Maryland Authorities Charge “Lupron Protocol” Promoters With Unprofessional Conduct, Unlicensed Practice of Medicine

20 May

The father-son team of Mark and David Geier have been charged with violations of medical practice. Mark Geier is a physician and his son, David, holds a bachelor of arts degree. Maryland Authorities Charge “Lupron Protocol” Promoters With Unprofessional Conduct, Unlicensed Practice of Medicine is the most recent post by Kathleen Seidel of Neurodiversity.com. This follows the suspension of Dr. Mark Geier (Maryland Medical Board Suspends Dr. Mark Geier’s License).

Ms. Seidel’s post follows her practice of a very thorough, well linked discussion of the topic. Here is her first paragraph (without links):

On Monday, May 16, 2011, the Maryland Board of Physicians charged Dr. Mark Geier with numerous violations of the Maryland Medical Practice Act, and charged his son, David Geier, with practicing medicine without a license. The charges come three weeks after the Board summarily suspended Dr. Geier’s license to practice medicine, in order to prevent harm to the many autistic children entrusted to his care. The suspension was upheld by a subsequent order issued by the Board on May 12, one day after a hearing at which Dr. Geier protested the suspension and submitted affidavits of support from the parents of seven of his patients. These included a statement from James B. Adams, Ph.D., a professor of engineering at Arizona State University who, like Dr. and Mr. Geier, has frequently exceeded the bounds of his academic specialty to conduct medical research premised on the discredited hypothesis that autism is a consequence of vaccine injury.

It is well worth the time to read the entire post: Maryland Authorities Charge “Lupron Protocol” Promoters With Unprofessional Conduct, Unlicensed Practice of Medicine

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7 Responses to “Maryland Authorities Charge “Lupron Protocol” Promoters With Unprofessional Conduct, Unlicensed Practice of Medicine”

  1. MikeMa May 20, 2011 at 14:38 #

    It is about time. These clowns have been ripping off patients and insurance companies for far too long. Chemically castrating young boys for profit – such pride the Griers must feel.

  2. Sam May 20, 2011 at 22:31 #

    It is so sad that the very parents who reject vaccines as harmful will allow their kids to be tortured by “chelation therapy” and poisoned by untested, dangerous chemical injections based on quack theories like the snake oil sellers the father and son “doctors” were selling. Some autistic children are forced by their parents onto extremely restricted diets, supplemented by expensive vitamins and “practitioner” visits. Don’t torture, starve or poison your autistic child!!! Autism is a brain disorder and it is treatable by classes and therapies that have shown the test of time and actually have successful outcomes. But, most importantly, love your child as he or she is and get support from your local chapter of the Autism Society of America, or other local groups. Most children with autism are never fully cured, but they DO improve over time. The “miracle” cures are about as effective as placebos. The key is to give the parents hope so that they have enough energy to keep doing what is best–interacting, hoping, and loving their children. This means that praying for your child will be at least as effective or more than any quack theory out there–and much less expensive. Add proven classes and behavioral therapies and your child will have the best outcomes. There’s a special place in hell for those who get rich off of taking advantage of desperate parents of autistic children.

  3. KeyLimePie May 22, 2011 at 19:25 #

    Lupron is a disastrous, dangerous drug that should be taken off the market. Anyone who give it to a child belongs in jail.

    • Sullivan May 22, 2011 at 20:53 #

      Lupron has legitimate uses. “detoxifying” autistic children is not one of them

  4. Sniffer May 22, 2011 at 22:33 #

    Dear Sam,

    “Autism is a brain disorder and it is treatable by classes and therapies that have shown the test of time and actually have successful outcomes”

    And when the above has no effect apart from love and cuddles what else do you suggest if, your child is doubled over a chair holding its gut in extreme “pain ” beyond imagination ,I am told?

    Sincerely

    Sniffer

  5. Prometheus May 23, 2011 at 02:47 #

    Sniffer,

    If a child is “doubled over in a chair holding its gut in extreme ‘pain’ beyond imagination” [sic], I’d suggest seeing a gastroenterologist. Certainly Lupron doesn’t seem indicated, nor would a gynecologist be my first pick for a specialist in this scenario.

    The choice isn’t between Lupron or nothing – if such a choice exists, it’s between Lupron (and other fantasy-based therapies) and real, rational treatments that address not only autistic behaviors but also any underlying medical problems that may exist.

    The “Lupron treatment” was based on a lack of understanding of how testosterone and mercury interact under (human) physiological conditions, an erroneous belief that autism is caused by mercury, and a “one-size-fits-all” mania (with large profit margin) on the part of a questionably qualified gynecologist and his son.

    Prometheus

  6. McD May 23, 2011 at 04:04 #

    @sniffer. There is little evidence that children with autism suffer bowel disorders at a significantly greater rate than normal children. Those studies that do suggest greater rates have come from self selected groups attending specialist autism/GI clinics. Nonbiased studies do not find higher rates of GI problems in autistics kids. Note that about 9% of normal kids will report GI problems at some point. So it would not be very hard at all to collect a group of kids from the 9% of autistic kids who likely suffer GI problems, attending an autism/GI clinic. Thus producing skewed results. For unbiased studies, see for example:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16685178
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12193358
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12806268

    So if your autistic kid happens to be doubled up with GI pain, for cripes sake, get them to doctor for a GI exam as one would for any kid with GI problems. But don’t start on about autism = gut problems or you risk the dr thinking you are projecting the symptoms of imaginary ‘autistic enterocolitis’ on the kid. Doctors are only human too.

    My own severely autistic kid happens to be severely allergic to peanuts. It is hard to miss full-blown anaphylaxis. We have had a couple of very worrying hospital stays and several really scary hours in A&E resus (the guy undergoing resus on the next bed died – not a good thing). But I do not project peanut allergy on every other autistic kid that we meet. I am not trying to sue Sanitarium peanut butter for the episode of anaphylaxis at 12 months that appeared to precede his regression and fullblown autism symptoms. Nor the child-care facility that allowed a little girl to bring peanut butter sandwiches for lunch, nor the mother-helper who thought the little girl should share her sandwiches with my son (peanut-free as his older brother had reacted to peanut oil in a skin lotion). Shit happens. Looking back over baby photos and video, he was always going to be autistic. His symptoms may have worsened after the peanut episodes (there were two). But, if not the peanut, maybe something else may have pulled the trigger.

    For GI problems, if the base rate is 9%, that is still a lot of autistic kids with GI problems. Who maybe cannot communicate their problems. So I am all for taking a sensible approach and investigating any potential problem. But attempting to link GI problems with Autism – as in the measles – gut – brain – autism hypothesis? That is just going to be counter-productive for the quite high number of autistic kids who have genuine non-autism related GI issues (or headaches, or growing pains, or whatever).

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