Healer’s bizarre ‘protection’ against Hendra virus
A HORSE chiropractor and alternative healer has been deemed a serious risk to the public after he sold plain bottled water as a treatment for Hendra virus, German measles and chickenpox.
Peter Lindsay Esdaile of Warwick, who used a "neuro emotional technique'', also claimed a similar alternative product could be used to treat snake bites, herbicide and pesticide poison and paralysis ticks, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard.
In 2015, Mr Esdaile, a registered Queensland chiropractor until August that year, promoted his alternative remedy to the Hendra virus vaccine on his equine energy website.
Hendra virus is an infection transferred from fruit bats to horses and from horses to humans, with a high fatality rate.
Mr Esdaile sold the remedy - plain bottled water with a handwritten label attached - to a buyer for $35, the tribunal heard.
It had not been tested or scientifically-proven to be effective against the virus in humans or animals.
"These claims put the public at risk from unvaccinated horses who may contract the virus upon their owners' reliance on Mr Esdaile's alternative product,'' the tribunal said.
"Mr Esdaile financially exploited a consumer when he sold them the ineffective alternative product for a profit.''
Mr Esdaile admitted he had simply bought bottled water and placed a label with the words "Hendra virus'' and the "potency'' number "200C'' on it.
He said the placing of the label on the bottle changed the energy in the water and provided immunity to Hendra virus.
In a promotional video, Mr Esdaile said: "It doesn't matter whether you give it to a horse or yourself. That should give you the protection you need.''
An expert in Hendra virus and infection management said there was no scientific rationale or clinical evidence that plain bottled water provided human protection for the virus, chickenpox, German measles or paralysis ticks.
Mr Esdaile rejected the expert's opinion, saying he was not qualified in the field of "energy'' health care.
On September 6, the tribunal said he had provided no proof to support his "false and misleading claims''.
It permanently prohibited Mr Esdaile from advertising, promoting or supplying a remedy, vaccine or treatment not recognised or endorsed by conventional science-based medicine.
The prohibition order applies to any treatment for humans for Hendra virus, chickenpox, German measles and other viral infections.
It also applies to any alternative treatment for snake bite, herbicide or pesticide poison, paralysis ticks or other poisons or substances toxic to humans.