Confessions of a Quackbuster

This blog deals with healthcare consumer protection, and is therefore about quackery, healthfraud, chiropractic, and other forms of so-Called "Alternative" Medicine (sCAM).

Friday, January 14, 2005

Hulda Clark & Tim Bolen: Birds of a Feather......

On Saturday, January 01, 2005 4:33 PM
Subject: Re: [Quackbusters] Digest Number 1036

Tim Bolen wrote:

>> Hulda Clark has NEVER been put in trial for
>> malpractice,

About the actual charge:

For once Tim Bolen is not lying, but he would still like to evade the truth that she was indeed charged with a crime and fled the state. She was placed on trial for "practicing medicine without a license" (1, 2, 3). Not being a medical doctor, she can't commit malpractice in a medical sense. As an unlicensed naturopath with a mail order degree, it might be possible to charge her with practicing naturopathy without a license, but since much that naturopaths do would be considered malpractice and quackery by others in the healthcare system, that is a mute point. In a profession where quackery is the norm, what's the point? It would be a redundant charge, and I doubt that any naturopathy board would charge her.

She was exposed while running her scam of falsely diagnosing people with diseases, in this case she "told him he tested positive for the AIDS virus" (4). She would then treat them with her Zapper and declare them healed, even giving a money back-guarantee. She's still running her scam, so the accusation is still correct, and she can be charged again.

Since some of the people who come to her likely do have AIDS, the consequences of her actions can be fatal for those they later have sex with, since they falsely believe themselves to have been cured, which of course they haven't.


About Tim Bolen, Hulda Clark's spin doctor:

Since Tim Bolen is against quack-busters, he must be a quack-booster. He can't have it both ways.

Tell me, Tim, what is "rough" gay sex? You seem to know, and since I am not interested in investigating such a subject, I figure you can enlighten us all with your apparently vast knowledge of the practices of gays.

You still mention a New York ad agency. What is the name of this agency? What? You still can't provide it? Another bluff number ...... making it up as you go along. I suspect the Biblical author who condemned "he who loveth and maketh a lie" must have been thinking of people like you.


About Hulda Clark:


In September 1999, Hulda Clark was arrested in San Diego, California, based on a fugitive warrant from Indiana, where she faced charges of practicing medicine without a license. The case originated in 1993 when Clark lived and practiced in Indiana. Shortly after Clark's apprehension, her son Geoffrey hired Tim Bolen and/or JuriMed to assist her. Since then, Bolen has distributed messages supporting Clark's work and attacking her "enemies." His principal target has been me.

Geoffrey Clark also set up a defense fund to pay for expenses associated with defending Hulda against "legal attacks." A description of the fund stated that the covered expenses would include attorney fees, publicists, expert witnesses, court costs, and appeals. The report also stated that by May 31, 2000, the fund had raised $113,943.76, earned interest of $665.96, and spent $27,900.51 for legal expense, $327.65 for "Acct/Copies," $56,408.43 for public relations, and $714.30 for Hulda Clark's travel. It did not indicate how much of the public relations payment went to the Bolens. Within a day after Quackwatch displayed this information, it was removed from the New Century Press Web site.

In April 2000, an Indiana judge dismissed the charges against Clark on grounds that too much time had elapsed between the filing of the charges and her arrest. The judge's verdict did not address the merits of the charges but only the issue of whether the delay had compromised Clark's ability to mount a defense and her right to a speedy trial.



Legal Trouble

In September 1999, Clark was arrested in San Diego, California, based on a fugitive warrant from Indiana, where she faced charges of practicing medicine without a license. In November, a former patient filed suit accusing her of negligence and fraud.

The criminal case originated when Clark lived and practiced in Indiana [11,12]. In 1993, after a former patient complained to the Indiana attorney general, a health department official visited accompanied by a deputy attorney general visited her office and was diagnosed with AIDS and sent to a laboratory for a blood test [13]. Clark -- apparently tipped off by the lab -- found out she was being investigated and left Indiana a few days later. In 1999, Clark was apprehended in California and returned to Indiana to stand trial. However, in April 2000, an Indiana judge dismissed the charges on grounds that too much time had elapsed between the filing of the charges and Clark's arrest. The judge's verdict did not address the merits of the charges but only the issue of whether the delay had compromised Clark's ability to mount a defense and her right to a speedy trial [14].

