Alt med practitioner faces 16 months in jail. Yells, “Conspiracy!”

It’s a funny thing that people who think they have the special cure really have no authorization to treat at all. And, when they get caught skirting the law and making questionable claims, they yell “conspiracy”.

Fake doctor receives 20-month sentence.

Kathleen Helms was once considered by her patients to be on the forefront of alternative medicine, helping to heal them with non-traditional health care treatments for Lyme disease. That was, until her arrest for practicing without a medical license.

Helms was first arrested in 2012. That is when she told 10News in a jailhouse interview that her arrest was an FBI conspiracy.

She was arrested last month at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. She was practicing medicine in Tijuana under a different name: Sandee Boyko.

Helms was sentenced to 16-months behind bars plus an additional 102 days for violating her parole.

The prosecutor said that many of Helms’ victims didn’t even have Lyme disease, the illness she claimed to give them treatment for. She injected them with bovine stem cells from Germany, among other expensive (useless) intervenous treatments. I think she got off too easy. None of her patients died.

  4 comments for “Alt med practitioner faces 16 months in jail. Yells, “Conspiracy!”

  1. James G
    June 19, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    She injected them with bovine stem cells? Perhaps she was looking for resistance to hoof and mouth disease. Don’t worry about the udder sprouting from your abdomen. It’s a feature, not a side effect.

    I’ve seen a few quacks come up with ‘therapies’ for Lyme disease (one doctor was even treating it with liberation therapy!), which struck me as odd. One would think in most cases it would be easily treated with antibiotics, and health scams seem to prefer terminal and untreatable illnesses. I think the attraction may be the long list of vague and nebulous symptoms that are associated with it. I’ll have to add it to my list of ‘words and phrases that should alert you to probable quackery’.

    • Blargh
      June 19, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      I’ve seen a few quacks come up with ‘therapies’ for Lyme disease (one doctor was even treating it with liberation therapy!), which struck me as odd. One would think in most cases it would be easily treated with antibiotics, and health scams seem to prefer terminal and untreatable illnesses.

      Usually, they’re not treating actual Lyme disease but a chronic condition – not accepted by science – called “chronic Lyme disease“. Which, naturally, doesn’t respond to antibiotics.

      • James G
        June 20, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        Thanks for the link! That fits the ‘terminal and untreatable illnesses’ mold much better ;-)

  2. kompani101
    June 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    ‘She injected them with bovine stem cells from Germany.’ 16 months in jail seems a very light sentence considering what she has done, invade someone else’s body with a foreign substance (please excuse the pun).

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