Dean: The following rebuttal is a horror story that you may find hard to believe, but it describes the attack on me by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) and their disciplinary action against me. The staged and fake removal of my medical license in Ontario, Canada was used to vilify me by Stephen Barrett, a self-proclaimed defender of allopathic medicine and enemy of anything alternative or “non-scientific.”
The whole charade was staged and faked because when the CPSO “removed” my license, it actually no longer existed. I let it lapse after leaving my practice in 1992 to do AIDS and Chronic Fatigue research in New York. The power-hungry, monopolistic, allopathic CPSO orchestrated the charade on someone living in a different country, who didn’t practice in Canada, who didn’t even have an Ontario license, to further their campaign of terror against alternative medicine doctors.
In the first pages of this document I will address the statements made by Stephen Barrett and the CPSO. Following that is a detailed chronology of my dealings with the CPSO since I opened my practice in 1979. I will identify my words with italics and put the name of the writer in the margin, either Dean, Barrett, Knight, or the CPSO.
First of all: Who is Dr. Barrett and what gives him the right to attack alternative medicine doctors?
This is how Tim Bolen describes Dr. Barrett: http://www.quackpotwatch.org/quackpots/quackpots/barrett.htm
I have no way of knowing which parts of these articles are “true” but one thing is certain, Dr. Barrett viciously attacks alternative medicine doctors and alternative medicine in any form and he does not disclose his sources of funding to run his very widespread operation.
Disciplinary Action against Carolyn Dean, M.D. – Stephen Barrett, M.D.
Barrett: In 1995, after reviewing her care of 36 patients, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (Canada) concluded that Carolyn Dean, M.D. was unfit to practice and revoked her registration certificate.
Dean: At the end of 1991, I left my practice for a sabbatical and a research project in the U.S. I spent 1992 in Toronto, writing. In Feb 1993 I moved to Los Angeles to obtain my California license and in June 1993 I moved to New York to do AIDS and Chronic Fatigue research using non drug modalities. After I left Toronto I did not renew my Ontario registration certificate AKA, my license to practice medicine in Ontario. That means I didn’t even have a registration certificate in 1995 that the College of Physicians and Surgeons said they revoked. It was this illegal maneuver and many other procedural errors that allowed me to keep my California license when the CPSO demanded that California revoke my California license.
Barrett: The CPSO’s case summary (shown below) states:
- CPSO: After being notified in 1993 that a disciplinary hearing would be held, Dean relocated to New York and did not contest the charges against her.
Dean. Their timeline is wrong. In 1989 I gave my patients two years notice that I would be closing my practice. A few days before I left my practice in Dec. 1991, the CPSO sent two investigators to my office to take 36 patient files. I paid a huge retainer to the top lawyer in Toronto to defend me, but after two years he said the CPSO was not pursuing the case and returned my retainer. The CPSO did not notify me that they were opening up the case in 1995 and held a hearing without me being present. Details below in my Chronology.
- CPSO: Dean had used unscientific methods of testing such as hair analysis, Vega and Interro testing, iridology and reflexology as well as treatment not medically indicated and of unproven value, such as homeopathy, colonic irrigations, coffee enemas, and rotation diets.
Dean: At that time, the CPSO authorized what I call a witch hunt against 12 alternative medicine doctors who recommended any of the above tests or modalities and who did not practice medicine using only drugs and surgery. Two committed suicide which would never have happened if they were not hounded by the CPSO. Dr. Jozef Krop did Vega and Interro testing and the CPSO dragged him through the courts for years costing him over a million dollars in legal fees. You can read his story in a book by Helke Ferrir called Healing the Planet: The Kafkaesque Conviction of Dr. J. Krop. I did not use all the methods listed above but they were mentioned in my patient files because I either referred patients to them or patients reported using them.
- CPSO: She did not individualize her patients and objectively try to reach an appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Rather she allowed her bias toward candidiasis and perceived immunodeficiency problems to cause her to pre-diagnose patients without individualizing them.
Dean: This is an incredibly naïve and inaccurate charge since I was one of the few doctors in Ontario that did individualize my patient care and that’s why my practice was swamped and that’s why my patients got better.
Barrett: Dean obtained a California medical license in 1993 but does not appear to have practiced there. After her Ontario license was revoked, the California authorities initiated action that led to a stipulated decision and order in 1999 under which she was placed on three years’ probation but could not practice until she passed the Special Purpose Examination (SPEX), a test used to determine basic medical knowledge. She was also required to take 120 more hours of continuing medical education than is normally required for license renewal.
Dean: Here’s what really happened. Ontario initiated the action against my California license; California did not. After Ontario removes a license they seek to destroy a person’s license and reputation in any other medical district. Often the other districts just agree with the original district’s decision and revoke additional licenses. Unlike Ontario, California notified me and had me appear at a hearing to defend my California license. They agreed that because of all the procedural errors, including the fact that I did not hold an Ontario license at the time of revocation, I was allowed to keep my California license. And since it was by then about 5 years since I had practiced medicine, I was on probation – not as a disciplinary action but to ensure medical competence.
Barrett: Dean’s current Web site states that she “specializes in managing and healing misdiagnosed and chronic conditions such as digestive problems, hormone imbalance, yeast overgrowth (Candida) recurring infection, irritable bowel syndrome, widespread inflammation, allergies, anxiety, fibromyalgia, mood swings, chronic fatigue syndrome, fluid retention, lost vitality, and other conditions that are not satisfactorily controlled.” During the past several years, she has offered email and telephone consultations for which she charges $200 per hour. In 2008, she notified her supporters that she was moving to Hawaii and in 2010 would open a “medical spa” called VitaCosta in Costa Rica.
Dean: The Costa Rica medical spa did not come to fruition because of the downturn in the economy in 2008. I am now living in Hawaii, which is the most awesome Plan B! The many decades I have spent working with chronic disease has led me to identify the major root causes. They are mineral deficiencies and yeast overgrowth. Thus, my current focus is on my product line which is designed to support the health of the body at the cellular level to prevent the development of chronic disease. That website is www.RnAReSet.com.
THE COLLEGE OF
PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF ONTARIO
Dean, Carolyn Flora Anne CPSO# 30780
Appeal Status: No Appeal
Hearing Date: 24 Jul 1995
Decision Date: 24 Jul 1995
Publication Date: March/April 1996
Dean: The main objective for an attack on an alternative medicine doctor is to send out a warning message to her or his colleagues. The Publication Date refers to the announcement in their medical bulletin about license revocations and reprimands. It was 9 months from my license revocation until the announcement. I only learned about the kangaroo court and my Kafkaesque trial when a doctor friend read the bulletin and got in touch with me in New York.
