View attachment 18110 Banned company directors with no medical training are running a clinic that charges drug addicts thousands of pounds for a treatment branded ‘nonsense’ by experts.
Brothers Antoni and Andrei Wilk launched the New Way Clinic, in New Moston, after their recruitment business was wound up by the courts in the public interest.
Their clinic offers bioresonance therapy to vulnerable users for up to £3,000 and claims success rates of up to 97 per cent.
They say the treatment, where addicts are connectd to a machine by two wrist bands, identifies the 'frequency' of the person’s addiction and then neutralises it.
Antoni Wilk told an undercover M.E.N reporter that it would take the NHS 10 years to achieve the results his clinic can achieve in 10 days.
But a drug expert described the science behind the bioresonance equipment as ‘belonging to Dr Who’ – and criticised the Wilk brothers for exploiting addicts to make money.
Antoni, 45, and Andrei, 48, were disqualified from being company directors for nine years in 2006 after their franchise business Drivertime Recruitment Ltd was wound up by the courts.
In the wind-up proceedings, the court heard how franchisees were led to believe they were buying into a successful business, but ended up investing and then losing their life savings.
The brothers, who go by the names Tony and Andy, have gone on to set up New Way Clinic, which they also refer to as Addiction Therapy, in a small office space on Greengate East in New Moston.
It is not illegal for them to run the new business as it is not a limited company.
An undercover M.E.N reporter went to the New Moston clinic and was quoted £2,995 for an eight-day programme to treat a relative’s heroin addiction.
Antoni, who lives in Salford, said the treatment simply involved a two-hour session each day, where addicts are hooked up to the equipment in the clinic while relaxing in a reclining chair.
He told our reporter: “At the end of this detox, they are not in pain and they don’t have any cravings, so they’re sort of free.
“The willpower (needed) is negligible in that you feel as if you don’t need the drug anyway.”
He added: “The NHS doesn’t have any treatment to get you off drugs. They just put you on methadone and then you’re on methadone for 10 years.
“What we can achieve in 10 days, it takes them 10 years, because there’s no treatment there.”
The brothers also claim to have a clinic on Harley Street in London.
Antoni said the London and Manchester clinics treat 900 people a year for addictions to nicotine, alcohol and class A drugs.
A second undercover reporter spoke to Andrei Wilk and was quoted £245 for an hour-long session to kick a smoking habit. The reporter was told there was no better option available for quitting.
Mike Linnell, from drugs charity Lifeline, said he believed New Way Clinic was trying to exploit vulnerable people to make as much money as possible.
He added: “The comments about achieving in 10 days what takes the NHS 10 years to achieve just show their ignorance of both the people we work with and the nature of addiction.
“Needless to say, this private company offer no evidence and the 'scientific' explanation of this 'treatment' belongs in an episode of Doctor Who.
“It would not be taken seriously by any health care professional.
“It is 'snake oil' salesmanship of the worst kind."
New Way Clinic was criticised by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) in 2007 for claiming in a faxed advert that more than 90pc of smokers quit after one bioresonance treatment, while 100pc gave up after two treatments.
In its adjudication, the ASA said the clinic had not provided any evidence to support the claims.
The New Way Clinic website claimed in a section about cocaine a success rate of up to 97 per cent. The website is not currently online.
Dr Peter Elton, public health leader on smoking in Greater Manchester, said: “I’m not aware of any evidence to support this as an effective way of giving up smoking.”
The University of Manchester’s Dr Michael Donmall, director of the National Drug Evidence Centre, said: “Bioresonance, not just in the addictions field, is a controversial subject, but the majority of scientific opinion suggests that it is diagnostic and therapeutic nonsense.
“Scientific studies of bioresonance do not show any effects other than placebo.”
In response to a series of questions put to him by the M.E.N, Antoni Wilk said he and his brother had done no wrong.
He said: “People are entitled to move on with their lives and this is what we have done.
“We have retrained in a different industry to help people with addiction and dependency problems.
“All clients make an informed decision about treatment and do not walk in off the street. We have hundreds of client testimonials which verify the treatment process is successful and viable.”
November 26, 2010
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Media investigation: Manchester clinic charges addicts £3k for 'snake oil' treatment