Homeopathic healer broadcast on Sikh Channel broke rules
A channel which depicted a programme where a healer claimed to be able to remedy serious sickness such as cancer was in breach of regulatory rules.
People with phobiums and ailments such as Parkinson’s disease were encouraged to volume appointments at the presenter’s clinics in Milton Keynes, Birmingham and Manchester.
Ofcom received a complaint about Live: Herbal Medicine, which aired in June on Birmingham’s The Sikh Channel .
The channel was approached for comment.
The programme was presented by a homeopathic practitioner who invited spectators to call him with” any question considering any physical, mental or emotional issues”, Ofcom said.
The presenter told callers” alternative treatments” could be used to remedy infertility problems, phobias of flying and sickness like breast cancer or cystitis.
During the broadcast, the regulator told, the presenter devoted out the number for his own homeopathic clinics and also deterred the use of some traditional medicines.
Ofcom observed the programme breached standards by failing to protect the public from harm by connoting homeopathic redress were more effective than conventional medication and by dedicating” undue prominence” to the presenter’s practice.
Once the Sikh Channel was made aware of the complaint, it receded any further programmes which featured the presenter, Ofcom said.
The regulator said it recognised the steps taken and reminded the channel of its role to ensure broadcasts” adhere to the code “.
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