PhD’s Gone Wild by Pat Conrad MD

Robert Young, PhD is in trouble (again) for practicing medicine without a license. The author of “The pH Miracle” was convicted last year of being a fake physician, and was charged with defrauding patients: “Young not only has touted himself as a doctor and a naturopath over the years, but his doctorate in nutrition is from a non-accredited, now-defunct correspondence school, and he does not have a medical degree, according to the BBC.” Far be it from me, a mere mortal, to disagree with the health recommendations of Victoria Beckham, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, and of course, Gwyneth Paltrow, who all love Young’s diet. But alas, a 27-year-old British woman flew to California and stayed at Young’s ranch, paying him $77,000 before she died three months later. British army captain Naima Houder-Mohammed, diagnosed with recurrent breast cancer, turned in apparent desperation to Young for treatment.

“Dr.” Young recommended to the woman that she be treated at his “pH Miracle Ranch, which has a large area set aside as a “clinic” to treat cancer.” Young equates “cancer” with “acidity”, and has hosted over 80 terminally ill patients at his ranch, treating them with – sigh – IV sodium bicarbonate. These treatments were supplemented with equally efficacious massages and colonics.

Another patient died from congestive heart failure, but not before heroic treatments of 33 intravenous sodium bicarbonate drips at $550 a pop, some administered personally by Young. Be sure to enjoy his website, where you can sign up for, among other things, a “group cleanse.”

More sensible counter-points in defense of alkaline diets emphasize the shift toward a great proportion of fresh fruits and vegetables, and away from more pro-inflammatory, processed foods. The Gracie Diet, developed and promoted by the first family of MMA, is an alkaline diet that has been around for years and is very well thought of by those with the discipline to follow it (and no, they do not make fraudulent health claims). But nutrition, like chemo, NSAID’s, CABG’s, physical therapy, and every other damn thing we do, has its limitations. It is sad that desperate people are exploited by total scumbags, but it will always still fall on the individual to ask whether a treatment makes sense.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “PhD’s Gone Wild by Pat Conrad MD

  1. drbonz
    February 4, 2017 at 11:36 am

    “In 1994, Dr. Young discovered the biological transformation of red blood cells into bacteria and bacteria to red blood cells. He has since documented several such transformations.”

    SAY WHAT???

  2. William E Green III, MD
    February 4, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Sodium Bicarbonate for CHF??? Criminal!

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