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Chiropractor sentenced for allergy ALCAT testing scam

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Posted 04 September 2019

In February 2019, the California Board of Medical Examiners accused Benjamin Darrow, D.C. of unprofessional conduct related to criminal charges that he had defrauded insurance companies. The charges centered around his billing for ALCAT tests for “intolerances” to foods and other environmental substances. ALCAT tests are not recognized as valid by the scientific community and are not covered by most insurance programs.

Reference: Barrett S. Chiropractor prosecuted for false billing for ALCAT testing. Chirobase, Aug 30, 2019

According to the accusation, Darrow managed to get paid by using false billing codes and pretending that the tests were done in his offices. In May 2019, Darrow pleaded “no contest” to the criminal charges and agreed to pay restitution plus investigative and court costs. In August 2019, he was sentenced to serve a year in jail, ordered to pay $877,000 in restitution, and serve six years Read the rest

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ALCAT – Dr John Pridgeon: An overview

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Posted 10 March 2014

Dr John Pridgeon is a general medical practitioner in Gaborone, Botswana.

If you have arrived at this page, it may be for you were searching for more information regarding him, the ALCAT, or for his allegations on his website. Here he makes the following claims:

“The best allergy test on the market, in my opinion, is the ALCAT Test for food and chemical intolerances.”

This is his opinion but consider this: the ALCAT has been around more than 2 decades the the number of research articles published on the benefits of this test are almost absent bar a few abstracts submitted to congresses. Contrast this with the IgE test, which has had over 20,000 articles published showing its benefits (or lack of). Simply: the consensus of allergy and intolerance health professionals is that the test just does not work.

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ALCAT – HPCSA complaint update

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Readers of my previous ALCAT posting, will know that I laid a complaint with the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa), the regulator of health professionals, against Dr John Pridgeon for his role in the ALCAT test – a test with little evidence to confirm its efficacy.

In a letter from the HPCSA dated 17 March 2010, I an notified that “the matter was considered by the First Preliminary Inquiry for Medical and Dental Professions Board at its recent meeting of 04 and 05 March 2010” and the “Committee resolved that the matter be referred to Undesirable Business Practices.” The letter continues that “[T]he accused will be advised accordingly.”

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ALCAT – Response to Dr Pridgeon’s letter

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A letter written by Dr John Pridgeon dated February 18th, 2010, was circulated to his email list of clients and placed on the ALCAT South Africa website (www.alcatsa.co.za [no longer active]), where a number of allegations were made regarding the circumstances surrounding the closure of ALCAT South Africa. It is reproduced here, in the event that it was removed.

Many of the claims are either misleading, distortions or simply untruthful. Is Dr Pridgeon guilty of libel and defamation? (libel: a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person) (defamation: To damage the reputation, character, or good name of by slander or libel.)

Here are the facts written in style where the reader can decide for themselves. 

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ALCAT: Dr Pridgeon writes

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Posted 6 March 2010

A letter written by Dr John Pridgeon, dated  February 18th, 2010, was circulated to his email list of clients and placed on the ALCAT South Africa website (www.alcatsa.co.za), where a number of allegations were made regarding the circumstances surrounding the closure of ALCAT South Africa. In the event that this letter was removed from the ALCAT SA website, it is reproduced exactly unedited here. My response can be viewed here.

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ASA Ruling: ALCAT

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The ALCAT has made a number of claims in adverts, including: “A tremendous number of health problems have been linked to food intolerances – these may be common everyday problems like: migraines and chronic headaches aching joints or frank arthritis gastrointestinal disorders (including IBS, Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis) chronic or unexplained fatigue eczema and chronic skin disorders hyperactivity or other varieties of ADD obesity and unexplained weight gain asthma”.

COMPLAINT The complainant submitted that the advertisements mislead consumers by making unsubstantiated claims with regard to product as there are no credible, scientific or peer-reviewed studies that support the respondent’s claims.

RULING: “Given the absence of any independent, credible verification, there is nothing before the Directorate to unequivocally verify that that product is capable of achieving the claimed results.”

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ALCAT – Complaint to Competition Commission

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Dr Pridgeon laid a complaint with the Competition Commission of South Africa against Dr Harris Steinman arguing that the latter was trying to prevent the ALCAT from getting market share of allergy testing in the South African market.

Dr Steinman argued that the test is not scientically validated for all the claims being made for the tests, and that in fact there is no evidence that the ALCAT can predict what foods are involved in the range of symptoms and diseases it claims to be.

Following an investigation by the Competition Commission, the following report, with devasting results for Dr Pridgeon and the ALCAT, was released.

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