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    Fake medicine

    Phony dried citrus peel? srsly? How hard is it to get genuine citrus peel?


    A doctor prepares therapeutic bandages filled with herbal medicine at a traditional Chinese medicine hospital in Zaozhuang City, Shandong Province, China, on July 17, 2018. (VCG)

    Chinese Hospital Gets Slap on Wrist for Selling Fake Traditional Chinese Medicine
    BY SUNNY CHAO, EPOCH TIMES
    August 13, 2018 Updated: August 14, 2018

    A public hospital in Shandong Province, China, recently drew a small fine from local food and drug officials for selling fake medicine, with the punishment sparking criticism from the public as being insufficient.

    Dazhong Net, a state-run news site, reported on Aug. 11 that the Qingdao City Chengyang District People’s Hospital was fined 692.5 yuan (about $100) for selling phony dried citrus peel, a type of traditional Chinese medicine commonly used to alleviate coughing and phlegm.

    Because the product was sold out, authorities confiscated the 167.50 yuan ($24.36) that the hospital received from selling the item. Then, authorities fined the facility 525 yuan ($76.34), according to a notice released June 20 by the Qingdao City Food and Drug Administration.

    The lax punishment drew attention from media and netizens.

    “Why is there only a fine? Why are there no penalties for people who were involved [in the scheme], and further investigation of the channels through which the hospital acquired [fake medicine]? Why is it only being fined 600 yuan?” Another said, “The fake medicine was sold out. So the distributors and manufacturers will not be punished?”

    “It seems to tell hospitals: You can keep doing it. It’s alright,” another commented.

    Other medical-safety problems in China have recently come to light.

    Last month, expired and faulty vaccines manufactured by several Chinese pharmaceutical companies were revealed to have been distributed and used to inoculate children, despite government knowledge. As a result of strong public pressure, Chinese authorities have arrested executives at one of the affected major vaccine manufacturers, Changchun Changsheng Bio-technology; other companies linked to the vaccine troubles haven’t been penalized. Meanwhile, child victims and their parents are being harassed or silenced by the Chinese authorities for petitioning their cases.

    Luo Tingting of NTD Television contributed to this report.
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    Chua Beng Chye

    TCM physician suspended for 3 years, fined $10,000 after asking cancer patient to delay surgery


    Traditional Chinese medicine physician Chua Beng Chye had asked a patient diagnosed with early-stage breast and lung cancer to delay surgery by three months to undergo TCM treatment.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

    PUBLISHED SEP 24, 2018, 11:07 PM SGT
    Toh Ting Wei

    SINGAPORE - A traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner was suspended for three years and fined $10,000 for serious professional misconduct, more than a year after an identical sentence was quashed in the High Court.

    In 2014, the physician, Mr Chua Beng Chye, recommended a patient diagnosed with early-stage breast and lung cancer to delay surgery by three months to undergo TCM treatment.

    He was initially dealt a three-year suspension and a $10,000 fine by the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board, but the penalty was quashed in April last year after the High Court accepted his argument that he was not given a fair disciplinary hearing.

    In a statement on Monday (Sept 24), the TCM Practitioners Board said that a fresh inquiry before a newly constituted investigation committee, as ordered by the High Court, found that Mr Chua's recommendation to the patient compromised her prospects of successfully recovering from her breast and lung cancer.

    The board said: "Mr Chua had breached the duty of care that he owed to her, as a TCM physician, and had exceeded the limits of his own competence."

    Mr Chua suggested the patient undergo a treatment of 50 capsules containing powdered 15-year-old ginseng as well as medicinal powder consisting of 24 different herbs.

    The investigation committee found that this was not an appropriate and generally accepted method of TCM treatment.

    The investigation committee added in its findings that Mr Chua had failed to carry out an adequate assessment of the patient's condition, wrongly informed the patient that it was inconclusive as to whether her lung tumour was cancerous and wrongly interpreted that her breast tumour growth would be slow.

    In addition, he wrongly told the patient that undergoing surgery might cause the patient's cancer cells to spread even faster and that her lung tumour was not life-threatening.

    Mr Chua was also found to be neither remorseful for his conduct nor fully aware of the danger that he posed to the patient.

    The case arose after the son of the patient, a 66-year-old woman, complained that Mr Chua misled her into believing TCM alone could cure her cancer.

