A while back I came across Mary Staggs Detox (http://www.marystaggsdetox.com.au/). The website is a repository of “alternative” treatments for sale, and even offers a business opportunity! Wow-wee!
The page lists, for example, a “Professional” Foot Spa for sale at more than AUD$3,000. A bit steep, considering. But, lucky for those looking to invest, you can make that money back by simply buying Mary Staggs’ Detox Flyers (Box of 100). It’s always convenient to have propaganda available to buy at the same place you buy your “crock-of-shit” equipment.
Mary Staggs Detox Flyer
Wow. Really? You should use this even if you’re healthy? Apparently so.
Complies with the definition of Medical Device? I think so!
(1) A medical device is:
(a) any instrument, apparatus, appliance, material or other article (whether used alone or in combination, and including the software necessary for its proper application) intended, by the person under whose name it is or is to be supplied, to be used for human beings for the purpose of one or more of the following:
- (i) diagnosis, prevention, monitoring, treatment or alleviation of disease;
- (ii) diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, alleviation of or compensation for an injury or handicap;
(iii) investigation, replacement or modification of the anatomy or of a physiological process;
Breaches 4(1)(b) of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code? Check!
contain correct and balanced statements only and claims which the sponsor has already verified.
Breaches 4(2)(a) of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code? Check!
must not arouse unrealistic or unwarranted expectations of product effectiveness.
Breaches 4(2)(c) of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code? Check!
mislead, or be likely to mislead, directly or by implication or through emphasis, comparisons, contrasts or omissions;
Breaches 4(2)(d) of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code? Check!
abuse the trust or exploit the lack of knowledge of consumers or contain language which could bring about fear or distress;
Breaches 42DL(1)(g) of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989? Check!
(1) A person must not publish or broadcast an advertisement about therapeutic goods:
(g) that are not entered in the Register; or
And, last but not least —
Beaches 4(1)(a) of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code? Check!
must comply with Australian law.
An obviously Australian Website, I thought I’d find out who’s running the show over there:
And a ABN look-up states the owner operates from NSW:
Mary Stagg Detox ABN Look Up
Lucky for us, she has a LinkedIn Profile here, but no connections. Boo. I was hoping to see who else she was connected to.
Mary Staggs - Jacqueline Lenko LinkedIn Profile
I was actually quite surprised as to just how many websites her name came up with in connection with the selling of these Detox Spas, “Hopi” ear candles, and other such paraphernalia.
Subsequently, it seems that http://www.alternetdetox.com.au/ is Jacqueline’s “main” website from which she sells her products.
Alternet Detox has their own ARTG Listed Ear-Candles, “Alternet Health & Detox – 270960 – Applicator, ear, single use”. A bit silly, considering other places – Like Canada – have effectively made Ear Candles ILLEGAL, and for good reason. See: http://www.earcandlesareillegal.net/
Alternet Health & Detox - 270960 - Applicator, ear, single use
AlternetDetox writes about the History of Ear Candles, where it specifically states that Antibiotics and Syringing of the ears were a replacement for Ear Candling after it was “forgotten for many years”; the implication being that ear candles are the equivalent of conventional medicine by ancient “tribes”:
Alternet Detox's History of Ear Candling
As per Section 28 of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989:
LISTED THERAPEUTIC GOODS
In relation to listed goods, the sponsor must have and shall retain, while the goods remain listed, evidence necessary to substantiate and support the accuracy of the indications in relation to the listed goods and, upon the request of the Director, Chemicals & Non Prescription Drug Branch, or Director, Conformity Assessment Branch, Therapeutic Goods Administration, shall produce such evidence to the Director.
I wouldn’t mind seeing what evidence they have to substantiate the use of Ear Candles, but it’s interesting that AlternetDetox leaves all the indications up the practitioners themselves; they include a disclaimer that makes is clear they are “not intended” for anything – To diagnose, cure, treat, prevent, mitigate ANY health condition. .. But, of course, they’re all too happy to sell them on a “Detox” and Health website.
I’ll be following up on their Foot Spa, amongst other things through http://reportarort.wordpress.com at a later time.