Prof. Wango

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Wandapec (February 14, 2009, 09:09:27 AM):
This is going to blow your mind! My wife picked up this brochure somewhere near Cresta this week. This person is making unbelievable claims! At first I had a good laugh at the list of the conditions "treated". All of them are of course ridiculous and there are some fun ones - "To be liked at work", "Lack of strength in the body", "One with bad luck", "Madness" and "Insanity"! He apparently can also make the law work in your favour - "Court Cases". Not sure why you would want this but first on this list is that he can give you a case of priapism. ;)

Besides the fact that his claims are all ludicrous and some are even laughable, what really gets to me is that he charges for his time. I know that in the area where his office is located it is relatively densely populated with low income households who can't afford to be throwing away that kind of money.

The frightening thing is that there are more serious conditions he claims to treat, which could potentially be life-threatening, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, diahrroea, gonorrhea, vomiting all the time, and tuberculosis! I wonder if a complaint to the Department of Health or the Health Professions Council would help. In the process of doing this post I found that there is a AHPCSA (I guess someone needs to control the nonsense, but to set up a specific statutory body to do that?!)
Tweefo (February 14, 2009, 13:46:35 PM):
Here in Middelburg are some of these as well. The one call himself "Dr" something and another is "Professor" something. Is it not illegal to put "Dr" in front of your name if you are not one? If not, it should be because if somebody needs a doctor in a hurry there is no time to look at his graduation certificate.

A few in the list are funny though.
scienceteacheragain (February 15, 2009, 14:30:32 PM):
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The frightening thing is that there are more serious conditions he claims to treat, which could potentially be life-threatening, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, diahrroea, gonorrhea, vomiting all the time, and tuberculosis!

Yeah, and this is KEY, or keys: First, you are selling woo woo to those with serious conditions, and second, you are flogging it to the very people who can't afford it.

Disgusting.

I have thought many times about how I could write a book/program (because I do have some letters behind my name, which means I know all, and all should believe me, right?) and flog them to that demographic, but I don't think I could look at myself in the mirror knowing that I have basically scammed the food out of a poor child's mouth.
Rigil Kent (February 16, 2009, 09:06:46 AM):
Well, if the good Professor can deliver the goods on promise number 1, you may find that 3,8 and 11 could follow.

Mintaka
Mandarb (February 16, 2009, 21:28:28 PM):
I also got a similar brochure a while back. All I could do was shake my head and laugh.

Presumably these people are selling muti, I just wonder sometimes how this kind of suspicion can be unlearnt. Only way I know of is science education, which is always a problem. Hell, first world countries struggle to get into their kid's heads.

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