The civil case was filed by Esther and Jose Figueroa of New York City against Clark, the Dr. Clark Research Association, Century Nutrition, and several associated individuals. Mrs. Figueroa, who had been medically diagnosed with breast cancer, sought treatment in September 1998. The court papers state that she was told:

a.. Dust from her apartment was responsible for her breast cancer.

b.. Returning to her apartment would place her at special risk to develop leukemia because of her blood type.

c.. She had asbestos, lead, and a lot of copper in her system.

d.. The Syncrometer detected a parasite called "rabbit fluke" inside her breast.

e.. She also had E. coli, asbestos, and salmonella due to improper food sterilization.

f.. Several teeth should be removed and "cavitations" in her lower jaw should be scraped out.

The suit also charged that:

a.. Clark subsequently arranged for all of Mrs. Figueroa's front and molar teeth to be removed, prescribed more than 30 dietary and herbal supplements to be taken during a 12-week period, and badly burned her breast while administering treatment with a "Zapper" device.

b.. During the 3-month period of treatment, the tumor increased from 1.5 cm to 14 cm.

c.. Despite this fact, Mrs. Figueroa was falsely told that she was getting better, that tests for "cancer markers" were negative, and that pain she was experiencing did not reflect persistence of her cancer.

In 2001, the Figueroa family indicated to their attorney (Christopher Grell) that undergoing a deposition would be too stressful for Mrs. Figueroa. Mr. Grell therefore petitioned the court to withdraw from the case, and the case ended shortly afterward. One of the defendants (Self Health Resource Center, operated by Clark's son Geoffrey) then sued Grell and two associates for malicious prosecution and abuse of process. Grell responded with a motion to dismiss, which was granted and upheld on appeal, with an award of costs and attorneys fees to Grell. The Court of Appeal concluded:

The evidence amply supports a reasonable belief on the part of these defendants [Grell and associates] that plaintiff [the Self Health Resource Center] was part of a network of persons and entities who acted recklessly, at best, luring Mrs. Figueroa into a bizarre, grotesque, and extremely expensive regimen of "alternative" cancer treatments which has no effect other than to exhaust the Figueroa's life savings and divert Mrs. Figueroa from conventional treatments, thereby reducing her prospects for recovery and survival [15].


The charges:


Clark was charged with practicing medicine without a license in Brown County, Indiana in 1993. The charges stem from an undercover investigation by the Indiana Attorney General's Office and the state Department of Health [1]. Clark was arrested Sept 20, 1999 by the FBI in California [2]. The judge dismissed the case against Clark ruling that too much time had passed from when Clark practiced medicine without a license and was charged and prosecuted, thus denying her the right to a speedy trial [3]. The judge seems to have been oblivious of the fact that Clark continues to practice medicine without a license by prescribing cures for AIDS, cancer, and other serious problems in her books The Cure for All Cancers, The Cure for HIV and AIDS, and The Cure for All Diseases.


Documented AIDS fraud:


NASHVILLE - Hulda Clark told an undercover state investigator that he was infected with the AIDS virus and said she could "kill the virus within three minutes," according to a 1993 affidavit filed in Brown Circuit Court......

The affidavit says Huffman and Milhon went to Clark's office to check out a complaint about her treatment of AIDS patients. Milhon claimed he was a bisexual man who had learned a former partner was HIV-positive. Huffman posed as a friend.

Milhon signed a disclaimer form that said Clark was not a physician and that she used vitamins, minerals and herbs in nutritional therapy, the affidavit says. It says Clark used an electronic device to test Milhon and told him he tested positive for the AIDS virus, but not for cancer.

Huffman said she recorded the conversation with a hidden tape recorder. Her statement says Clark, referring to Milhon's HIV infection, said:

"We'll have you cleared up in less than two weeks and I don't
know of anybody else who can do that. And I can guarantee it,
in fact. A money-back guarantee if you want."

The affidavit says Clark claimed to have "treated about 70 (HIV) patients and haven't had a single failure."

It says she sent Milhon directly to an Indianapolis lab for a blood test for HIV antigens. When he and Huffman returned, Clark received an "urgent" phone call and left, saying she needed to speak to her attorney.

When Clark returned to the office, she asked the investigators if they were from the state health department, and Milhon said he was, the affidavit says. Clark urged Milhon to see a doctor because of his HIV-positive status. She said what she had told the investigators earlier had been a "mistake." (*)

(*) Does all this sound like Hulda Clark and Tim Bolen are honest people? I'll let the reader decide.