Woodford Green Harley Street practitioner handed £17,250 court bill after claiming he could cure cancer
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A Woodford Green man who claimed he could cure cancer with blood tests and food has been handed a £17,250 court bill.
Errol Denton, 52, was also handed a criminal behaviour order (CBO) at Blackfriars Crown Court today (April 20) after being convicted by National Trading Standards of breaching consumer laws and food laws last month.
Denton, trading as a business called Live Blood Test, claimed on his website that he could cure illnesses such as cancer, arthritis, diabetes, eczema, gout and hypertension using just blood tests and changes to diet.
He purported to have helped two thousand people discard traditional medication and described cancer patients opting for chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery as a “dumb move”.
After he failed to comply with previous adjudications by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), trading standards officers launched an investigation into his business which included a sting operation into his business.
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A trading standards officer attended a test purchase appointment with Denton, during which Denton claimed he could solve all of the officer’s blood issues.
Denton then gave the officer bottle of colloidal silver to drink – consisting of silver particles suspended in water - which is illegal to sell for consumption purposes.
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He claimed the bottle contained 400 parts per million, but an analysis showed it contained just 4 parts per million.
The Judge convicted Denton of two breaches of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and one breach of the Food Safety Act 1990.
Denton was ordered to pay a £2,250 fine, an additional £15,000 in costs and handed a CBO, banning him indefinitely from making any further false health claims.
If he breaches this order then he will face charges for contempt of court.
Lord Toby Harris, Chair of National Trading Standards, said: “Some of the claims made by Mr Denton are frankly dangerous and despite being told by the ASA to stop he continued to make these untrue claims.
“He was also found by our investigators to be illegally advising people to consume products that were both incorrectly labelled and not authorised for human consumption.”