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Scotty, The Naked Time, stardate 1704.3, Episode 7

The Amazing ‘Professor’ Joseph Chikelue Obi MD MPH FRIPH FRCAM FACAM MICR

Posted by apgaylard on January 24, 2008

‘Professor’ Obi is, in my book, amazing for two reasons: first the extensive claims he makes for himself; second that he thought it was a good idea to threaten the quackometer blog when it made some wholly legitimate critical comments.

So, what does this man claim?  Here is a selection of the ‘information’ available on the web.

He claims to be “…World’s Most Controversial Doctor…” and says that “…Alternative Medicine Can Certainly Help You Defy Cancer !”

Also, he is the ‘Provost’ of the ‘Royal College of Alternative Medicine‘ and also has an ‘Emeritus’ RCAM ‘Chair’.  This Dublin based organisation helpfully points out that “…it’s structure and functioning closely resembles that seen in Ancient Religious Cathederals…” and has “…no statutory links whatsoever with any “Royal Entity” of ‘Similar’ (or ‘Presumed Similar’) Nomenclature, Title, Calling, Being or Eminence

He is described as an “Alternative Medicine Strongman, Human Rights Activist, Emeritus RCAM Visiting Professor and Retired Medical Doctor…”

‘Wellness FM’ announced that “…the Most Distinguished Royal College of Alternative Medicine (RCAM) Provost, Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi FRCAM(Dublin) FRIPH(UK) FACAM (USA) MICR(UK), has today (most graciously) accepted the extremely serious responsibility of permanently ensuring that Alternative Medicine gets the epitomal respect which it truly deserves in the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom…”

These are amazing claims.  Reality is quite different.

Press coverage makes it very clear that this man was sacked for serious professional misconduct and subsequently suspended from the UK’s Medical Register and is not licensed to practise medicine in the UK; he did not retire.

Of his prestigious ‘institution’ the Irish Independant says simply: “Banned doctor claims to head college that does not exist

This puts his claims to be a ‘Professor’ in an appropriate context.  His amazing claims also include being “Emeritus RCAM Visiting Professor” and having a ‘chair’ at this prestigious virtual ‘institution’.  This is odd as emeritus refers to:

“…Full professors who retire in good standing may be referred to as Professors Emeritus. This title is also given to retired professors who continue to teach and to be listed; they may also draw a very large percentage of their last salary as pension. The title may also be given to full professors who have left for another institution but are still working full time. The concept has in some places been expanded to include also associate tenured professors; in some systems and institutions, it needs a special act or vote…”

And visiting Professors are:

Someone visiting another college or university to teach for a limited time; this may be someone who is a professor elsewhere or a distinguished scholar or practitioner who is not […]”

So are we to take it that he has both retired from a full professorship at his own ‘institution’ and at the same time is a visitor from another institution?  This lack of consistancy demonstrates that this is just puffery.

What about all those ‘qualifications’?

  • FRCAM(Dublin) – An unrecognised award from his own ‘institution’ that no one else seems to have. [edit: thanks to afterfourty for pointing out that we can increase to ten the number of ‘ethical’ holders of this ‘prestigious’ ‘award’]
  • FRIPH(UK) – Royal Institute of Public Health is a reputable body.  In 2004 The Evening Chronicle reported “[…] No one was able to confirm whether or not Dr Obi was a member of the RIPH when the Chronicle contacted it.”
  • FACAM (USA) This seems to refer to a fellowship of “The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)“, which seems to be a legitimate organisation for “physicians and other health care professionals” with interests in “preventive/nutritional medicine” and “complementary and alternative medicine“.  Obi is listed as a member.
  • MICR(UK)  Again the “Institute of Clinical Research” is a legitimate body.  According to their website Membership is open to graduates with more than four years clinical research experience.

Obi also claims a “DSc”, The Evening Chronicle comments “[…] Obi, […] does not say where he did his doctorate in science (DSc) […]”.  I note with interest that his ‘institution’ offers one.

