Trust me: I’m not a doctor

Trust me: I’m not a doctor

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I can’t imagine that Mr Cohen wants to be a doctor. He is very clever not to be one. He sends clients to their own GP to obtain prescriptions for dangerous non-approved medications. If anything should go wrong, as it did with me, he puts the blame on the GP. This is a perfect business model. Money for jam. All the cash, and none of the responsibilities.

Having said this, I might add that Mr Cohen does hand out medications while unlicensed, but this has been covered in other articles. The purpose of this article is to highlight the don’t-care attitude that permeates throughout the IHRB philosophy.

The products that Sam Cohen wants people to take, should never be taken. Each of the products come with warnings about the need to monitor the patient. I had explained to you in previous articles that Mr Cohen never examined me.

To prove to you the gross negligence, allow me to point out that Mr Cohen not only does not examine clients (and he is not qualified anyway), he is also happy to conduct the whole sales and treatment via mail order. IHRB is also a mail-order business.

On his website, he has a section that says, ‘If you wish to save some time and if you decide to proceed with our guaranteed treatment program, please fill in the Questionnaire and send the following, after this we will provide you with a refferal (sic) letter for your doctor.’

Mr Cohen is happy to conduct the whole transaction and treatment via mail order, at arms’ length.

Now that I know about his operation, I find it amusing that he should ask for ‘a few hairs from your comb’. Whatever for? What does he do with them? He has no equipment, no skill, no qualification, no training, and no reason to ask for this. Nonetheless, it all sounds mysteriously scientific and impressive. Besides, in his ads, he warns readers about his competitors by saying, ‘Ask for proof of accuracy of Mineral Hair Analysis and are they medically approved? (To check their authenticity, do not forget to provide them with 2 sets of samples of your own hair with 2 different names — the results will amaze you).’

How cheeky. If his competitors, some of whom have been around for 40 years and whose staff includes real doctors, are allegedly unable to examine hair, pray tell, how is he qualified to be asking for strands of hair to be sent to him. It is all side-splitting comedy.

Below we read part of a full-page advertisement that says, ‘Further, those who do not or are not able to visit our clinic, need not worry. We will send you a questionnaire with all the relevant information and instructions explaining the cause and how the treatment works for you to do it at home.’

This is absurd and outrageous. The medications that Mr Cohen recommended for me are no child’s play. Extra care and attention needs to be given to each patient. Yet, Mr Cohen is happy to do via remote control. In fact, by his own admission, he is the only one in his company who is a salesman, so the more time he can save, the better. Mail-order is fast and effective. As for the duty-of-care, well, his compounding pharmacist showed no duty-of-care to me. He just sent me a letter from his lawyer. His lawyer asked me to stop writing to his client. Mr Chan (B.Pharm) would not even answer any of my questions, despite his products affecting me.

And as for IHRB or Mr Sam Cohen showing any concern? That’s a laugh. After my painful rash that required two courses of antibiotics, and despite showing him photos of my head, Mr Cohen denied that it had anything to do with him. He simply does not care. And he has no reason to care, because he says that the prescribing doctor is the one who should take the flack for anything that might go wrong.

Sadly, my doctor was not involved at all, because Mr Cohen gave me medications without a prescription. Mr Cohen is not even licensed to sell such  products, even if I were to have a prescription.

This is a mirky, dirty, putrid pond that keeps on rippling!

Here is more evidence of this arms-length approach. Below is a document on IHRB letterhead. It says, ‘Country clients and those who do not wish to visit our clinics, need not worry. We will send you a Questionnaire, instructions and all the relevant information… its that simple!’

It’s irresponsible and it’s dangerous.

Mind you, don’t you have to laugh at how Mr Cohen calls his office a ‘clinic’! He refers to them in the plural, as if to suggest that he has more than one clinic.

I have been to his clinic. It is an office. Filled with his cigarette smoke, on the fifth floor of 105 Pitt Street in Sydney. An office. Not a clinic. What makes his office a clinic? Nothing. Everything about IHRB is nothing. The company calls itself an ‘institute’. IHRB stands for the Institute of Hair Regrowth & Beauty. How on earth is Mr Cohen running an Institute? Has he conducted research? Trials? Scientific experiments? Lectures? Studies? Anything at all? Nothing!

What a joke. And the joke is on us all that we, as a society, can allow this type of business operator to take people’s money and rip them off big-time. $4,900 is his list price. For what? A rash, a headache, and embarrassment that we, indeed I, could have been so stupid. And here I am trying to alert the world about this alleged scam, and people are wondering why I am exposing him. Why? Because I have a duty of care to my fellow citizens. Because I care!

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