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« on: January 27, 2010, 12:31:44 PM »

A "Dr." Rudi Boshoff, along with his miracle QMCI machine, has been exposed as a fake.

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Cape Town – More information has come to light about people whose dreams of healing were shattered by "Dr" Rudi Boshoff  and some of the strange diagnoses made by him.

After Die Burger revealed on Tuesday that Boshoff was not registered as a physician anywhere, some of his former "patients" told shocking tales of their experience with Boshoff and his "miracle machine" which could allegedly diagnose thousands of conditions and treat them.

In one case, a young man's dream of walking again was shattered. Bennie Erasmus, 19, was paralysed in a car accident. Boshoff had initially told him that with the help of the miracle machine, he'd be able to walk again within a year.

His mother, Felicity Erasmus from Hekpoort, told how Bennie was treated in sessions of 30 minutes each with Boshoff's QMCI machine. Each session cost R800 and they could not continue because it was too expensive.

In response to the question whether the "treatment" had helped, she said: "I don't know. He (Boshoff) prattled on so much." Although Bennie had broken his neck, Boshoff told her that her son had "seven points on his spine that were blocked" and which he could treat.

According to Boshoff, his machine (which was apparently similar to others in the country), worked with electromagnetism and the "inspiration for it comes from outer space".

Erasmus and her husband, Ben, were shocked to hear that Boshoff was not registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa or the Alllied Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Boshoff on Monday told the newspaper that "all my patients sign a form in which they take note that I am not registered".

But Erasmus said she had never signed any form.

Neither had Ernst Britz from Clanwilliam. He and his wife Francis saw Boshoff at the end of last year in the Ceres private hospital where he had consulting rooms for two weeks.

Britz said Boshoff had told him he had a "free pass" in his car, which allowed him to drive as fast as he wanted if he was needed to perform surgery. He told Britz, as he had earlier told Die Burger, that he "performed operations in hospitals in the Western Cape".

"He had my wife and I on the machine and gave us a lot of herbal capsules. Nothing happened. It cost us R2 400. He also didn't give me a receipt."

Boshoff told Britz he would never lose weight as his "hard fat" had blocked his pores and now his body couldn't eliminate it. "Afterwards he told me that there were crystals in my body and he then destroyed them by shooting at them with the machine."

Boshoff told his wife her brain's "two lobes didn't not contain the same amount of water" and that was why she forgot so much. This he apparently also healed with the machine, but neither felt any change. Boshoff told Britz and his wife that he was a brain specialist. "I would like to warn other people because I wasted my money."

The Western Cape minister of health, Theuns Botha, said upon enquiry about Boshoff's allegation that he had done operations in Western Cape hospitals: "We have initiated a detailed investigation into the allegations and will make public all information…about illegal activities in our hospitals. If (we find) our own employees were aware of illegal practices and had not reported them, they will be charged and given disciplinary hearings. I regard the allegations as very serious."
     

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 13:22:40 PM »

Inspiration comes from outer space?Huh? WTF???

Truly, why does some people become so dumb in their desperation?
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2010, 13:31:46 PM »

Mmmm a machine from space. Can't be the same as Danie Krugel's then. He built his himself...
I suppose that QMCI machine is on mail order somewhere?
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2010, 13:39:20 PM »

I wonder what QMCI stands for - the first two letters must be Quantum Mechanics, woo woo nuts just LOVE using the words quantum mechanics to explain everything.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2010, 14:01:31 PM »

Or quantum modulator. And I bet the C is for crystal Wink
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2010, 14:04:58 PM »

Definitely crystal - it shoots at crystals with electromagnetism.   Maybe Spock could find a QMCI machine useful.
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« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2010, 15:00:14 PM »

Well, if “QXCI” is the acronym for “Quantum Xrroid Consciousness Interface” (a magic box machine much like Boshoff’s), and given Boshoff’s R800.00 consultation fee, it’s a safe bet that “QMCI” stands for “Quantum Money Consciousness Interface”…

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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2010, 06:48:36 AM »

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QMCI
 
Quantitative Magnetic Color Imaging technique is a novel method to codify and display magnetic resonance images.
The technique was patented by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche:
U.S.A - Patent Number: 5 486 763 January 23, 1996.
EUROPE - Patent number: 06033023.
Patent priority date: 09/09/1992.
Use of QMCI multifeature display in brain tumors.
A. Large left frontal metastatic melanoma with wide yellow area from recent haemorrhage. The mass compresses the right lateral ventricle.
B. Right fronto-parietal primary tumour with a wide cystic (blue-purple) component and a lateral solid part.
C. MRI of post-operative metastatic breast cancer, after contrast medium injection. Due to intense contrast medium accumulation, in the surgical region an area of red color is observed. It spreads also to the periencefalic meningeal plans.

Advantages of QMCI display compared to conventional MR images in the detection of Multiple Sclerosis lesions.


Boshoff definitely didn’t read the instruction manual of HIS QMCI machine Grin
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2010, 16:25:52 PM »

a safe bet that “QMCI” stands for “Quantum Money Consciousness Interface”…

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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2010, 19:41:11 PM »

Quote from: The Citizen 28 Jan


MCC must stop bogus doctors: DA


CAPE TOWN - The Medicines Control Council (MCC) must “do its job and stop fake doctors”, the Democratic Alliance said on Wednesday.

The MCC was mandated by law to protect South Africans from fake doctors who claimed they could cure Aids, cancer and other conditions with medicines that had not been proven in any way to work, DA spokesman Mike Waters said in a statement.

