Verdicts against Bowen Research and Training Institute Inc.

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Martian
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Verdicts against Bowen Research and Training Institute Inc.

Postby Martian » Tue 26 May 2009 21:12

Bowen Research and Training Institute Inc. is the dubious lab that gave positive test results for pretty much everyone, and therefore was dubbed "most reliable lab" by those who apply LymeNUT logic.

Source of quote: http://www.kansascity.com/business/story/1215762.html
Posted on Mon, May. 25, 2009
Who’s left to pay this big verdict?

Two Kansas City couples who were falsely diagnosed with Lyme disease have won verdicts totaling $30 million against the Florida lab that tested their blood.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Michael Manners handed down the verdicts last week against Bowen Research and Training Institute Inc. of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and in favor of Keith and Sheri Klausner and David and Brenda Lampton.

Manners, who tried the case without a jury, heard evidence from the plaintiffs only. Bowen did not send anyone to the trial.

It’s not clear whether Bowen still exists. Its old Web site has been supplanted by one for Central Florida Research Inc., which lists some of the same principals. The phone number for Central Florida, however, is disconnected or no longer in service.

Bowen was founded by JoAnne Whitaker, who held herself out as “an internationally recognized research and teaching physician.” Whitaker, formerly Bowen’s president and director of research, voluntarily relinquished Bowen’s license to operate as a clinical laboratory in 2002. After the Florida Department of Health found that Bowen had continued to do clinical testing of patients, Whitaker voluntarily relinquished her Florida medical license in 2007.

The Klausners’ saga began in November 2004, when, after experiencing severe joint pain, Keith Klausner went to Health Centers of America-Kansas City, which diagnosed him with Lyme disease. HCAKC recommended the Bowen Q-RIBb test and, in return for a $250 “donation” for the test, sent his blood to Bowen. The lab reported that it had identified the organism that causes the disease in his blood.

Klausner underwent months of treatment, including intravenous antibiotics “and numerous medications and ‘alternative’ substances,” according to the Klausners’ lawsuit.

HCKAC told his wife that she, too, probably had Lyme disease because the disease was transmissible through tears, mucus, blood or sexual contact. Sheri Klausner’s blood was sent to Bowen, where it, too, tested positive.

In June 2005, Keith Klausner was admitted to Providence Medical Center’s emergency department. The treating physicians told him he did not have Lyme disease and had undergone months of unnecessary therapy.

The Lamptons’ experience was similar. Before going to HCKAC in November 2003, Brenda Lampton had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. After HCKAC diagnosed her with Lyme disease, her blood, after payment of the $250 “donation,” was sent to Bowen, which confirmed the diagnosis.

Lampton then underwent months of intravenous treatment, which worsened her condition. Eventually she was admitted to the hospital, where she had her gallbladder removed and developed a pulmonary embolism, according to the Lamptons’ suit. Her husband, meanwhile, underwent unnecessary oral antibiotic therapy after Bowen said his blood had tested positive for Lyme disease.

In his verdicts, Manners awarded Keith Klausner $9.7 million in medical, non-economic and punitive damages; Sheri Klausner nearly $6 million; Brenda Lampton $8.6 million; and David Lampton $6 million. After various statutory caps, the total comes to nearly $24 million — still one of the biggest judgments on record this year in Missouri.

HCAKC, while originally a defendant in the suits, was later dismissed.

Whether the Klausners and Lamptons will be able to collect the judgments is an open question.

“That’s what we’re busy with now,” said Lance Baughman, of Wright Green & Baughman in Lee’s Summit, and an attorney for the Klausners and Lamptons.

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Re: Verdicts against Bowen Research and Training Institute Inc.

Postby hiker53 » Wed 27 May 2009 2:42

Funny,

I thought I had lyme and tested positive at Bowen. Also tested positive at Igenex by CDC standards. If it weren't for Bowen, I would never have gotten a LLMD and been further tested. My first LLMD did not trust Bowen, however, saying everyone tested positive there and thus used Igenex.

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Re: Verdicts against Bowen Research and Training Institute Inc.

Postby rlstanley » Thu 28 May 2009 17:21

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See thread: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2595&p=18969#p18969 about the director of HCAKC being sued.


Original article at Courthouse News Service: Patient Says Doctor & Clinic Went Wild Misdiagnosing Patients With Lyme Disease

Patient Says Doctor & Clinic Went Wild Misdiagnosing Patients With Lyme Disease

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (CN) - A woman claims Dr. Carol Ryser, of the Health Centers of America-Kansas City, charged thousands of dollars to treat her for nearly a year for Lyme disease and a long list of other diseases, none of which she had. She claims Michael Ryser, CEO of the Health Centers, "trained the employees of HCAKC how to sell HCAKC's unnecessary services to patients, how to convince people that they have Lyme disease and need treatment."

Plaintiff Candace Anthony claims the defendants "prey on the sick". She claims Michael Ryser "has told HCAKC employees that they are 'actors' and that they have a 'script to play with patients.'" She claims that "For years Carol Ann Ryser has diagnosed many of not most of the patients of HCAKC with Lyme disease," but that "almost none of defendants' patients actually have, or ever had, Lyme disease."