CPSO: Decision Summary:
Dr. Dean was not present at her hearing and was not represented by counsel. Counsel for the College alleged that Dr. Dean displayed in her professional care of 36 patients a lack of knowledge, skill or judgment or disregard for the welfare of the patients of a nature or to an extent that demonstrated she is unfit to continue in practice, and that she is guilty of professional misconduct for failure to maintain the standard of practice of the profession as displayed in her professional care of 36 patients and disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct.
Dean: Sounds horrible doesn’t it. But when you read the details of the cases below there was nothing unprofessional, nothing unethical, nothing dishonorable that I did – except not follow the standard practice of medicine by only prescribing drugs to my patients. Even the CPSO said I was a caring physician and my patients were appreciative of my care. The 36 files that were taken from my office the week before I shut down my practice were confiscated without the permission of my patients. They would be horrified that their files were used to indict me. They would all defend me as being a good doctor and even the best doctor they had ever seen. However, none of this would not impress the CPSO who just wanted to punish a doctor who dared to step outside the confines of a drug and surgery based disease-care system driven by a close association with the pharmaceutical industry.
CPSO: These allegations were based upon the statements of three patients of Dr. Dean and upon the findings and opinions of an expert for the prosecution, Dr. A, following his review of the charts of 36 patients, 33 of which were randomly selected.
Dean: One patient was definitely a spy who demanded a homeopathic remedy for his allergies, which I refused to prescribe on his first visit. His complaint to the CPSO was that I refused to give him a remedy for his allergies! If I had given him a remedy without investigating his allergies, he would have complained about that! This complaint opened the door that allowed the CPSO to enter my office and seize charts the week before I left my practice. The second was a referral and I discuss her case below. The third case was not revealed and may not exist.
CPSO: Counsel for the College filed the Affidavit of a legal associate, outlining the history of contacts between College prosecutors and Dr. Dean. The Affidavit indicated that Dr. Dean had received and acknowledged the Notice of Hearing in June 1993 at her address in New York City. She subsequently moved to California, providing the College with a phone number and a facsimile number, but declining to provide her address in California. Subsequent to this Dr. Dean did not respond to further telephone calls and facsimiles informing her of the details of the College case against her and the timing of the Discipline hearing.
CPSO: After considering this matter, and considering the advice of its counsel that the College had more than fulfilled its legal obligation to give proper notification to the physician, the Committee ruled that the hearing should proceed in the absence of Dr. Dean.
Dean: Again their timeline is wrong. I did verbally acknowledge on the phone the Notice of Hearing in June 1993 at my lab in New York. The man on the phone, whose name I have forgotten, actually seemed apologetic that this was happening since I was no longer practicing in Ontario. Also, they are in error about my location. I did not move to California after June 1993. I had been in Los Angeles from Feb. 1993 to June 1993. The CPSO claimed they were phoning my Los Angeles number and leaving messages. That is another error/lie. There has never been an answering machine or fax machine at that number. Any phone calls to that number would have been forwarded to me and I would have answered the laboratory phone in New York. The CPSO lied when they said they tried to get in touch with me. But they went ahead with their kangaroo court anyway.
CPSO: Counsel for the College explained that following the receipt of complaints from three patients, the College had ordered an investigation of Dr. Dean s practice by Dr. A. This investigation consisted of a detailed assessment of 36 patient files.
CPSO: Testimony was heard from Ms. B, a former patient of Dr. Dean’s. This woman had become ill in 1990 with recurring infections and had received much investigation and had been treated with many antibiotics. Her disability continued and was attributed to persisting infection with the Epstein-Barr virus. She was referred by her family physician to Dr. Dean in March 1991.
Dean: I saw this patient once as a referral. See below
CPSO: The witness testified that when she made the appointment with Dr. Dean she was instructed to bring $20.00 which was a requirement for seeing the doctor. At the office she filled out a questionnaire and subsequently saw Dr. Dean who, after reading her questionnaire, diagnosed candidiasis, recommended a blood test for confirmation, and instructed the patient to make a return appointment in two weeks. She was also instructed in a change in diet and given other printed information about candidiasis.
CPSO: Following this interview Ms. B was upset and complained to the College immediately following the visit. Her complaint included: the requirement to bring $20.00 to the first visit which she considered to be extra-billing, the making of a new diagnosis of candidiasis based upon a brief interview which did not include a physical examination and was punctuated by frequent interruptions and, the requirement to pay $100.00 for a blood test.
CPSO: Subsequent to Ms. B’ s complaint to the College, Dr. Dean telephoned her twice at home apologizing for the situation. Dr. Dean told her that the payment of money was not an absolute requirement and asked her to withdraw her complaint to the College.
CPSO: The witness declined to return to Dr. Dean. She did receive by mail a report of her blood test for Candida antibodies which the Committee noted came from a laboratory whose address was the same as Dr. Dean’s. The test reported levels of antibodies which were above those considered normal by the laboratory. The witness also received a copy of a report sent by Dr. Dean to her family physician detailing her diagnosis and proposed treatment.
Dean: I was also very upset on the day of Ms. B’s visit. That day was March 20, 1991, my birthday, I saw Ms. B on referral from another doctor for a consultation on Candidiasis. During her actual time in my office, I was called to the phone two different times by my lawyer. I left my office to take the calls in another office and was told that the CPSO was pursuing the attack on me by a sugar lobby group and the case of the young male allergy patient. I was in total shock and disbelief and stumbled through the visit with the patient, who subsequently wrote a letter of complaint against me! Was this just a coincidence or another set up?
CPSO: Dr. A testified. He is a well qualified specialist in internal medicine with special expertise in immunology, who practices in a major city health centre. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University.
CPSO: At the request of the College, Dr. A had reviewed 36 patient files from Dr. Dean s practise. These included pre-selected charts of the three patients who had complained to the College and 33 charts selected at random by College investigators. Dr. A prepared a report of his findings which was filed and read by the Committee members. Copies of all the charts assessed were available to the Committee and were referred to as required.
CPSO: Dr. A testified in great detail as to his findings in Patients #1 and #2, somewhat less detail regarding Patients #3 through #8, and then summarized his findings and conclusions for the entire 36 patients.
CPSO: His significant findings are summarized as follows:
- The patients exhibited a pattern of anxiety states, depression, phobias, panic attacks, hyperactivity and general inability to cope;
- Dr. Dean cared about her patients and tried to help them;
- Dr. Dean misused and misunderstood laboratory tests and often ordered repeated expensive tests which were not indicated (examples of such tests included: serum protein electrophoresis and immuno-electrophoresis, T-cell assays, serum ferritin, and serum folate);
- Dr. Dean incorrectly attributed her patients symptoms to dysfunctions in the immune system;
- Dr. Dean misused immunoglobulin antibody levels to Candida to falsely diagnose and treat Candidiasis where it did not exist. She ignored the fact that scientific studies have shown no correlation between blood levels of antibodies to Candida and patients symptoms of ill-health;
- Dr. Dean did not individualize her patients and objectively try to reach an appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Rather she allowed her bias toward candidiasis and perceived immunodeficiency problems to cause her to pre-diagnose patients without individualising them;
- Dr. Dean did infrequent and incomplete physical examinations;
- Dr. Dean relied on patient histories on questionnaires that the patients completed and which were biased to confirm her prejudged diagnoses;
- Dr. Dean used unscientific and discredited methods of testing such as hair analysis, Vega and Interro Testing, Iridology and Reflexology;
- Dr. Dean used treatment not medically indicated and of unproven value, such as homeopathy, colonic irrigations, coffee enemas and rotation diets; and
- There was no evidence that Dr. Dean had harmed any patient by her treatment.
