"It's Like A Light Saber" – Netizens Slam Man Who Claims His RM1200 Laser Can Treat Cancer
Netizens are calling out a man on TikTok for claiming to be able to treat cancer with a pulsing light laser device
The man, who has dubbed himself 'master' on TikTok, uploaded two videos claiming that the laser device is an alternative form of treatment for cancer.
In one of the videos, he is seen holding a red-coloured laser wand and waving the light over an elderly man's chest who is lying in bed. The elderly man is said to be a lung cancer patient and the caption implies that "after three sessions of treatment" the man is able to sit up in a chair.
Another video shows the 'master' waving the same device at two other men's head and back, with the captions "Open your body's chakra and meridian" and "Create new organ cells" in the video.
The 'master' has since taken down the two videos, but has uploaded many others to his TikTok account showing how the laser wand works with "resonant frequency therapy technology" and "quantum therapy".
Before they were removed on TikTok, the two demonstration videos were shared on Twitter, where people quickly called out the treatment for being a farce and criticised the man for advertising a bogus device
A netizen garnered over 7,000 retweets with a thread warning the public about it and begging the Ministry of Health (MOH) to take action.
They said, "Please MOH, send an enforcement team to investigate this man and many others who claim to be able to cure cancer. Pity the public. What light saber shooting thing like this can cure cancer? If it's true, he would've won the Nobel Prize award of the century already."
The netizen also pointed out that the man has a blog where he sells other products that use "biomagnetic technology" and "quantum power".
"That device costs RM1,200. I hope there's some intervention from the authorities and specialists. If this device is really great, I will buy 10 myself and give them away to people."
Many netizens agreed and expressed disbelief and sympathy for those who have bought the device, especially the elderly
"I don't have basic medical science [knowledge], I depend on autocorrect to even spell 'science', but [even I know] this is not just unreliable, this is bogus," said a netizen.
"After this, he can replace Dr Strange and hang out at Kamar-Taj. The mechanism behind this [treatment]? Taking advantage of vulnerable people, that's all."
"How does he know there's no more cancer? How did he check? Did he take the patient's CEA (a type of tumour marker)? Where was the test run? Did he do a thorax, abdomen, and pelvis CT scan (CT-TAP)?" questioned another netizen.
Someone sarcastically replied, "[The patient] could sit up in a chair, that's his proof."
Meanwhile, this netizen said mockingly, "Amazing that three sessions of treatment like that can cure cancer. My mum had to do tens of cycles of chemotherapy before she could get rid of cancer."
There are currently no official channels declaring that the laser device is a scam
However, a quick check of the device's name does not yield any result on the Medical Device Authority's (MDA) Registered Medical Device Search.
"Any device used for medical purposes is required to be registered under the MDA of Malaysia," MOH medical officer and co-founder of Medical Mythbusters Malaysia, Dr Ahmad Firdaus Mohd Haris told SAYS.
Given there is no official statement from MOH about the product, the medical officer could only verify that there is no credible research to indicate "frequency therapy" is beneficial in treating any medical illnesses such as cancer.
He added that, according to the Medical Advertisement Board, advertisements in Malaysia should not contain any claims, either directly or indirectly, referring to the prevention, treatment, alleviation, cure, or diagnosis of many diseases.
When asked how we can avoid health scams, he advised the public to:
– Learn to identify tactics commonly used by scammers.
– Scrutinise any claims regarding the benefits of health products. If it's too good to be true, it probably is.
– Remember, testimonials are NOT proof of effectiveness. Testimonials can be fabricated and biased.
– Ask a registered medical doctor before resorting to any form of alternative treatment.
– Personally verify whether a product is registered with the MDA.
– Submit complaints and enquiries to the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).
"Health scammers prey upon those who are desperate and are looking for miracle cures. When there is demand, they will flourish," he said.
SAYS has also reached out to MOH and the MDA for a statement but has yet to receive a reply.