On June 23, 2016 “The Age Green Guide” contained a full page advertisement titled, “Medical Team Discovers How To Reset Hormones For Weight Loss“.
The advertisement featured Dr Thomas Clement Goyer, Geoff Jowett and the Medical Weightloss Institute. Claims included:
“Thanks to the team at GTC Medical and the Medical Weightloss Institute (MWI) Australians can now lose weight without strenuous exercise and counting calories – thanks to a treatment that resets the hormones to burn fat for fuel”.
“I had been overweight my entire life and tried everything. Nothing worked. Then I had a consult with Dr Tom and it changed everything. I’ve lost 42kg now and I honestly feel amazing. I had more energy from day 1 on the program. I tell everyone who will listen; they have to try the Medical Weightloss Institute” says Nazih Hamze from Sydney (32 years old)”.
I have submitted a complaint to both AHPRA and the ACCC alleging that this promotion, involving both Dr Goyer and the Medical Weightloss Institute, is misleading, deceptive and exploitative, lacks an evidence base and preys on a vulnerable population, the overweight and obese.
I believe that AHPRA / Medical Council of NSW should prosecute Dr Goyer in the Magistrates Court (Part 7 of National Law) and/or discipline him by referral to a tribunal (Part 8 of National Law). I also suggest that ACCC should obtain an immediate Court injunction against Medical Weightloss Institute to remove the web site content and (by use of an enforceable undertaking) replace it with a large, suitably worded retraction. A similar full page retraction should also be published in the next edition of “The Age Green Guide” and any other placement of this advertisement. The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission should take action against Geoff Jowett as it appears he is in breach of the NSW Code of conduct for unregistered health practitioners.
Meanwhile, I note the following report about Dr Thomas Goyer.
“Among the AMI doctors who gave evidence was Dr Thomas Goyer. He told the court that the AMI job was not particularly demanding for a doctor “because no one dies of erectile dysfunction” and it was not as “terrible” as it would be to practise as a GP. Although he said the work was repetitious, Dr Goyer was paid $1000 a day. “Dr Goyer did not present as a doctor who was committed to patient care,” the judge wrote, describing the manner in which Dr Goyer presented his evidence as “arrogant, obstructive and unco-operative”.
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