Ethical Quackery, the Monarchy and Kate Moss

No, this is not about our Defender of Quackery, our Quack-in-Chief His Royal Quackiness, Prince Charles, but about the Distinguished Provost of the Royal College of Alternative Medicine, Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi. And yes, it is just a rather lame story written solely to get a picture of Kate on my blog.

I’ve written a rather lazy blog on the distinguished professor before that was just a bit of a gawp at his quacktastic website and what looks like a health phone-line scam.

Well, I’ve done a little more digging with Google and it has revealed a few quack gems. It has been pretty hard work, since Google returns some 6,000 pages, the vast majority just appears to be Prof Obi’s self-promotion. However, if you persist in digging a few interesting facts turn up.

So, what has the little black duck found out about the “most Controversial Retired Physician and ‘A-List’ Medical Celebrity, Dr Joseph Chikelue Obi”?

Here we go…

1. The Irish Independent reports that his college does not exist at the Dublin address given on the web site. There’s a surprise! It’s just a front.

2. The Independent goes on. “In January 2003, he was suspended by for serious professional misconduct at South Tyneside District Hospital. Among the allegations made were that he failed to attend to patients, wrote strange notes about colleagues and at one point gave a dating agency phone number to a psychiatric patient.”

3. He was being investigated by the police for taking thousands of pounds of a 58 year old woman to in order to cure a long standing illness.

4. The GMC strike Dr Obi off their register for “serious professional misconduct”. So much for him being retired.

5. On another tack, Dr Obi has been involved in a little cyber-squatting. This looks as if it took place while he was a doctor – always after a few quid!

6. Since then, now self-titled Prof Obi, a few new avenues have been opened, including trying to entice Kate Moss away to one of his ‘safe-houses’ in Ireland. Hat’s off!

He is quoted as saying:

“Under the European Convention on Human Rights, Miss Moss still has fundamental rights, just like anyone else out there, and as far as I am concerned, she is not guilty of anything until an Ethical Jury says so.”

(I mentioned before that ‘ethical’ was one of his favourite words.)

7. Prof Obi has been developing a Penis Enlarger (watch out Kate) that his own Royal College has now endorsed.

8. At least one person (out of the targeted million) has paid Prof Obi the fees for his college to accredit them. Dr Michael Keet (8 Canards) of the Central London College of Reflexology handed over ‘hundreds’. Do we feel sorry for out-quacked quacks? I guess we ought to.

9. For those of you wanting to see behind the grand titles and see the real human being, Joseph lists his interests as Comedy in London, Whole Food Nutrition and Christian Music. On this ‘Meetup’ site, he describes himself as “Just a very ordinary guy . . .”. That’s nice.

10. His name appears very often on the blog Abolish The General Medical Council (GMC), often reporting something he has got up to. The blog describes itself as:

An ethical blog for those who publicly feel that the General Medical Council (GMC) should be Statutorily Abolished in favour of a Medical Licensing Commission (MLC) to solely register and revalidate Doctors who practise Conventional Medicine in the UK. The Blog also recommends that the GMC/MLC hands all disciplinary functions over to an Independent Clinical Tribunal (ICT) in keeping with the EU Convention on Human Rights ; to avoid (both) Institutional Bias and Multiple Jeopardy.

Oooh. There is that word ‘ethical’ again. And ‘European Human Rights’. No name is given for the blog author but the avatar is a portrait of the queen. Another apparent obsession of Prof Obi – royalty. Could the author be none other than the Professor himself, a little agrieved for his ticking off? I hope you all click through to the blog. Maybe we will show up in his stats and whoever the writer is can get in contact and confirm one way or another.

I rather hope is is, as the final thing I turned up would just be fantastic…

11. Is the Distinguished Provost of the Royal College of Alternative Medicine, Professor Obi now selling ethical ring-tones? I do hope so.

Watch out Crazy Frog! Here comes the Crazy Provost…


Postscript

It does look like Prof Obi has read this blog. He claims on the blog ‘Abolish The General Medical Council’ the following…

And now we have the GMC sending the ‘half-wit’ Quackometer Bloggers after me, who (by the way) don’t even know the very meaning of the word ‘Quack’.

Excellent. So I am a GMC Shill now to add to my credentials. Black ducks are not that clever, but half-witted is a bit harsh. And I don’t know the meaning of the word quack. As usual for a quack, not a shred of evidence to support his claims that I have anything to do with the GMC.

