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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Therapists 'are giving dangerous diet advice'

Nutritional therapists are giving "dangerous" advice to patients, including those with cancer, according to a Which? investigation.

The consumer group said therapists are providing "expensive dietary advice that could seriously harm patients' health".

It sent undercover investigators posing as patients to 15 consultations with nutritional therapists. All the nutritionists charged between £50 (¤60) and £80 (¤96) per visit.

The "patients" included a 46-year-old woman and another aged 40 recently diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer.

From the 15 visits, six were rated as "dangerous fails" by a Which? expert panel, which includes a GP.

A further eight were rated as "fails" and only one was deemed a "borderline pass".

Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd, said: "We found some shocking examples of irresponsible advice given by nutritional therapists.

"Our research shows that not only were they a waste of money, but some of their recommendations could seriously harm people's health."

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