Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
Public agencies have relied on the “quackbuster” operation for expertise in health care issues far too long. The time when an agency could fly some“quackbuster” bozo in for a hearing, have them testify to nonsense for a few hours, and stuff them back on a plane, fat check in hand, with the sure knowledge they had a “win” is long gone. The State of Pennsylvania Chief Counsel’s office and the Pennsylvania Dental Board found that out the hard way, over almost a three year period, in the “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Stephen R. Evans, DDS” case.
The case, which began in 2003, upon the complaint of one of the “quackbuster” nitwits, dragged through Administrative hearings, Superior Court, and back to Administrative hearing, then finally found its way back to the Dental Board – with Orders from the Superior Court AND an Administrative Law Judge to decide, completely, and unarguably, on behalf of the Respondent Stephen R. Evans DDS.
The case was one of those affronts that popped up all over the country attacking dentists who were treating (1) NICO (Neuralgia Induced Cavitational Osteoporosis), (2) made use of the FDA approved Cavitat Medical Device, and (3) recommended vitamins and supplements to their patients. There was a flurry of these, they’ve virtually all been beaten off – and I’ll be talking about that situation separately.
The Pennsylvania Dental Board, and the Chief Counsel’s staff assigned to this case learned more than just not to rely on “quackbuster” nonsense. They learned four more hard lessons: (1) You can’t defeat real science with crackpot crap. (2) NICO is real – and it isn’t going away. (3) The Cavitat device works just like its company President, Bob Jones, says it does. (4) Cutting-edge dentists, interested in updating American dentistry, will fight attacks on their practices – and they will win.
Even better – Stephen Evans DDS’s victory had to rub the “quackbuster” psyche raw – for the “quackbuster” front-man, Stephen Barrett, runs his goofy website “quackwatch.com” out of his basement in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Once more – Barrett got mega-trammeled in his own home State.
So, what actually happened?
In short, the State of Pennsylvania, relying on quackpot legal arguments, dreamed up, I think, in a basement in Allentown, Pennsylvania, cost the taxpayers a bundle of cash for a prosecution that simply should not have happened. The result of the legal action backfired on Pennsylvania, and the“quackbusters”, and solidified, and now protects, biological dentistry, the Cavitat device, and the sale and recommendation of vitamins and supplements by dentists, in Pennsylvania – and very likely, the rest of the US.
More – the State of Pennsylvania originally started out this case with Robert S. Baratz MD, PhD, DDS (Bobbie Baratz) as their witness. But, before long, they dropped him cold, and went for someone else, who, in the end, turned out no better than Bobbie would have been. The word’s getting around about Bobbie.
On April 11th, 2007, a letter was sent to Stephen Evan’s attorney Charlie Brown by representatives of the Pennsylvania Chief Counsel’s office saying: “Enclosed please find an Order issued by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry adopting the hearing examiner’s proposed adjudication in the above referenced matter.”
There were five parts to the Order. (1) The History. (2) The Discussion. (3) The Conclusions of Law. (4) The Findings of Fact. (5) And theOrder itself. What is of vital importance, nationwide, to dentistry, are two things, as part of the order, in this case: (1) The conclusions of law, and (2) the findings of fact. Since I have a copy that has obviously been FAXed and reFAXed several times, I’ll pull out the important parts for you.
In “the Conclusions of Law” there were only three short statements, the third of which is the most important: “(1) The board has jurisdiction in this matter. (2) Respondent has been afforded reasonable notice of the charges and an opportunity to be heard in this proceeding. (3) The evidence is insufficient to establish that the Respondent violated Count 1 of the dental law “(there was only one count). Of note was that this case was adjudicated under Civil Court Rules requiring the State to provide “the preponderance of evidence” threshold, not the higher “clear and convincing evidence” standard now required after the recent Ongom v. Washington State Supreme Court decision.
There were forty-three (43) “Findings of Fact.” I won’t bore you with all of them. But, it looks to me that, in essence they cumulatively laid out the fact that Stephen Evans knows what he’s doing, the Cavitat is an approved device that does what it says it does, and the witness by the State was dumber than a bag of rocks.
In the “Discussion” section of the Order, it says: “The Commonwealth has not proven by preponderance of the evidence that Respondent is in violation of unprofessional conduct.”
Then the Discussion” goes on to say: “It is through theory and controversy that new ideas and remedies are proven, Respondent, through the testimony of his expert, Dr. Bouquot, has shown that NICO, while still surrounded by some controversy, does have a following in the dental pathology community. The respondent has produced countless articles and weighty testimony to support this finding.”
The “Discussion” closes by saying: “While the Board’s purpose is to protect the public, the Respondent does not appear to be a threat to the people of Pennsylvania. His efforts to provide adequate and innovative dental care are with appropriate and prevailing standards of the dental community.”
So the Pennsylvania Dental Board voted to DISMISS all charges against Stephen R. Evans DDS. Of course they did.
But, what about Cavitat?
It is even more frightening now – for the Pennsylvania Dental Board “Findings of Fact” declared that “(1). A Generation 4 Cavitat is an advanced ultra-sound imaging device that creates a 3-D image. (2) The FDA has approved the Cavitat as an adjunct device. (3) The FDA has approved the device for use to determine low bone density and dessicated bone.”
More, the “Discussion” section says: “Respondent did not deviate from appropriate and prevailing dental practices by using the (Cavitat) machine that for which the FDA has approved it.”
In the hands of regular dentists, biological dentists, MDs, DOs, Chiropractors, Naturopathic Physicians, or any licensed health professional that can write a prescription, the Cavitat signals the death of status quo US dentistry – period.
Why? The device, using sonography, “precisely images and identifies cavitational porosity in the jawbone.” This action, in itself, is the measurement tool that shows problem areas (soft spots), or empty holes, in the jawbone long before an x-ray will see them. Those soft spots in the bone are not normal – and are caused by something very bad, and are usually indicative of a seriously ischemic, or infected, area of the jawbone – toxins, infections, or both. There is plenty of scientific evidence demonstrating this.
The Cavitat device, during demonstrations to the US FDA with almost four thousand case studies, exhibited a 94% success rate examining the areas around root canals, and a 96% success rate examining the areas around wisdom teeth.
The statement “what happens in your mouth effects your whole body,” has special meaning when a health professional can actually find a “cavitation”in the jawbone. It is common knowledge, outside of “official dentistry,” that most systemic body problems originate in the mouth. In short, with a Cavitat, you probably just found the source of the patient’s health problems. Now you can fix them.
That fact, no doubt, is likely to be the reason that Cavitat Medical Technologies, and their device, has been so constantly attacked by “official dentistry.”
“Official Dentistry” has gone out of its way to focus approved dental practices on “image” rather than “health.” Worse, they don’t just favor “image”over “health,” they prosecute dentists that, themselves, focus on dental health issues. I’m not exaggerating when I say “Official dentistry markets teeth, and dentistry itself, as a tool for sexual conquest. Their message is ‘if your smile is white – you’ll get laid tonight…'”
Exciting as their message may be – as Americans, it’s not what we need.
So what exactly does the Cavitat do, and how does it tell you things? Read this, below, then scroll down and look at a sample screen:
The CAVITAT (Ultrasonograph) CAV40000-1 or CAV40000-3 with WinCav software provides an ultrasound-based, three diminsional image of the aveolar process of the maxilla and mandible as an adjunct to standard radiographic evaluation and clinical diagnostic procedures.
The Cavitat computer generates a digitized perspective 3-D image from analog signals received and converted to digital in Cavitat’s patented analog to digital circuitry.
The image being viewed is not a negative type as viewed on an x-ray but a computerized image rendition from sound waves received on the Cavitat array. Surface imperfections or necrosis may not appear as viewed by eye.
The “Cavitat Generation 4 Imaging System,” shows you a three dimensional image created through the computer from ultra-sound. See below:
So, how did all these attacks on NICO, Biological Dentistry, and Cavitat, come about?
Well, that’s the question, now, isn’t it? Obviously there was something, and someone, behind it. And still is. And, of course, there’s a reason why they’re doing it. Want to find out who, and why?
Tim Bolen – Consumer Advocate