- Editor's Note: This is an old and familiar theme of abuse
of power and suppression of choice by the pharma-based medical industry
in America. In this case, we have a man,Larry Rawdon, who has a pharmacist
licence in Tennessee, but runs a health food store. Rawdon discovered what
I and so many, many other people have discovered - drugs don't work, but
Nature based "medicine" does. He tells people who seek his advice
that taking freshly made vegetable/fruit juices, along with supplements
and coffee enemas, for example, will often bring beneficial results in
terms of increased energy and recovery from disease debilitation (in essence,
the Gerson Therapy which has been successfully applied for 80 years since
formulated by Dr. Max Gerson in the 1920s). A man by the name of David
Ashley, who had fourth stage pancreatic cancer-the most deadly form of
cancer possible- comes to him for advice and finds that juicing had indeed
increased his energy level and perhaps gave him hope-for a time- of recovery
from his cancer. This was not an unreasonable expectation because a certain
percentage of people with fourth stage pancreatic cancer have recovered
using the Gerson model of "therapy." (look up the work of Dr.
Nicholas Gonzalez in New York City. He's been using the Gerson therapy
for years to treat pancreatic cancer patients).
- But David Ashley didn't recover. He died and his widow
now needed someone to blame for his death, so she focused her bitterness
on Larry Rawdon.
- I'm sure it never occurred to Mrs. Ashley to complain
to the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners about the hundreds of thousands
of dollars wasted on David's oncologists, the ones who treated him with
chemotherapy and perhaps radiation, and failed miserably to save his life.
No, no, no, the allopathic medical establishment is never responsible for
a lost patient in the eyes of a state medical board, because the guidelines
and rules for the "safe" treatment of cancer - to which every
state medical board ascribes-has been written by the very same pharma-based
allopathic medical industry.
- No sir, only those Nature inspired "quacks"
who have turned to natural medicine get their medical office raided by
flak-jacketed thugs with drawn guns and the words "Police" or
"FBI" printed across the back of their jackets. In Rawdon's case,
there was no medical office to raid, so he got slapped with a one million
dollar fine in May for the "crime" of advising people who come
to his health food store -now transformed into "patients" by
the Tennessee Medical board- about Nature based solutions.
- The only way to stop this sort of abuse is to get state
lawmakers to pass legislation which allow citizens to seek whatever type
of treatment that wish to have and to get advice from anyone they wish
to council without fear of punitive retribution by pharmaceutical enforcement
agents masquerading as state medical boards. Until then, a strong response
of indignation from the public directed at the Tennessee Department of
Health and the State Medical Examiners board can only have a "purgative"
effect to let those people know that the public is on to their pro-pharma
restrictive ploys and their attempts to control Tennesseans choices in
life are not appreciated.
- If this assault on health freedom is not vigorously aborted
and reversed in Tennessee, then expect similar situations to occur in other
states, where state medical boards will be further emboldened to assign
egregious and outrageous fines upon licensed physicians or pharmacists
who advocate the use of natural therapies as innocuous as vegetable juice
and supplements. Folks, it's time to act. ...Ken
- Forward courtesy of Christ Gupta
- Please e-mail email@example.com and/or phone the
state Commissioner of the Department of Health, Susan Cooper at 615-741-3111
or the Board of Medical Examiners at 615-532-3202. to vent your opinion.
- Pharmacist Fined For Natural Therapies
- September 14, 2007
- NASHVILLE (UPI) -- A Tennessee pharmacist has received
a $1 million fine for treating customers at his health-food store with
juices and dietary supplements.
- The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners ruled in May
that Larry Rawdon's practice of treating ailments such as cancer with alternative
therapies is harmful, The Nashville Tennessean reported Thursday.
- The $1 million fine is the largest the board has ever
handed out, the newspaper said.
