Bad alternative Lyme medicine claim (Nevada)

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Bad alternative Lyme medicine claim (Nevada)

Post by rlstanley » Sun 10 May 2009 3:35

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Big Money In Alternative Medicine Scams?
By Jaclyn Omalley


Big Money In Alternative Medicine Scams?
By Jaclyn Omalley


Sierra Integrative Medical Center in Reno Nevada is accused of bilking patients and rendering phony diagnosis. Little oversight from medical boards over complaints partially to blame?

For_Immediate_Release:

United States of America (Press Release)
April 15, 2009

Women Claim They Got Bad Alternative Medicine

Posted by CrimeReporter at 4/15/2009 3:55 PM PDT on rgj.com
Reported by: Jaclyn Omalley http://www.jomalley@rgj.com http://www.rgj.com
Crime report blog:

RENO NEVADA:

Two out-of-state women are awaiting a decision by state medical boards on complaints they filed in 2006 against a Reno physician alleging he was financially motivated when he wrongfully diagnosed them with Lyme disease and subjected them to painful and unnecessary treatments.

Sherri Higgins (left- middle), of Colorado, filed complaints to both the state’s boards of homeopathic and osteopathic medical examiners against Dr. Bruce K. Fong, contending he intentionally misdiagnosed her and her family with Lyme disease to ultimately gain their $80,000 bank account savings. She suspects a treatment where blood was withdrawn from her teen daughter, mixed with “ozone treatment” and then infused back into her body likely caused the girl to be exposed to dangerous viruses. Higgins said her 14-year-old daughter has the inactive viruses for both West Nile and hepatitis B, and is being cared for by infectious disease experts. Besides Fong’s treatment, she said the girl had never been exposed to needles or had blood transfusions.

Higgins said she wants Fong to lose his license, and go to jail. She said she is still very ill from his treatments.

"I just feel so angry and want to cry when I think of all he has taken from us," Higgins said, "and how hard I have had to fight to hold him accountable."

Leslie Styskal, of Nebraska, also filed a complaint against Fong to the homeopathic board in 2006, with similar allegations. Earlier this month, she filed complaints against Fong with the state's osteopathic and pharmacy boards.

Fong is licensed in Nevada as both an osteopathic and homeopathic doctor. By law, the boards are not allowed to comment on on-going complaints. When contacted, Fong said he was not legally allowed to comment on the patients’ treatments, but said “I feel I did nothing wrong.”

Both women said medical tests conducted by other doctors following their treatment with Fong and his staff at Sierra Integrative Medical Center concluded they were negative for Lyme disease. They said doctors told them they never had the illness described by Fong as a “silent epidemic.” Fong and his staff did not run medical tests before diagnosing them, they said.

“He said I needed the treatment or I would die,” Styskal said.

source: FPR

Both said Fong and his staff claimed Lyme disease was sexually transmitted, and passed through drinking out of the same cups. They said they were told this meant their husbands and children were also infected, prompting them to get their families treated, too. Lyme disease is an infection carried by ticks that infect humans and animals through bites. A rash usually accompanies it.

“When you are extremely ill and gone everywhere, you are desperate,” Styskal said. “They prey on you and tell you anything they want to take your money. When you don’t get well and run out of money and call them on it, then they don return your calls.”

Higgins said now she realizes Fong and his staff's assertion that Lyme disease is sexually transmitted is "ridiculous" but that at the time, she was so sick and desperate, she believed it. She said the doctor and his staff told her if she didn't do the treatments, she would die, as would her family.

When she was shown a slide of her blood and told the moving particles under the microscope were proof of the Lyme disease virus, she said she believed it.

"They gave me no choice," she said.

Treatment at Fong’s clinic was $1,500 a week, per person, and was not covered by insurance, the women said. Their treatments lasted around seven weeks, and were done in Reno.

The women also allege Fong let unlicensed staff treat and diagnose them. Both said they felt worse following the treatments. Higgins says doctors believe she is suffering from chronic mononucleosis. Styskal said her condition is still unknown.

Fong's mother, Katrina Tang, is listed on the state homeopathic medical examiner's Web site as being the only homeopathic doctor disciplined in Nevada. She has listed herself as the founder and director of research at Fong's clinic.

In 2002, the homeopathic board barred her from taking on new clients because she told a terminally ill patient she could cure them so she could profit off treatment, that her staff did not accurately report to patients when an oncologist would be available and that she allowed non-medical staff to attend to a critically ill patient.

Two years later she surrendered her homeopathic license as discipline agreed upon by the board. No public information was ever released on this action.

