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Quackpot Baratz goes on trial in Wisconsin July 14th, 2003…

It won’t be long now…

Soon we’ll get to see the President of the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF) crying his eyes out in a courtroom again.   Whimpering, and stuttering, his way through “expert testimony” (I have a video tape) last October 2002 in Wisconsin, Robert S.Baratz MD, DDS. PhD., broke into crocodile tears, snuffling out “I was a paper boy at eight and a half years old.  Then I was a boy scout (sniff, sniff).  Then I got the order of the arrow (snuffle, snort),”  Baratz did everything but wet his pants when confronted about his expertise, and his credibility. Continue reading Quackpot Baratz goes on trial in Wisconsin July 14th, 2003…

Quackpot Barrett Crushed in Federal Court – Again..

Some people never learn.  Stephen Barrett (quackwatch.com) seems to be one of those.

Despite loss after loss, and humiliation on top of humiliation, self styled quackbuster Stephen Barrett trudges on to the next embarrassment.

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Like a bug in the fast lane,  Barrett is doomed to be wiped off the windshield of the North American Health Freedom Movement time after time, I guess. Continue reading Quackpot Barrett Crushed in Federal Court – Again..

OPENING THE MEDICINE CABINET: FIRST REPORT ON HEALTH ASPECTS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

COMMITTEE APPROACH

In June 2003, the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Health agreed to a study on prescription drugs (patented and generic) in Canada. Through a primary focus on the health aspects, it undertook to examine costs; price controls; drug approvals; adverse drug reactions; prescribing practices; marketing to and lobbying of prescribers and dispensers; direct-to-consumer advertising; access to drugs; and, misuse, abuse and addiction within the general population.

Over two months in the fall of 2003, the Health Committee held extensive hearings on the health-related aspects of prescription drugs. In addition to frequent meetings in Ottawa, the Committee travelled to western and eastern destinations to listen to the views of Canadians. This work produced a rich body of evidence and revealed multiple issues of shared concern. Continue reading OPENING THE MEDICINE CABINET: FIRST REPORT ON HEALTH ASPECTS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Who is Hulda Clark?

the_cure_for_all_cancersThe Scientist

Hulda Regehr Clark began her studies in biology at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, where she was awarded the Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, and the Master of Arts, with High Honors.

After two years of study at McGill University, she attended the University of Minnesota, studying biophysics and cell physiology. She received her Doctorate degree in physiology in 1958.

After doing government sponsored research for almost ten years at Indiana University, she began private consulting in 1979 on a full time basis.  Continue reading Who is Hulda Clark?

California Appeals Court BLUDGEONS Quackbusters…

A California Appeals Court, yesterday, April 22, 2003, bludgeoned the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF), and their whole argument about what constitutes good and bad health care.  

The quackbuster’s operating theme, the argument they use against alternative proponents, came under a major American Court’s scrutiny.  The Court, basically, in their decision, said the the quackbuster’s arguments were hogwash, and they had no business meddling in California’s system.

The Court also declared that top quackbusters Stephen Barrett (quackwatch.com), and Wallace Sampson MD (Scientific Review of Alternative and Aberrant Medicine)  “were found to be biased and unworthy of credibility.”  

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Continue reading California Appeals Court BLUDGEONS Quackbusters…

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Quackbuster Scorned…

It’s tough being a quackbuster these days. They get no respect. Why should they?  

The North American public has identified the true intent of the stumbling, bumbling mini-cult that years ago, pompously paraded itself across North America as “The Quackbusters.”  Now, most places, they’re a joke.  And, they don’t seem to like that…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen Continue reading Hell Hath No Fury Like a Quackbuster Scorned…

Failed MD Stephen Barrett

What kind of man would drop out of the medical profession and dedicate his life to STOPPING advancement in the health sciences?

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen  

The MOST IMPORTANT thing to understand about Stephen Barrett is that…

It is common knowledge that Stephen Barrett has been Officially Declared by the US Court System, in a PUBLISHED Appeals Court Decision (NCAHF v King BioCalifornia Appeals Court BLUDGEONS Quackbusters), to be “Biased, and unworthy of credibility.”

What that statement means, in layman’s terms, simply, is that it is common knowledge that OFFICIALLY – NOTHING BARRETT SAYS CAN BE LEGALLY RELIED UPON. Continue reading Failed MD Stephen Barrett

Health Care in North America – The Real Issue is “Suppression.”

Let’s talk about my friend, and health activist, Ed McCabe…  A man with answers.

Every day we read articles about how bad the health care system is in the United States.  Those articles are all frighteningly true.  It’s an American scandal.  Things are so bad, Americans are learning to take care of themselves rather than risk seeing a doctor, or going to a hospital.

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen Continue reading Health Care in North America – The Real Issue is “Suppression.”

Quackbuster Removed From California State Job…

A large slice of the United States population relies on Medicare, and medical insurance, to provide them with health care.. That’s a problem – a big one… Because, if you’re unfortunate enough to have to rely on Medicare – you’re relying on practices and procedures FIFTEEN YEARS OUT OF DATE. In the case of Medical Insurance – probably TEN YEARS OUT OF DATE.

Who wants that?

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen Continue reading Quackbuster Removed From California State Job…

Quackbusters Massively Crushed in California Court…

This story is a belly laugh – unless, of course you’re a quackbuster…  Then, maybe it’s not so funny.

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

December 12th, 2003 was the day when a Rancho Cucamonga, California, jury of twelve delivered their verdict in a trial called Hendricksen vs. Metabolife.  The Judge was Jeffrey King, who was conducting his last trial before he was appointed to the California Appeals Court bench.

The trial had taken six weeks –  30 full days of trial.  In the end, it was no contest.  The jury voted in favor of the defendant, Metabolife.

On the plaintiff’s side was the quackbuster’s favorite attorney Christopher Grell from Oakland, California.  On the defendant’s side were competent, thoughtful, attorneys with social conscience, who cared about their clients and the people of California. Continue reading Quackbusters Massively Crushed in California Court…

(Proposed) Final Decision and Order… Eleazar Kadile

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

This is Baratz and Thexton’s written plan to destroy the leading-edge health care system for millions of people in Wisconsin.

You are about to read the “Final Decision and Order” that DORL employee Arthur Thexton wants to FORCE on all leading-edge health practitioners in Wisconsin.  He is starting with Eleazar Kadile MD.  

Worry Not – THEY LOST THIS CASE.  WE WON!!!  This DID NOT happen…

Notations, and commentaries, in this writing are in blue.   