- A former patient [Debbie Landers] of the Hohenwald, Tennessee
pharmacist has created the group MyHealthMyChoice to raise money for Rawdon's
fine and petition to make alternative health care legal in Tennessee, the
- Local Pharmacist Appealing $1 Million Fine By Board Of
- June 14, 2007
- By Becky Newbold,
- Associate Editor
- The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners ruled May 15,
2007 Dr. Larry Rawdon of Preventative Family Health Care, had been
practicing medicine without a license. Dr. Rawdon, a pharmacist, is appealing
the ruling. Rawdon, owner of Osa's Garden health food store, provides nutritional
counseling to people who seek his advice, his supporters stated in an interview
- Attorney Don Schwendimann stated evidence used by the
Board of Medical Examiners was based on the testimony of a woman [Donna
Ashley] and her mother from West Tennessee along with records from Rawdon's
office. Schwendimann stated the women filed a complaint after her husband
[David Ashley] sought Rawdon's advice on nutrition. The man was in the
later stage of pancreatic cancer, Schwendimann stated, and an audio tape
revealed Rawdon did not advise him to cease treatment advised by his physician.
- According to Mr. Schwendimann, the man reported having
more energy and resuming some of his activities after one month on the
new diet, but when he died, his widow filed a complaint. The State Board
of Medical Examiners fined Rawdon $1,000,000.00 in the case, for which
hearings began January 24, 2007.
- No transcript of the proceedings was available at press
time. A faxed copy of the order claims Rawdon charged "patients"
for visits and printed testimonial of healings, among other charges. Supporters
point out Rawdon never took claimed to have healed, but gave God the credit
for healing the patients.
- Locally, an effort has begun to defend the rights of
Tennesseans to seek alternative health care. Organizer Debbie Landers stated,
"This would be the most irresponsible thing I could do," to ignore
this issue. She asserts people should be allowed to choose the type of
medical help they want, without fear of repercussion for the person offering
- Rawdon is a licensed pharmacist in the state of Tennessee.
President for the Tennessee Board of Pharmacists, Terry Grinder of Hohenwald,
did not return a phone call for an interview.
- At this time, Dr. Rawdon'spharmaceutical license has
not been revoked. State Representative Dr. Joey Hensley stated, "They
charged him with practicing without a license-- that is a serious charge...the
penalty was excessive, I thought."
- Hensley stated he was unaware of the evidence used against
Rawdon in the case. "The real problem is the practice of naturopathy
is not legal in Tennessee and they [the Board] said he was practicing naturopathy...It
is certainly not his fault someone died."
- Hensley stated he would speak with someone on the Board
to gain a better understanding of the case. Legislation introduced earlier
this session by Senator Tim Burchettconcerning the licensing of naturopathic
doctors was not heard this Legislative session, Hensley concluded, but
may come up in the next session.
- Schwendimann indicated Rawdon had made some changes in
his operation in response to the charges, but is still running his health
food store. Both men, and many supporters in the community, are hopeful
the decision will be overturned in a Davidson County court. The order from
the State of Tennessee Department of Health stated the civil penalty of
$1 million "shall be paid within 30 days" of the filing of an
Affidavit of Costs.
- June 14, 2007 © Lewis County Herald,
- Inc. 2007
- Pharmacist Fights $1 Million Fine Over Health Food Therapies
- By CLAUDIA PINTO
- Staff Writer
- The gospel, according to Larry Rawdon, says that consuming
the "life force" in fruits and vegetables can cure disease.
- That's why for more than 20 years, the Hohenwald man
treated customers at his health-food store with juices and dietary supplements
for ailments ranging from obesity to cancer.
- Some of Rawdon's patients credit him with healing their
ills. Others consider his therapies pure quackery.
- The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners determined his
practice to be downright harmful, and in May ordered him to stop treating
people and slapped him with the one of its largest fines ever handed out:
- The board decision has sparked a debate over whether
people should be able to seek alternative forms of medical care. State
officials declined to comment for this story because Rawdon is appealing
- Debbie Landers, a former patient of Rawdon, has helped
to set up an organization called MyHealthMyChoice to raise money for Rawdon's
fine and petition to make alternative health care legal in Tennessee.
- "As a private citizen, the state of Tennessee has
taken away one of my health-care choices," Landers said. "It
all boils down to a private citizen's right to choose."