So how amazing is this?  Obi’s legitimate associations are pretty ordinary for someone who was a qualified doctor.  His more impressive sounding titles are most likely without real meaning.  The main point is: he’s actually a sacked, suspended doctor who no longer has the right to practise medicine in the UK.

Given that, you’d think he’d keep a low profile?  This is the truely amazing part of this episode: he’s actually trying to suppress critical comment.  Predictably, as the Society of Homeopaths found out, all this does is spread the criticism more widely.

Here’s a selection, courtesy of shpalman’s blog:

[Edit: Additional spots]

Mentions:

Forum discussions:

[Edit: Additional spots]

If Obi wished his reputation to be further tarnished he could not have found a better, or quicker, way of doing it.  Just to add one more small piece of evidence to support that contention, here are the quackometer blog posts Obi doesn’t want you to read:

Right Royal College of Pompous Quackery – Dublin

Thursday, September 28, 2006

I had to share this with you. Following on from my recent Quack Word ‘Doctor‘ blog, I came across the Royal College of Alternative Medicine (RCAM), a Dublin based – well, I’m not sure quite what it is…

What caught my eye was just the shameless aggrandisement of the site. It is quite hilarious, if not a little repetitive at times. Calling yourself ‘Doctor’ is somewhat pompous when all you have done is paid for some international postage. However, the man behind RCAM has absolutely no shame and titles himself as the:

Distinguished Provost of RCAM (Royal College of Alternative Medicine) Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi FRCAM(Dublin) FRIPH(UK) FACAM(USA) MICR(UK)

Wow! Probably, just Joe to his mates. Naturally, when you Google the qualification FRCAM(Dublin), there is only person who appears to revel in this achievement. I’ll leave the rest as an excercise for the reader.

The distinguished provost looks like he is just another pseudoscientific nutritionist, his spin being “Nutritional Immunomodulation”. This is obviously a lot more clever than Patrick Holfords mere ‘Optimum Nutrition’, but having only one ‘omnipill’ is probably a poorer commercial decision that Patrick’s vast range of supplements.

Obviously, Professor Obi has had a few problems with what probably amount to bewildering comments about his site as the legal threats and press releases concerning his ‘ethical’ responses to criticisms cover more space than anything else. ‘Ethical’ is a favourite word on the site.

The most recent press release states,

7th September 2006 : The Distinguished RCAM Provost, Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi FRCAM(Dublin) FRIPH(UK) FACAM(USA) MICR(UK) has formally accepted appointment as Chief Professorial Examiner for the Doctor of Science (DSc) programme in Evidence Based, Alternative Medicine (EBAM) of a highly respected International University in one of the British Commonwealth Protectorates.

This new qualification is primarily aimed at Medical Graduates, Physicians, Surgeons, Pharmacists, Dentists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Opticians, Wellness Consultants, Herbalists, Acupuncturists, Naturopaths, Healers, Podiatrists, Chiropodists, Scientists, Healers, Therapists, Homeopaths, Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Nurses wishing to ethically upgrade their current Qualifications in Alternative Medicine over an exceedingly intensive 12 – 36 month period of study.

British Commonwealth Protectorates? Could that be Dublin?

I really have no idea what this organisation is all about. But it looks like it could be getting quite big soon…

RCAM currently has International Vacancies for One Million (1,000,000) ‘Foundation Fellows’ (‘Movers and Shakers’); who will independently play a highly pivotal role in diligently mentoring (and regulating) its future Global Membership.

So if you really think that you seriously have what it takes to become a ‘Leader’ in Alternative Medicine, then (perhaps) RCAM may definitely be exactly what the Doctor ordered for you.

One million. That’s a lot of quacks! And they are just to mentor (and regulate) the wider quack membership! This man has ambition.