CPSO: Dr. A expressed the opinion that Dr. Dean, despite being a caring physician, fell below an acceptable standard of medical practice and was unfit to continue in practice.
- Dr. Dean has displayed in her professional care of 36 patients a lack of skill and judgment and a disregard for the welfare of these patients of a nature and to an extent that demonstrated that she is unfit to continue in practice.
- Dr. Dean is guilty of professional misconduct for failure to maintain the standard of practice of the profession as displayed in her professional care of 36 patients.
- Had the Committee not found Dr. Dean guilty of professional misconduct for failing to maintain the standard of practice, it would have found her guilty of professional misconduct for an act relevant to the practice of medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as unprofessional.
Dean: Dr. A is Dr. Allan Knight who entered my office along with another officer of the CPSO and took 36 files in December 1991, one week before I was closing my practice. During the time he was pulling charts, he told me that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Candidiasis did not exist and these patients should be treated by a psychiatrist. I address all Dr. Knight’s points within this document. It will be obvious to anyone knowing anything about alternative medicine and non-drug therapies that I was providing alternative therapies to chronically ill patients who had incredibly complex cases and doing a good job of helping them. But according to allopathic medicine standards I was a bad doctor!
CPSO: Reasons for the Decision
The evidence before the Committee was clear and uncontradicted.
Dean: You can hear me laughing at this juncture. Of course it was uncontradicted since I wasn’t “invited” to my trial. And I didn’t have a license that they could revoke. It was all very Kafkaesque!
CPSO: The Committee was very aware that no defence had been presented and therefore approached its deliberations with due caution. Nevertheless, the Committee was bound to consider only the evidence before it, which evidence was both credible and convincing.
CPSO: Of the evidence against Dr. Dean, the Committee placed more weight on her failure to be objective in assessing and treating patients than it did upon her use of questionable diagnostic and therapeutic methods.
Dean: The CPSO says I failed to be objective in assessing and treating patients which means I didn’t think they should be seen by a psychiatrist and take psychiatric drugs – I diagnosed them with physical ailments and treated them with methods and modalities that they could tolerate. The CPSO’s investigator didn’t “believe” in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Candidiasis and thus they didn’t exist and thus I was judged incompetent. As noted earlier if any of these patients had an inkling that their patient files were used against me they would be horrified.
CPSO: Counsel for the College urged revocation of Dr. Dean’s certificate of registration as the only appropriate penalty in view of the Committee’s decision. Currently Dr. Dean is presumed to be residing in California, but is still licensed to practice in Ontario.
CPSO: The certificate of registration of Dr. Dean shall be revoked forthwith.
Dean: This is such a sham ruling since there was no certificate of registration in existence that could be revoked!
Dean: When I found out about this sham trial I got in touch with a lawyer in Toronto to appeal this decision. She took down my information and then informed me she would talk to someone at the CPSO about my case. She said his name in such a familiar way that I was uncomfortable. She came back to me a few days later and said that the CPSO would take steps to reinstate me if I would denounce my practice of alternative medicine. I was incensed that the attack on 12 doctors, the suicides, the million dollar court battles were all a game by the CPSO to denounce alternative medicine and keep their monopoly intact. I refused point blank and fired the lawyer.
I did get in touch with another lawyer as part of an action by the group of a dozen doctors being attacked by the CPSO. However, my lawyer said that the CPSO would probably turn the tables on me and say that I had willingly given up my license and would have to write National Board exams again, repeat my internship, and do a residency to become licensed! Apparently that was a tactic they used with other alternative medicine doctors. I refused to waste my time and play that game with them.
Dean: What follows is a chronology of my dealings with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) from the beginning of my practice in 1979.
When I began my medical practice in 1979 I spoke on the phone to a Dr. Fish at OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance) services to inform her that with my Naturopathic background I wanted to practice nutritional medicine and use the OHIP consulting codes to offer patients preventive medicine. She indicated that I could do that. I did not get that in writing.
A short time later, OHIP initiated an investigation of my billing practices. This in itself was quite disconnecting that I could not openly and honestly discuss my practice without exposing myself to investigation. The final opinion voiced at that hearing was that Dr. Dean had a preponderance of chronically ill patients and someone has to deal with them. This may be documented in the proceedings of that case but there was no stenographer present.
I practiced complementary medicine in Ontario from June 1979 to December 1991. I moved to the United States in February 1993 to work on an important AIDS research project. In August 1993 the owner of the lab and head of the project died and I was left to continue the work.
Let’s go back to the reason the CPSO targeted me. In January 1990 I received a letter from the CPSO that an Ottawa sugar lobby group had filed a complaint against me for saying bad things about sugar on the Dini Petty National TV show in December 1989. I rebutted the letter saying I had just written a book on sugar with 170 scientific references supporting my case. My malpractice lawyer sent the letter to the CPSO.
In April 1990 I received a letter of complaint from the CPSO that was sent by a young man in his early twenties. He stated that I had seen him and sent him for unnecessary allergy testing using an Interro machine, and had seen him again and refused to give him a homeopathic treatment that he wanted for his allergies.
In my letter of response I stated that he was confusing me with a former associate (who I did not name) in my practice who had referred him for Interro testing. When I did see him for one visit, he and his mother were one hour late for his appointment. They demanded to keep their appointment, spent 45 minutes berating the testing (that I had not ordered) leaving me no time to assess the case and make a recommendation, and then they stormed out. I was quite shaken by this bizarre behavior and my office was totally disrupted by their tardiness and refusal to leave.
In his letter of response to the CPSO, after seeing my letter, the young man admitted and agreed that another doctor had indeed recommended the allergy testing but still accused me of incompetence for not treating him for his allergies. It was obvious that I was the object of their wrath.
When I received that letter, I considered the case closed. The young man and his mother were just trying to save face by accusing me of incompetence because they had been caught in a lie.
In 1990 I had decided to take a one-year leave of absence in 1992. My patients had 2-years notice to copy charts and prepare for my departure. However, this was a signal for anybody I had ever seen to make that one last visit so I became even more busy.
