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ACCC Against Promoters of Health Devices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed proceedings in the Federal Court, Sydney, against Colin Ronald Dixon, Vital Earth Company Pty Limited and its director Darryl John Jones and Raylight Pty Ltd and its director Herbert Nathan, alleging breaches of sections 52 and 53 of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

Raylight has marketed alternative therapy products including the 'Parasite Zapper' and the 'colloidal silver kit'. Advertisements published in Nexus New Times, a health magazine, claimed that the 'Parasite Zapper' passes an electric current through a person's blood and that this is effective in treating a number of serious medical conditions including HIV, hepatitis and herpes as well as obesity. Raylight has also claimed that the colloidal silver kit is able to produce colloidal silver and that this is effective at killing intestinal bacteria and viruses.

Vital Earth has marketed a number of products including the 'Vital Silver 3000 Zapper' and the 'Vital Silver 2000' which it represents as being able to create colloidal silver which it is claimed has been used successfully to treat a number of serious medical conditions including AIDS, leukaemia and cholera.

Representations concerning products marketed by Vital Earth were posted on Internet sites operated by Colin Ronald Dixon.

The ACCC is seeking refunds, injunctions and corrective advertisements. A directions hearing will be held at the Federal Court, Sydney on 12 August 1999 at 9.30 a.m.

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