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Tuesday, 20 February, 2001, 18:09 GMT
Urine potion doctor struck off
General Medical Council
Dr Kirkman was struck off by the General Medical Council
A doctor who claimed he could cure Aids, cancer and ME with alternative medicine has been struck off the medical register.

Dr Michael Kirkman, 64, from Sussex, advised patients to change their diet and sold them potions made from their own blood and urine.

He was not at the General Medical Council hearing, but denied serious professional misconduct.

The GMC professional conduct committee heard that Dr Kirkman boasted that his methods could even improve the performance of Olympic athletes.

We are gravely concerned that these treatments could have provided false and dangerous reassurance to vulnerable patients

Mr Rodney Yates, GMC committee chairman
He said his nutrition supplements could stop tumours from growing, would help sufferers of arthritis and cystic fibrosis, and could even spot disease before any symptoms could appear.

But in reality some of his 'medication' was bordering on dangerous and could have caused kidney failure, the committee heard.

One expert told the hearing: "He does not know what he is talking about."

Ordering his name to be removed from the medical register, committee chairman Mr Rodney Yates said that there was "overwhelming evidence" the treatment had no basis in medicine.

Mr Yates said: "We are gravely concerned that these treatments could have provided false and dangerous reassurance to vulnerable patients with ME, life-threatening illnesses and Aids.

"While complementary medicine may have a role in treating such patients, by promoting these particular therapies Dr Kirkman seriously undermined the trust which the public places in the profession to act in the best interests of patients."

Medical consultant

Dr Kirkman was a medical consultant to a company called Signalysis in 1994, peddling a procedure called Spagyrik therapy for 99 a time.

On professional leaflets Dr Kirkman explained a technique where the company could produce a medication able to cure the debilitating illness ME using samples of blood and urine.

But two patients who had the treatment told how it had an adverse effect on them.

A woman said she started the course but stopped when she became concerned, and a male patient said he felt ill following the treatment and also ended it.

Lynn Griffin, for the GMC, said: "The leaflets make significant claims, for example that this is a treatment for cancer and can detect problems before symptoms appear.

"But it is our submission that this particular therapy could provide false and dangerous reassurance to patients with such conditions."

The committee heard how in the mid to late 1980s Dr Kirkman had also reported a procedure called Blood Ionic Analysis and Therapy (BIAT), which he touted round at Aids seminars as a cure for HIV through nutrition.

One man, acting on behalf of an investigative journalist, contacted the doctor, and after a consultation, was given a range of advice on how to supplement his diet.

But Mrs Griffin told the hearing that the patient was told to take more vitamin B12 even though tests showed he had too much of it in his body.

She added: "Of more concern is the fact that the patient was recommended to take organic germanium, a toxic substance, which can lead to liver failure."

The GMC was told that some of the procedures in BIAT were usually used for animals, and that Dr Kirkman's claims were "not technically possible".

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