Note that MOST of the so-called “FINDINGS OF FACT” or “CONCLUSIONS OF LAW,” and the “ORDER” shown below are NOT true.  

One of Thexton/Baratz  tactics here, is the sheer financial cost that any physician would incur, if he/she had BAD legal advice, and were foolish enough to agree to something like this.  We’ve put financial cost estimates in green.

Eleazar Kadile MD is simply an “Alternative Medicine” practitioner.  He has done nothing wrong.  

Thexton/Baratz’s strategy to force this on Dr. Kadile, and all other practitioners, is simple.  Thexton is trying to qualify Baratz  as an expert in EVERY facet of American medicine – and then have him testify in marathon Administrative Law Cases, to run up the individual doctor’s legal bills beyond what they can afford.  Dr. Kadile’s legal bills totaled $127,000 after the first week of trial.  And, there was no end in sight.  Thexton wants Baratz to testify for another week. The trial is ongoing.

When you are done reading this, go read the individual  “REQUIRED DISCLOSURE FOR EXPERIMENTAL/UNCONVENTIONAL DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT” forms that Thexton/Baratz want to force patients to sign…

Tim Bolen

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STATE OF WISCONSIN
BEFORE THE MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD
IN THE MATTER OF DISCIPLINARY                                          FINAL DECISION AND ORDER
PROCEEDINGS AGAINST                                                        LS-0112061-MED
ELEAZAR M. KADILE, M.D.                                                     94 MED, 96 MED 287
RESPONDENT.
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The parties to this action for the purposes of 227.53, Wis. Stats., are:Eleazar M. Kadile, MD
1538 Belleview St.
Green Bay, WI 54311

Wisconsin Medical Examining Board
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
 Department of Regulation and Licensing
Division of Enforcement
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
 The parties in this matter agree to the terms and conditions of the attached Stipulation as the final decision of this matter, subject to the approval of the Board. The Board has reviewed this Stipulation and considers it acceptable.  No one has agreed to any of this…
 
 Accordingly, the Board in this matter adopts the attached Stipulation and makes the following:  No one has agreed to any of this…
 
FINDINGS OF FACT
1. The respondent is Eleazar deMira Kadile ( D.O.B. 1/26/39) who is licensed and currently registered as a physician and surgeon in the State of Wisconsin, license #20408, first granted on 10/1/76. Respondent’s most recent address on file with the Department of Regulation and Licensing is 1538 Belleview St. Green Bay, WI 54311.
2. During the year 1995, and in subsequent years, respondent caused to be distributed and published to the public a brochure advertising his services as a physician, which brochure stated: “Relentless study of allergy and the environment led to his board certification in Environmental Medicine. In 1992, he received a Fellowship from that same organization.”  The brochure did not contain the complete name of the specialty board which conferred the certification.  So?
3. In the same brochure, respondent advertises as follows: “Our Certified Clinical Nutritionist is available to discuss nutritional needs with you.” In fact, respondent had no person on his staff or associated with his practice who was or is certified under §448.70 to §448.94, Wis. Stats, although the person had passed a certification test for a national private association in the field of nutrition in 1991.  Yeah, and?
4. Respondent caused or authorized to be published in the August 17, 1996 (Sunday) Green Bay Press-Gazette, a general circulation newspaper, an advertisement which stated that a “typical” patient treated with chelation therapy reported that his coronary artery blockage was halved by respondent’s chelation therapy, and that “chelation therapy is an effective way to not only combat, but reverse some of the effects of atherosclerosis.” This never happened.  Thexton made this up.  The Board finds that there is not sufficient data to support these representations. The board has done no such thing.  Thexton is lying…
 
5. At all times relevant hereto respondent treated patient Roy P., a male born in 1939 with a history of stroke, mild diabetes, herniated lumbar disc L-4L5, and angioplasty. He had cholesterol levels of 250, with LDL of 173, and was taking cholestyramine.
6. On 11/7/91, respondent first saw this patient and diagnosed the patient as suffering from sub clinical hypothyroidism.
7. The patient’s T3 and FTI laboratory test results were within normal limits, while the T4 was 4.5 (the normal range is 4.9 to 9.5) based on the first laboratory test results in the patient’s chart, which bear the date of 11/11/91.
8. The laboratory test results set forth in the previous paragraph do not support a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. Respondent’s statements that he believed the patient to have “subclinical hypothyroidism” based on the laboratory reports, an uncharted low basal temperature, high cholesterol, the presence of scleroderma (an autoimmune disorder) and diabetes, and a report of feeling fatigued, is not recognized by the Board.  This is not true.  Thexton is lying, based on crackpot Baratz’s reading of the case.
9. Respondent prescribed desiccated thyroid per day, beginning 11/21/91, for treatment of hypothyroidism.
10. Chelation therapy is a treatment which involves the infusion of intravenous EDTA into a patient’s bloodstream. There are kinds of EDTA:  calcium EDTA and disodium EDTA.  Disodium EDTA is used conventionally to remove calcium from the body, and is well accepted for use in cases where a patient has hypercalcemia or digitalis-induced cardiac arrhythmias. Calcium EDTA is used to remove lead from the body in cases of lead poisoning, and is well-accepted for this use. The patient did not have any of these conditions. Baratz says this – and he has no expertise in any of this.  His claim to expertise is that “he read about chelation when he was in DENTAL school…
11. Respondent prescribed and administered magnesium disodium EDTA chelation for this patient.  60 such chelation treatments were administered in Respondent’s office between 12/3/01 and 5/12/94.
12. Respondent’s conduct created the following risks to the patient, which were not adequately disclosed:  Says crackpot Baratz…
 
 A. The provision of thyroid replacement therapy to a patient who does not have hypothyroidism may lead to hyperthyroidism, including weight loss, hypertension, palpitations, diarrhea, cramps, tachycardia, angina pectoris, arrhythmias, tremors, headache, and in severe cases cardiac decompensation, cardiac failure and death.  None of this is true.  It is simply crackpot Robert Baratz’s assinine commentary on a science he knows nothing about.
 B. Board finds that Respondent’s failure to accurately and completely record his findings in the patient’s record, and his failure to document a thorough and competent history and physical examination, creates the risk that the patient’s conditions are not being accurately recorded, detected, and monitored thereby creating an additional risk that the patient may be inappropriately treated or there may be a delay in necessary treatment. None of this is true.  It is simply crackpot Robert Baratz’s assinine commentary on a science he knows nothing about.
13. In fact, chelation therapy is not accepted by the Board as an effective treatment for any of the patient’s diagnosed conditions.  The board has done NO SUCH THING.  Thexton is lying…
14. Respondent signed a letter and sent the letter to an insurance company on 1/11/92, stating that the patient had high level of mercury and lead, and that there was a medical necessity for EDTA chelation for the presence of these substances. In fact, the Board does not find high levels of either of these substances by accepted or established testing methods. The board has done no such thing.  Thexton is lying…  The purpose of EDTA chelation therapy was to improve the patient’s cardiovascular functioning, and by failing to state this, a material fact was not conveyed to the insurance company.  None of this is true.  It is simply crackpot Robert Baratz’s assinine commentary on a science he knows nothing about.
15. Respondent has stated that if a patient substantially like Mr. P were to present to him today, he would treat him in substantially the same way as he treated Mr. P.
16. The Board finds that the state’s expert, Robert S. Baratz, is qualified to give admissible testimony on all aspects of this matter.  Isn’t this amazing?  Thexton is so worried about Baratz being disqualified he wants this junk in an agreement.
 
