Friday, October 9, 2009

California Quack Doc Arrested

I am both happy that this person was arrested and ashamed.  I am happy that Dr. Christine Daniel, 55 years old, of California and an ordained Pentacostal minister was arrested for promising a 60% cure rate with her herbal and prayer therapy for cancer. I am ashamed because she is a family physician.  She was arrested on charges of wire and mail fraud and if convicted could face up to 80 years in prison.  She conned $1.1 million from 55 families between 01 and 04.  Patients from 4-69 years old died within 7 months of starting her treatment.  She appeared on TBN "Praise the Lord" broadcast and touted her C-extract has having a 60% cure rate of cancer and treated other illnesses like Multiple Sclerosis, hepatitis, Alzheimers, Parkinsons etc.  She even claimed on the broadcast "we have seen the dead raised." 

A 41 year old Minneapolis woman scraped together $3,500 for a shipment of Daniels cure for her mother who had melanoma. After taking the cure she was then  suppose to call a number and pray with another women on the other end of the line.  She then got a second $5,000 together for another round of treatment and two weeks later her mother died. 

Another was from a Mass. was told by Daniel to stop her chemotherapy, because it did not work.  She then paid Daniel $13,000 for her cancer cure.  She, the patient, died in 03.  Her husband tried to get a refund and was refused.

Other patients went to California and stayed in motels, while paying large sums of money to Daniel for her cure. 

A clergyman from California was even taken.  He took his wife to see Daniel for her terminal colon cancer.  She was treated with the cure and a "heat machine" for $100,000.  She died in 04. 

This goes to show that even MDs can go over to the dark side.  A degree is only one part, but if the it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.  So just hearing about a cure or doing "research" on the internet for different treatment etc is full of land mines.  The computer age is great, but there is more BS published on the internet than any where else.  Besides research is not googling.  Next the fact that this ordained minister took advantage of despirate peoples religious beliefs is just an example of how religion can be used by those to take advantage of gulliable people. 

Let this be a lesson.
Skeptical DoDo

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