Robert O. Young quacks not guilty to felony charges

I won’t be cheering until this guy is in jail for a long while.

Controversial alternative health provider pleads not guilty – San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 –

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.

A Critical Look at “Dr.” Robert Young’s Theories and Credentials.

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.

  3 comments for “Robert O. Young quacks not guilty to felony charges

  1. Chris Howard
    January 25, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    He reminds me of that father and son team that run that high dollar “alternative” drug rehab, in Malibu.

    They were/are addicts and real estate guys, turned drug rehab experts. There are reports of people having seriously complications due to “treatments.” and allegations of buying their way out of trouble.

    California has its share of quacks. I’m surprised that more people haven’t sued for wrongful death, or negligence.

    Is there such a thing as alternative malpractice?

  2. Blargh
    January 25, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    For those of you unfamiliar with the level of woo this guy has been practicing and spreading, I recommend watching Myles Power’s video on his book: The pH Miracle – The Book that Broke me

    A representative quote:

    “Bacteria can turn into yeast, yeast can turn into fungus, and fungus can turn into mold.”

  3. Peta
    January 26, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    I too shall cheer if this creep is actually successfully prosecuted and ends up in prison (hopefully for as long as possible).

    I know someone (a well-educated person as it happens) who has fallen for Young’s pH quackery hook, line & sinker – at a time when they cannot afford to stuff around with such nonsense.

    Of course, I imagine I would scarcely be alone in my delight if the Quack from Houston finally gets what he so richly deserves this year…

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