CONCLUSIONS OF LAW
A.   The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board has jurisdiction to act in this matter pursuant to §448.02(3), Wis. Stats. And is authorized to enter into the attached Stipulation pursuant to §227.44 (5), Wis. Stats.
B.   Failing to state the full name of the board which certified him in “environmental medicine,” as described in ¶2, above, is contrary to § Med 10.02(2)(w), Wis. Adm. Code  This is a STUPID Statement written by Thexton – showing the low quality of work he is able to produce as a public employee.
C.   Representing that a person is a “Certified Clinical Nutritionist,” as described in ¶ 3, above, tends to represent the person as certified in a nutrition-related field, and is therefore prohibited by ¶448.76, Wis. Stats.  The brochure statement constitutes a violation of  ¶ Med 10.02(2)(o), Wis. Adm Code.  Again – this is a STUPID Statement written by Thexton – showing the low quality of work he is able to produce as a public employee.
D.   The advertising described in  ¶4, above, is contrary to  § Med 10.02(2)9O), Wis. Adm. Code.  Wrong…
E.   Respondent’s conduct as described in   ¶¶5-15, above, violated  § Med 10.02(2)(u), Wis Adm. Code.  Wrong…
F.   Respondent’s conduct as described in ¶14, above, violated Wis. Adm. Code § Med 10.02(2)(m). Wrong…
 
G. The above conduct constitutes unprofessional conduct within the meaning of Wis. Stats. § 448.02(3).  Wrong…
ORDER  Again – remember that none of this is actually true – it’s what Thexton, and Baratz, want all the health practitioners in Wisconsin to agree to.  Eleazar Kadile MD is an “Alternative Medicine” practitioner.  He has done nothing wrong.  All of this is to stop him, and about 3,000 other Wisconsin practitioners, from practicing non-conventional medicine.  All on the say-so of a crackpot hair-removal specialist who lost his last job after a physical altercation with a 72-year old woman – and the writings of a DORL zealot.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, that the attached Stipulation is accepted.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that Eleazar M. Kadile, MD, is REPRIMANDED for his unprofessional conduct in this matter. There is NO unprofessional conduct – except on the part of Arthur Thexton, and Robert Baratz.
 
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the license to practice medicine and surgery of respondent is LIMITED as provided in  §448.02(3)(e), Wis. Stats., and as follows:
1) Respondent shall, for all patients, record in the chart the names and contact information for all other  physicians the patient is seeing or is likely to see on a continuing basis, and shall inform one primary care physician’s office, in writing, of his diagnosis and proposed treatment of the patient. If a patient refuses consent for respondent to provide such information to the other physician, respondent shall not treat that patient. There is no good reason for this.  It is just to raise costs, harass other doctors, and create bad feeling…  Monthly estimated cost – $500.
2) Respondent shall not engage or participate in any research project on human subjects without the specific approval of the Board.  The board doesn’t have any jurisdiction over research projects.  It couldn’t approve or disapprove one if it wanted to. 
3) Respondent shall not prescribe, dispense, or administer any drug product or device which is not FDA approved, nor for any use or indication for which such drug product or device is not labeled in the United States, nor may respondent order, dispense, or administer any compounded drug or drug product, except as permitted in this Order. This is contrary to NORMAL physician practice in the United States.   Off-label or compounded prescribing shall be pursuant to the form attached as REQUIRED DISCLOSURE FOR EXPERIMENTAL/UNCONVENTIONAL DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.  The Board or its designee may grant exceptions to this requirement for written informed consent for “off-label” prescribing, upon petition, either as to an individual case or product or as to a category of patients or products. There is no provision in board policy to provide for petitions on individual cases. Is Thexton  too stupid to know this? Respondent may offer chelation therapy only if the patient signs the for which is attached to this Order as REQUIRED DISCLOSURE FOR ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETIC ACID (EDTA) CHELATION THERAPY.  Respondent shall not alter, preface, supplement, or in any way attempt to defeat or minimize the message of the approved disclosure forms with other documents or oral statements; respondent shall comply with ch. Med 18, Wis. Adm. Code. The form shall be preserved in the patient’s chart, and a copy given to the patient at the time of signing.
4) Respondent shall not order or recommend any established test for unestablished reasons, or any unestablished test (including but not limited to whole blood analysis, hair analysis, any test offered by facilities which are not commonly used by physicians practicing conventional medicine) unless the patient signs the attached REQUIRED DISCLOSURE FOR EXPERIMENTAL/UNCONVENTIONAL DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.  All testing shall be performed by CLIA regulated laboratory which is authorized to do the test performed.  All physicians use “disclosure” forms.  Wait until you see the ones that Thexton/Baratz dreamed up…
 
5) Respondent shall not sell any good or article to any patient at other than his actual cost (including shipping) without written notice (approved by the Board or its designee) by respondent that such goods or articles are being sold on a for-profit basis, and with acknowledgment from the patient that he/she is purchasing the good or article voluntarily of his/her own free will, and that he/she may purchase the items elsewhere. They want to eliminate vitamins and supplements. Estimate cost – unknown.

