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).

Monday, June 20, 2005

'Psychic surgeon' claims to remove patients' tumors without surgery

In spite (or is it "because of"....) of themselves, some chiropractors just can't distance themselves from their roots. Chiropractic has always been marinaded in quackery and scams. This has historically been closer to the rule, rather than a rare exception. This Texas chiro just couldn't resist the temptation...:

'Psychic surgeon' claims to remove patients' tumors without surgery

By Marvin Zindler
ABC13 Eyewitness News
(9/13/04 - HOUSTON)

A Houston woman in search of a miracle says she stumbled onto a scam. A lot of desperate people are looking for miracle cures. And, boy, there were a lot of folks flocking to a so-called "psychic surgeon."

A woman I'll call Jane Doe because she doesn't want to be identified told me she wants to expose a so-called psychic surgeon she went to. Romy Bugarin claimed he can remove a fibroid tumor from Jane's abdomen by putting his hand into her body and pulling out the tumor without surgery. Jane said he used a glass of water and a peanut as an example.

She said, "He could put his hand through the water and pull the peanut out and then the water closes up. That he could put his hand through your skin and grab the tumor and pull it out and the skin would close back up."

Another strange thing is that Bugarin practices his "psychic surgery" in a Heights chiropractic clinic of Dr. Michael Bonner. The title "Dr." lends credibility to the scam.

"There's a lot of people going and a lot of people that are very ill, with diseases like cancer," said Jane. "That, I feel is horrible, that they're praying on ill people that are in a very dire situation."

The author of "The Facts about Faith Healing" wrote that Romy Bugarin was named in an alleged scam. The article said chicken blood and animal organs are used in the scam.

Should a chiropractor let his office be used to perpetuate a scam? To lead poor people to believe that cancers can be removed as if by magic?

I went to one of the oldest chiropractic colleges in the world located in Pasadena, and talked ethics with their president, Dr. Jason Flanagan.

He said, "A doctor looking back at his education and ethical principals would not have someone who is performing psychic surgery or faith healing in a practice, especially referring to themselves as a doctor."

Dr. Michael Bonner told me that since I have brought this issue up, he will no longer allow Romy Bugarin, the so-called psychic surgeon, to use his office.

You'd think that in the 21st century people would know that men like Bugarin are frauds. Not only a fraud, but he's a danger to sick people who think they were cured and didn't seek medical attention. It's obvious to me he's a slight of hand magician and should be performing in Las Vegas.

Marvin Zindler, Eyewitness News!
(Copyright © 2004, KTRK-TV)