The Big J really hates real doctors. This is his most recent press release…

RCAM would like to warmly commend the various Chieftans of the National Health Service of the United Kingdom for ethically and appropriately ignoring utterly misguided calls (from a rather amusing Group of thirteen Clinical Yestermen) to compel Hard-Working (and Tax-Paying) British Citizens to additionally pay for Life Enhancing Alternative Medicine Interventions out of their very own pockets – rather than get such treatments free via the NHS. RCAM would like to also categorically state that such exceedingly flawed ‘G-13′ demands that the National Health Service of the United Kingdom expediently abandon Alternative Medicine altogether (in total favour of Conventional Medicine) be diplomatically treated with the very utmost contempt which such unguarded verbal flippance duly deserves; as none of these 13 ‘Eminent UK Scientists’ behind such calls has professionally attained Globally Acceptable Fellowship Qualifications in Alternative Medicine and as such cannot be deemed competent enough to make such sweeping ‘Shilly-Shally’ statements about the noble independent specialty of Alternative Medicine.

RCAM therefore publicly advises the General Public to lawfully go about their normal Wellness-Seeking Behaviour as usual – without any unwarranted prejudice or fear resulting from such highly self-serving, morally unethical, abjectly crude, totally unprofessional, utterly unstatesmanly, morbidly barbaric, wantonly uncivilized, profanely undemocratic and unspeakably sacrilegious perpetual affronts on the therapeutically formidable institution of Alternative Medicine.

Now, I do not have ‘Globally Acceptable Fellowship Qualifications’ in Santa Clause Studies to know he does not exist. But hey. I must be a morbidly barbaric and profanely undemocratic, unethical duck.

So, struggling around the acres of pomposity I find one place where Prof Joe might be making some money. You can call him to seek his wisdom, after pre-booking an hour’s slot (and handing over your credit card) for a mere €300. Alternatively, you can pay by the minute on the contact line for a trifling $10 per minute.

It’s going to cost you $20 just for Joe to say Hello and to read out his numerous titles, qualifications and names. Not bad ‘ethical’ work.

Ethical Quackery, the Monarchy and Kate Moss

Thursday, October 12, 2006

No, this is not about our Defender of Quackery, our Quack-in-Chief His Royal Quackiness, Prince Charles, but about the Distinguished Provost of the Royal College of Alternative Medicine, Professor Joseph Chikelue Obi. And yes, it is just a rather lame story written solely to get a picture of Kate on my blog.

I’ve written a rather lazy blog on the distinguished professor before that was just a bit of a gawp at his quacktastic website and what looks like a health phone-line scam.

Well, I’ve done a little more digging with Google and it has revealed a few quack gems. It has been pretty hard work, since Google returns some 6,000 pages, the vast majority just appears to be Prof Obi’s self-promotion. However, if you persist in digging a few interesting facts turn up.

So, what has the little black duck found out about the “most Controversial Retired Physician and ‘A-List’ Medical Celebrity, Dr Joseph Chikelue Obi”?

Here we go…

  1. The Irish Independent reports that his college does not exist at the Dublin address given on the web site. There’s a surprise! It’s just a front.
  2. The Independent goes on. “In January 2003, he was suspended by for serious professional misconduct at South Tyneside District Hospital. Among the allegations made were that he failed to attend to patients, wrote strange notes about colleagues and at one point gave a dating agency phone number to a psychiatric patient.”
  3. He was being investigated by the police for taking thousands of pounds off a 58 year old woman to in order to cure a long standing illness.
  4. The GMC strike Dr Obi off their register for “serious professional misconduct”. So much for him being retired.
  5. On another tack, Dr Obi has been involved in a little cyber-squatting. This looks as if it took place while he was a doctor – always after a few quid!
  6. Since then, now self-titled Prof Obi, a few new avenues have been opened, including trying to entice Kate Moss away to one of his ‘safe-houses’ in Ireland. Hat’s off! He is quoted as saying:

    “Under the European Convention on Human Rights, Miss Moss still has fundamental rights, just like anyone else out there, and as far as I am concerned, she is not guilty of anything until an Ethical Jury says so.”