On March 20, 1991, my birthday, I was seeing a patient on referral from another doctor who had been sent for a consultation on Candidiasis. During her actual time in my office, I was called to the phone twice by two different lawyers covered by my malpractice insurance. I left my office to take the calls in another office and was told that the CPSO was pursuing the Sugar Case and the case of the young allergy patient. I was in total shock and disbelief and stumbled through the visit with the patient, who subsequently wrote a letter of complaint against me! Was this a coincidence or a set up?
This was a very strange time. I had never received patient complaints before but I even had a call from a woman who said she would report me to the CPSO if I would not take her on as a patient. I had long-since closed my exceedingly busy practice and was only maintaining my regular patients and seeing consults. I also received calls from people saying that the CPSO was out to get me and I was on their hit list. Around that time my office was broken into and several computers stolen.
In the final week of my practice in December 1991, Dr. Knight and an officer of the CPSO entered my office unannounced and seized 36 patient charts. I immediately called my lawyer Morris Manning who I had engaged when I realized that the CPSO was out to get me with the Sugar Case and the allergy case. However Manning told me I had to let them have the charts. That was another shock that they had the right to take patient’s confidential files.
The next week I started my sabbatical. I was supposed to go to New York in 1992 but the doctor I was going to work with was ill. I spent 1992 in Toronto and wrote several books. In February 1993 I moved to the US to work on an AIDS research project. From Feb 1993 until June 1993 I lived in Los Angeles. It was during that time that I obtained my California license. I had written my U.S. National Boards during my medical training in the late 70’s and early 80’s so I only had to appear before a committee for an oral examination, which I readily passed.
In the spring of 1993, I was in Los Angeles and received word that the CPSO Complaints Committee was going to pursue the complaint against me from the Ottawa sugar lobby group. I arranged for copies of my Sugar Book manuscript to be sent to the Committee to show my defense. A letter of May 25, 1993 from the CPSO admonished me for saying negative things about sugar in a public forum! This was printed in the CPSO newsletter that went out to all doctors in the province.
Note the irony. Toronto is the home of Banting and Best who discovered insulin to treat diabetes, which is hastened into existence by ingesting excessive sugar.
By June 1993, I was in New York and I got in touch with the CPSO to obtain my letter of standing for my California license. This opened a can of worms because within weeks, I received a notice to attend a hearing to set a date for my trial on the case of the young man with allergies who complained because he didn’t get a homeopathic remedy from me on his first visit! I said that I would not be able to fly to Toronto to merely set a date and they agreed to correspond with me. They asked when I would be available in 1995. I said that the end of 1995, November or December might be the earliest I would be free. I accepted service of their complaint against me. And I never heard from them again.
I didn’t think anything of this because by now I was used to their scare tactics and manipulation. As noted in the CPSO proceedings of my kangaroo court trial, they said they tried to get in touch with me but they used my previous Los Angeles phone number. They said they left messages and faxes. However, that phone number has never had an answering machine or a fax but it would have been answered by the person living there and that message would have been passed on to me. So, it appears that the CPSO was lying to justify pursuing the case against me without me being present. Since their only motivation was to get a negative ruling against me, they did not need me to attend the trial.
In August 1993, the doctor I was working with on the AIDS/Chronic Fatigue project died. In his 25 years of research he had not trained anyone except me. If the AIDS patients who were receiving this treatment were to be kept supplied, it was up to me to stay in New York to continue his research.
Meanwhile, after two years of hearing nothing from the CPSO, I called my lawyer in Toronto who agreed that nothing would come of my case and he returned my $10,000 retainer.
I heard nothing from the CPSO until July 1994 when I received the full disclosure of their documents against me. I had assumed that a simple reading of the letter from the young man saying that I did not refer him to Interro testing would dismiss the case. But the CPSO used the 36 cases against me saying that I wasn’t following the standard practice of medicine which is drugs and surgery but I was using alternatives to drugs.
Early 1995 I began preparing for the case. I read my file but I did not have a date for the hearing although I thought it was the end of 1995. In early 1995 I sent copies of the papers to a doctor friend in Toronto who was being investigated by the CPSO for practicing alternative medicine. I wanted her lawyer to give me an opinion. I also sent my file to a doctor friend who practices in Canada and Texas who was familiar with medical board investigations.
When I didn’t hear from the CPSO, I did not call them. It had already been 6 years since the first complaint, I was no longer practicing in Ontario, I had no Ontario license, and I was no “threat” to them. Also I did not want to alert them like the two previous times. I thought they just ran out of steam and dismissed the case so I let sleeping dogs lie. I only found out later that they said they were trying to reach me in Los Angeles.
In the spring of 1996 a doctor friend of mine faxed me the CPSO’s notice of revocation of my (non-existent) license that she saw in the CPSO bulletin.
In 1996 and 1997 I was forced to protect and save my license in California. The CPSO was very uncooperative with the California Medical Board and were very slow in releasing my files to them.
Why did the CPSO prosecute me so harshly?
- I practiced Complementary Medicine in Toronto for 12 years and was a very public figure. I think being on national TV with a message about natural medicine was very threatening to allopathic medicine.
- The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons is very conservative and has been prosecuting doctors who do alternative medicine for many years.
- December 1989 I appeared on the Dini Petty Show I talked about the effects of sugar on health and demonstrated that there are 10 tsp of sugar in a can of soda and 27 tsp in a milkshake. I was writing a book on sugar at the time and I had gathered a lot of scientific references on the negative effects of sugar.
- In early 1990 I received a complaint from the CPSO that was sent to them by a powerful sugar lobby group in Ottawa. The lobby group had a PhD from Montreal and an MD from Toronto sign off on the complaint. The PhD is a known anti-alternative, pro science writer and commentator; the MD was on the board of a newly formed Environment Medicine Committee. When I informed the Committee that this doctor was attacking me because I said bad things about sugar, they had him removed from the board. Unfortunately this stirred up another hornet’s nest but I couldn’t allow this doctor who was obviously against alternative medicine to infiltrate this environmental group and potentially sabotage it.
The mandate of the CPSO is stated as follows on their website:
CPSO: In return for a monopoly over the practice of medicine, professional autonomy and the privilege of self-regulation, the profession has made a commitment to competence, integrity, altruism, and the promotion of the public good within its domain. The College is the embodiment in statute of the ethics of the profession.
The College’s primary obligation to the public is to ensure that members of the profession are competent in the areas in which they practice. The College’s motto is ‘The best quality care for the people of Ontario by the doctors of Ontario’. Quality care involves more than clinical excellence—it is also safe, effective and compassionate practice.
Dean: Nowhere do they say they are supposed to uphold commercial interests such as the sugar industry.
But note the wording “In return for a monopoly over the practice of medicine…” They clearly state they have a monopoly, which means anyone who doesn’t practice medicine the way they dictate should not be allowed to practice medicine!