    On Nov 3, 2014, a day before her scheduled operation, the woman, who had breast and lung cancer, went to see Mr Chua. He told her she could go for surgery and rely on Western medicine for recovery; go for surgery and rely on TCM; or postpone surgery for three months and undergo TCM treatment.

    The patient paid more than $6,000 for Mr Chua's treatment programme and did not go for the scheduled operation.

    But the patient's son confronted Mr Chua the next day, and the woman's operation was eventually carried out on Nov 8, 2014.
    Dumb advice. Obviously if TCM could cure cancer, it would eclipse conventional medicine.
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    Sein Mok Sin

    Traditional Chinese medicine doctor struck off practice for abetting illegal massage joint



    PUBLISHED JAN 15, 2019, 5:44 PM SGT
    Theresa Tan Senior Social Affairs Correspondent

    SINGAPORE - A traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) physician has been suspended from practice for three years for abetting the operation of an illegal massage parlour in MacPherson called Gold Finger Wellness & Health Centre.

    Sein Mok Sin, 68, was suspended by the TCM Practitioners Board in December last year, it said in a statement on Monday (Jan 14).

    In 2017, the Police lodged a complaint with the board that Sein had been convicted of two counts of offences for abetting the operation of an illegal massage joint. He was fined $1,000 by the State Courts.

    The board, a statutory board under the Health Ministry, set up an Investigation Committee to probe the complaint. Sein had admitted that he allowed his TCM registration certificate to be displayed at Gold Finger's premises - to pass it off as a TCM clinic.

    The board found that Sein's offences involved dishonesty and implied a defect in character. His actions also breached the Ethical Code for TCM physicians and the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Act.

    While Sein was a first-time offender, he was unremorseful during the investigation, the board said. They decided to suspend his registration as a TCM practitioner for three years and issue him with a censure.

    Sein is not the first TCM physician found guilty of working in cahoots with massage joint operators.

    Acupuncturist Goh Seng Ngei, who used to practise at The World Medical Hall in Selegie Road, was convicted of running an unlicensed massage joint. He had also made false declarations that he was not convicted of any offences. The board cancelled his registration as an acupuncturist with effect from August last year.

    The Straits Times had previously reported that some massage parlours - including those offering sexual services - were passing themselves off as TCM clinics. This disguise tactic came after spas and massage joints found it harder to get a licence to operate from the Police Licensing and Regulatory Department, industry players said.

    In a statement, the board said: "The Board takes a serious view of any transgression of the Ethical Code by registered TCM practitioners. Any practitioners who associate themselves with unlicensed massage establishments and thereby bring disrepute to the TCM profession will face disciplinary action by the Board."
    This just got me wondering if there's TCM sexual therapeutic centers...
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    Slightly OT

    Not specifically TCM - an herbalist.

    120 days seems light for a death.


    Herbalist sentenced to jail after death of 13-year-old diabetic boy he treated

    The teen's mother said the herbalist told her "not to trust" doctors," and that she felt "absolutely" brainwashed by him.


    A herbalist was sentenced to 120 days in jail after a 13-year-old diabetic boy died under his care in Harbor Gateway, California, in 2014.KVEA

    Feb. 26, 2019, 11:10 AM PST
    By Farnoush Amiri

    A Los Angeles herbalist convicted of practicing without a license was sentenced to four months in jail for child abuse in the same case in connection with the death of a 13-year-old diabetic boy, the city attorney said.

    Timothy Morrow, 84, was found guilty of one count of practicing without a license at a jury trial Feb. 20 and pleaded no contest Monday to a connected charge of misdemeanor child abuse likely to produce great bodily injury or death, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement.

    Morrow, a self-described "master herbalist" based in Torrance, California, began treating Edgar Lopez for Type-1 diabetes in early 2014 by directing that the teenager take herbs in lieu of the insulin prescribed by his pediatrician, Feuer said.

    A medical examiner would later determine that Lopez would have survived had he been given proper medical care.

    The victim's parents alleged Morrow came to their home in south Los Angeles in August 2014 after their son became severely ill and "semi-comatose" due to complications from his diabetes.

    The herbalist again advised the parents to administer the herbs he was selling and urged them not to give Edgar his insulin, the parents told prosecutors, according to Feuer's statement.

    Edgar went into cardiac arrest shortly after, and died the next day at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, according to prosecutors.

