Rashid Buttar should ‘be prohibited’

26 Apr

Late last year, Kathleen posted about a disciplinary action being taken against Dr Rashid Buttar. The charges against him included claims that he:

provided therapies that were unproven and wholly ineffective;

charged exorbitant fees for his ineffectual therapies,” and dunned widows and survivors of his deceased patients for thousands of dollars;

order[ed] numerous tests and lab work… that had no rational, medical relationship to the Patients’ cancer diagnosis… in an attempt to drive up costs;

treated [patients] on an indistinguishable or arbitrary protocol regardless of their individual diagnosis… All Patients received frequent, expensive treatments that had no recognized scientific evidence of any validity whatsoever on almost a daily basis without any evidence of sustained improvement

Long term readers of this blog will know that Rashid Buttar has been the subject of blog posts once or twice, including the statistic that of the ten US board certifications claimed by Rashid Buttar, none of them are actually recognised by the American Board of Medical Specialities and the fact that _even parents who do extreme biomed_ think his procedures invasive and his rates ‘obscene’.

Rashid Buttar used to have the fact he testified to Congress emblazoned across at least one autism/vaccine groups website. Leading members of several extreme biomed groups had their children seen by him. They lauded him publicly and parroted his ideas.

Today, a report in the Charlotte Observer details the latest chapter in Rashid Buttar’s professional life:

A panel of the N.C. Medical Board recommended Thursday that Huntersville’s Dr. Rashid Buttar be prohibited from treating children or patients with cancer because his alternative medicine practice is below accepted medical standards in North Carolina.

All three board members on the hearing panel expressed doubts about the validity of Buttar’s treatments.

“Doesn’t it strike you as a little strange that every patient that comes through your door has heavy metal toxicity?” Dr. Art McCulloch, a Charlotte anesthesiologist, asked Buttar’s nurse practitioner, Jane Garcia.

To Buttar, he said: “There’s no basis for what you’re doing, in my opinion.”

The next step is that the board makes a judgement based on the panel’s recommendation. The Observer says that:

Of the half-dozen disciplinary cases that have been heard by a panel, the medical board has accepted every recommendation.

If the board _do_ agree with the panel then the children (including all the autistic children) of North Carolina can rest easier.

2 Responses to “Rashid Buttar should ‘be prohibited’”

  1. Ms. Clark April 26, 2008 at 21:36 #

    Yes, children in North Carolina can rest easier, but children from all over the world who have monied and gullible parents can rest easier. Buttar’s the kind of guy who can (used to be able to) draw people in from far away. I can’t remember if he ever made it to Japan but he was scheduled to go there for an autism biomeddling conference. He and that Yakuza Irie-Curtin (?) female were a team. She offered her services to translate his advice into Japanese during his consultations with Japanese speaking parents for a few hundred dollars an hour.

  2. isles April 26, 2008 at 22:31 #

    Thank goodness! There is no excuse for preying on the desperate.

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