- Donna Ashley, whose husband sought treatment for bladder
cancer from Rawdon, disagrees. "It's not a true choice because medicine
is based on research and studies," she said. "Alternative health
- Ashley said her husband canceled his surgery after consulting
with Rawdon and began drinking juice and taking dietary supplements to
treat the cancer. Rawdon said he has never discouraged patients from following
- Ashley said she remembers her husband, David Ashley,
turning orange from drinking so much carrot juice.
- "Every day, I'd beg him not to do it," she
said. "He felt like he had a right to choose."
- David Ashley died from bladder cancer at age 52.
- Naturopathy Illegal Here
- Rawdon calls his approach to health care "Health
God's Way." It's a form of naturopathy - using natural remedies such
as foods, herbs and minerals to treat illness. Naturopathy is legal in
some states, but not in Tennessee.
- "It's not me healing people, it's God," Rawdon
- "God sent Joshua into the Promised Land and told
him not to destroy the fruit trees because in them is a man's life that
he can eat and live," he said. "So the life force that is in
the fruits and vegetables, it's what our cells need for the healing process."
- Advocates of naturopathy say that if advising people
to consume more plant products is illegal, then the law needs to be changed.
- Rawdon "counsels individuals to use natural substances
that God gave men for health long before there ever was a medical doctor,"
reads a petition supporting him. "And of course, God's ways work!"
- However, Dr. Kimball C. Atwood, a clinical assistant
professor of anesthesiology at Tufts University School of Medicine, has
said the therapy is not as harmless as it sounds. Atwood authored a report
in The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine arguing that naturopathy
is "potentially and actually injurious."
- "Naturopathic treatments are an eclectic assortment
of implausible and unproved methods," he said. In addition, Atwood
said that naturopaths often sell "remedies" to their clients,
which is a conflict of interests. According to Tennessee Department of
Health documents, here are some of the treatments Rawdon's patients received:
- One patient identified only as "J.B." was prescribed
juices and dietary supplements to treat clogged arteries.
- Another, identified as "M.P.," was treated
for cancer. Rawdon encouraged the patient not to continue chemotherapy
or take pain medication because it would slow the healing process, the
- Rawdon prescribed coffee enemas for M.P., as well as
castor oil enemas and dietary supplements to combat the cancer. M.P. paid
about $500 a month from August 2002 until January 2003 for these treatments
and supplements. M.P. later died. However, Rawdon said M.P.'s condition
had been diagnosed as terminal before he treated him. M.P.'s wife, Angie
Pace, could not be reached for comment. A telephone number listed in her
name was no longer in service.
- Rawdon appealing fine
- Rawdon is appealing the $1 million fine in Chancery Court
in Davidson County, but a date hasn't been set.
- "It's like telling a rock you have to pay $1 million,"
he said. "There's no way I could do it."
- The Board of Medical Examiners determines the amount
of fines by considering factors such as risk of harm to the public, what
amount would act as a deterrent and how much the practitioner profited.
- In 2006 and 2007 there were three civil penalties imposed
at $100,000 or more: $100,000 on an unlicensed "licensed practical
nurse," $719,000 on an unlicensed registered nurse and $1 million
- Don Schendimann, Rawdon's lawyer, believes the fine is
- "This fine is multiples of anything that has been
levied, as far as I'm aware of," he said.
- The Board of Medical Examiners found Rawdon guilty of
treating patients without a medical license in addition to practicing naturopathy.
Rawdon is a licensed pharmacist, but he isn't a medical doctor.
- While he claims to have cured people "at death's
door," Rawdon says he never told anyone he was a medical doctor. "All
my literature stated the degrees that I had," he said.
- Rawdon says he no longer practices naturopathy, but does
still own Osa's health-food store in Hohenwald.
- Leave a Comment
- Web posted at: http://www.physorg.com/news108973764.html
- There is a discussion of this story at PhysOrgForum entitled:
Alternative Health.... ???
