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Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced that two Oregon companies that provided blood-based health diagnostics conducted by unlicensed medical personnel are permanently out of business. Named in two Assurances of Voluntary Compliance filed today in Benton and Lincoln County Circuit Courts are Bon Sante, Inc. and its president, Cindy Bennett of Philomath and HLB Photo Comparatives, Inc. and its president, Joyce Grogan of Newport.
"Consumers wanting to pursue alternatives to traditional medicine still should consult licensed medical professionals," Myers said. "Mistreating a condition can be as dangerous as not treating it at all."
Both Bennett and Grogan drew blood from customers and then recommended supplements, vitamins and nutritional formulas based on analysis of the blood samples. This type of blood drawing procedure is called microscopy and, under Oregon law, requires, either a medical or naturopathic medicine license. Neither defendant is licensed.
Under the terms of the assurances, which admit no law violation, Bennett and Grogan have ceased doing business in Oregon and agreed to send letters to all their customers explaining that they were not licensed to do microscopy analysis of blood and offer full refunds. Bennett paid $1,000 and Grogan paid $3,000 to the Department of Justice consumer protection education fund.
Consumers may file complaints on this or any other business by calling the Attorney General's toll free consumer hotline at 1-877-877-9392, (503) 378-4320 (Salem area only) and (503) 229-5576 (Portland area only). Those wanting printed information about fraudulent health claims may write Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection, 1162 Court Street, N.E., Salem, Oregon 97310.
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