The same goes for
chiropractors in the U.K. or France. The Russian links are here, if you
dig far enough.
is what these idiots say about us: We are boringly self
opinionated, intellectually sterile and locked into a medical model, as
practised by Western physicians. (I'm
story, but intellectually sterile I'm not, perhaps they need Viagra for
the mind to help them get the point that palm reading, Hale Bop watching,
and iridology are all related to the rise and fall of the Canadian dollar,
and the Chaldean revolution in Hungary.)
If you suspect a Quack in your area who uses iridology