    NBC Los Angeles reported that Maria Madrigal, the teen's mother, told the jury through a Spanish interpreter that Morrow had told her "not to trust" doctors," and that she felt like he "absolutely" brainwashed her. She also said she began giving her son supplements and products he prescribed only after she met with Morrow.

    Defense attorney Sanford Perliss countered Madrigal's testimony at the trial, saying nobody forced the parents to withhold insulin.

    "Nobody held a gun on Edgar. Nobody held a gun on Edgar's mom. Nobody stole insulin from that house so Edgar's mom couldn't use it," Perliss said in his closing argument. "Edgar's mom wanted to do what Edgar's mom wanted to do."

    Perliss said Tuesday that his client took the plea deal because he is "very elderly" and the trial process was "difficult" for him. The attorney claimed Madrigal was giving her son herbs before she met his client.

    Daniel Lopez, the victim's older brother, said that the family is not commenting at this time.

    In addition to spending 120 days in county jail, Morrow was ordered to serve 48 months of probation and pay a $5,000 fine and restitution to the victim’s family for funeral expenses. He is scheduled to surrender for jail March 22.

    He was officially advised that if he continues in such acts and they cause or lead to the death of another human being, he can be charged with murder, Feuer's office said.

    The court also required Morrow to take down his YouTube videos, where he promoted herbal treatment as opposed to traditional medicine. In one video, titled 'Shots, They're Killing Me! Part 1,' the herbalist claims vaccinating children is like injecting them with "absolute poison."

    "This case underscores the serious health and safety risks of taking medical advice from someone who lacks a license and the proper training that goes with it," Feuer said in the statement Monday.

    Farnoush Amiri
    Farnoush Amiri writes for NBC News.

    Nicole Acevedo contributed.
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    That is really sad to be honest. I had a personal experience when it was required to pass a medical and drug test on my job. And there is an easy way how you can do so. Well, if you are afraid that you are going to fail the test, you can use fake urine tests. But read more about fake urine first, before purchasing it!
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    i can almost swear i saw this on tv!!!! or something at least similar. pretty sure it was this story though!
    but yeah, my "brush" w/these places was one in my old neighborhood that advertised tuina and qigong - I was like, "Hmmm, storefront tuina and qigong in my neighborhood? what a bargain! But soft, let us see what reward Dame Fortune might bestow upon my inquires..."; needless to say, it was immediately obvious the nature of the beast (literally - the old bag was definitey one of the Lee sisters - you know, Ug, Beast & Home...)

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    Zhao Dan and Guo Jing

    This is not the best way for weight loss.

    This is the way to get busted.

    Chinese actresses jailed for selling fake diet pills on social media
    Zhao Dan and Guo Jing sold the traditional Chinese medicine capsules on WeChat and used couriers to send them to buyers across the country
    They were in partnership with a couple who were earlier given jail terms
    Alice Yan
    Published: 7:30pm, 19 Apr, 2019


    Actress Zhao Dan, 33, gained fans after shedding half her weight in 2016. Photo: Weibo

    Two small-time Chinese actresses employed by the same entertainment company have been jailed for manufacturing and selling fake slimming medicines, according to mainland media.
    Zhao Dan and Guo Jing, both 33 and contracted by Benshan Media Group, were handed prison sentences of three years and one year respectively, Beijing Youth Daily reported.
    A court in Beijing said the traditional Chinese medicine capsules they sold through social media were not registered with the drug authority and, under Chinese law, were therefore regarded as fake medicine.
    They sold the drugs from March to October in 2016, in partnership with a woman surnamed Wang and her husband, identified only by his family name Gu. The couple were already in jail.
    Zhao, an apprentice of popular Chinese comedian Zhao Benshan, is better known by her stage name, Plump Girl, on the mainland. She gained many fans after shedding half her weight, going from 110kg in 2014 to 55kg in 2016.
    “While I was live-streaming on the Yingke app, many viewers asked me how I managed to lose weight,” Zhao told the court. “I said I took the slimming drugs. They asked me where to buy the medicine and I told them to contact Guo and Wang.”
    They promoted the drugs on streaming apps and WeChat, claiming they had been developed by senior traditional Chinese medicine doctors and did not have any side effects.
    The group packed and wrote instructions for the drugs themselves, though it was unclear where the capsules were sourced from. They then contacted buyers on WeChat and used couriers to send them to customers across the country.
    Guo said they sold the medicines for 1,900 yuan (US$280) a set, making 400 yuan profit on each one.
    Their gross revenue reached 1.1 million yuan, according to the court.
    Zhao and Guo were arrested in February last year.
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    Ms Foo Tiam Thay