6) Respondent shall make no statement concerning a patient’s condition, orally or in writing to any third party payor or a patient (or patient’s caregiver) which is not clearly supportable by the patient’s health care record. Respondent shall not make any statement to a third party payor or a patient (or patient’s caregiver) that a patient has abnormal levels of any substance without enclosing the laboratory report which supports that statement.  This is insulting.  Only crackpot Baratz says that Dr. Kadile didn’t have adequate justification for treatment… 

 
7) Respondent shall, at his own expense, retain a physician who is board certified in a specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties in a field providing primary care to patients, who is acceptable to the Board, such acceptance not to be unreasonably withheld. The retained physician shall, on behalf of the Board, review respondent’s patient charts no less often than every three months, or as the retained physician shall determine is necessary to timely review the records, and shall report to the Board any conduct which may violate this Order or be negligent, unprofessional, in violation of any state or federal law or rule, or outside the standard of care.  The retained physician’s sole duty is to the Board and not to any patient or third party. Respondent shall cooperate at all times with the retained physician including by timely paying any fees in full, answering questions, and providing supplemental information promptly when requested. All of respondent’s personal clinical notes resulting from office visits shall by typed.  This is insulting.  It is here only to harass doctors – and to increase their costs to operate.  A Board certified MD would have to charge between 20 to 35 thousand dollars each quarter to review this many charts.  And, when would one have time?  And who would take the risk?
8) Respondent shall forthwith ensure that none of his staff uses the title “certified clinical nutritionist” or any other title which violates  §448.76, Wis. Stats. This is insulting.  They want to eliminate vitamins and supplements. 
9) Respondent shall forthwith cease to use any advertising which includes testimonials, and shall not advertise any medical practice or course of treatment which would include any particular or specific off-label use of drug products or devices, nor shall he advertise that he is board-certified unless he is either certified by a board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, or discloses the full name of the Board which has certified him.  However, Respondent continues to have the right to advertise his complementary and alternative medicine practice.  This is insulting.  It also restraint of trade.  This is not within the board’s venue, or scope of authority.
 
10) Respondent shall, at his own expense ($25,000 plus the wasted time), participate in and successfully complete with 12 months of the date of this Order, an educational program established through the University of Wisconsin Continuing Medical Education Program (which may conduct any program through the Medical College of Wisconsin or another CME provider) in medical recordkeeping approved by the Board or its designee.  Alternatively, respondent shall complete another recordkeeping course pre-approved by the Board or its designee, which is substantially equivalent.  This is insulting.  Baratz is too dim-witted, and has too little experience, to read simple patient records.
a) Under tutelage of a mentor selected by the program (Baratz will be the so-called mentor?), Respondent shall review a selected text on medical recordkeeping, and shall introduce the mentor’s recommendations into his system in both clinic and hospital records. All of Respondent’s records may be reviewed and discussed periodically as the mentor shall determine. Reviews may include not only the adequacy of documentation but any quality of care or related issue. This is just run up costs, for no good reason – and get Baratz some more income..  Estimated cost – $125,000.
 b) The mentor (Baratz?) shall agree to report any matter which may constitute a danger to the health, safety or welfare of patient or public, or any violation of law to the Board whenever it comes to the mentor’s attention.  This is insulting. 
 c) Respondent’s progress and the outcome of the program shall be reported directly to the Department Monitor who may discuss Respondent’s progress with the mentor. The UW-CME shall certify the results of the program upon completion to the Board.
 d) If Respondent does not successfully complete the program or achieve the program objectives, the matter shall be referred to the Board to determine any additional appropriate discipline for the conduct set forth in the Findings of Fact.
     IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that Respondent’s license is LIMITED in the following additional respect: If respondent renews his registration after Oct. 31 2005, respondent shall EITHER have taken and passed the SPEX with a score of 75 (Respondent may not attempt the test more than twice without Board approval), OR have undergone an assessment to evaluate Respondent’s current abilities to practice medicine at his current practice (by Baratz?), given his current patient population and the facts of this case. The assessment shall be performed under the direction of the University of Wisconsin Continuing Medical Education Program (UW-CME), and may include a cognitive screening assessment, peer interview, and/or physical examination. Respondent shall have completed all portions of the process for which he is responsible (including payment of all required fees), as requested by UW-CME, before October 31, 2005.  It is commonly known that NO ONE EVER passes the SPEX test.  Estimated cost – $20,000, plus the wasted time.
     If the results of this assessment process show a deficiency in respondent’s abilities, respondent shall participate in and successfully complete an educational program established through the UW-CME and based upon the results of the assessment. The educational program shall include a post-intervention assessment which may be 6-18 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. Respondent shall complete this program within the time parameters established by the UW-CME, but no later than two years from the date of the report to the Board of the results of the assessment process.  It is commonly known that NO ONE EVER passes the SPEX test.  Estimated cost, including travel, lodging. lost income  – $250,000.
     In the event that UW-CME states that it is unable to develop an educational program which adequately addresses the issues identified in the assessment, the program shall notify the Board of this fact, and the matter shall be returned to the Division of Enforcement for further action. The results of the assessment shall be admissible as evidence in any subsequent proceedings in this action.  It is commonly known that NO ONE EVER passes the SPEX test.
     Respondent shall be responsible for all costs incurred for the SPEX or the assessment and training under the terms of this Order, and shall timely pay all fees when due.  It is commonly known that NO ONE EVER passes the SPEX test.
     The UW-CME shall certify to the Board the results of the assessment and educational program upon their completion, and may certify separately the didactic portion of the program and the post-intervention assessment. Upon receipt of certification of completion of the terms and conditions set forth above, the Medical Examining Board shall inform Respondent that his obligations under this portion of this order have been satisfied, and that his license is no longer limited in this respect.  It is commonly known that NO ONE EVER passes the SPEX test.
     If respondent does not successfully complete the program or does not successfully achieve the objectives of the program, and does not pass SPEX, this matter shall be referred to the Board to determine any other appropriate discipline for the conduct set out in the Findings of Fact. Respondent and the Division will have the opportunity to present argument to the Board on that issue. The Board and Respondent will receive the results of the assessment and Respondent’s performance in the program, including the post-intervention assessment, as evidence in determining appropriate discipline.  It is commonly known that NO ONE EVER passes the SPEX test.
     If Respondent has diligently pursued the assessment option in a timely manner and has promptly started the recommended educational program (if any), but is unable to fully complete the educational program recommended, by October 31, 2005, he may petition the Board for a reasonable extension to finish the educational program. The granting of such extension is within the discretion of the Board, and may include conditions or additional limitations for the period of such extension, based on the assessment and respondent’s progress in the educational program as known at that time.  It is commonly known that NO ONE EVER passes the SPEX test.
 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that Respondent shall pay partial costs of investigating and prosecuting this matter in the amount of $15,000., together with statutory interest from the date of this Order by October 31, 2003.
 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to  §448.02(4), Wis. Stat., if the Board determines that there is probable cause to believe that respondent has violated any term of this Final Decision and Order, the Board may order that the license of respondent be summarily suspended pending investigation of the alleged violation.
 Dated this November 20, 2002.
 WISCONSIN MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD, by:
by: ———————————————————
a member of the Board
 
Thexton and Baratz were completely humiliated over this document, and its attempt at enforcement.