    (I mentioned before that ‘ethical’ was one of his favourite words.)

  7. Prof Obi has been developing a Penis Enlarger (watch out Kate) that his own Royal College has now endorsed.
  8. At least one person (out of the targeted million) has paid Prof Obi the fees for his college to accredit him. Dr Michael Keet (8 Canards) of the Central London College of Reflexology handed over ‘hundreds‘. Do we feel sorry for out-quacked quacks? I guess we ought to.
  9. For those of you wanting to see behind the grand titles and see the real human being, Joseph lists his interests as Comedy in London, Whole Food Nutrition and Christian Music. On this ‘Meetup’ site, he describes himself as “Just a very ordinary guy…”. That’s nice.
  10. His name appears very often on the blog Abolish The General Medical Council (GMC), often reporting something he has got up to. The blog describes itself as:

    An ethical blog for those who publicly feel that the General Medical Council (GMC) should be Statutorily Abolished in favour of a Medical Licensing Commission (MLC) to solely register and revalidate Doctors who practise Conventional Medicine in the UK. The Blog also recommends that the GMC/MLC hands all disciplinary functions over to an Independent Clinical Tribunal (ICT) in keeping with the EU Convention on Human Rights; to avoid (both) Institutional Bias and Multiple Jeopardy.

    Oooh. There is that word ‘ethical’ again. And ‘European Human Rights’. No name is given for the blog author but the avatar is a portrait of the queen. Another apparent obsession of Prof Obi – royalty. Could the author be none other than the Professor himself, a little agrieved for his ticking off? I hope you all click through to the blog. Maybe we will show up in his stats and whoever the writer is can get in contact and confirm one way or another.

    I rather hope he is, as the final thing I turned up would just be fantastic…

  11. Is the Distinguished Provost of the Royal College of Alternative Medicine, Professor Obi now selling ethical ring-tones? I do hope so. Watch out Crazy Frog! Here comes the Crazy Provost…

 

Postscript

It does look like Prof Obi has read this blog. He claims on the blog ‘Abolish The General Medical Council’ the following…

And now we have the GMC sending the ‘half-wit’ Quackometer Bloggers after me, who (by the way) don’t even know the very meaning of the word ‘Quack’.

Excellent. So I am a GMC Shill now to add to my credentials. Black ducks are not that clever, but half-witted is a bit harsh. And I don’t know the meaning of the word quack. As usual for a quack, not a shred of evidence to support his claims that I have anything to do with the GMC.

I have a feeling this story will re-appear. But first, I must download that ringtone…”

15 Responses to “The Amazing ‘Professor’ Joseph Chikelue Obi MD MPH FRIPH FRCAM FACAM MICR”

  1. jdc325 said

    Excellent information on claims and qualifications.

  2. apgaylard said

    Jdc325: Thanks; given that google exists I’m surprised that people make these claims. It’s odd that they don’t seem to think they’ll be rumbled.

  3. […] Right-Thinking from the Left Coast wrote an interesting post today on The Amazing âProfessorâ Joseph Chikelue Obi MD MPH FRIPH FRCAM…Here’s a quick excerpt…was a good idea to threaten the quackometer blog when it made some wholly legitimate critical comments. So, what does this man claim?  Here is… […]

  4. apgaylard said

    An aside, the threatening letter to the quackometer’s ISP was signed by Tanja Suessenbach who seems to work for Lexcity Ltd.

    A search using the Law Society “find a solictor” service gives the following results.

    “You searched for: SUESSENBACH; Children Panel Accreditation Scheme – Adult party representative; Children Panel Accreditation Scheme – Children representative; Civil and Commercial Mediation Accreditation Scheme; Clinical Negligence Accreditation Scheme; Family Law Accreditation Scheme; Family Mediation Accreditation Scheme; Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme; Mental Health Review Tribunal Accreditation Scheme; Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme; Planning Law Accreditation Scheme.

