We still have a couple more weeks before April Fool’s, so no, I’m not making this story up. Throw in the surefire comedic element of a Texas state politician, taxpayer money crossing state lines, and one hokey-sounding doctor and you’ve got … something.
Last year Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller went to visit the Oklahoma National Stockyards, and visit some of his counterparts at the state capitol, billing his state $1,120 for the trip. The Houston Chronicle – I guess on a reeeally slow news day – did some digging and learned that Miller had a medical procedure while on his visit. “It’s worked out good,” Miller said of the alleged cure-all drug.
The reports are that the commish visited one Dr. John Michael Lonergan, the sole worldwide practitioner who offers patients the “Jesus Shot.” A former practice host of Lonergan states that the shot is made up of “Dexamethasone, Kenalog, and vitamin B12” to treat the inflammation linked to chronic pain. “Lonergan, who works at Priceless Beauty Spa in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, has said the Jesus Shot cures chronic pain for life, the Chronicle reported. He reportedly charges $300 for the shot.” Sadly I have not been able to find a word as to why the injection is so-named.
“The Chronicle reported that the Oklahoma Medical Board has deemed the Jesus Shot a legal medical procedure and that the antidote has been around for 33 years. Reji Varghese, deputy director of the Oklahoma Medical Board, would ‘neither confirm nor deny’ the board was aware of the Jesus Shot, and he declined to offer comment on the controversy surrounding its administration due to any potential patient complaints that may exist, which he also declined to comment on.”
That is freakin’ hilarious! State medical boards infamously jump at every chance to nail poor docs over any piddly complaints and misfiled forms. Yet this one gives a stamp of legality, even as it denies knowledge of its existence, and can’t comment on any potential complaints, which also don’t officially exist.
Lonergan reportedly is a convicted felon for tax evasion, mail fraud, and healthcare fraud. “Although his medical license was revoked in Ohio, Oklahoma granted the doctor a state-supervised license to practice medicine in 2012. Lonergan’s supervision agreement was terminated in March 2013, but he has been allowed to practice medicine in the state without supervision for the next 12 months.”
One Oklahoma resident “posted a message about “Dr. Mike” which said in part, “Okay guys, there is a guy in my town of Woodward, OK going by the name Dr. Mike. Nobody knows anything about this guy, but he claims that he is a Former Special Forces Dr and him and another Special Forces Dr developed a serum for the military called Jesus Juice and it has been used in the military for years and it cures any ailment. Okay, whatever, cool. Has anyone heard of this? … There is a ton of talk going around town about it, and nobody has ever heard of it, so I was wondering if anyone here has heard of this ‘Jesus Juice’ shot.””
If only this could be so! When I had a private practice I would gladly have given this shot for free, or even have paid to give it to certain of my chronic pain folks who used to frequent me for their monthly oxycodone refusal. We need to get behind Dr. Mike, and push for ACA coverage for all divinely named pain treatments. Then we petition the Oklahoma State Board to give this pioneer a weekend pass to visit Dr. Oz, so they can collaborate on an obesity shot.