The Quackbuster’s Newest Victim (Wisconsin)…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

This story will make you angry.

We all know there is a subversive group operating in America that arrogantly calls itself the “quackbusters.”  Their job is make certain that nothing new evolves in health care that would compete with the existing system.  They get paid to do this. They’ve been operating for some time.  It’s time to shut them down.

Last year the quackbusters were laughed out of a California Superior Court when they claimed that “alternative medicine was fraud because it hadn’t been scientifically proven.”    They had put a  lot of time, and bragging, into this project – and they were completely humiliated.

The whole California quackbuster attack was a hoax, and a scam, cooked up by Robert S. Baratz MD, DDS, and Stephen Barrett (of quackwatch.com) to pay themselves “expert witness fees.”  They both needed the money, as neither of them seems to be able to hold a job. Baratz, and Barrett were supposedly acting on behalf of the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF).

THEIR NEWEST ASSAULT…

The newest quackbuster attack aims at leading-edge MDs – those that rarely prescribe dangerous drugs, and focus on making, and keeping, their patients healthy – and the laboratories, pharmacies, vitamin manufacturers, and equipment manufacturers that serve those practitioners.  It is centered in Wisconsin.

Reeling from horrendous beatings in California, Oregon, Arizona, Ohio, and Florida, the “quackpots” (as they are called in the Health Freedom Movement) are getting desperate.

WHY THEY PICKED ELEAZAR KADILE MD…

The quackbusters want to “set a precedent” case in place – to be used against other practitioners using leading-edge therapies, testing, diagnostic equipment, and pharmacies, in Wisconsin (about 3,000), and nationwide (about 450,000).  To do this they needed a case they thought they could win.  They needed someone who they thought couldn’t defend themselves.  The attackers found an MD,  a victim they thought would be ideal, for their purposes, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  They picked Eleazar Kadile, MD.

Eleazor Kadile, MD is a nice, kind, man.  His patients think the world of him.  He, and his family, have made their mark in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  His wife, Genia, is a certified Nutritionist.  No patients have ever complained about him – in fact the opposite is true. Like many leading-edge MDs, Eleazar Kadile gets those patients who have been EVERYWHERE else – and tried EVERYTHING to restore their health – to no avail.  They came to him to get healthy – and it worked.

Eleazar was a regular-old-conventional practitioner until it was discovered that two of his children had a serious medical condition that was virtually UNTREATABLE by conventional medical methods – lupus.  He began his search into the realm of “leading-edge,” or more commonly called “alternative,” medicine for a simple reason – he wanted to save his children’s lives.

I’ve spent a lot of time with the Kadiles, and their patients, during the last year.  These people are what America is all about.

A few years ago, the Kadile children’s medical condition (lupus), came to a critical point.  Death was near…  Eleazar Kadile went to the University of Wisconsin and arranged to give his son one of his kidneys – to save his life.  Genia Kadile gave their daughter one of her kidneys – to save her life.  Only one of the children survived – the daughter.

As you can imagine, the situation with their children, nearly crushed the Kadiles – emotionally and financially.  Medical Insurance in this country is a not-funny joke.  The Kadiles put everything they had into saving their children.  Who wouldn’t?

It was that  “put everything they had” situation that made the quackbusters select Eleazar, and Genia, as their victims. Arthur Thexton, a Wisconsin “quackbuster” prosecutor, and Robert Baratz, selected Eleazar Kadile as their target BECAUSE of the Kadile’s situation surrounding their children, and it’s related devastating financial, and emotional, trauma.  Thexton, and Baratz, figured the Kadiles would be an easy victim – because it didn’t appear they could defend themselves.  Typical quackbuster thinking…

They could have been right…

But Thexton, and Baratz, didn’t count Kadile’s patients, other Wisconsin health professionals, Wisconsin legislators, and leaders in the “advanced medicine” industry into the equation.  It was the Kadile case that spawned the birth of the Wisconsin Association for Health Freedom (WAHF).  One case led to another, until it was discovered that there was a plot that could be proven.  And now the WAHF is angry – and organizing, fund raising, and taking action.

Just for this case alone, The prestigious international College of Integrative Medicine formed a special task force to deal with this case and it’s ramifications..  So did the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

THE WISCONSIN PLOT…

The Kadile case is ongoing in Wisconsin.  Prosecutor Thexton, and Baratz, cooked up a plot to win.  It is in progress.  What these two are trying to do is to force Eleazar Kadile to settle his case with a so-called “stipulation.”  We believe that that “stipulation” is the model that Thexton and Baratz want to FORCE ON ALL 3,000 Wisconsin practitioners who use leading-edge practices. At the bottom of this article is a link to the so-called “stipulation.”

To force Kadile into settlement, Thexton is having Baratz testify as an expert on ALL PHASES OF MEDICINE for 7 to ten days.  The idea is exhaust Dr. Kadile’s financial resources as fast as possible so that he can’t afford legal counsel, and will have to give in and accept their so-called “stipulation.”  Our friend Jonathan Collin, the owner of “The Townsend Letter For Doctors and Patients” printed the entire “stipulation” in the January, 2003 issue.

When you read the “stipulation” documents, you’ll understand what the quackbusters, including Thexton, are trying to do.

THE QUACKBUSTERS DESPERATELY NEED A “WIN”…

Right now the Quackbusters are “on the ropes” in North America.  For obvious reasons, we need to keep them there.  In Wisconsin we have an opportunity to do them EVEN MORE harm than we did to them in California, Oregon, Arizona, Ohio, and Florida.

Exposure of the quackbusters has led to their demise. Their top propagandist, Barrett, with his dubious website quackwatch.com, claims to be the do-all, be all, expert in health care.  It turns out that, among other things, Barrett’s claim to being”a retired Psychiatrist,” is laughable.  In his last five years of practice ending in 1993, legal documents show, Barrett “saw” only nine patients, and his so-called “employment” was at the State Mental Hospital in Allentown, PA from 1979 to 1999, where he worked “4 to 8 hours a week,” giving out band-aids in a ward.  From this laughable career, Barrett claims to have gleaned an expertise in ALL things health and medical.

The National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF), the quackbuster flagship, has sunk.  It’s currently headquartered in a dirty cardboard box in the back room of a Boston area hair removal salon.  It used to be based at California’s Loma Linda University – before it was rudely evicted.  Their current president, Robert S. Baratz MD, DDS, PhD, in a RECENT desperate fund-raising plea for the NCAHF, actually offered an out-of-focus photo of me (Tim Bolen), and a recording of me (Tim Bolen) leaving a message with the Wisconsin Medical Board, as an INDUCEMENT for contributions.  Honest to God.