“It has a directorate of law enforcement specifically so that it can carry out this mandate. Yet it is completely failing to do its job.”

The DA intended to ask detailed parliamentary questions about what the MCC’s law enforcement division had actually done to put a stop to the flood of fraudsters dispensing medicine and trying to trick South Africans out of their money.

One Rudi Boshoff had attracted media attention recently for adverts he placed in Die Burger newspaper referring to himself as “Dr” and claiming to be able to cure thousands of diseases by using a “miracle machine” and various medicines.

The newspaper had since revealed that Boshoff was not registered with the Health Professions Council of SA or the Allied Health Professions Council of SA.

“But Boshoff is only one of countless numbers of people who make these claims on street corners and in newspapers across the country every day.

“These bogus doctors can freely act in direct contravention of the law, even advertising their products in national newspapers,” Waters said.

HIV/Aids was a specific focus of these fraudsters, because of the atmosphere of suspicion of conventional therapies created by former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, and because there were hundreds of thousands of people infected with HIV and desperate for answers.

The Medicines and Related Substances Control Act was absolutely clear that the MCC was responsible for ensuring that “no person shall compound or dispense a medicine unless he or she is authorised thereto in terms of the Pharmacy Act, 1974, or is the holder of a licence as contemplated in subsection (1)(a)”.

“While any act of fraud is despicable, it is particularly repulsive when it involves taking advantage of people who are ill, and potentially discouraging them from taking treatments that would actually help them,” he said.

The MCC came under enormous pressure from Tshabalala-Msimang to not act against people claiming to be able to cure Aids with alternative remedies.

The days of Aids dissidence were now gone, but it seemed that the MCC had not caught up with the change in the political environment.

The DA would therefore take this matter further to ensure that the MCC protected the public from bogus doctors, Waters said.

- Sapa


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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2010, 20:38:16 PM »

Yes please! Wow, politicians doing something I like for a change.
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2010, 21:10:26 PM »

Maybe there's an opportunity to ride the wave of negative press Alt-Med is receiving at the moment and get a few of the more dangerous medical quackeries exposed?

I suppose "dangerous" is a relative term because any inneffective alternative taken instead of evidence-based medicine can be dangerous, even if it's just a sugar pill.

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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2010, 21:23:46 PM »

Based on several prior interactions, the MCC is an ineffective joke.  Requests for information or action that is entirely within the MCC’s ambit remain unaddressed.  In one case, almost 40 faxes were necessary before a reply was had.  The reply did not meet what was requested.

The real question is, where can one take such issues and get a meaningful response.  If there actually was such an entity… Roll Eyes

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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2010, 16:51:57 PM »

I've just received this comment on my blog......

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I happened to be looking for “Dr” Rudi Boshoff’s contact details yesturday morning, as my son has an appointment there over the weekend. I wanted to confirm. The only nformation i have come across are news paper articles and this blog.
I am highly concerned for my sons sake. He has been going to Rudi for about a year and a half now, so the “Machine” can normalise his brain waves…. My son is calmer during the session and for an hour or so after it. By the next day, he is back to himself again. My son is on four different medications that he has prescribed at R1000 a month.
At my son’s last appointment, Rudi’s daughter (who treasts my son) asked me if there has been any improvement. I said a slight improvement is noted after his sessions, by the next day he is the same as usual.

“Dr” has also claimed that he used to work for NASA….Hhuummm

I would like to hear from others who are being treated by this man, and know if they have any improvement on their “problems” that “Dr” is treating? Or if there are others out there who are not seeing any results and just waisting their money?

We need to speak out!!!!

Can anyone give me advice on who this mom can contact with regard to making a complaint?

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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2010, 17:55:29 PM »

As a first step, she should lodge a complaint with the Medicines Control Council of South Africa, despite the strong reservations expressed earlier about the probable futility of doing so.  The correct procedure for doing this is to be found here.  She should either fax her complaint or send it by registered mail at least three times or until she receives a reply.  In each case, she should retain the proof-of-service.  The reason for doing this is just in case she later has to show that she exhausted all reasonable avenues.

She should also send a complaint to the Registrar of the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa because they handle complaints against alternative practitioners (even if they are actually woo-woos themselves).  Again, she should retain proof of having done so.

She could also approach a dedicated legal professional in the area of health care for further advice, an official legal opinion and/or to draft a legal notice asking “Dr” Boshoff for a refund, assuming that the attorney agrees that her case has legal merit.  This option would cost her some fees so she would need to check whether it’s worth the trouble, depending on what she’s already paid Boshoff.

Other options for later on – and I’m assuming here that her son is a minor for whom she foots the medical bills – include lodging a fraud complaint against “Dr” Boshoff with the police and/or instituting a Small Claims Court (SCC) case against him for misrepresentation (i.e. claiming success without proof) and excessive charges on ineffective treatment.  The SCC does not award punitive damages, only that which was provably lost so she will need payment proof if she decides to go that route.  She should also be aware that the SCC limits the size of a claim (R7,500.00 IIRC).  If her son is not a minor (or she’s not his legal guardian), she in any case has no legal standing upon which to make an official complaint.

Unfortunately in all of the above cases, seeing her complaint(s) through is going to take determination and a considerable amount of time and effort.  If she doesn’t have the stomach for that, she should simply remove her son from “Dr” Boshoff’s “care” and spread the word that he’s a charlatan.

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