I won’t be cheering until this guy is in jail for a long while.
A man accused of going beyond advocating dietary changes and using intravenous treatments on “patients” he housed at his avocado ranch in Valley Center pleaded not guilty Friday to 18 felony charges, including practicing medicine without a license and grand theft.
Robert Oldham Young, 61, was ordered held on $100,000 bail…
“Alternative medicine, practiced properly in the state of California is legal,” Darvas said outside court. “But there are certain things that only physicians can do, and that includes practices that puncture the skin or harmfully invade the body, or treatment in conditions or circumstances that are … dangerous. The defendant is charged because he engaged in practices under those conditions. He did things that only a real doctor can do.”
Darvas alleged that Young sold treatment to people to people who were terminally ill, knowing that the treatment wouldn’t be effective.
Young was no stranger to legal issues. He’s faced them before, including practicing without a license. See history here. His education is from a correspondence school. His claims, unfounded and dangerous.
In 2012 Young was on the conference circuit hyping his alkaline diet, The pH Miracle. He faces a sentence of almost 16 years in jail. Sorry, no sympathy for him here. He’s a fraud and hurt people. If it was up to me, the practice of “alternative” quackery would be illegal on all counts. It’s nonsense that people pay for with their time, money and health.
I am thrilled to see Young called on his quackery. Dr. Burzynski, are you next to face the court? I hope so.
Tip: Bob Blaskiewicz
Addition: From SciBased Medicine.