    Found 0 results.

    Seaching for Lexcity under the listings for law firms and organisations produced:

    You searched for: LEXCITY; SE27 0SP.

    Found 0 results.

    You searched for:LEXCITY

    Found 0 results.

    You searched for: SW16 2HL.

    Found 50 result(s).

    None of these were for a firm called Lexity.

    It may just mean that I’m not very good at this; or perhaps that the lady in question is not a solicitor? It may be that she is still a student.

    She uses the designations LLB and LLM. As Wikipedia points out that “…the LLM is also open to law graduates who are not yet a solicitor or barrister…”

  5. Oooh, you found a few more.

  6. pv said

    I think it’s Lexcity.
    Anyway, I wouldn’t entirely blame Ms Sussenbach for being taken in by the scumbag. Apparently he’s made a career out of duping whoever comes into contact with him.
    I don’t have the time (12 hours at school today) but I do think someone who has the time might be kind enough enlighten this newly qualified legal eagle. It might save her from future embarrassment.

  7. apgaylard said

    PV:
    Quite right, thanks. Have edited; same result.

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  10. afterforty said

    Prof Obi is not the only ethical individual to have been awarded an FRCAM.
    On Prof. Obi’s Royal College site (www.clinicalschool.org) there is a list of its Principal Officers. They too have the FRCAM designation. Two of these individuals even recognise the award on their own sites:
    Academic Dean: Dr Arien Van Der Merwe MB CHB FRCAM(Dublin)FRIPH(UK MISMA(UK) and
    Regional Dean (India, Nepal, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh): Dr P K Saxena MBBS DMRD FACAM(USA) FRCAM(Dublin)

  11. apgaylard said

    Afterforty:
    Thanks for the info; hardly an impressive tally but I do value accuracy. I’ve editied my piece.

    I must say, I’ve never seen the word ‘ethical’ used so much until this story broke. To quote The Bard:

    “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

    Hamlet Act 3, scene 2, 222–230

  12. afterforty said

    Or, maybe:

    “Vanity of vanities ; all is vanity”

    Look at the really cute way he framed his MPH graduation day list

  13. lecanardnoir said

    I have written to Dr Merwe to see what she has to say about Obi and her FRCAM award.

  14. apgaylard said

    LCN: It’ll be interesting to hear what she has to say. Dr Saxena’s website quacks very loudly..

  15. royjobson said

    It will indeed be interesting to see if a response is forthcoming from Dr van der Merwe.

    See:
    http://www.myway2wellness.com/w2w/w2w_Content/freeContent/w2w_team.asp

    and scroll down to “Dr Arien”.

    She says about herself:

    Hi, my name is Dr Arien,

    I am 50 years young and on myway2wellness® to becoming 120 years old! I’ve been divorced for two years, and am in a long-term soul mate relationship. I have three kids (son, Léan 20, and daughters Anri 17, Stephni 14).

    I’m passionate about living, teaching, and facilitating people’s journies (sic) to optimal health and wellness. w2w is an ideal way for people to become more knowledgeable about their own bodies, minds, emotions, and souls, and the integrative effect all of these have on being a healthy (whole) human being. Through obtaining and implementing knowledge, we can all learn to create our ideal lives, changing even the genetic blueprint of our DNA to one of health and happiness. Webucation is the way!

    ——————–

    The website also has a “humanitarian efforts” page which indicates:

    Our purpose

    way2wellness® was designed and developed with two purposes in mind:

    • To provide information, education and knowledge to all
    people in the world so that they may be well and happy.

    • To provide free wellness and preventative care tools and
    mechanisms to needy and poor people who cannot afford
    to obtain information like this any other way.

    http://www.myway2wellness.com/w2w/w2w_Content/freeContent/H_efforts.asp

    Does the first purpose not sound somewhat similar to an Obi’istic grandiosity?

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