Frequently Asked Questions about My Activities
September 19, 2020 by

What got you interested in fighting quackery? What promoted you to start the Quackwatch Web site? What qualifies you to write on so many topics? Do you yourself follow a healthy lifestyle? What are your goals? What is the status of your medical license? What would you do if you were told you were terminally …

Disciplinary Actions against Lloyd A. Wright, D.C.
September 14, 2020 by

In 1997, the Florida Department of Health charged that Lloyd A. Wright, D.C., had treated a patient many times without documenting a need the amount of service. The administrative complaint (shown below) stated: Between November 1988 and April 1995, the patient received chiropractic care approximately 205 times. Between March 1993 and December 1994 the patient …

Index to Information on Laetrile
September 11, 2020 by

Laetrile is the trade name for a synthetic relative of amygdalin, a chemical in the kernels of apricot pits, apple seeds, bitter almonds, and some other stone fruits and nuts. Proponents claim that Laetrile kills tumor cells selectively while leaving normal cells alone. Many have called it “vitamin B17” and falsely claimed that cancer is …

Judge Awards $2.1 Million in Chelation Case (1995)
September 7, 2020 by

In December 1995, the Houston Chronicle reported that State District Judge Mark Davidson had found Mohammed Kakvan, M.D. negligent in the 1992 death of 61-year-old Frank Vecchio. Testimony in the case indicated: Vecchio underwent quadruple bypass at age 46 but experienced no other major health problems until 1992 when he began experiencing chronic chest pains. …

Disciplinary Actions against Michael D. Margolis, D.D.S.
September 5, 2020 by

Michael D. Margolis, D.D.S. who practices what he called “biological dentistry,” has been disciplined by the Arizona Board of Dental Examiners ten times. In 1984, he was placed on one year’s probation and ordered to take 21 hours of continuing education. In 1987, the board concluded that he had failed to adequately document the reasons …

Government Action against the Fremont Christian Clinic (1961)
August 20, 2020 by

The Freemont Cancer Clinic, which operated in California, was shut down in 1961. The following account, obtained from the files of the California Cancer Advisory Council, describes how they defrauded patients. The Freemont Cancer Clinic was operated by four individuals—the ringleader of the group, Roy W. DeWelles, a chiropractor; two elderly physicians, W.W. Sherwood, M.D. and …

Government Actions against Everett W. DeLong, M. D.
August 20, 2020 by

Everett W. DeLong, D.O. was disciplined in 1965 by the Medical Board of California for violating California’s Cancer Law. The following summary came from the files of the California Cancer Advisory Council. In February 1958, Mr. B.S. went to DeLong because of a growth on the right ear. A salve was applied. later, several lesions …

Regulatory Action against Wendell G. Hendricks, D.O.
August 20, 2020 by

Wendell G. Hendricks, D.O., was disciplined in 1963 by the Medical Board of California for violating California’s Cancer Law. The following summary came from the files of the California Cancer Advisory Council. Complaints about Dr. Hendricks’s practice began in approximately 1952 and, although there were numerous investigations by the Board of Osteopathic Examiners, nothing came …

Regulatory Action against Howard F. Parsons, M.D.
August 20, 2020 by

Howard F. Parsons, M.D., was disciplined in 1965 by the Medical Board of California for violating California’s Cancer Law. The following summary came from the files of the California Cancer Advisory Council. On February 24, 1961, Mrs. O.J.R., the daughter of a patient having widespread cancer of the cervix, wrote a letter of complaint to …

Silly Claims for “Spine-Align” (A Dietary Supplement)
August 14, 2020 by

In the early 1990s, Vita-Herbs, of St. Louis, Missouri, marketed “Spine Align,” which the label described as a “biologically active concentrate of freeze-dried raw whole spinal column.” Literature for the product claimed that  contained “organ-specific cellular components ” that could “help repair, regenerate, correct, and normalize the specific cellular complexes they were derived from.” The …