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    TCM practitioner fined, suspended after treating patient remotely for 3 years
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    File photo of traditional Chinese herbal medicine. (Photo: AFP)

    06 Aug 2019 06:30PM (Updated: 06 Aug 2019 06:30PM)

    SINGAPORE: A traditional chinese medicine practitioner has been fined S$5,000 and given a two-month suspension after a series of lapses, including treating a patient remotely for about three years, the TCM Practitioners Board said on Tuesday (Aug 6).

    In a press release, the board said it received a complaint against Ms Foo Tiam Thay in March 2017, alleging that she had been treating the complainant's elder brother through remote consultations for three years.

    The complainant said that Ms Foo would prescribe and dispense medication to the patient, who was intellectually challenged and suffered poor digestion and bowel issues, without adequate clinical assessment and examination.

    Medical records showed that Ms Foo last saw the patient on Aug 24, 2014.

    "There was no evidence of any face-to-face consultation or physical evaluation done by Ms Foo thereafter," said the board. "Ms Foo only spoke to the patient’s mother on a weekly basis over the phone to understand the patient’s medical condition and then proceeded with prescription of TCM medications for the patient."

    The medicines were then mailed to the patient's home.

    The patient's sister also accused Ms Foo of visiting their home once without prior consent to retrieve unconsumed medication. "In the course of the visit, Ms Foo complained to the patient's mother that the complainant should not have lodged the complaint to the Board," the release stated.

    It was also revealed that during the course of the investigation, Ms Foo had produced patient records that did not comply with ethical guidelines.

    An investigation committee found that Ms Foo had breached TCM regulations by administering medication to the patient in the absence of face-to-face consultation and clinical evaluation for an extended period of about three years.

    She had also failed to keep proper medical records so as to enable proper aftercare and service for the patient should any other TCM or medical health practitioner take over.

    "Ms Foo was aware that the patient had a history of sigmoid volvulus and could possibly relapse and result in intestinal blockage," the committee wrote in its findings.

    "Despite having such knowledge, Ms Foo opted not to conduct any necessary and timely investigation to ascertain the patient’s medical condition and thus exposed the patient to significant risks and potential harm."

    The committee added that Ms Foo had failed to respect the patient and his family by going to their home without prior consent and expressing her unhappiness over the patient’s sister’s decision to file a complaint.

    In its recommendations, the committee noted that Ms Foo had been “apologetic and remorseful” and admitted her mistakes.

    It also noted that the remote consultations were done at the request and approval of the patient’s mother and that there was insufficient evidence that Ms Foo’s treatments had harmed or injured the patient.

    The complaint was also the first made against her.

    In addition to the fine and suspension, Ms Foo has also been imposed a censure and required to provide a written undertaking declaring she will refrain from prescribing and dispensing TCM medication and/or TCM treatment without performing adequate clinical assessments of her patient's medical condition.

    Source: CNA/ec(hs)
    How does one pulse remotely?
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    Shu Yuhui

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    China court jails founder of traditional medicine firm over pyramid scheme


    A man walks outside a branch of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) firm Quanjian Group, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, Dec 27, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
    09 Jan 2020 08:54AM

    BEIJING: A Chinese court jailed on Wednesday (Jan 8) the founder of a local traditional Chinese medicine firm for running a pyramid scheme, after the death of a young girl with cancer was linked to the company in an online article that sparked anger on social media.

    Shu Yuhui, founder and chairman of Quanjian Nature Medicine Technology Development, was sentenced to nine years in prison and fined 50 million yuan (US$7.2 million), according to the court. The company was fined 100 million yuan.

    Shu was arrested a year ago, soon after an online article recounting the death from cancer of a four-year-old girl who had received treatment from the firm went viral on social media.

    The article, on healthcare platform DXY.cn, accused Quanjian of using misleading advertising to attract patients with claims about its treatments. The company said in a social media post at the time that the article was inaccurate.

    Quanjian was found to have lured victims with large-value rewards into buying overpriced products, becoming the company's members and recruiting more people into the business since 2007, the People's Court of Wuqing District of Tianjin said on its official account on Twitter-like platform Weibo on Wednesday.