Worse, for the quackbuster leadership, is that their last attempt at gaining status in the medical world – the so-called “fraud” lawsuits in California last year, not only FLOPPED, but ended up getting them a legal judgment,  I estimate at$700,000, against the NCAHF for court costs and Attorney fees.  Barrett and Baratz, as well as the NCAHF board members and the general membership, may have a PERSONAL LIABILITY in that case. There was never any doubt that Barrett, and Baratz, had cooked up the so-called “fraud” lawsuits, without consulting the NCAHF board, or the membership, as a device to bring in “expert witness” fees to, and for, themselves…  They needed the money.  See “Quackbusters in BIG court troubles…” at http://www.quackpotwatch.org/opinionpieces/quackbustersinbigcourt.htm.

At this point, one would think that the quackbusters would simply fold up their tent, and shrink into the shrubbery….  But, no, we’re not dealing with normal people here.  The average quackbuster, is now, and always has been, forty-seven planks short of a woodpile.  Their ranks are a haven for “losers” in the medical profession.  Bitter losers.

SO, ON TO WISCONSIN…

In short, we’ve got one of the top quackbusters, Baratz,  trapped in a corner.   Baratz thinks he’s in Wisconsin to put a stop to MDs, and other health practitioners in Wisconsin, from practicing “alternative” medicine.   In short, we’ve lured the “quackbusters” into a battle, in Wisconsin, they can’t slink away from (like they did in California). They’ve put all their eggs in one basket – little Bobbie Baratz, with his fake resume…

Robert S. Baratz MD, DDS, PhD needs money, badly.  He can’t find a job in the Boston area after he had a physical altercation with a 72 year-old woman at his last place of employment.  Baratz, “made up a life” on his resume, so he could testify in court – and sound, and look like he knows what he’s talking about. The California “fraud” project failed, miserably. It provided him with NO income. Not only did his visions of financial sugar plums NOT dance in his head – but he may end up losing his assets over his manipulation of the NCAHF, because of those California lawsuits.

To try and recover, Bobbie has found two quackbuster sympathizers in Wisconsin at the Department of Regulation and Licensing (DORL) – one named Arthur Thexton, the other James Polewski. Bobbie thinks he’s found financial salvation.  Wisconsin public records, uncovered by the Wisconsin Association for Health Freedom (WAHF), indicate that Bobbie has been paid $48,806.60 so far for his “expertise.”  And, all he has to do is make up stories.

That, he does.

What Baratz, Thexton, and Polewski are grandiosely trying to do is to open the door towards shutting down an entire industry – the advanced medicine industry – estimated to be operating in the US in the billions of dollars.  The plan is to harass the doctors – make them afraid.  If the doctors bolt, there goes the laboratories, the vitamin companies, the compounding pharmacies, the diagnostic suppliers, etc.  Wisconsin is their pilot program – if they win here, they’ll take the show on the road. But they have some problems to solve…

Right now the Judge in the Wisconsin case has ordered Baratz to explain himself, in writing.  The Judge is going to rule on whether, or not, Baratz can continue in the case.  Frankly, the prosecutor, Arthur Thexton, is sweating bullets over this.  It’s obvious the Judge has serious doubts, and he hasn’t even seen OUR files on Baratz yet – but he will… We had to hire a private detective to get the truth.

From what we can tell, so far, in Wisconsin, Arthur Thexton brought in Baratz BECAUSE of his fake resume, and his ability to lie on demand.  Thexton, records show, has his own ethical issues.  He was fired, for cause, from his position as a police officer before he was hired by DORL.  He’s also being sued by an angry MD in an earlier case.

Polewski, on the same hand, is equally ethically questionable..  When he recently lost a case against a Wisconsin Dentist in appeal, he and his investigator started an internet, and telephone, campaign to try to destroy the dentist’s business.  Polewski, et al, got themselves sued in Federal Court by that Dentist.  The lawsuit claims that Polewski called the dentist’s patients, insurance companies, etc., in an attempt to disrupt the dentist’s business.  Polewski had claimed that the dentist’s specialty “Micro dentistry” was health fraud.  Baratz has testified to this silly argument in other States.

WHAT BARATZ, THEXTON, AND POLEWSKI, ARE TRYING TO DO…

Simply, the gruesome threesome are trying to force Wisconsin back into the dark ages of medicine, without benefit of legislation.  They are trying to make rules, and laws, defining health care, on their own.

The true mark of fanatics – self-styled quackbusters.

How do I know what they’re up to?  That’s an easy answer.  I have Thexton’s written plan in my hand – with his signature on it.  It is, in short, what he, Baratz, and Polewski, are planning on demanding of every leading-edge health practitioner in the State of Wisconsin..   I’ve put the whole thing on a web site – with explanation.  You can read it at: http://www.quackpotwatch.org/WisconsinWar/KadileFinalDecisionOrder.htm

BUT, BEFORE YOU GO READ THAT...

Keep one more thing in mind.  It’s a series of questions.  It’s these:  “How do we stop this continued nonsense?”  “How do we keep our leading-edge practitioners, and providers, from being constantly attacked by the quackbuster scum?”

As a society we must at times, act ruthlessly.  In Wisconsin, we must not act kindly to Baratz, Polewski, and Thexton.  We’re bringing in the big guns.
THE “COUNTER-STRATEGY”…

The “quackbusters” have been around for a while. They’ve done a lot of damage to America. They need to PAY for that. We can’t just let them slink back under the rock they originally crawled out from under.

Morris Dees, the head of the Center For Southern Poverty Law, had the right idea when he went after the Ku Klux Klan – and destroyed them. In short, Dees, and his group, hunted down the leadership of the KKK, and sued them into oblivion – seizing and selling their property – homes, guns, pickup trucks, and white sheets with eyeholes. Dees, and his group, turned over the information they gathered to the US Attorney General – and the Attorney General acted. That’s what we need to do to the “quackbusters.” Exactly that.

Wisconsin is an excellent opportunity – we’ve got their top guy (Baratz), with his fake resume, and his crazed testimony, backed up against the wall – and two public employees (prosecutors) are using Bobbie KNOWING he’s a fake, and a fraud. Perfect.

Stay tuned…  This is going to be fun.