Dean: Dr. Dean’s Rebuttal of the investigation of 36 patient files by Dr. Knight (Dr. A in the trial proceedings)
Dr. Knight is an allergist and immunologist. His main source of income is from Pharmaceutical Companies who hire him to do clinical trials on their drugs to treat allergies and asthma. He also conducts investigations for The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons into doctors’ practices.
The CPSO is required to allow doctors under investigation a “trial by their peers”. Dr. Knight is not my peer. His sole intent throughout his investigation was to smear, slander, and judge me unfit based on his interpretation of drug-based medicine and an obvious pre-conceived notion that I would be found incompetent.
I was once asked by a Pharmaceutical company to test a new antifungal medication in my practice. The compensation for each patient was $1,000 for 3 office visits over a 4 month period. I declined for many reasons:
- I think it is unethical for a doctor to use their private patients for drug trials. If one is going to be paid $1,000 to put a patient on a drug, the doctor might be influenced to use the drug for patients who might not necessarily need it.
- I chose not to routinely put my patients on drugs and they came to my practice specifically because they chose not to take drugs.
- I know there are many alternatives to drugs and by knowing that I cannot in good conscience use drugs in the place of a less harmful substitute.
Dr. Knight is paid a lot of money to put people on drugs. This is a position that he is defending when he investigates Doctors such as myself. This is the hidden ground to his mean-spirited approach to this investigation.
There are only a handful of Doctors who are brave enough and honest enough to practice Complementary Medicine. In the last few years there has been increased media attention on the overuse of antibiotics. Headlines on newspapers and in Medical Journals alike scream “Untreatable Bacteria Threaten Major Disaster…Bacteria’s Resistance to Antibiotics Called Major Crisis …Experts Fear Terrifying Potential of Rise in Drug Impervious Germs…Researchers Report More Patients Ill With Bacterium Resistant to Antibiotics. Books such as The Coming Plague and The Hot Zone give detailed accounts of the misuse and abuse of antibiotics and the rise of Supergerms such as the ‘flesh eating bacteria’.
This scenario did not happen overnight. Those of us who were doing our homework realized the problems of overuse of medications decades ago. I went into medicine and immediately did an elective in acupuncture so I could have an alternative to addictive pain killers to offer my patients. Similarly I studied herbal medicine and homeopathic medicine to have choices available to my patients before using a prescription drug. I was saving my patients from side effects as well as saving them money. I consciously positioned myself to be able to help people choose alternatives to drugs. This obviously put me at loggerheads with the established standard of medical-pharmaceutical treatment of disease.
I know that drugs can do harm. Many doctors cannot accept this fact. They do not want to be told that they are harming their patients, so they down-play side-effects. They blame the patient if the treatment doesn’t work. They get irritated at patients asking too many questions. And they get especially annoyed with patients who question their authority.
The rudeness of these doctors; their inability to listen to their patients; the side effects of the drugs they prescribe send patients on a search for a doctor who is not rude; who will listen; who is not arrogant; and who does not immediately reach for the prescription pad. I was that kind of doctor. Most of my patients came in with stories of medical abuse and drug overuse. They were victims of a medical establishment that refused to listen and would rather send them to a psychiatrist than admit that allopathic medicine had failed them.
Patients who came to my office had multi-system complaints. They had been told that no one has that many complaints without being a hypochondriac. Dr. Knight told me while pulling my patient files that he does not ‘believe’ in the diagnoses of Chronic Fatigue or Candidiasis and has never seen such cases. I am sure doctors such as he immediately let their patients know their bias so you can be sure the patient is not going to come back. So the doctor can continue to brag that he never sees these conditions but he is hardly fulfilling his mandate as a medical professional with such biases.
The Hippocratic Oath sternly advises doctors to ‘first do no harm’. I take this Oath very solemnly. To me, harm can come in the form of adverse effects to medications. It can also come from doctors not believing what their patients are saying. Finding non-drug alternatives and listening to my patients is the basis of my practice of medicine.
Dr. Knight makes negative comments about Candidiasis. Back in 1989-1990 I wrote a long clinical paper describing my experience with the diagnosis and treatment of Candidiasis in my practice over an 8-year period. It also describes the type of patient that I routinely saw in my practice. It provides a good basis for my defense and gives a clear indication of how thoroughly and well-reasoned my clinical approach is. I presented the paper for publication to the Canadian Family Medicine Journal. It was rejected on the grounds that it was too controversial an issue!!
Candida overgrowth is one of the conditions that ensues from the overuse of antibiotics. Since my practice attracted people who had experienced overuse of medications, including antibiotics, I had to investigate this condition for myself. Unfortunately for me, I seem to have been too far ahead of my time and the medical establishment is not yet ready to accept Candidiasis as even existing.
Dr. Knight took some time to choose the 36 charts he carried away with him. I believe he was looking for specific cases. These charts he chose were mostly people with long-standing, chronic health problems, which were not an accurate representation of my whole practice. I had a family practice of patients who wanted to maintain their health and a consulting practice of very ill patients. Dr. Knight read through each chart before he chose them. I think he chose charts that were biased toward the consulting side of my practice with the chronically ill patients, hardly any of my family practice charts were chosen so he could make the case that I was misdiagnosing psychiatric patients.
As I’ve mentioned above, Dr. Knight told me point-blank that he didn’t believe in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and that all these patients were just depressed malingerers and asked me why I bothered with them. He displayed an incredible insensitivity and lack of knowledge about the type of patients I saw and the practice I ran. The chronically ill patients that I saw were extremely intelligent and demanding. They often tried to manage their own cases and I would work with them at their pace.
Dr. Knight does not understand acupuncture, homeopathy, nutritional medicine, herbal medicine or nutritional supplements and is not qualified to comment on or dismiss these forms of medicine. And because he does not even know the names of herbs or homeopathics he attacks their use. There have been sufficient scientific studies that at the very least determine the lack of side effects with the above therapies and at best determine that in many cases they are more effective than some forms of conventional medicine. Witness that one third of the public is using these forms of medicine but 70% do not inform their doctors.
Dr. Knight also does not understand the medical specialty of psychoneuroimmunology. If he notes that the patient is anxious or depressed he is convinced that is the diagnosis and does not allow that physical and psychological pain can coexist and be intertwined. These patients had been to multiple specialists including psychiatrists. They did not want more medications; they did not want to be drugged out of their illness. They were often very sensitive to medications and wanted alternatives.
Dr. Knight mentions over and over that “this is not science”. I assume science is being served in the case of Patient No. 13 where Dr. Leznof determines that the patient is not immune deficient and sends her away. I did not send people away telling them that I did not ‘believe’ they had a scientific illness. The science that describes these patients is slowly being developed. The NIH has definitions and guidelines for diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I diagnosed my first case in 1984.
