Holistic World Expo TorontoWhen the Total Health Expo at the CNE in Toronto failed to draw significant crowds, I wondered why. Well, it must be that the right-wing politicos in charge of the T.H.E. must eight have outstayed their welcome a the Toronto Convention Centre, or people didn't want to shell-out their hard earned money for their second-rate show.
So, here comes the next best thing for the CAM community in Toronto. Some of the same faces are there, and I just can't resist the challenge of casting a worried glance at some of their presenters, and exhibitors. So here are a few links for your edification:
It's billed as the:
"Largest Holistic Health Spring Show In Downtown Toronto & Canada!"
One of the speakers is Dr. Alvin Pettle who will be speaking about natural hormone therapy. Dr. Pettle has recently been involved in a class action lawsuit because of contaminated acupuncture needles. Has Dr. Pettle ever been disciplined by the CPSO?
Cassim Igram (also known as Cass Ingram or Dr. Oregano) is also scheduled to talk about the healing power of spice extracts. As you may recall we covered Dr. Oregano during his visit to Walkerton, Ontario after he came to town hawking his oil of oregano to fight the E. coli outbreak that killed many Canadians, including a local doctor's child. I can't understand how this formerly licensed D.O. from Illinois can just waltz across the border to spread his gospel of good health nearly every month.
Eric Pearl, the former chiropractic turned self-proclaimed healing guru from California will talk on The basic truths of healing. Pearl's reputation is the subject of this lively BLOG. If you don't believe that he is not exactly believable, just click here to read an interview where he says things like:
NCAHF comments about Pearl
Dr. Zoltan Rona - Toronto CAM medical doctor who uses livecell microscopy, and has served as an advisor to the Kulhay Wellness Centre, will talk on natural alternatives to chelation therapy. He doesn't like quackbusters at all. Dr. Rona sometimes expresses his opinions to people who send him $20 to answer questions. Here's one that he often uses about MS (multiple sclerosis).
Dr. Jozef Krop - although disciplined by the CPSO, he was allowed to use electrodermal testing in his office with special provisions. The new book about his battles with the CPSO will be published by Helke Ferrie's publishing house very soon.
Helke Ferrie will be there to talk at several sessions. She always adds a lot to the festivities wherever she goes. Plus she can then pump up sales of books written about Dr. Krop and by Dr. Ravicovich.
Robert Ferrie, MD who used to be a urologist will talk about his practice of EMDR. He says on this web site that he actually bills OHIP for his treatments. What codes does he use when he submits his billings? Why does Aetna not pay for this questionable treatment in the U.S.? Community Links web site describes his medical practice:
I don't know about you, but if this is the same Dr. Ferrie who is registered with the CPSO as a urologist, how did he make the leap as a sultan of cystocopy to a prince of psychotherapy? And, is he related to Helke? They seem to share the same address.
Dr. Felix Ravikovich will be there to talk about the plot against him because of the way in which he treats of allergy and asthma patients. He recently had a book published by Helke Ferrie's company, too. He was disciplined by the CPSO: http://www.cpso.on.ca/Publications/Discsum/1996/disc96.01.htm#Dr.%20Felix%20Ravikovich
The Holistic World Expo show is the brainchild of a Toronto and Ottawa based organization called the Provision Centre that promotes all sorts of bogus therapies. They provide would-be holistic health practitioners, no matter what their legitimacy, with a complete copy of the City of Toronto's By-law - Schedule 42. They also include the application form, too.
Just take a look at some of the dangerous and bogus therapies that this group backs: