Disciplinary Action Against Dr. RashidButtar 2007-12-04 11:30

The following is the full text of the Notice of Charges and Allegations against Rashid Buttar, D.O., issued by the North Carolina Medical Board on November 20, 2007. The Notice describes Dr. Buttars treatment of four patients via intravenous administration of EDTA, DMPS, vitamin and mineral supplements, and hydrogen peroxide. The Board alleges that Dr. Buttar:

provided therapies that were unproven and wholly ineffective;

charged exorbitant fees for his ineffectual therapies, and dunned widows and survivors of his deceased patients for thousands of dollars;

order[ed] numerous tests and lab work that had no rational, medical relationship to the Patients cancer diagnosis in an attempt to drive up costs;

treated [patients] on an indistinguishable or arbitrary protocol regardless of their individual diagnosis All Patients received frequent, expensive treatments that had no recognized scientific evidence of any validity whatsoever on almost a daily basis without any evidence of sustained improvement.

The Board charges that Dr. Buttars treatment of these patients was unprofessional, unethical, ineffective, and exploitive, and therefore seeks to annul, suspend, revoke, or limit his license to practice medicine.

A hearing is scheduled on Wednesday, February 20, 2008.



BEFORE THE NORTH CAROLINA MEDICAL BOARD

In re Rashid Ali Buttar, D.O., Respondent

NOTICE OF CHARGES AND ALLEGATIONS; NOTICE OF HEARING

The North Carolina Medical Board (hereafter, Board) has preferred and does hereby prefer the following charges and allegations:

1. The Board is a body duly organized under the laws of North Carolina and is the proper party to bring this proceeding under the authority granted it in Article 1 of Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes.

2. Rashid Ali Buttar, D.O. (hereafter, Dr. Buttar), is a physician licensed by the Board on or about May 20, 1995, to practice medicine and surgery, license number 95-00528.

3. During the times relevant herein, Dr. Buttar practiced medicine in Cornelius, North Carolina.

4. Patients A through C presented to Dr. Buttar with a diagnosis of cancer.

5. Patient A presented to Dr. Buttar with a diagnosis of cervical cancer.

6. Patient B presented to Dr. Buttar with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

7. Patient C presented with a diagnosis of adrenal cell cancer.

8. Patient D presented to Dr. Buttar with a history of colon polyps.

9. Patients A, B and C would eventually succumb to their cancer.

10. Patients A, B and C, desperate for any hope to combat their disease, came to Dr. Buttar because of Dr. Buttars representations that the therapies he offered would be effective in their battle against cancer. Dr. Buttars representations were false, and were made by Dr. Buttar with full knowledge of their falsity.

11. Dr. Buttar provided therapies to Patients A, B and C that were unproven and wholly ineffective. The therapies consisted primarily of intravenous administration of a variety of substances, none of which has any known value for the treatment of cancer. The substances included EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), chromium, certain vitamins, and hydrogen-peroxide.

12. Dr. Buttar charged exorbitant fees for his ineffectual therapies. The total cost of the intravenous injections and other therapies for these cancer patients at times ranged in the thousands, sometimes tens of thousands, of dollars. Not only would Dr. Buttar order and have administered unproven and ineffectual therapies for Patients A, B and C in an attempt to drive up his billings, he would also order numerous tests and lab work for these patients that had no rational, medical relationship to the Patients cancer diagnosis. Moreover, many tests and lab work that were ordered by Dr. Buttar were never adequately justified in the medical records of the patients, were never linked to the patients diagnoses or clinical condition, and in some instances never interpreted.

13. There is no evidence that any of the extensive and expensive laboratory data obtained on Patients A, B, C and D were used for treatment decisions. In essence, the medical records indicate that the extensive testing and lab work for Patients A, B, C and D were not ordered for any medical or clinical purpose, but were instead ordered in an attempt to drive up costs.

14. Patients A, B and C seemed to be treated on an indistinguishable or arbitrary protocol regardless of their individual diagnosis. None of the Patients (A – D) showed any evidence of response or benefit to the treatments they received at Dr. Buttar’s office. All Patients received frequent, expensive treatments that had no recognized scientific evidence of any validity whatsoever on almost a daily basis without any evidence of sustained improvement.

15. The medical records of Patients A, B, C and D also do not indicate that Dr. Buttar ever examined or followed any of the patients. All four patients were seen and treated mainly by Dr. Buttars nurse practitioner. Despite having little, or no personal interaction with Patients A, B, C and D, Dr. Buttar nonetheless charged thousands of dollars to each patient for his services.

16. Dr. Buttar charged Patient C over $32,000.00 for treatments he knew to be ineffectual. Immediately prior to his death, Patient C sent a check to Dr. Buttar, for partial payment, in the amount of $6,700.00. Before Dr. Buttar could cash the check, Patient Cs widow cancelled the check because she felt that Dr. Buttars treatments were useless even though Dr. Buttar had promised her and her husband that his treatments had a 100% success rate.

17. After Patient Cs widow cancelled the $6,700.00 check, Dr. Buttar referred Patient Cs account to a collection agency. The amount that Dr. Buttar sought from Patient As widow exceeded $25,000.00, which included the unpaid portion of Patient Cs bill, interest, and a 25% collection fee.

18. Patient B was treated by Dr. Buttar for a period of two months, from April 2004 to June 2004. During this two month period, Dr. Buttar charged Patient B in excess of $30,000.00 for ineffectual therapies that included injections of intravenous vitamins and other substances, chelation therapy with DMPS (Dimercapto-propane sulfonate) and EDTA, Philbert Infra Respiratory Reflex Procedure and Ondamed biofeedback. All of Patient Bs clinical notes were written by his nurse practitioner, and for an extended period of time, Dr. Buttars nurse practitioner exclusively saw and treated Patient B.

19. Prior to her death, Patient B paid Dr. Buttar $10,258.00. Dr. Buttar has sought collection from Patient Bs estate the remaining $19,765.00 of his charges.

20. Patient A was treated by Dr. Buttar for one month beginning in July, 2006. Patient A came to Dr. Buttar after a radical hysterectomy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy all failed to halt the spread of her cancer, which by July 2006 had spread to her liver and lungs. Dr. Buttars treatment of Patient A was to administer hydrogen peroxide intravenously. Patient A paid $12,360.00 to Dr. Buttar for an initial fee. Over the next month, Patient A would have nineteen (19) other office visits with Dr. Buttar and pay an additional $18,000.00, for a total of $27,820.00 (Patient As family received a refund of $2,540.00). The average cost of Patient As office visits for Dr. Buttar (to receive IV hydrogen peroxide) was $1,464.00. All examinations and office visit notes for Patient A were written by Dr. Buttars nurse practitioner. Although Patient A was billed for physician attendance and supervision, it is unclear from Patient As medical record whether Dr. Buttar ever examined Patient A or provided much of any supervision to his nurse practitioner.

21. Patient D presented to Dr. Buttar with a history of colon polyps. Dr. Buttar initiated chelation therapy for Patient D without ever seeing the patient or establishing a diagnosis. Patient D was seen only by Dr. Buttars nurse practitioner and not on all visits. Most of the documentation regarding Patient D has to do with billing issues. There is no diagnosis, no treatment plan defined, and no repeat evaluation of Patient D directly. Patient Ds clinical notes consist of six (6) pages, but her financial and laboratory related items consist of some sixty (60) pages. In sum, there is no documented history or examination on repeat visits for Patient D, no stated working diagnosis, and no rationale for the treatment plan. However, there is extensive diagnostic testing without medical justification or indication.

22. Dr. Buttars treatment of Patients A, B, C and D constitutes unprofessional conduct, including, but not limited to, departure from, or the failure to conform to, the standards of acceptable and prevailing medical practice, or the ethics of the medical profession, irrespective of whether a patient is injured thereby, within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 90-14(a)(6), and grounds exist under that section of the North Carolina General Statutes for the Board to annul, suspend, revoke, or limit his license to practice medicine and surgery issued by the Board or deny any application he might make in the future.

23. Dr. Buttars treatment of Patients A, B, C and D constitutes unprofessional conduct in that he provided a therapy, whether it be characterized as experimental, nontraditional, or a departure from acceptable and prevailing medical practices, that nonetheless has a safety risk greater than the prevailing treatment or that the treatment is generally not effective within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 90-14(a)(6), and grounds exist under that section of the North Carolina General Statutes for the Board to annul, suspend, revoke, or limit his license to practice medicine and surgery issued by the Board or deny any application he might make in the future.

24. Dr. Buttars conduct in regard to Patients A, B, C, and D constitutes Dr. Buttar providing services to a patient in such a manner as to exploit the patient within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 90-14(a)(12), and grounds exist under that section of the North Carolina General Statutes for the Board to annul, suspend, revoke, or limit his license to practice medicine and surgery issued by the Board or deny any application he might make in the future, and furthermore, upon a finding of the exploitation, the Board may order restitution be made to the payer of the bill, whether the patient or the insurer, by the physician, provided that a determination of the amount of restitution shall be based on credible testimony in the record.

NOTICE TO DR. BUTTAR

Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 90-14.2, it is hereby ordered that a hearing on the foregoing Notice of Charges and Allegations will be held before the Board, or a panel thereof, at 8:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 20, 2008, or as soon thereafter as the Board may hear it, at the offices of the Board, 1203 Front Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, to continue until completed. The hearing will be held pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 150B-40, 41, and 42, and N.C. Gen. Stat. § 90-14.2, 14.4, 14.5, and 14.6. You may appear personally and through counsel, may cross-examine witnesses and present evidence in your own behalf. You may, if you desire, file written answers to the charges and complaints preferred against you within 30 days after the service of this notice.

The identities of Patients A through D and the date and place of treatment of these patients are being withheld from public disclosure pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 90-8. However, this information will be provided to you upon your request.

Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 150B-40(5), it is further ordered that the parties shall arrange a pre-hearing conference at which they shall prepare and sign a stipulation on pre-hearing conference substantially in the form attached hereto. The prehearing stipulation shall be submitted to the undersigned no later than seven days prior to the hearing date. The right to be present during the hearing of this case, including any such right conferred or implied by N.C. Gen. Stat. § 150B-40(d), shall be deemed waived by a party or his counsel by voluntary absence from the Board’s office at a time when it is known that proceedings, including deliberations, are being conducted, or are about to be conducted. In such event the proceedings, including additional proceedings after the Board has retired to deliberate, may go forward without waiting for the arrival or return of counsel or a party.

This the 20th day of November, 2007.
NORTH CAROLINA MEDICAL BOARD
Janelle A. Rhyne, M.D. President

Comments


  1. Well, it sounds as though the good doctor didnt let ethical considerations get in the way of profit.

    I had always thought that Buttar had reached rock bottom, but it appears that rock bottom has a sub-basement.

    Prometheus

    Prometheus 2007-12-04 13:49 #

  2. Dr. Buttar has sought collection from Patient B’s estate the remaining $19,765.00 of his charges.

    Nice. Really nice. I hope someone forwards this to the Sullivans.

    Anon 2007-12-04 13:51 #

  3. Hmm, what would Pat Sullivan say about this? Maybe something like, Quite frankly, Id rather put my belief/faith/hope in Dr. Buttars magic snake oil than Orac, HCN, Altunarail, THE Probe, JM ODonnell, Autism Diva, Skeptico, etc.

    notmercury 2007-12-04 15:04 #

  4. What took them so long?

    Joseph 2007-12-04 17:50 #

  5. Its about time. This guy is the scummy stuff that lives on the bottom side of slime mold.

    No wait. Thats Jeff Bradstreet. Buttar is the crusty decaying gunk below the goop that is below dog vomit slime mold. No wait, thats David Kirby who promoted Rashid Buttar as the miracle worker of autism chelation. Oops, no, no the crusty gunk below the dog vomit slime mold is JB Handley who promoted Rashid Buttar on television news programs and from his putrid website, Generation Rexu.

    About time 2007-12-04 20:32 #

  6. And people trust their little autistic children to this POS.

    isles 2007-12-04 20:48 #

  7. Really GLAD to read this bit of news. But shouldnt they try to find out who were his other patients, and make him pay restitution to them also? Just how many were injected with his (very expensive) hydrogen peroxide?

    Clay 2007-12-07 01:41 #

  8. Imagine if all the M.D.s who have treated and killed many of my family members using approved or effective treatments for disease were held to the same standard of efficacy? Havent seen a refund check yet! Dr. Buttar must have been doing something right to have unleashed the Rockefellers hounds of hell upon him to destroy his life and his work.

    Bill Sands 2007-12-15 14:00 #

  9. Then perhaps there is hope for your lawsuits. Dr. Buttar is a DO, which is actually another type of medical doctor, board certified and all.

    That is why the Medical Board of North Carolina is going after him. Mostly for his billing practices. Though it has been taking a long time.

    So keep in touch with your lawyers, and hope for the best.

    HCN 2007-12-16 15:35 #

  10. Mr. Sands seems to be under the impression that Dr. Buttar is being investigated because his patients failed to survive. This is a common misconception.

    Br. Buttar is being investigated primarily because he paid more attention to billing than he did to patient care.

    Read the complaint. There, you will find a long litany of outrageous charges for therapies that were unlikely to help the patients who came to him. The medical records show that he was primarily concerned with getting money, and was too busy to be bothered with actually examining the patients or, for that matter, being present when the treatments he was billing for were administered.

    Dr. Buttar seems to have capitalized on his patients desperation and, clearly, business was good.

    I should also point out that a physician using approved treatments who behaved the same way Dr. Buttar did would also have been investigated and charged.

    The difference is that there wouldnt have been any people like Mr. Sands to defend them.

    Prometheus

    Prometheus 2007-12-17 14:40 #

  11. This is tough for me. I have to agree with some people on this Post that Dr. Buttar has lost his way from treating patients correctly. There seems to be something missing here. I mean I backed up Dr. Buttar many times in pure belief that he was doing the right thing. I just hope that he comes to his senses and just stops charging his patients with outragious fees that he probably sees only once in their entire treatments. Dr. Buttar I am begging you to explain or better yet prove that there is more to you than just money. If none of this is true then I expect to see you in the Autismone Conference this year. We as a community with Loved ones affected by Autism believe in you Dr. Buttar. Please be there for us at the Autismone conference to prove to everyone that you have nothing to hide and that you are 100% innocent.

    Sincerely,

    Elucidatus

    Elucidatus 2008-01-07 14:57 #

  12. For anyone whos still interested; the good Drs hearing has been rescheduled for 4/23.

    bones 2008-02-19 15:13 #

  13. I took my autistic son to him. Oh wait, it wasnt him even though I thought the appointment was with him. He wasnt even in town. The appointment turned out to be with Jane, his nurse practitioner, who just follows Buttars cookbook.

    They overcharged, you never saw the doctor, their office staff was disorganized and frustrating. We finally quit.

    Anyway, I am not surprised by this litigation.

    karennd 2008-02-27 16:18 #

  14. I got a e-mail from Dr. Buttars office asking for my support! I could not believe it! The same man who I saw for 10 mins. once, and told my husband and me that within 11 months we would never have to hear the word Autism again. Then we were told by Jane, that sometimes it can take up to 2 years to cure a child. When we were close to 2 years (oh yes, I wanted to believe) Jane said I must be doing something wrong. The only thing I did wrong was to waste almost 30,000 dollars. Three years later my beautiful son still has Autism. We use a doctor now who believes in the diet and ABA therapy and we again have hope.

    Derha 2008-03-31 16:29 #

  15. Derha: your son will always be autistic, no matter what kind of special diet or ABA therapy he gets, so you might as well learn to live with it. I am autistic also, and I like me the way I am, thank you very much. I am very, very thankful that my parents never tried any quack methods on me to get me to interact more. Granted they had no clue I was autistic, (I just had mad skills, what can I say? oh and two other minds to help out with information processing worked very well too) they just let me be me. Thats the way it SHOULD be.

    This Rashid person deserves to rot beneath the Earth for eternity.

    The Integral 2008-04-12 22:49 #

  16. My brother Kurt Wiltsey was also a patient of Dr Buttar. He was 47 yrs old and was diagnosed in July of 07. He passed on Dec 16th 07. Not before being sold a bill of goods by this man. And collected well over 35,000 dollars in a 6-8 week period doing it. He definitely played on his desperation and hopelessness. He even went so far as to say he would be an idiot for doing anything the conventional drs told him to do. I was at the intial consultation as the resident sceptic when he said this. Kurt was under the care of hospice and Buttar wouldnt work with them either to lessen his pain and improve his quality of life. I am very interested in taking part in ANY action against him. I was my brothers primary care provider throughout his entire ordeal. His interaction with this man even caused a rift between my brother and I during that time because I knew he would die if he didnt get chemo.

    Leon Wiltsey 2008-04-23 17:42 #

  17. My daughter was a patient of Dr. Buttar, or more appropriately, his nurse. We NEVER saw or spoke to the good doctor. Despite our numerous complaints of our daughters extreme regression and distress, I was told to not to come and see the doctor or to send a video for proper examination, not to get additional testing, but to exercise a firm hand in disciplining. They are nuts. Weve done ABA therapy and Occupational Therapy for years, with fantastic results. Weve also treated our daughters stomach issues with great success. Although I believe in some of these kinds of treatments, Dr. Buttar is taking advantage of others pain and desperation by using exhorbitant fees and claims of false hope, resulting in a blame to the parents when all else fails. He should be ashamed.

    partyofone 2008-04-27 07:53 #

  18. I reviewed Buttars cases. It was a hit job by the Board. They were out to get him to shut down his autism work, since he has cured 68 kids so far, and the dentists and drug companies dont want to face class action suits on mercury. He has been badly maligned and this will be reversed in court, as the states expert misrepresented many points of fact. He is a very good guy, dont slander him.

    Robin 2008-05-01 13:06 #

  19. What about the people he has helped? I agree he started out good ends bad but he did help my child

    cyn 2008-05-01 18:05 #

  20. What about it? You can write the Board and tell them what a helpful man he used to be.

    Kathleen Seidel 2008-05-01 22:15 #

  21. He neither saw nor helped my child. He did however, collect. I agree wholeheartedly with the assertion that Dr. Buttar is far more interested in billing than in healing at this point. Time to get back to basics, ie.. our childrens personal care.

    beansbeans 2008-05-03 18:57 #

  22. Regarding Mr. Leon Wiltseys comments above, I find them very interesting especially since I was in the IV suites getting treatments while Kurt was there. First, I never saw any brother ever come to the clinic while Kurt was getting treatments at Dr. Buttars office. Second, his sisters were always with him and it was evident that they were the primary care givers. Thirdly, even members of his Church visited Kurt while he was getting treatments. But, I never saw a brother let alone one that was his primary care giver. Further more, Kurt was in hospice, where patients are only sent when chemo and radiation have been exhausted. Even his brother admits this in his comments above. Yet, miraculously his brother, knew he would die if he didnt get chemo. Kurt was in hospice, chemo had been used and was no longer effective. This to me smacks of a person that is not truly upset or grieving for the loss of his brother but has other apparent intentions. Ive seen many patients at Dr. Buttars office that have come from all corners of the world, who have been significantly helped when no one else was able to help them. Dr. Buttar does not offer false hope, he offers hope, there is a big difference. Since these charges have been waged against Dr. Buttar, more and more of us our wanting to and are planning on speaking out on his behave. He has treated some where between 600 and 700 kids with autism, and the vast majority of the parents of these kids are super pleased. The few people that have complained on this blog and others, may want to look at themselves and see if their childrens problems dont stem from them. Those that have started the treatments and have been persistent are the ones that have had the success. A few months of treatments is not sufficient, Dr. Buttar never promises a cure, but does have some patients that respond quickly to the treatment or at least from what I have seen. This will all be a moot point soon enough. Keep a look out for the videos soon to be released online, of patients telling their own stories of phenomenal success they achieved under Dr. Buttars care. Ill be one of them.

    Evans 2008-05-20 21:29 #

  23. Ive spoken with Dr. Buttars patients and have heard their stories. These people were very, very sick, and Dr. Buttars treatments helped them regain their health and their lives. Just look at the testimonials in his DVDs.

    Brenda 2008-05-21 16:12 #

  24. oooh Testimonials on DVDs! Well, that is proof isnt it? Um, no.

    Try again, with some actual science and evidence.

    HCN 2008-05-24 15:29 #

  25. What Id be more interested to hear are whatever testimonials Dr. Buttar was able to accumulate AFTER charges were filed against him, thanks to the email campaign described by Derha above. Id be curious to know whether any of the parents of the 68 kids he supposedly cured bothered to come to his rescue.

    Kathleen Seidel 2008-05-24 17:06 #

  26. then you should have came to the trialit was open to the public-and many supportive patients were there in person!

    Katrina 2008-06-02 17:35 #

  27. It seems to be a very common practice amoung the med.community to leave their patients care to PAs we need to say it is not acceptable.

    Victoria Ecklor 2008-06-09 15:29 #

  28. So, what was the outcome of the trial?

    Konul 2008-06-18 23:15 #

  29. A decision will probably be issued at the time of the Boards next meeting in late July.

    Kathleen Seidel 2008-06-19 13:15 #

  30. Help!! My husband saw Dr. Buttars NP, Jane, today and they want to start him on this same chelation regimen with very expensive supplements. He was diagnosed with ALS in October and then told he had Lymes. I felt like they gave us hope today although now I am quite confused. Please email with advice as I dont want or cant afford to buy false hope for him.

