Consumer Health Digest #16-10

Your Weekly Update of News and Reviews
March 20, 2016

Consumer Health Digest is a free weekly e-mail newsletter edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D., with help from William M. London, Ed.D., M.P.H. It summarizes scientific reports; legislative developments; enforcement actions; news reports; Web site evaluations; recommended and nonrecommended books; and other information relevant to consumer protection and consumer decision-making.

Robert O. Young facing civil suit. Robert O. Young, who is awaiting sentencing for practicing medicine without a license, is also facing a civil suit by Dawn Kali, a former employee whom he "treated" for breast cancer. The complaint, filed against Young and a medical associate (Bennie Stephen Johnson, D.O., of Rossville, Georgia), alleges:

Johnson's list of postgraduate training in the Georgia medical board's database includes First National University of Naturopathy, Oglethorpe, Georgia, from 1/3/2000 to 5/13/2001. This school is not accredited.

Another chelationist charged. The Medical Board of California has accused Eric Gordon, M.D. of gross negligence, incompetence, and inadequate record-keeping in connection with his management of four patients. The accusation states that he prescribed excessive amounts of controlled drugs to each of them. Gordon operates Gordon Medical Associates in Santa Rosa, California, where he claims to "unravel complex chronic illness" with treatments that include cell salts, chelation therapy, craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, herbal products, IV nutrients, scenar therapy, and stem cell therapy.

New book describes how easily people can be tricked. My Adventures with Your Money is the fascinating history of George Graham Rice (1870-1943), a con artist who fleeced tens of thousands of people—often repeatedly—by providing misinformation about investments. Among other things, the book describes his knowledge of "sucker psychology," how skillfully he manipulated the media, and how he stayed one step ahead of the law throughout most of his long career as a swindler.

Anti-quackery podcast posted. Drs. Stephen Barrett and Harriet Hall are featured in a 1-hour podcast that focuses on claims and facts related to "alternative medicine."

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