    Calls to the company seeking comment went unanswered.

    Operators of pyramid schemes typically make money by recruiting members, who pay fees to act as salespeople of goods, rather than relying on the sale of the goods themselves.

    Founded in 2004 and headquartered in the northeastern city of Tianjin, Quanjian has expanded into an empire with billions of yuan in sales and many hospitals and stores, local media reported.

    Source: Reuters
    Can't claim you can cure cancer if you can't.
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    Illegal human placenta trade

    Illegal human placenta trade in China using medical waste, funeral homes, despite risk of diseases like HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B
    The trade is unregulated, meaning there are no checks to determine whether the organs contain contagious viruses like hepatitis B, HIV, or syphilis
    One illegal trader said he sourced placentas illegally from a hospital where a cleaner stole them for him
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    Alice Yan in Shanghai
    Published: 7:00am, 17 Mar, 2021


    Human placenta biscuits on sale at a Traditional Chinese Medicine shop. Photo: SCMP
    The black market for human placentas is thriving in China, despite the banning of the practice more than a decade ago, an investigative report has found.
    People who buy fresh human placenta believe it has healing properties and will either cook and eat it, or process and it to businesses for use as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), news portal Thepaper reported on Monday.
    For many mainland Chinese human placenta or ziheche as it is known in TCM, is believed to be a legitimate treatment for those with weak immune systems and for help treating various illnesses such as tuberculosis and hypohemia, and for reproductive health.
    According to the report, the trade in illegal placentas is mainly based in Bozhou in Anhui, Pizhou in Jiangsu, and Yongcheng in Henan. Traders collect placenta at around 80 yuan (US$12.30) each from hospitals, medical waste plants — even funeral homes. There are no regulations meaning there are no checks to determine whether the organs contained contagious viruses like hepatitis B, HIV, or syphilis.

    Ten years after a ban on the trade was passed in China the sale of placentas and related products is flourishing despite health warnings. Photo: thepaper.cn
    Lin Xiu, an obstetrician from The Reproductive Hospital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, said eating placenta is no different from eating meat but that placenta has no special function when consumed.
    “But if the mother has got infectious diseases, the placenta will also carry the virus,” she was quoted as saying.
    “Conventional cooking methods can not kill those viruses. Only like the steamed disinfection used in hospitals to disinfect surgery equipment can do [that].”
    “So eating fresh human placenta might possibly make you infected with diseases. It’s dangerous for heath,” Lin said.
    Pizhou resident Liu Yi, not his real name, said he has been selling placentas since 1996. His family processed 130,000 fresh human placentas last year, he told the news website.

    Placentas being processed in China. Placentas from the birth of a boy are more highly prized than those from the birth of a girl. Photo: Handout
    Another Pizhou man, Yan Jun, also an alias, said his family processes over 7,000 human placentas a month to be turned into dry goods with a combined weight of 700-800 kg.
    Both men said they earned about 5 yuan (77 US cents) per dried placenta.
    Yan said in the past, it was easy for him to get placenta from hospitals. But after the strict crack-down in recent years, he had to turn to medical waste disposing plants or middlemen to get placenta. One of these contacts is a cleaner in a hospital in Ezhou of Hubei, said Yan.
    The Ministry of Health states that that the placenta is owned by the woman who has given birth. When the new mothers decide to abandon it, hospitals will dispose of the organ – usually as medical waste.
    On online shopping platform Taobao, placenta from a boy is sold at 480 yuan (US$73) and 450 yuan (US$69) from a girl. The price difference is due to a long-term belief in China that a baby boy’s placenta has stronger health benefits. Online sellers often use vague or cryptic language to disguise what they are selling to avoid detection by authorities.

    Dried placentas are also used by some pharmaceutical companies that operate in a legally grey area. Photo: Shutterstock
    One shop owner said many of his consumers cook soup with the placenta.
    “I have bought placentas multiple times. I stewed it or chopped it into stuffings for dumplings,” one person wrote on the shop website. “After eating the placenta, I feel my sleep quality has improved and my skin has become better.”
    Some pharmaceutical companies also sell Ziheche-related products.
    The pharmaceutical placenta trade falls into a grey area; although the Ministry of Health banned the trade of human placentas in 2005, there is no law forbidding the sale of drugs made from Ziheche and no stipulations on the origin of the material.
    Comment has been sought from the Ministry of Health.
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