- There are 5 replies in that topic. The last post was
- The first 5 posts are :
- On 14-Sep-2007 by Argiod
- Alternative health is starting to sound like we"re
returning to the days of patent medicines and travelling medicine shows
where all sorts of mixes of alcohol and various plant parts are being hawked
as "the cure" for all ills. Hard to know what really is of value
in treating anything with all the conflicting interests.
- On 14-Sep-2007 by hawksecho
- If we think alternative health methods are something
of use, then lets explore them with strict, double-blind studies. When
people say methods like this are not going to by there nature verify if
it works or not, I have to ask, what do you fear, I know the conspiracy
fruitcakes would say unless they invent it it can't be patented if its
based on natural ingredients. Quite frankly, thats crap. Almost every thing
we use medicinally in one form or another is based on natural materials.
- On 14-Sep-2007 by gski
- I would love to see a single reference list of treatments
that have been double blind tested. Some people would find it useful. However
store shelves are sagging under the weight of treatments that have been
proven useless but still sell very well because people don't understand
or trust the science and the testing.
- I like to peruse www.quackwatch.com, and Dr. Dean Edell
has an excellent radio program.
- On 14-Sep-2007 by RRB
- As a pharmacy student I am appalled by what this pharmacist
did. Alternative medicine or holistic medicine may be used, but only as
an addition to evidence based medicine. Traditional medicine is backed
by many trials and studies. Due to the fact that alternative medicine does
not have trials and cases backing it, alternative medicine should only
be used in acute settings - like a cold or other ailments - not something
as life threatening as cancer. This pharmacist is not wrong in recommending
alternative therapies, but because he discouraged the patient to take pain
and cancer medications. These medications might not have cured the patient,
but may have kept him on this earth longer and without pain.
- On 30-Sep-2007 by John Bentley
- Astonishing how all of you "scientific" types
want to deny people the right to make their own decisions. The paramont
issue is freedom. Our governmet should protect the liberty of its citizens.
Finally, drugs do not promote health. In fact they lead to increasing decrepitude.
They're all designed to be taken for the rest of your life. And, the longer
you take them, the sicker you get. If you're really interested in studies,
do a little research concerning mortality and what happens to people who
take increasing numbers of prescriptions.
- ----- Original Message -----
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org
- To: Recipients
- Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2007
- Subject: Natural, Health Care Is Illegal In Tennessee
- The OUTLAWING of Nature and Health! This is an outrage
and shows clearly the stranglehold control that Big-Pharma has over
the health/lives of citizens- via the dictatorial, legalistic Criminalization
and Elimination of Nature and the wisdom of millennia in a "supposedly"
free country that now insists on "exporting/ inflicting"
this Dictatorial-Corporate/Big-Brother-Government Control on the rest of
the planet via the regulations
of CODEX - all in the NAME of "Protecting us!".
- We truly live in an era of unprecedented "official"
fraud, criminality and insanity.
- A vehement and immediate response to this injustice and
outrage is absolutely essential.
- Inge Hanle
- Please e-mail email@example.com and/or phone the
state Commissioner of the Department of Health, Susan Cooper at 615-741-3111
or the Board of Medical Examiners at 615-532-3202.
- Please pass this info on.
- The Board of Medical Examiners with a corrupt judge as
usual are squandering their resources, or should I say doing their real
job, by unlawfully and abusively interfering with our rights to choose
nutrition as a therapy. Could the phenomenal success, safety and use of
nutrients be a factor? Who exactly are they protecting? It sure is not
- The absurdity of their excuse that "alternative
therapies are harmful" and prevent the use of "<proper medical
care" is the height of arrogance given the death and carnage from
care". Why should people, at their own expense, turn to other
non medical solutions if the essentially free "proper medical care"
worked in the first place?
- It does not take rocket science to understand that nutrient
and not drug deficiency causes disease.
With so many safe non drug solutions available that, in the main, can get
to the roots of disease, why then are the generally harmful disease masking
and often disease causing drugs foisted on the unsuspecting? Could it be
medical care" can't compete?
- Also see:
- Use (Abuse) of Regulations to Protect Pharma Monopoly
- Chris Gupta firstname.lastname@example.org