People are developing chronic Candidiasis with the overuse of the birth control pill, antibiotics, prednisone, and cortisone creams. When they go to a doctor and list all their symptoms, most doctors immediately label them as neurotic. However on a simple diet and a few supplements their symptoms often resolve. However their confidence in their previous doctors is eroded. This is why so many patients are seeking alternatives.
Many patients report that they have allergies to food, inhalants and chemicals. Dr. Knight does not ‘believe’ that allergies exist unless there is an elevation of IgE levels. However these patients may be “sensitive” to these substances and have to avoid them. Just because they do not fall into Dr. Knight’s definition of allergies does not mean they do not exist.
I performed regular physical exams, pap tests, and blood screens on patients and with the results was able to counsel them on diet and lifestyle. Half of my practice was healthy and wanted to stay that way. The other half was chronically ill with a myriad of complaints that they had seen a dozen doctors for and for which they had taken dozens of medications.
I had a working relationship with an immunologist at St. Michaels Hospital who was beginning to do T- and B-Cell testing. Our research was to determine if low B-Cells correlated with active Epstein-Barr virus as being indicated by Dr. Cheny in an Alpine village and other doctors studying Chronic Fatigue. I would run these immune system tests as part of my work with St. Michaels but Dr. Knight just deemed it inappropriate for a family doctor to do and that’s why they attacked me for doing extensive and expensive tests.
An Internist Hematologist that I referred Chronic Fatigue patients to performed stool testing on all my patients and found a high incidence of Candida and parasites in patients in spite of low eosinophil counts. Therefore he agreed with my diagnoses. His treatment, however, was often drug oriented which many of my patients were not able to tolerate.
I couldn’t find anybody doing antibody testing for Candida in Canada so I sent blood samples to the States. ELIZA (enzyme-linked immuno adsorbent assay) testing was done to determine specific IgG and IgA antibodies. This testing is covered by insurance in the US but not in Canada. Eventually I did this testing myself in my own lab.
Other blood testing that helped me counsel patients on diet and lifestyle included lipid studies. Ferritin levels were done to determine iron stores. When a patient has an infectious disease they sequester iron and this can be a marker of infection. On the other hand, hemosiderosis is a condition with ill-defined symptoms and can only be diagnosed with serum ferritin levels.
In my experience when I did refer some of these chronically ill patients to internists, allergists or immunologists, they would perform immunoglobulin levels, serum electrophoresis to try to explain their debilitating and ongoing symptoms. In order not to overuse the system and keep costs down I would perform these tests and if they were abnormal then I would refer them to a specialist.
The Interro testing that is mentioned was being done by a woman in my building who claimed she was having meetings with someone from the Ministry of Health and researching the use of Interro testing in the Ontario health care system. They were looking for cost effective allergy testing. I was led to believe that this was becoming an acceptable diagnostic tool but did not use it frequently, only for patients who asked for it or who were very difficult cases.
Once patients saw me and were given diet and lifestyle advice, they began to take care of themselves and begin to get better. I was able to validate that they had something wrong and the treatment was simple and effective. Also, most of these patients were long-term patients who were happy with the care they were receiving and stayed in the practice.
Rebuttal of Dr. Knight’s letter
Knight: 1. Dr. Dean incorrectly attributed her patient’s symptoms to dysfunctions in the immune system;
Dean: I was one of the first doctors in Ontario to become aware of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in 1984, which has since been defined by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. It took ten years for the majority of doctors to recognize CFS. In the interim patients suffered from misdiagnosis.
During this time I worked with an immunologist at St Michael’s hospital who wanted to run T and B cells on my CFS patients to determine if there were any abnormalities. My blood testing and investigations were a scientific attempt to identify physiologic markers in these patients and not just to toss them into a psychiatric diagnosis. Knight does acknowledge I had a very complex group of patients, but to him they are all crazy. He has since been proven wrong.
Knight: 2. Dr. Dean misused immunoglobulin antibody levels to candida to falsely diagnose and treat candidiasis where it did not exist. She ignored the fact that scientific studies have shown no correlation between blood levels of antibodies to candida and patients’ symptoms of ill-health:
Dean: Quite the opposite can be shown with studies relating high levels of Candida antibodies to overgrowth of Candida in the body. I wrote a paper on this topic and my treatment of cases that was reviewed by the Canadian Family Physician journal. The stated reason why the paper was rejected was because it was too controversial a topic. I had written a previous paper for the Canadian Family Physician called Medical Management of Premenstrual Tension, that was published in Feb. 1986.
Knight: 3. Dr. Dean did not individualize her patients and objectively try to reach an appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Rather she allowed her bias toward candidiasis and perceived immunodeficiency problems to cause her to prediagnose patients without individualizing them;
Dean: Quite the opposite is true. Most patients came to me because they were not helped by the countless physicians they had seen. This is like criticizing an allergist for diagnosing the majority his patients with allergies. Or a surgeon operating on a majority of his patients. Patients come to a doctor for the area of their expertise.
I had a practice that specialized in Immune dysfunction and Candidiasis. People came to me with an inkling that they had something that no one else was attending to and needed a different approach.
I was even called in on hospital consults. One young woman was given several years of tetracycline for acne. She developed allergies, intestinal complaints and chemical sensitivities. Her immune system was weakened and over several years time she had multiple infections and was treated with multiple courses of antibiotics. She became deaf with streptomycin and developed a blood dyscrasia from another antibiotic. When I was called in her body was riddled with Candida albicans and she died within the week. I did not make any friends there when I made my disgust known and asked whether she had life-threatening acne that forced doctors to threat her with years of antibiotics.
Knight: 4. Dr. Dean did infrequent and incomplete physical examinations:
Dean: All my patients had annual physical exams either by me or an associate in my office. Or the patient was a consultation referred by another GP who performed that function.
Knight: 5. Dr. Dean relied for patient histories on questionnaires that the patients completed and which were biased to confirm her prejudged diagnoses;
Dean: I used blood tests to confirm diagnosis as well as a patient interviews, questionnaires, and physical exams.
Knight: 6. Dr. Dean used unscientific and discredited methods of testing such as Hair Analysis, Vega and Interro Testing, Iridology and Reflexology;
Dean: I have a Naturopathic Degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine where these methodologies were taught. I also served on the board of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine for 6 years. Patients would often come and ask to be referred to these services. I did not perform these techniques myself.
Knight: 7. Dr. Dean used treatment not medically indicated and of unproven value, such as homeopathy, colonic irrigations, coffee enemas and rotation diets.
Dean: As stated above, I have a Naturopathic Degree from the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine where these methodologies were taught. Patients would often come and ask for to be referred to these services. I learned homeopathy and practiced this completely safe and effective form of therapy very successfully. Colonic enemas are necessary for some patients with chronic constipation. Referrals were made to registered nurses. I did not recommend coffee enemas but patients would tell me that they did them and this information would appear in their charts. Rotation diets are an innocuous method to reduce allergic foods in the diet.