I have a feeling this story will re-appear. But first, I must download that ringtone…


On this theme…

12 Comments on Ethical Quackery, the Monarchy and Kate Moss

  1. You may be amused to learn that someone, possibly not unconnected with Mr Obi, has just sent me this, as from myself:

    Dear general.secretary@no2id.net,

    general.secretary@no2id.net wants you to read this article from Medical News Today:

    They made these comments:
    Dear NO2ID – Please help us with publicity and millions of signatures ! Many Thanks !

    ************************************************************

    General Medical Council Abolition Petition Gets Government Approval, UK

    The Office of Tony Blair, the Outgoing British Prime Minister, has finally just approved an Online Petition to Abolish the General Medical Council (GMC) of the United Kingdom…

    To read the full article, please go to:
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=61724

    ************************************************************

    Google found you. The release, like all the other effusions from the same source, shares a certain style – African accented prose, soaked with badly self-educated egotism. Its claim to Prime Ministerial endorsment is risible. When you start referring to yourself in the third person, you know you are in trouble. Anonymously suggesting people look at links to his own press release is the “cunning” of a very dim man.

  2. Good luck with the March. I have just confirmed that Royal College of Alternative Medicine is actually a lawfully registered entity. I have also confirmed that Royal College of Alternative Medicine is a lawfully registered trademark of Professor Obi (so be careful what you write). The FRCAM(Dublin) designation is also a registered trademark too. Prof Obi is a genius. Little wonder his organization seems to be steadily growning despite all of this crazy malice. Any other company would have folded by now – but these RCAM guys are expanding by the minute. One of the reasons for success is that they fully outsourced all their operations (including office space) and went 100% virtual with almost zero overheads. I understand that Dr Obi left Belfast a few days ago is now in London holding various meetings with various medical groups concerning his new option for Medical Regulation. God bless the Guy. If only other Doctors were like him ! Shame on those who don’t appreciate him ! He may not be perfect – but he has done his best.

  3. cool professor obi/Dr Sally/Anonymous.
    let me explain how I know it is you posting:

    1) You always mention the importance that RCAM is a registered trade-mark. That may well be – but it is not an endorsement of anything you say. It is not a badge of honour. It is just a legal trading registration – no more, no less.
    2) Proclamations of genius.
    3) Claims of malice and underhand doings from ‘others’.
    4) Claims of ‘important meetings’ at the highest level.
    5) religious references.
    6) Implications that you are a Doctor – when you know you are not.
    7) admonishments of those who do not recognise you!
    8) a certain grandiose and inflated style

    PS Looking forward to you filling in your new blog on alternative medicine for the NHS. We cannot wait here at the quackometer.

  4. I think Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi is absolutely brilliant !

    Despite everything people are saying about him, he still remains successful beyond belief.

    More success will surely come to Dr Obi – irrespective of all of the rubbish which you are spreading.

  5. The petition to abolish the General Medical Council is available for viewing here ;

    http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/AbolishGMC

    Dr Obi seems to be doing quite well, judging from all of the rubbish which people are spreading about him.

    When the petition started, the GMC boasted that Professor Obi would not get more than 2 signatures !

  6. I’ve only just arrived at the site and – wow –

    Is it me or does anyone else read this and think….

    “Hmm… Le Canard Noir – could this also be Dr Obi setting up the ‘contrary opinion’ then re-logging in as multiple others to validate himself?”

    Le Canard Noir is doing more publicity for Obi than Obi might be doing for himself.

    My evidence:
    1) Kate Moss infatuation.

    That’s as far as I got.

    There’s a sense of madness in the air…

  7. I like professor obi . he is cool.

    I like him too, I want to try and make babies with him, he’s my hero.

    He’s so outstandingly handsome, vigourously youthful, blindingly intelligent, stupefyingly etc..

    ..snore..

  8. I think a more productive use of anyone's precious 10 Downing St petition signing time, might be to fling their moniker at the one below, seeking an apology for the persecution to death of a genuine and courageous genius, to which everyone alive today owes a great debt – Alan Turing.

    Not in the same league as "Professor" Obi in contributing to Western Civilisation's wellbeing, of course, but the petition's worthy of a signature nonetheless, I think.

    http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/turing/

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