Tim Bolen – Consumer Advocate

Quackbuster (proposed) Disclosure Forms for Alternative Medicine

Those REQUIRED DISCLOSURE forms…

Don’t worry – NONE of this happened.  Thexton and Baratz were beaten to a pulp, so to speak, in Wisconsin, over this attitude.

There are two disclosure forms in this writing – below.  The first one is called “REQUIRED DISCLOSURE FOR EXPERIMENTAL/UNCONVENTIONAL DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.”

The second one is called “REQUIRED DISCLOSURE FOR ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETIC ACID (EDTA) CHELATION THERAPY.

FORM #1This is the form that Arthur Thexton/Robert Baratz want to force leading-edge health practitioners in the State of Wisconsin to use with their patients.  The patient is supposed to read, and sign it, after the doctor explains each paragraph. It is completely misrepresentative of the services these practitioners provide, and is designed to dissuade the patient from trying leading-edge health care.  It is part of the organized quackbuster dis-information campaign.

The whole quackbuster concept about what health care is, is nonsense. They want Americans to be able to use only those things coded and approved by Medicare and Insurance companies – NO leading-edge – NO advancements – NO new thinking – NOTHING new.

Why is this nonsense?  For two reasons  (1)  New thinking is common practice.  Probably 85% of a doctor’s practice is in using something new to help their patients.  They go to conferences to FIND new things to help their patients.. The whole concept of Continuing Medical Education is to teach doctors NEW things,  (2)  those medical treatments that are approved by Medicare are probably fifteen years out-of-date, and those by an Insurance company are probably seven years behind new thinking.  Every American knows that you can’t rely on OLD health therapies.  That’s why we LOOK for new things.

Medicare and Insurance don’t want to pay for something until it has been LONG accepted.  That’s why over 50% of the US health dollar is being spent on “Alternatives.”  Virtually, all of that “Alternative” spending is out-of-pocket.  Frankly, Medicare, and Insurance pay for “junk” medicine – OLD procedures, OLD therapies, OLD drugs, OLD diagnostic techniques, OLD THINKING.

Below, is the required “Disclosure” form for “experimental/unconventional diagnosis and treatment.”  My comments are in blue.

 

PATIENT NAME AND FULL ADDRESS

AGE AND SEX:

Diseases, illnesses or physical conditions diagnosed or to be diagnosed

My physician has explained to me and I fully understand:

(a) that the use of the proposed diagnostic test and/or therapy (describe fully):

The doctor is to write in the proposed diagnostic test and/or therapy here…

is experimental and not part of conventional medical diagnosis or treatment for any condition I have or which I might have.  This is not true.  Trying new things has always been part of conventional medicine.  Thexton has been misled by Baratz’s quackbuster thinking.

(b) that the FDA has not approved the labeling of the drug(s), device(s), or tests proposed to be used for the purpose of diagnosing or treating my condition;  This statement is fraudulent and misleading.  It was written by an idiot who doesn’t understand how the system works.  It is just to scare patients.  For instance, the FDA has no authority to approve “tests.”  And who says the drug or device has, or hasn’t, been approved?  ALL drugs have been approved – or they can’t be sold.  What nitwit wrote this?

(c) that it has not been established through controlled trials accepted by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board that the proposed diagnostic method or therapy will properly diagnose or have any effect upon my condition;  An idiot wrote this statement. The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board does not have the authority, nor is it within their scope,  to accept or reject controlled trials.

(d) that the federal government and most insurance companies do not pay for or reimburse for the test or treatment as proposed;  No kidding?  Really?  (sarcasm intended).

(e) that the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board has not approved, and does not approve, this proposed test or therapy;  Again – an idiot wrote this statement. The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board does not have the authority, nor is it within their scope,  to accept or reject tests or therapies….

(f) that the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board has determined that the use of this test or therapy by Wisconsin citizens may be harmful to their health in that such patients may forego the use of other medical tests, treatments, and/or drugs of proven usefulness in the treatment of my disease or condition;  This is an outright lie.  The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board has never done any such thing, for The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board does not have the authority, nor is it within their scope, to accept or reject tests or therapies…   I have a copy of the minutes of EVERY meeting of the Med board for the last two years.  This subject has NEVER been on the agenda..

(g) that the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board recommends that Wisconsin citizens not undergo such unproved tests or therapy, but that citizens should seek medical diagnosis and care with proven accuracy and effectiveness;  Again – this is an outright lie.  The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board has never done any such thing, for The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board does not have the authority, nor is it within their scope, to accept or reject tests or therapies….  I have a copy of the minutes of EVERY meeting of the Med board for the last two years.  This subject has NEVER been on the agenda..

(h) that therapy may not be begun until three days have expired after the date of my execution of this informed consent form.  What crap...

I have read and understand the above. Notwithstanding having read and understood the above, I hereby elect to undergo the testing and/or treatment as described above.  What crap…

 

Patient signature and date

PHYSICIAN CERTIFICATION

I certify that the above patient signed this form on the date stated, that three business days have elapsed after the patients’s signature, and that I have complied with the terms of this Disclosure.

Physician signature and date:

Physician printed name as shown on state registration card:

 

FORM #2This is the form that Arthur Thexton/Robert Baratz want to force leading-edge health practitioners in the State of Wisconsin to use with their CHELATION patients.  The patient is supposed to read, and sign it, after the doctor explains each paragraph. It is completely misrepresentative of the services these practitioners provide, and is designed to dissuade the patient from trying leading-edge health care.  It is part of the organized quackbuster dis-information campaign.

My commentaries are in blue…

 

REQUIRED DISCLOSURE FOR ETHYLENEDIAMINETETRAACETIC

ACID (EDTA) CHELATION THERAPY

PATIENT NAME AND FULL ADDRESS

AGE AND SEX:

Malignancies, diseases, illnesses or physical conditions diagnosed or to be diagnosed

My physician has explained to me and I fully understand:

(a) that the use of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) has been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only for the use of removing heavy metals from the body (or, in the calcium disodium form, for treating hypercalcemia or digitalis intoxication);  So?

(b) that the FDA has not approved the drug EDTA for treatment of diseases or conditions other than heavy metals poisoning (or, in the calcium disodium form, for treating hypercalcemia or digitalis in toxication);  Dumb statement written by a nitwit.  It’s a duplicate, in negatives, of the one above.

(c) that it has not been established through controlled trials that EDTA chelation therapy is effective for the treatment of circulatory diseases, specifically including atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, vascular insufficiency, or diabetes; This is totally, and intentionally, misleading. The National Institute of health just approved a 29 million dollar GRANT to exactly this study with the University of Florida.

