Hmmm. Very interesting. The same refrain. Everything is someone elses fault.
Lets do a quick fact check.
I know of 27 disgruntled partners of family members stretching across Australia and the UK
-These are just ones that have bothered to make contact. We have also heard of lots that have just given up and are no longer interested in the whole sorry affair.
-We are all aware of others 'laying low' for fear of ending their fragile relationships
- There are also a lot of people in various communities affected in their own way, and not happy.
-While I am sure not all of these relationships were perfect and they may have fallen apart anyway, it seems a recurrent theme is these people are good, decent, open minded, most don't drink, and were/are prepared to make lifestyle changes- the only abuse that has happened has been their partner/family member clamming up and going strange over UM and a few raised voices trying to get some sense out of them.
-I am not in Bangalow and nor are most of the people I am in contact with- and we don't know of these 4 people so now we have more to add to our potential list. thanks.
What else? Oh yeah. It was not anyone kicking this off as a revenge of some bitter twisted abusive men as seems to be the mantra of Serge and the crew; though I am surprised that didn't happen. It was the TGA investigation that led to the MO article that led to the interest by the media that led to the ongoing media. In fact it was a time bomb waiting to go off. The TGA investigation WAS underway before anything else happened. There was 10 years before this to correct this 'over sight' and now there is an attempt to water it down to a 'gentle' over sight and to take ownership long after lthe fact in the name of 'integrity' -which is very funny, but not true, as the one saying it is well aware that the person at the TGA to whom they spoke simply didn't know where to find the file. But good spin anyway.
And let's not forget to mention the real issue and why this debate is even happening. It is not about the TGA or any other issue or oversight. It is about people we love adhering to scary doctrines that have been outlined here, are freely available online or at bookstores or as audio downloads. You may have noticed a spike in sales lately and it may not be adoring fans...It is about these people believing in the fantastic idea that someone is a master from another plane here to save the world from our delusions, and whether they know it or not ( not it seems) their behavior changing so much over time it is frightening to the ones that love them.
The interesting thing is that the media has flushed out lots of those people that were complacent or had given up before. No, it is a lot more than the 4 random men indicated in this somewhat apologetic article. And growing.
CP another interesting and well written article appearing Medical Observer this week supporting your argument above:
[Start quote of article from Medical ObserverTGA’s urgent Universal inquiry
THE Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has accused controversial alternative medicine group Universal Medicine of selling unregistered remedies and launched an urgent investigation into the products “to protect the public”.
The TGA said Universal was selling some alternative treatments in dosage packs, which “therefore meet the definition of therapeutic goods as they make general therapeutic claims for use in humans”.
Universal’s website advertises three Eso-Herbs, selling at $40 per 100g, of which one, Connection Herbs, claims to “promote fire in the lungs and therefore help to dispel any dampness in the lungs. Also good for lymphatics and sinuses.”
Its Harmony Herbs are also claimed to be “good for dealing with hardening of the connective tissue especially around the chest and arms and also hardening of the vascular system”.
“They also help to support harmony in the liver,” read a claim on Universal’s website.
A TGA spokesperson said the administration was “concerned that these goods are not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods and have not been evaluated by the TGA as the law requires”.
“In order to protect the public, this matter is being urgently investigated by the TGA, with the sponsor being required to achieve compliance with the regulatory requirements of Australia’s therapeutic goods legislation,” the spokesperson said.
Pharmaceuticals campaigner and La Trobe University public health lecturer Dr Ken Harvey said Universal “appear to be in breach of the Therapeutic Goods Act and the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code by promoting and selling herbal and other products without listing them on the [Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods]”.
Universal did not respond to MO’s request for comment.
[End quoted article from Medical Observer
]I will leave it to the objective reader to decide whether they want to take the words from Serge who has been shown on record to have lied and confessed false claims as relayed quit subjectively by the Northern Rivers Echo a small local paper under Serge's shadow, or the words direct from the Thereapeautic Goods Admimistration itself that it is “concerned that these goods are not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods and have not been evaluated by the TGA as the law requires”, which was the true reason for them initiating the investigation, as quoted in the Medical Observer one of Australia's leading Medical publications with a readership of over 28,000 Australian Medical Professionals. Written by a trained journalist with over 10 years of journalism experience.
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