Dean: In the final paragraph of the report; a statement was made that “Dr. Dean …. is still licensed to practice in Ontario.” However I was not licensed to practice in Ontario. I had not renewed my license in Ontario. I had a license in California and one pending in New York on receipt of my Green Card.
Dean: General comment: There was no mention of the original complaint by the young man with allergies. He, in fact retracted his statement that I had referred him for Interro testing. They use the complaint from another patient that I wanted to charge her the sum of $20 dollars above OHIP for Candida consulting. Charging a fee above OHIP was an acceptable practice at the time in Ontario.
What follows are my comments on 36 individual patient files removed from my office December 1991:
Dean: Dr. Knight failed to mention that most of these patients’ files noted that they were improving under my care. None of these 36 patients were hospitalized, underwent surgery, were prescribed unnecessary medications, or had any side effects from any treatment prescribed. Thank you letters from patients in the charts were ridiculed by Dr. Knight.
The benefits of the type of practice I ran was that few people ended up in hospital. I can count on my fingers the number of patients in my general, family practice that had to go to hospital. If elective surgeries were required I attended the surgery and the staff was always amazed at how fast my patients recovered and left hospital. Therefore there was an enormous savings in hospital bills from my practice.
The following notes on each of the 36 patients are in response to comments by Dr. Knight that are now available. However, my comments make it quite easy to follow Dr. Knight’s attack on everything I do in order to declare me incompetent.
Patient No. 1
This patient was a foreign medical doctor working in Canada. She came with a long list of symptoms.
A Candida diet simply has a patient avoiding alcohol, sugar and white flour products.
Dr. Knight did notice that the patient had positive EBV (Epstein Barr Virus) antibodies but he did tell me he didn’t believe in this condition.
With the candida, allergy and Epstein Barr questionnaire I was gathering data and correlating the questionnaires with blood tests.
Dr. Knight fails to mention that this patient’s symptoms improved dramatically, that I did not prescribe unnecessary medication for her symptoms but simply a diet and lifestyle advice.
Patient No. 2
This is thick file on an extremely Environmentally Sensitive woman with multiple complaints. She was so sensitive that even if her husband smoked outside the home and didn’t tell her she would have a severe reaction when she got near him.
She was under the care of several practitioners and came to me as her General Practitioner. Most of the comments in the chart were a documentation of what she was doing and how she was progressing.
If the patient saw an iridologist or went for Interro testing it was her choice.
Spirulina is not a homeopathic it is a food supplement. Royal Jelly is not a homeopathic it is made by bees.
An EBV workup is very important for someone as fatigued and disabled as this patient.
Reflexology is not a test, it is a type of foot massage.
The patient had chronic yeast vaginitis.
A rotation diet was the only diet that the patient could tolerate. It’s simply a plan to only eat individual foods every three days so potential allergies don’t build up.
The patient is very allergic to medications and could not tolerate antifungal medication.
This was an extremely sensitive patient with severe fatigue, allergies and Candida symptoms. See comments above re: EBV, Candida etc.
Dr. Knight failed to mention that the treatments I gave helped this patient.
Patient No. 5
This patient was having multiple complaints and was being seen by several practitioners and the charting is a reflection of her interaction with them. I did not do iridology but if a patient wanted to pursue these avenues, if I felt it was not harmful, then I had no objection.
Blood testing was an attempt to determine if there was anything grossly abnormal.
Blood mercury testing was done because this patient wanted to have her dental amalgams removed and I wanted to see if this was necessary.
Patient No. 6
This is another patient who came to me and reported confidential information that is being taken out of context by Dr. Knight.
She has a strong family history of high cholesterol and heart disease. Serum ferritin is an acceptable test to check for underlying infection. She traveled to her family home in Brazil and there was an epidemic of Q Fever.
Patient No. 7
This patient was very worried about his lack of progress in recovering from an injury. Vitamin studies were done to determine whether he needed supplementation. There was a family history of diabetes and it is well known that patients develop diabetes under stress. HgA1C gives a 3 month test of glucose elevation.
Patient No. 8
This patient was seen mainly for physical exams. The patient commented that she felt that milk, wheat and yeast negatively affected her immune system.
I do not recall ever advising coffee enemas to my Toronto patients and would have to check my chart. It may be a case of noting that the patient was doing them herself.
Patient No. 9
This is a patient with colitis and blood sugar problems and anxiety who was very much helped by working with me.
Dr. Knight even manages to disparage a letter of appreciation that she sent to me.
Patient No. 10
Once again, Dr. Knight does not mention that the patient improved on treatment.
Patient No. 11
Herpes tests are notoriously inaccurate and we must go by physical signs.
This patient was disabled after a MVA (motor vehicle accident) and became sicker and sicker. Massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and osteopathy are credible therapies for a chronic pain syndrome. She did become much better and began her own business.
Patient No. 12
This is an elderly woman. The chart indicates ongoing annual medical checkup during which blood tests are appropriate.
Patient No. 13
As Dr. Knight remarks, Dr. Leznoff an Allergist, found that this patient’s symptoms are not compatible with an immune deficiency. Then the patient saw me and I treated her and she sent me a letter of thanks which Dr. Knight disparages.
I was no impressed by a previous experience with Dr. Leznoff. He saw one my patients who had become severely debilitated after an exposure to office carpeting glue in a government building. His first request was to RE-EXPOSE her to the glue and measure her reactions. This was scientific to him but it would have been catastrophic to the patient. The patient and I refused.
Patient No. 14
This elderly patient had severe esophageal Candidiasis and oral thrush and was malnourished. She responded quite well to treatment.
Patient No. 15
This is young mother who I saw for many years and who had two children while in my practice. When a person is feeling depleted and the normal blood tests give no clues it is sometimes necessary to use alternative forms of investigation.
Patient No. 16
In an effort to investigate this patient’s symptoms various tests were done according to the developing guidelines for CFS. Serum magnesium had been reported low in CFS. B12 had been reported to help chronic fatigue symptoms.
Patient No. 17 – this young woman became the second complaint against me
This patient was referred by her doctor for a Candida evaluation. Her doctor felt she had multiple symptoms and multiple courses of antibiotics and was a candidate for Candida testing. This patient made one visit to my office. It was on a Friday and it was my birthday. During the visit I was interrupted twice. Both calls were from my lawyer’s office from clerks who were informing me that the College of Physicians and Surgeon’s was preceding with complaints against me. One was from the Sugar Institute, a sugar lobbying group that did not want doctors giving the facts about sugar usage to the public. The second case was of a troubled young man that accused me of refusing to give him a homeopathic remedy.
