Diluted Thinking

in Australian healthcare

CNTF: Promoting DITI for early detection of breast cancer

Background

In a media release, dated 9 June 2011, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Cancer Council Australia and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) urged women not to rely on unproven commercial breast imaging technologies to detect breast cancer.[1]

In December 2012 the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released a position statement on their findings that there is no evidence of sufficient quality to demonstrate thermography is effective for early detection of breast cancer.[2]

In a submission to the TGA's "Changes to Premarket Assessment Requirements for Medical Devices: Regulatory Impact Statement"[3] the authors state (excerpt):

"A number of new and emerging technologies used for breast cancer screening and diagnosis have entered the Australian market in recent years, including electrical impedance scanning, digital infrared thermal imaging, and electronic palpation imaging. These devices are funded out-of-pocket, do not require a referral from a doctor, and are promoted directly towards consumers as safe and effective solutions for breast cancer screening and diagnosis - applications for which they have not received TGA certification. In response to these advertising claims the devices have drawn considerable attention from various interest groups, including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and the National Health and Medical Research Council, that have questioned their safety and performance as breast imaging tools. This situation is known to the TGA, as several devices were removed from the register in 2011, following a series of complaints raised with the Complaints Resolution Panel (CRP).

In 2011, we conducted a systematic review that examined the evidence base to support these devices for breast cancer screening and diagnosis. The findings of our review indicate that there is currently insufficient evidence to recommend the use of these technologies for breast cancer screening…"

A major concern in the use of these unproven devices is that patients may be led to believe that they've been adequately screened for serious conditions which may then lead to them not seeking further screening by other evidence-based methods.

In October 2014 the ACCC was successful in prosecuting a Perth practitioner for misleading or deceptive conduct in claiming that thermal imaging was effective in detecting the risk of cancer in women and assuring women they did not have breast cancer.[4]

CNTF articles promoting DITI

CNTF have published a number of articles promoting this unproved diagnostic method.

In CNTF's December 2014 newsletter, a half-page advertorial appeared alongside a half-page advertisement for the Wright Clinical Thermal Imaging practice. This advertorial claims that thermal imaging is "A Safer Imaging Choice" and that "…Thermography has been used (with different calibration) to sense the SARS Disease and Ebola" and it discourages people from seeing their family doctor in regard to this method "Your family doctor will understand the report but will not be able to 'read' the pictures".

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image: Thermal Imaging
Your Picture of Health
A Safer Imaging Choice
Thermal Imaging is an 'infrared digital imaging' procedure used for detecting and monitoring health conditions and physical abnormalities present in the body. It is completely non-invasive with no risk of radiation exposure. The test can aid in diagnosis and monitoring, by allowing the interpreting doctor to see and measure changes in the skin surface temperature. The infrared camera translates infrared signals emitted from the skin and records them on a colour monitor.
This visual image graphically maps the body temperature, known as 'thermography'. The spectrum of colours indicates a decrease or increase in the amount of infrared radiaton being emitted from the body's surface. In healthy people there is a symmetrical skin pattern which is consistent and reproducible for any individual.

Infrared senses heat emission. Since most diseases and injuries involve inflammation, infrared imaging can be helpful in detecting health problems and monitoring progress. It is mainly used for breast and full body imaging as changes to breasts particularly fibrocystic or lumpy breasts are easier to monitor with thermography. No touching and no radiation. In recent years Thermography has been used (with different calibration) to sense the SARS Disease and currently with Ebola.

The interpreting doctors recommend a full body wellness scan for the initial appointment and will suggest Clinical Correlation for any problems noted. A follow up 'breast only' three months later has to be done to establish a baseline for further scans to be checked against.

The interpreting doctors are highly trained and recommend women start these annual scans at age 20, especially if there is a history of breast cancer in the family. Your family doctor will understand the report but will not be able to 'read' the pictures."

Source: CNTF 2014, 'Thermal Imaging', Natural Pathways, December 2014, p. 7

On 19 December 2014, CNTF made the following post to its Facebook page, claiming that mammograms cause cancer and promoted thermal imaging:

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image: Cancer and Natural Therapy Foundation
December 19, 2014

Learn more about Mammograms and associated health risks. And check out how Thermal Imaging can be useful. [link to video]

Mammograms cause Breast Cancer!

Doctors break their code of silence on arguably the biggest fraud in medicine, mammography!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=301277323399442&id=177401662453676

In September 2011 CNTF published the article "Emotions and Breast Health" by Julia Miles.[5] In this article Miles' makes unfounded claims about the causes of breast cancer and the article was accompanied by a one-third page advertisement for Miles' "BreastCare Australia". This was a website operated by Miles that claimed she specialised in "Early Breast Imaging & Breast Care Education for All Women". This website is no longer online but an archived copy is available here.

CNTF published the article "Risks and Dangers of CT Scans - What are you not being told" by Joe Mercola, in March 2010.[6] This was a scare piece and went far beyond warning of the dangers of over-use. The article concluded with (excerpt):

"Alternatively, Thermography offers 100% safe imaging technology that is safe, simple, non-invasive and effective.

