8 August 2016

Alarm raised over men’s hormone clinic

Clinical Men Obesity

 

A new clinic promising weight loss and increased libido for men through testosterone “restoration” has medical experts alarmed

The Australian Male Hormone Clinic (AMHC) says its “breakthrough” treatments for over-30s will combat “the silent epidemic haunting Australian men”.

“Medical experts believe this breakthrough could potentially be the most effective way ever to restore testosterone balance, increase stamina and improve libido,” their online and newspaper advertising claim.

“[Patients] are building solid muscle, losing soft belly flab, feeling stronger and more powerful – in a few short weeks.”

Blood tests and hormone levels will help the team of clinicians formulate personalised treatments to boost testosterone without using “artificial chemical testosterone”, the AMHC claims.

The clinic’s founder is Geoff Jowett, who recently started another weight-loss business, Medical Weightloss Institute, alongside one of the doctors behind the impotence clinic, Advanced Medical Institute, Dr Thomas Goyer.

In a Federal Court ruling against Advanced Medical Institute last year, the judge described Dr Goyer as arrogant and not presenting “as a doctor committed to patient care”.

In a video for the Medical Weightloss Institute Mr Jowett praised Dr Goyer as a doctor who “knows more about medical weight-loss treatments than any other doctor I’ve met”. The video also advised patients not to consult their GPs about the program because “it is a little bit fraught with danger”.

Mr Jowett is not a registered healthcare professional, but has a degree in sports science.

There is no mention of Dr Goyer in AMHC advertising, but calls to the clinic appear to go to the same clinicians and phone operators that work with Medical Weightloss Institute.

Both companies feature similar claims and before and after pictures of weight loss in their advertisements.

Men’s health and obesity experts have slammed the company for misleading and deceptive claims.

Professor John Dixon, head of clinical obesity research at Baker IDI, said there was “no evidence whatsoever for what they’re doing”.

Complaints have been made to AHPRA, the Medical Council of NSW and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Consumer advocate, adjunct Associate Professor Ken Harvey, has called for the medical board and regulator to deregister Dr Goyer and for the ACCC to order the group to stop the advertising.

Dr Goyer and Mr Jowett “have a track record of unconscionable conduct”, Professor Harvey wrote in his complaint.

“While the Medical Council of NSW and the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission move with due deliberation, Dr Goyer, et al continues to prey on and exploit a vulnerable population.”

The AMHC would not provide public comment.

 

An earlier version of this article referred to the AMHC as the ‘Australian Men’s Hormone Clinic’. 

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Ian O'Donnell
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Ian O'Donnell
1 year 6 months ago

Scammers for sure they take your money but will not refund when you decide to not go ahead with the “Treatment” they say you have a cooling off time when you contact them but they do not tell you this during the pitch. Do not have anything to do with these rogues Prices quoted to me were $2500.00 for 6 months or$3300.00 for 12 months these were double what I found people were quoted previously No genuine business doubles their prices over night BEWARE BEWARE BEWARE

Greg
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1 year 9 months ago

SCAM…..SCAM….SCAM………stay away from these guys

Tonu
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Tonu
1 year 9 months ago

Yep looks I have been dudded 1900 too they took the money from my account before I had the blood test to prove I had low testerone do not contact them they are false

Rod Costin
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Rod Costin
2 years 4 months ago

Yes
I’m one of their victims, cancelled with the program last September/November 2016.
Trying to get money back, have called numerous times and now only get a voice mail. No one has ever returned a call and no email address either. Have been in touch ACCC but said they cannot realy help consumers.

Todd
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2 years 4 months ago

try this email address [email protected]

Dr Lou Lewis
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Dr Lou Lewis
2 years 9 months ago
The idea of a men‚Äôs hormone clinic has, in my opinion great merit, similar to women’s menopause clinics. However this particular men’s hormone clinic seems to run by the same shysters that have been involved in other bullshit schemes and rely on the gullibility and insecurities of many middle and aged males. It is beyond comprehension that the same names appear in all these shoddy schemes yet nothing is really done about. I would love there to exist a men’s clinic similar to a women’s clinic that addresses both hormone and ageing but unfortunately we men seem to be victims… Read more »
Alex
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Alex
2 years 3 months ago

Glad to read these comments because it was what I already suspected. After a half baked initial telephone conversation I asked about the ” Free Consultation” and got “this is it”! I asked them to email me the details and costs and was told not until I had registered which included giving them my credit card details !! Say no more nudge nudge…

Mark
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Mark
2 years 29 days ago

I too feel somewhat relieved to know I am not the only victim of this “syndicate”.

I reported me experience to ACCC only to be told this company and it’s many iterations were already on the “radar”.

I have heard nothing since. I do however continue to see the full page advertisements every weekend.

I guess if enough people speak up something might be done.

Nigel
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1 year 8 months ago

I too feel duped! paid, then doc consult, sent only the tube of cream and not the promised capsules. Dr Ibrahim has not returned calls, Olivia, Rhea nor Brian not taking calls or returning emails….

John
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John
1 year 7 months ago

AMHC Paid 2,500.00 with all the promises. I was sent two containers of capsules by road. Capsules had to be refrigerated, Sent in a foam container with ice pack all defrosted, no instructions sent with medication. Sent email to Olivia no answer. Finally got her on the phone and asked for refund the answer was No

Don,t go near them

Mike
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Mike
1 year 8 months ago

Nigel, Just happened to me although they sent me a second cream. The other two capsuals/supplements I was given can be bought from I herb- https://au.iherb.com/pr/Source-Naturals-DIM-Diindolylmethane-200-mg-60-Tablets/64686. With added 100gm of zinc picolate in it. The other capsual was DHEA 75MG 42 units. This chemical can also be bought from From Iherb but in a mixed testosterone booster formula.

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