But ... in several letters of complaint against her filed by the state medical board - obtained by me - Tang and her staff were accused by patients of doling out universal diagnosis of Lyme disease, STDs and other allergy-related illnesses. She was also diagnosing these diseases with a machine called the Dermitron, which the FDA banned. It uses a metal probe that when waived near a body part, it causes a meter to react, which is supposed to signal what disease the person has ...

The patients also claimed Tang would never tell them what exactly was being pumped into them through daily IV treatments or shots. Tang was later sued as a co-defendant in a medical fraud case related to treatment a Florida woman received at her previous clinic before she died.

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Re: Bad alternative Lyme medicine claim (Nevada)

Post by rlstanley » Sun 10 May 2009 4:10

Fong's mother, Katrina Tang, is listed on the state homeopathic medical examiner's Web site as being the only homeopathic doctor disciplined in Nevada. She has listed herself as the founder and director of research at Fong's clinic.

In 2002, the homeopathic board barred her from taking on new clients because she told a terminally ill patient she could cure them so she could profit off treatment, that her staff did not accurately report to patients when an oncologist would be available and that she allowed non-medical staff to attend to a critically ill patient.

Two years later she surrendered her homeopathic license as discipline agreed upon by the board. No public information was ever released on this action.

But ... in several letters of complaint against her filed by the state medical board - obtained by me - Tang and her staff were accused by patients of doling out universal diagnosis of Lyme disease, STDs and other allergy-related illnesses. She was also diagnosing these diseases with a machine called the Dermitron, which the FDA banned. It uses a metal probe that when waived near a body part, it causes a meter to react, which is supposed to signal what disease the person has ...

The patients also claimed Tang would never tell them what exactly was being pumped into them through daily IV treatments or shots. Tang was later sued as a co-defendant in a medical fraud case related to treatment a Florida woman received at her previous clinic before she died.
See: http://www.katrinatang.org/
Katrina Tang Information

Dr. Katrina Tang, MD, HMD is a specialist in Homopathic medicine and is the founder of the Sierra Integrative Medicine Clinic out of Reno, Nevada (retired). She is deals predominantly in preventative and alternative medicine with tremendous results. She was also a board member of the Homeopathic Medical Examiners.

SNIP


You could have Lyme Disease without knowing it!

Have you been misdiagnosed?

by Sierra Integrative Medical Clinic and dr. Katrina Tang

Are you tired of the time, with muscle and joint pain? Have your doctors been unable to pinpoint what is wrong? Or have you been disgnosed with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, etc., but have not found effective treatment to improve your health?

You could be infected with Lyme Disease - America's #1 misdiagnosed condition.

Lyme is not spread just by ticks, but by other insectes, contaminated food, and human contact. Authorities estimate that up to 90% of the population could be carrying the Lyme spirochete, and that Lyme is a factor in over 50% of chronic illnesses.

Yet few doctors have the experience to diagnose Lyme disease - or even know know what to look for it. Katrina Tang, M.D., H.M.D., Director of Medical Research, Sierra Integrative Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, says, "[Lyme] eludes many doctors because it can mimic many other disesases. This poses a public health risk, because doctors may treat the wrong disease or not find the true cause, thereby delaying the treatment."

Katrina Tang
Katrina Tang Wellness
Katrina Tang Medicine

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Re: Bad alternative Lyme medicine claim (Nevada)

Post by rlstanley » Sun 10 May 2009 4:28

She was also diagnosing these diseases with a machine called the Dermitron, which the FDA banned.
See: http://www.quackwatch.com/02ConsumerProtection/eav.html
Criminal Prosecutions

During 1990, FDA agents twice raided the Century Clinic, of Reno, Nevada (now called the Century Wellness Center) and seized Dermatron devices and the medical records of 71 patients [8] The case was settled in 1993 with a consent agreement under which the clinic and its director, Katrina C. Tang, were prohibited from using EAV devices without either FDA approval or under an approved application for an investigational device exemption that would permit legitimate experimental use. The agreement also provided for a $200,000 penalty for violation of the consent decree.

After the agreement was signed, Biosource, which was not a party to it, obtained an Investigational Device Exemption by falsely claiming that its Listen System devices would be used experimentally to see whether they could detect diabetes.

According to court documents filed by the U.S. Justice Department, Tang and the clinic then used two of these devices to diagnose other serious diseases and did not collect the data necessary for the Biosource study.

In 1998, a magistrate judge recommended that a $400,000 fine be imposed on Tang and the clinic [9]. A petition to overturn this ruling was denied by two federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court [10]. In December 2002, Tang signed a stipulated agreement with the Nevada Board of Homeopathic Examiners indicating that she would retire and would not accept new nonemergency patients. The stipulation noted that between December 27, 2001, and February 4, 2002, 18 complaints had been made against her that had not been investigated by the board [11].

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