According to a new piece in the Chicago Tribune Dr. Lin’s hearing will be November 21. This unfortunate piece by the Tribune showcases testimonials from patients, providing them the same weight as those statements from medical professionals, a fallacy that commenters here have also embraced. A boatload of anecdotes that “it worked for me” is no measure of validity. The doctor’s patients and the reporter do not seem to grasp the far more stringent standards required in modern medical claims today. In circumstances where there is a scientific conclusion that can be made, vying testimonials against scientific findings is false balance and is deceptive and fallacious. The body of scientific evidence about vaccinations and homeopathy is not a matter of opinion.
The article does shed more light on the charges against Dr. Lin. For one, he was inappropriately administering vaccines, orally or nasally, when that form does not provide adequate immunization:
Lin admitted that he usually administered several other vaccinations by nose or mouth. They included RV, which protects against rotavirus; DTaP, for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, or whooping cough; MMR for measles, mumps and rubella; and varicella, for chickenpox — among other vaccines.
Of those, the only vaccine approved for oral vaccination by the FDA is RV, or the rotavirus vaccine. The rest are approved for injection only, according to Dr. Ann-Christine Nyquist, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Diseases.
Patients were not told that these methods of immunization would not work because Dr. Lin seems to think they do work. When the patients were tested to see if they were protected from these diseases, they were not. Dr. Lin’s response shows he does not understand how immunity works.
Lin told the investigator that he was not surprised that the blood tests were negative, because, he said, “they fight the body’s immune system in a different manner,” the complaint said.
This dangerous misinformation can result in illness and death. He does not appear qualified to be practicing immunology. The position in the Tribune article is not strong enough in stating the voluminous facts that show homeopathic treatments do not work. And, their use of personal testimonials with an emotional bent is deceptive, providing what could be perceived as a tacit endorsement that this type of alterative treatment is acceptable for children.
Editors note: Further testimonials from patients will not be accepted – this is a science-based site. Please read the guidelines.
Original (28 September 2016)
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has suspended the license of Ming Te Lin, MD in an emergency action today after discovering he was “modifying vaccinations” in his office in Flossmoor. Dr. Lin was investigated after complaints were filed by other health providers according to the Chicago Tribune. His office was described as unsterile by the investigators. The preparations described in the order against him are unconventional and sound unsanitary and potentially dangerous to children.
Lin added alcohol and sometimes cat saliva gathered with a swab from a cat’s mouth for patients with allergies, he told investigators, and he used a device called the “WaveFront 2000” to detoxify vaccinations from mercury.
As if nonexistent mercury was the threat in this situation… But wait, the WaveFront device provides a clue to what may be going on here. It is based on a completely pseudoscientific concept and is used to create homeopathic treatments. It is described as:
…an electronic device that detects the unique, subtle electro-magnetic frequency information of any substance placed in its input well and imprints the signal into a carrier fluid placed in the output well. The signal can be inverted to form an anti-allergen remedy.
Treatments like this are called ‘nosodes‘:
A nosode “is a homeopathic remedy prepared from a pathological specimen. The specimen is taken from a diseased animal or person and may consist of saliva, pus, urine, blood, or diseased tissue.”
And people complain about the alleged toxins in real vaccines.
There were no previous disciplinary actions against Lin whose speciality was as an allergist/immunologist. I can not currently access the order with the details about the preparations and how often he was using them or if he used actual vaccines in practice. The limited details in the news pieces suggest that the preparations were provided orally or nasal, not injected, but that is not clear. Use of the word “vaccines” and the inclusion of “cat saliva and vodka” as the main points to grab the reader suggests that that this was the mixture injected. But that is not clear from the information given and may be misleading.
Dr. Lin graduated from Medical College of Taiwan, completed his residency at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Hawaii and was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology [source]. The “Medical College of Taiwan” became the Taipei Medical University which appears to teach science-based medicine. His patients were typically full of praise for his manner.
His Vitals.com page shows several awards:
Patients’ Choice Award (2010 – 2013, 2015)
Compassionate Doctor Award – 5 Year Honoree (2015)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011 – 2015)
On-Time Doctor Award (2015)
What could be worse, legally, is that Lin is accused of stating (possibly for school and day care requirements) that he provided conventional shots to his patients, including infants, when he actually did not.
What would be the explanation for a doctor to reject what appears to be basic tenets of immunology and ethics? It is not clear if Lin was a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner or a homeopath. Lin was cooperative with officials it appeared, saying he’d been practicing this way for decades. When trying to gain the full story via the mainstream media, we are left with more questions than answers and a great amount of disgust. There will be a disciplinary hearing on October 11.
Thanks to David for the heads up on this story.
Addition (29 Sept 2016): Several people have noted that “board-certified” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. A friend of DN, also a pediatrician in the Chicago area, informed me that board membership to the American Board of Pediatrics and Board of Allergy Immunology used to be granted for life after passing initial testing without the requirement for continuing education or testing.