(d) that three small controlled trials were completed in 1992, 1994, and 2001, which trials found that EDTA chelation therapy was not effective in the treatment of vascular diseases;  Three DISCREDITED TRIALS…

(e) that the federal government and most insurance companies do not pay for or reimburse for treatment with EDTA chelation therapy for vascular conditions;  No kidding? Really?  (sarcasm intended).

(f) that the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board has monitored the development of the scientific literature on EDTA chelation therapy and has concluded that EDTA chelation therapy has been demonstrated to be ineffective in the treatment of vascular diseases;  This is an outright lie.  The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board has never done any such thing, for The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board does not have the authority, nor is it within their scope, to accept or reject tests or therapies…   I have a copy of the minutes of EVERY meeting of the Med board for the last two years.  This subject has NEVER been on the agenda..

(g) that the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board has determined that the use of EDTA chelation therapy by Wisconsin citizens may be harmful to their health in that such patients may forego the use of medical treatments and drugs of proven usefulness in the treatment of vascular disease;  This is an outright lie.  The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board has never done any such thing, for The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board does not have the authority, nor is it within their scope, to accept or reject tests or therapies…   I have a copy of the minutes of EVERY meeting of the Med board for the last two years.  This subject has NEVER been on the agenda..

(h) that neither the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, the independent conventional medical association recommends the use of EDTA chelation therapy for the treatment of any human disease, illness, malady or physical condition other than heavy metals poisoning (or in the calcium disodium form, for treating hypercalcemia or digitalis intoxication);  Totally misleading statement.  It is not any of these organization’s responsibility to approve, or disapprove, any diagnostic procedures, tests,  or therapies.

(i) that the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board strongly recommends that Wisconsin citizens not undergo EDTA chelation therapy for the treatment of any human disease, illness, malady or physical condition other than heavy metals poisoning (or in the calcium disodium form, for treating hypercalcemia or digitalis intoxication);  This is an outright lie.  The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board has never done any such thing, for The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board does not have the authority, nor is it within their scope, to accept or reject tests or therapies…   I have a copy of the minutes of EVERY meeting of the Med board for the last two years.  This subject has NEVER been on the agenda..

(j) That therapy with EDTA chelation may not be begun until three days have expired after the date of my execution of this informed consent form.  What nonsense…

I have read and understand the above. Notwithstanding having read and understood the above, I hereby elect to undergo treatment with EDTA chelation therapy.

 

Patient signature and date

 

 

 

PHYSICIAN CERTIFICATION

I certify that the above patient signed this form on the date stated, that three business days have elapsed after the patients’s signature, and that I have complied with the terms of this Disclosure Consent.

Physician signature and date:

Physician printed name as shown on state registration card:

 

 

Tommy Thompson sides with “Health Freedom” on MAJOR issue…

I’ve got the BIGGEST story in North American Health Freedom, EVER.  Here it is.

The conventional medicine stranglehold on health care has been broken – period.  It was done in Health & Human Services Director Tommy Thompson’s office on January 16th, 2003 when Thompson SIGNED the approvals to use a new billing code system called ABC Codes in HIPAA transactions.

I told you the Bush administration was on the side of “health” before.  Some of you doubted.  Here’s another example…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen Continue reading Tommy Thompson sides with “Health Freedom” on MAJOR issue…

Quackbusters in BIG Court trouble…

The bell is tolling for the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF), it’s president Robert S. Baratz, it’s vice-president de-licensed MD Stephen Barrett (quackwatch.com), and the rest of the board members. Maybe even the membership. They are in the final days in a California Appeals Court, and it doesn’t look good for them.

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Last year the NCAHF organization name was used, without permission of the NCAHF board, by Baratz and Barrett, to sue approximately 43 defendants, all “Alternative Medicine” practitioners, or companies. Baratz and Barrett, who were trying to generate “expert witness” fees for themselves, were claiming that “since Alternative Medicine had never been scientifically proven – it was health fraud.” They were laughed out of court, and out of California – with one exception – one California Superior Court Judge ordered a case dismissal based on California’s anti-SLAPP law.  Continue reading Quackbusters in BIG Court trouble…

New England Journal of Medicine Hammers Chemo, Applauds Alternative Cancer Therapy…

Times are a-changin’ in the US Health community.  Who would have believed that the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine would APPLAUD an Alternative Cancer Therapy, and in the same article, BLAST chemotherapy, as worthless. 

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen Continue reading New England Journal of Medicine Hammers Chemo, Applauds Alternative Cancer Therapy…

Bush Administration Embraces “Health”…

The whole premise of the “quackbuster” movement has been destroyed by the Bush Administration.  It’s over for Stephen Barrett and company.

Below is a press release from our friend in Washington, attorney and health activist, Jonathan Emord.  It is self-explanatory.  The decision described is far reaching.  It means, simply, that in the war between Health and Medicine in the US, the Bush Administration has sided with “Health.”

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen Continue reading Bush Administration Embraces “Health”…

Top “Quackbuster” Bobbie Baratz Under Scrutiny in Wisconsin…

The sleeping giant of Health Freedom is awakening in Wisconsin.  Here’s why…

Last year apparently, the State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing (DORL), hired Robert S. Baratz MD, DDS, PhD, the current President of the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF) (www.ncahf.org) to be the “Do All, Be All, Health Expert” for the State.  Bobbie is evaluating cases for Wisconsin – and is apparently recommending who to prosecute, and what for.

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen Continue reading Top “Quackbuster” Bobbie Baratz Under Scrutiny in Wisconsin…

Hell Burns a Little Brighter This Week…

Self-styled quackbuster, and anti-health manipulator, Victor Herbert died of Cancer November 19th, 2002.  Herbert, described by many in the Health Freedom Movement as “a raving maniac” hasn’t been seen much in the last few years.  Herbert had obtained notoriety among the quackbuster rank and file for his literal SCREAMING attacks, in public, against anything, and anybody, engaged in Alternative Medicine.

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen Continue reading Hell Burns a Little Brighter This Week…

Barrett Gets His Come-Uppance – In Federal Court…

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

 

Shunned by his fellow MDs in Pennsylvania’s LeHigh Valley, Stephen Barrett had been forced to shut down his “Psychiatry” practice in  1993 – the “Referrals” were getting a little slim. Now, Barrett operates a tawdry little “quackbusting” business out his basement in Allentown, PA.  His flagship is his website “www.quackwatch.com”.   There, he spews hatred, calling it Consumer Advocacy, of his betters in the health profession – and offers to testify to his ludicrous claims for money. Continue reading Barrett Gets His Come-Uppance – In Federal Court…