Harley Street practitioner 'claimed he could cure cancer with herbs' (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Harley Street practitioner claimed he could cure cancer and HIV with "lifestyle changes and herbs, court hears
7:50am Thursday 12th December 2013 in News
A Harley Street practitioner claimed he could cure cancer and HIV with "lifestyle changes and herbs", a court heard.
Errol Denton, of St Barnabas Road, Woodford Green, pleaded non-guilty to nine counts under section four of the Cancer Act 1939, a rare prosecution which prohibits advertisements offering to treat or to cure cancer.
He also advised women not to wear bras as a tip for fending off 'acidity' in the breasts, Westminster Magistrates' Court was told.
He used his personal twitter account to claim "cancer, diabetes, HIV, etc etc, all curable without the big pharmaceuticals", it is alleged.
Mr Denton's website, livebloodtest.com, advertises a form of blood test, involving "a very powerful microscope", used to detect "imbalances".
One article on his website claimed: "I have advised women for years not to wear bras. When they return for a blood test, the results show a reduction of acidity in the breast area," the court heard.
Further passages on Denton's website read: "Wake up to the fact that cancer is a disease caused by lifestyle and as such is curable by lifestyle changes and herbs.
"Natural cancer cures are being suppressed in order to cull population growth."
Denton, who represented himself, at first refused to confirm his name to district judge Andrew Sweet.
"I'm not 'Mr' Errol Denton. I'm Errol of the Denton family, not 'Mr', the corporate fiction," he said.
"I am a living soul, I have inalienable rights. I am here by special invitation," Denton said.
He finally relented as the judge demanded he sit in the public gallery and security guards arrived.
When the prosecution began proceedings, the court ignored frequent cries of "objection" from Mr Denton in the gallery.
The prosecution claimed he regularly uses the internet to post advertisements of his website, as well as blogging sites to advertise his microscopy service in relation to his blood test.
Prosecutor Alexandra Ward said: "In part, it is suggested it could assist with the treatment of cancer."
Mr Denton later said: "I am not the party who wrote the articles, because they were done by a corporate entity not based in the UK, so there is no jurisdiction."
He claimed various websites bearing his name are run by a Dubai-based company.
"My representation has been damaged by internet agitators. They are the ones who made the complaint. They are sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies," he claimed.
Miss Ward added: "This is a circumstantial case, based on the content of the articles produced and Mr Denton's links to the Live Blood Trust."
Mr Denton continued to dispute whether there was any evidence linking him to the apparently illegal adverts.
The judge told him: "Just because you say there is no connection with something, and you say in a letter to the Trading Standards Board it is nothing to do with you, it doesn't meant they stop their inquiries."
The trial ran out of time and will resume on March 11 next year.
Mr Denton's date of birth is unknown and not included on any court lists.