The imaging system can detect signs of breast cancer up to 10 years before either a mammogram or physical examination."

The above article is also published on the CNTF website.
Two one-quarter page advertisements for thermal imaging were placed with this article; one for "Border Thermal Imaging" and the other for "New Thermography":

Advertisement [image]Advertisement [text]
image: advertisement for Border Thermal Imaging border thermal imaging

Non-Invasive Full Body and Breast Screening

D.I.T.I. (Digital Infraref Thermal Imaging) is

  • 100% safe
  • no body contact
  • no radiation
  • painless
  • suitable for teenagers to elderly women
  • for earlier breast disease detection
  • recommended for women ineligible for mammograms
  • operated by a caring female thermographer
www.bordertheralimaging.com.au
Wodonga Clinic 02 6055 9133
Shepparton Clinic 03 5831 7313
Melbourne Clinic 03 9500 8870
image: advertisement for New Thermography New Thermography

  • Non invasive
  • No radiation
  • Painless
  • No contact with the body
  • F.D.A approved
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging 'DITI' is a 15 minute non invasive test of physiology.

It is a valuable procedure for alerting your doctor to changes that can indicate early stage breast disease.

DITI detects the subtle physiologic changes that accompany breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection or a vascular disease.

It takes years for a tumor to grow thus the earliest possible indication of abnormality is needed to allow for the earliest possible treatment and intervention.

DITI's role in monitoring breast health is to help in early detection and monitoring of abnormal physiology.

For enquiries and appointments
contact Claude on
0411 387 922
Melbourne & Sydney

CNTF published the article "Mammography - informed or un-informed choice?" (author not stated) in their June 2009 newsletter.[7] References for this article included the well-known health misinformation site Natural News and cancer quack author Barry Lynes. It concluded with a scan of a Herald Sun article "Script for radiation Study links scans with cancer".

CNTF newsletter advertisements

The CNTF newsletter Natural Pathways has contained a half-page advertisement for "Wright Clinical Thermal Imaging" from the September 2013 to September 2015 issues inclusive. This advertisement states "Early Detection Saves Lives" and that "Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) offers the opportunity of the earlier detection of breast disease than has been previously possible through traditional methods on their own."

Advertisement [image]Advertisement [text]
image: Thermography

Wright Clinical Thermal Imaging
Sue Wright
(internationally trained operator)

"Early Detection Saves Lives"

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) offers the opportunity of the earlier detection of breast disease than has been previously possible through traditional methods on their own.

Why choose Digital Thermal Imaging?
Check out our website for further details.

Risk Free, Painless, No Radiation, Non invasive
100% safe!
Ideal for women aged 20 and upwards.

Also available:
Full Body Imaging, Male Imaging, Electrolysis, Medi-Pedicures, Skin tag Removal

40 Poath Rd, Hughesdale, 3166
(near Chadstone Shopping Centre and Hughesdale Station)
Open 5 days, mainly early;
closed Wednesday and Sunday.

www.suewright.com.au

Ph: 9568 0636

[advertisements prior to the September 2015 issue included the following text:
Check out the FAQ's
Please look at Dr Mercola's website regarding thermography and Dr Peter Gotshce's statistical book "Mammography: Truth, Lies and Controversy".
]

Phone: 9568 0636

Please note. There is no rebate on this imaging and you need a follow-up in 3 months to establish a baseline. Once established it should then be an annual scan unless something untoward shows up.

Source: CNTF 2015, 'Wright Clinical Thermal Imaging' [advertisement], Natural Pathways, September 2015, p. 9


CNTF Directory of Holistic/Natural Practitioners

The CNTF newsletter section "Directory of Holistic/Natural Practitioners" has listed two practitioners that offer digital thermal imaging.
"Border Thermal Imaging", operated by Julia Miles, was listed between June 2010 and December 2011.
"Wright Clinic Thermal Imaging", operated by Sue Wright, has been listed from September 2011 to September 2015.

The CNTF website includes the section Members Discounts. Sue Wright's clinic has been listed in this section from about September 2012 to the present day.


1. [http://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/beware-of-unproven-breast-imaging-technologies-say-accc-cancer-council-and-tga]
2. [http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/s0003_thermal_imaging.pdf]
3. [https://www.tga.gov.au/sites/default/files/consult-ris-medical-devices-premarket-assessment-130510-submission-adelaide.PDF]
4. [http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-03/breast-check-and-boyd-fined-over-misleading-cancer-detection/5789116]
5. [Miles, J 2011, 'Emotions and Breast Health', Natural Pathways, September 2011, pp. 7-8]
6. [Mercola, J 2010, 'Risks and Dangers of CT Scans - What you are not being told', Natural Pathways, March 2010, pp. 1, 3-4]
7. [CNTF 2009, 'Mammography - informed or un-informed choice?', Natural Pathways, June 2009, pp. 6-8]