Monash SPHPM Summer School Scholarship Student Research 2019

The Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Summer Vacation Scholarship Program supports the education of promising tertiary students by providing a means to engage and gain experience in research during the University summer vacation period. In 2019, three students worked with me.

From left to right: Chiara Piazzese (BMS 2), (me), Chelsea Landwehr (Med 2) and Zoe Nikakis (BMS 2)

Respectively, they worked up complaints (which I supervised checked and submitted) about:

  • Fresh Start Everyday Detox (Sync Corporation): a product that claims to prevent hangovers by removing alcohol from the body. It also purports to remove parasites, bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts and radiation (AC-VY4MQ62F/2019).
  • MasterCell Clinic (Dr Soraya Felix): who claims to use stem cells to treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis osteoarthritis and dementia (AC-1A5AMYFK/2019).
  • Mundicare® Cold Defence Nasal Spray which contains a seaweed extract, “clinically proven” to shorten the duration of a cold by up to 2 days (AC-3JAMPO3O/2019).

Together, they also worked up a complaint (that I supervised, checked and submitted) about breastexcellence.com.au (Dr George Mayson) who was promoting POLYTECH breast implants suspended by the TGA (AC-AVQKCMG9/2019).

For more information, or any concerns about this work, contact me.

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About Dr Ken Harvey

Public Health Physician, Medical activitist
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