Anthony claims that on April 28 the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts initiated proceedings to suspend, censure or revoke Dr. Ryser's license "as a result of the medical diagnosis and treatment provided to eleven separate patients consistent with the medical diagnosis and treatment provided to Candace Anthony."

Anthony claims that on Feb. 20, 2008, HKAKC employees drew more than 40 vials of blood from her. She says that though "Dr. Ryser did not perform a physical examination or touch (her)," Ryser diagnosed her as having "21 separate disorders, including Lymes disease (sic), hypercoagulation, disease of the central nervous system, beta strep, chronic bronchitis, chronic sinusitis, leucopenia, chronic fatigue syndrome, systemic candidiasis, insomnia, corticoadrenal insufficiency, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, Raynaud's syndrome, hyperinsulemia, fibromyalgia, urinary tract infection, proteinuria, tremors, general symptoms of memory loss, and nutritional deficiency ... whooping cough, elevated triglycerides, parvovirus, iodine deficiency, vitamin B deficiency, heavy metal and bromide toxicity, Bell's palsy, and other diseases and disorders."

Anthony claims the treatment and drugs the Rysers sold her caused her to suffer "increased pain, anxiety, fatigue, sickness and a change of mental status". She said she went to an emergency room on Jan. 1, 2009, and was told she suffered from hyperthyroidism, not Lyme disease. She says ER doctors told her to stop taking all the drugs the Rysers had sold and prescribed, and "informed her that she did not have Lyme disease and had undergone months of unnecessary treatment."

She demands punitive damages for fraud, medical negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation and concealment, violation of the Missouri Medical Merchandise Practices Act.

Anthony is represented in Jackson County Court by Lance Baughman of Wright, Green & Baumann of Lee's Summit, Mo.

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Re: Verdicts against Bowen Research and Training Institute I

Postby rlstanley » Fri 29 May 2009 18:32

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Re: Verdicts against Bowen Research and Training Institute I

Postby Dreadove » Sun 27 Jun 2010 2:34

First of all, this is completely astounding to me that anyone would believe this at face value without researching whether or not Providence has any doctor who even specializes in Lyme disease, much less has read recent research for more than half an hour. It is not a mistake that there is now a research center at Columbia University focusing on Lyme disease, as there is plenty of emerging research. I live in the Kansas City area myself and have been diagnosed by Dr. Ryser. She is brilliant and kindhearted. No one is perfect, so misdiagnoses can be possible. However, I know many people who were extremely sick, to the point of collapsing and dragging a foot from Babesia, who are now doing very well, working and/or attending school full time. Lyme, as anyone who reads this forum knows, is very complicated. Co-infections do hide very easily if one's immune system cannot produce the antibodies that are being tested. Dr. Ryser does not diagnose every person with Lyme. She works with those who have chronic illness. She is not one to just push antibiotics on a person. In fact, a few years ago my CD57 test showed that my natural killer cell count was around 160, which indicated that I was getting better. She recommended I stop antibiotics, and that I set up an appointment several months later as a check up.

The Bowen test is a good test ALONG with other tests and clinical diagnoses. The couples who sued this company did a huge disservice to other patients who use it to help track the load of spirochetes on their body. My first value was the second highest that they measured. A year later it was half that amount. I was also very positive on the Western Blot and the ELISA, which according to the FDA is not approved to be a screening test as it misses 35% of those with Lyme. A screening test has to only miss 5% or less of patients with a particular disease. When labs run Western Blot tests, they do not use all of the proteins that show up. Most do not even use the protein that the failed Lyme vaccine used - this doesn't make any logical sense. There are no definite tests for Lyme disease in the U.S. In fact, Lyme disease, since 1997, has officially been a "clinically" diagnosed disease according to the FDA. Doctors were advised to use the tests in conjunction with a clinical diagnosis.

Why someone would think that they have to be touched all over in an exam to be diagnosed with anything boggles me. Most complaints of those who go to Lyme specialists have to do with fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, fibromyalgia (muscle/joint pain), etc. Those are not complaints that can be diagnosed by a "physical" exam! They are complaints. So that is a ridiculous accusation for that woman to make. And then for her and her husband to think that a hospital (which isn't even ranked highly in the KC area, much less the U.S.A. or the world) that has no experience with patients who have had Lyme disease un-caught for years could give them a Western Blot test (or ELISA) which according to the FDA DO miss many cases...it makes one think that the encephalopathy Lyme can cause was definitely a problem with them. That hospital, most likely unknowingly from not paying attention, did not follow the FDA's recommendations. That a suit was won when the hospital misdiagnosed a diagnosis, WOW.

Whether or not they had Lyme or if their complaints were caused by another disease or lifestyle, I do not know. It is extraordinarily selfish, however, that they would pummel a lab to the ground that gave many Lyme patients hope and an approximation of the amount of spirochetes still in their bodies. Especially when no one forced them to do the treatments; they are adults and could have said no.


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