Crist backer Gary Kompothecras bullies Florida health officials

28 Sep

Crist backer Gary Kompothecras bullies Florida health officials, a story in the Miami New Times, discusses how a wealthy man is attempting to exert influence to get Dr. Mark and Mr. David Geier access to Florida Department of Health records.

Here are the first three paragraphs:

“This madness has got to stop. No more double talk. This should be a fairly straightforward study. I feel that there are hidden agendas going on and I will not stand by [and] let it continue!! I will not wait any longer,” reads an email dated August 6 from Dr. Gary Kompothecras to Dr. Julia Gill, director of the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) Division of Disease Control.

Coming from anyone else, the blustery email threat might be easily dismissed. But “Dr. Gary,” as Kompothecras is known, is the self-styled “Rainmaker,” a Sarasota chiropractor who has raised more than $1 million over the years for Senate candidate and soon-to-be ex-governor Charlie Crist.

So it’s bound to turn heads when the man known to occasionally lend his private jet to the governor uses his political clout to try to bully Florida health officials into turning over scores of the state’s sealed immunization records. Especially when they’re for a father-son team, Dr. Mark and David Geier, infamous for injecting autistic children with Lupron, a drug used to chemically castrate prostate cancer patients and pedophiles.

Dr. David Gorski, who blogs at Science Based Medicine, was quoted:

According to Dr. David Gorski, founding fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine and an NIH-funded cancer researcher, the Geiers’ Lupron treatment is “in essence, chemical castration in order to treat autism based on no reliable science.” Says Gorski: “The concept that [the Geiers] embraced isn’t even bad science. It’s just not science.”

As I commented on the webpage for the story, when it comes to thimerosal in vaccines and autism, the recent study in Pediatrics far surpasses anything the Geiers could accomplish with the data from Florida.

If the information I have is accurate, Mr. Kompothecras filed in the Court of Federal Claims (vaccine court) for two children. One case has been closed and the other is still pending. (correction–there appear to have been three cases opened. One has been closed)

4 Responses to “Crist backer Gary Kompothecras bullies Florida health officials”

  1. daedalus2u September 29, 2010 at 15:25 #

    I added a comment at the Miami New Times suggesting that Florida residents contact their elected officials on wanting to keep their children’s vaccination data private and away from the Gieirs.

    A modest response from Florida residents (a few dozen) would (I think) make it politically unacceptable to release the data.


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