I was in shock and should have postponed the appointment. I did not perceive that this patient was not interested in having blood tests. The technician asked the patient to give blood which she did but she later said did not want the test. Thus, I did not charge her for the test but sent the results to her anyway and offered her another appointment to begin afresh. I was completely shocked at her hostility towards me and wondered if she was a plant sent in to attack me. The timing of her visit and her subsequent complaint were very suspicious.
Patient No. 18
This is a woman who owns her own business who became debilitated. Dr. Knight is again refusing to believe that there is such a condition as Myalygia Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or that the debilitation that this patient is feeling is truly physical. The NIH guidelines on this disease are well documented. Dr. Knight is being quite rude when he makes a comment about an allergen free diet must be just water. The patient asked me if she should have Interro testing done.
Patient No. 19
Just because a patient is on antidepressants and tranquilizers it does not mean that every and all his symptoms are psychological. I made all efforts to investigate and treat his complaints and not presume anything.
Patient No. 20
Once again an extremely debilitated and symptomatic patient. When presented with someone this ill, it is necessary to do routine blood work to investigate the condition. I do not remember recommending coffee enemas but might have documented that the patient was using them. She did improve on treatment.
Patient No. 21
Routine blood tests during annual physical exams in a patient are not inappropriate.
Patient No. 22
This patient had chronic constipation and chronic cystitis and wanted to get pregnant. She was highly allergic to antibiotics from using so many for her cystitis and she had developed allergies to many other foods and chemicals. I occasionally recommended colonic enemas by a registered nurse for a patient with chronic constipation that was leading to chronic cystitis in order to break the cycle. The patient stopped having cystitis and had a healthy baby with no recurrence of cystitis. She and her husband were very happy with her care and treatment.
Patient No. 23
This patient was seen over the course of many years. Dr. Knight is commenting on over 56 pages of charting. Over the years she went through her mother’s cancer and painful death. She married, had a child and went to university. Certainly over the years many problems arose but they were investigated and dealt with.
Dr. Knight does not mention that there was never a hospitalization, unnecessary referrals to specialists or unnecessary medications.
Regarding the search for Candidiasis: A study was performed in my office on a small group of patients complaining of vaginitis. We swabbed vaginal smears directly on special yeast growing media and sent a second swab to an outside lab. Of 154 swabs, we were able to culture 52 and 42 had pathogenic germ tube formations at our in-house lab. Only 5 had positive growth at the outside lab and there was no indication of germ tube formation reported.
Patient No. 24: The young allergy patient who was a plant sent into my office.
This patient, a 20-odd year old, with his mother’s encouragement, made a complaint about Interro testing to the CPSO. The testing was recommended, not be myself, but by another doctor in the clinic where I worked. When this was explained in a letter to the CPSO the patient agreed that I was not the doctor who had referred him. However he said that I had refused to treat him with a homeopathic remedy and therefore I was incompetent. My lawyer at this time should have demanded that the complaint be shelved, however the CPSO was obviously interested in using this complaint as a way to precede with a fishing expedition into my practice.
Patient No. 25
An extremely environmentally sensitive woman who had been seen by many allergists. She, like most of my patients knows that she has allergies. She had chronic bladder infections and chronically low thyroid.
Another case of an individual where the conventional testing does not give adequate information and alternative means have to be used.
Under my care she did not require antibiotics and her thyroid began to function more normally.
Patient No. 26
This patient was seen over the course of many years with debilitating headaches and fatigue. Various methods of testing were used over the years to try to help this patient. I did not give up on my patients and tell them they were mentally ill as Dr. Knight would have me do. These people were suffering physically as well as emotionally.
Patient No. 27
When a patient has symptoms of chronic fatigue it is very important to do a thorough exam including a blood work up.
Patient No. 28
This very intelligent accountant did get “burnt out” and had routine blood tests done. Dr. Knight fails to mention that she was also referred to a psychotherapist and that she was able to go back to work after a time of nutritional intervention and counseling.
Patient No. 29
Again Dr. Knight has no idea about the practice of complementary medicine. Zinc is a mineral that is required for healthy prostate function. “Unacceptable” to Dr. Knight but acceptable and very necessary for the patient.
Patient No. 30
What is inappropriate about finding a positive salmonella titer? Hair analysis in a child is especially useful for diagnosing heavy metal poisoning.
Patient No. 31
This patient is a highly functioning registered nurse. She was a patient for over 12 years. In year 10 she had the MVA that caused a number of ongoing symptoms. Blood testing was done over the years in an appropriate manner.
Patient No. 32
How can Dr. Knight dismiss this lady’s problems so readily. There is evidence in the chart that he mentions himself that the patient was happy with her care and she did improve on treatment.
Patient No. 33
This is a very ill patient and an extremely difficult case who was seen by multiple specialists over the years and had taken multiple medications and not improved.
Patient No. 34
This patient was seen over many years and routine blood testing was done. She had a pregnancy while she was a patient and an iron panel is certainly appropriate in a female patient of child-bearing years.
Patient No. 35
An elderly woman who had chronic bladder infections and bursitis. I wanted to give her B12 injections and had to perform B12 and folate levels to do so. She was able to get off antibiotics and was referred to physical therapy to treat her bursitis. She was very much improved in her health.
Patient No. 36
Another long-term patient that over the years was tested and treated for various complaints
Summary of Dr. Knight’s CPSO Investigation
Dr. Knight displays an incredible bias and hostility toward anything short of drug therapy. His bias is for chemical intervention for any and all complaints. My bias is to avoid drug therapy and to investigate alternatives. Dr. Knight talks a lot about using scientific methods. However these patients do not have a clear cut-condition. They have multiple system complaints and modern medicine has not been able to help them. All these cases were long-term patients who worked with me to try to improve their health. This is not “outrageous medicine” as Dr. Knight describes but a type of medicine that I studied for 20 years with a clear rationale and ever increasing support in the scientific community and with the public.
Dr. Knight continuously fails to mention the lack of hospitalizations for either investigations or surgery, the lack of unnecessary referrals, and the lack of medications in every one of these patients. This is most surely cost saving. however Dr. Knight chooses to mention that I’m costing the government money with the lab testing I recommend.
The conclusion I draw from my experience with the medical establishment is that they will do anything they can – up to and including pushing people to commit suicide – to maintain their monopoly on disease care.
However, it’s not just medicine that is corrupt. In my dietary supplement business I’ve had a former distributor steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from me and to deflect the blame he maliciously discredited me on the internet and stole my RnA Drops trademark.
Most recently I’ve gotten a warning letter from the FDA stating that I cannot say magnesium can treat a disease because that will make magnesium a drug and subject to drug testing, which costs tens of millions of dollars – some of which goes to the FDA.
Conflict is part of life and part of living, the key is to maintain your integrity, never stop learning, and be open to the extraordinary. All that makes it easy for me to maintain that the sky may fall but it’s not going to fall on me!
Mahalo for reading and Aloha!
Carolyn Dean MD ND