Coast cancer faith 'healer' gagged
A SUNSHINE Coast man who claims his “diet, exercise and faith” based program defeats cancer has been ordered to stop promoting his service for which he charges thousands of dollars.
The Australian Competition Consumer Commission has obtained temporary injunctions against the principal of Darryl Jones Health Resolution Centre at Nambour over alleged misleading cancer treatment claims.
The ACCC alleges that Darryl Jones asserted on the centre’s website, www.darryljoneshealth.com.au, that the reduction or elimination of glucose in the diet and taking vitamin B17 together with a strict exercise regime defeated cancer.
The ACCC alleges Mr Jones represented these methods as preferable to conventional medical treatments such as surgery or chemotherapy without any formal qualifications.
In 2008, Mr Jones charged clients $2900 for three months of his “diet, exercise and faith” based program but this fee has been reportedly reduced since.
Two years ago, he was the founder and operator of Nambour-based CanHelp.
Mr Jones yesterday told the Daily that the ACCC were “out to draw blood”.
“I have thousands of clients who come from across Australia, New Zealand, Japan and England,” he said.
“It’s a big disappointment that the ACCC want to make an example of me and the alternative medicine industry.
“It’s a sad state of affairs that I might go to jail.”
When asked to explain his cancer centre Mr Jones said it was a faith-based organisation with ties to the Assembly of God, which he has been involved in for 20 years.
“I teach that health is a God-given right,” he said.
“I have a chapel on site and there are counsellors and support in addition to the diet and exercise advice.
“When you are created you are created perfectly, you just need to adjust ...”
Mr Jones said the costs for his program were miniscule compared to that of surgery or chemotherapy.
“Fighting the ACCC will cost $100,000... and I am seeking support from the community to help,” he said.
However, an Assembly of God spokesman said they would never condone charging people to pray.
“The church has no knowledge of this man on our database as a minister or a person with credentials,” he said.
A Cancer Council spokeswoman said it only supported the use of cancer treatments and symptom relief that have been scientifically tested and proven to be safe and effective.
The injunctions stop Mr Jones, until the court makes further orders, from making claims that his treatments can prevent or treat the growth of cancer, or any medical condition.
Mr Jones must first obtain written advice from an appropriately-qualified professional certifying that the proposed treatment is, in the opinion of that person, supported by reliable scientific or expert medical opinion and is believed to be effective and safe.
That advice must be disclosed to his clients, customers and the ACCC.
Yesterday his Facebook and MySpace sites promoting his program were still active. Several of Mr Jones’ clients, who support his cancer program, called the Daily to explain it.
“I pay $100 per consultation with Mr Jones,” Joanne Harcombe said. “He helped me overcome breast cancer.”
A directions hearing has been set down for April 16 in the Brisbane Federal Court.