    Frances Wynn 2008-06-19 19:22 #

  31. Why should we email you?

    The minimum you should get from this posting is to check with a mainstream doctor on anything that Buttar tells you to buy.

    Because, really all Buttar offers is false hope.

    HCN 2008-06-24 02:11 #

  32. Frances- It hurts me to think that you let these people change your hope. Dr. Buttar has helped many peopleplease remember that.

    Katrina 2008-06-24 12:28 #

  33. Hello Everyone,

    I have come to a final conclusion that Autism is not something that can be cured. It is something that we must learn to live with and yes some children do get better but are they ever fully 100% recovered? No.. I respect Dr. Buttar in what he has done and Jane as well, but there comes a time when you must let go for a while and just wait and see what happens. I encourage everyone to continue in your path towards recovery. I am now exhausted, mentally, spiritually, physically and most of all financially. I must rest and get some sleep because it feels like I have not slept in 6 years. I pass the torch that is now barely burning to someone else who is willing to continue the journey. If you see a man holding up a sign at a traffic light that says: Please help me with some change, my child has Autism. Please remember to be kind and throw some change my way. I gave all I could and then some in the hopes that I could make my child better. My last words of wisdom are: You cannot force your children to get better, you must better yourself.

    Elucidatus 2008-06-26 19:14 #

  34. http://www.charlotte.com/breaking_news/story/695474.html

    Please look at this link. This makes me ask the questionwhy is Dr. Buttar under so much criticism when he has never had a complaint filed, or charge brought up against him-and then one of the best hospitals in NC cleans surgical tools with elevator fluid-yet people aren’t out there blogging about that? Can someone please explain?

    Katrina 2008-07-02 15:18 #

  35. Katrina, the reason Dr. Buttar is under so much criticism is that several of the patients and their surviving families DID complain. If you read above you see that one widow of a patient even stopped payment on a check because the promised cure was not delivered.

    As it stands, Dr. Buttar can still practice his special brand of medicine just not on cancer patients or on children.

    HCN 2008-07-03 00:54 #

  36. HCNI guess you have not read up on your facts. The NCMB has not made a decision yet, and Dr. Buttar can see all patients. I am aware that a patient stopped payment on a check, im not sure how that makes him a bad doctor. Did you know that she never even went with her husband to Dr. Buttars clinic? You really should have attended the hearing. Make sure you have a different opinion and people will talk about you

    Katrina 2008-07-03 10:31 #

  37. My son has been a patient for 2 years at Dr. Buttars office. Weve spent over $100,000 for IV chelation therapy. My son is still the same. We are suppose to keep doing this? For how long? Ive done everything and I mean everything they have asked of us- Ive never missed a treatment or appointment. We have been dedicated to this treatment. We now have lost hope and are deciding to look elsewhere for treatment. Youd think after 2 years and $100,000 later, Dr. Buttar would at least have the decency to meet us or stop in to the IV suite to say hello or ask how things are going. The only time we spoke to him was when Jane asked him to come into the office where my husband was meeting with Jane. My husband was asking Jane about how to ween off the program because we were ready to stop. Well, Dr. Buttar went into the office and told a heart felt story to my husband about his experience and then told my husband I will heal your son. So- my husband was sold and we continued. My son has not shown any improvements to date and is still dumping metals- mainly lead. We are frustrated, angry, confused and completely broke. Reading these blogs makes me think were making the right decision on leaving Dr. Buttars office.

    Amy 2008-07-04 14:42 #

  38. Too bad the Medical Board has not acted competently or in a timely manner.

    HCN 2008-07-04 17:40 #

  39. Oh, and sorry Katrina, you were right, the Medical Board only recommended he stop treating children and cancer. It was reported in a newspaper, but that article is gone, but a quote is here.

    Too bad they are going too slow. That way more people like Amy would not being going broke with false promises.

    HCN 2008-07-04 17:46 #

  40. UPDATE: Although the Board had anticipated issuing a decision at this months meeting, theyve had to postpone addressing the matter of Dr. Buttar until their next full Board meeting, which is scheduled for September 17-19.

    Kathleen Seidel 2008-07-17 14:45 #

  41. Dr. Buttar was a total waste of money for us and the whole program (including the IVs) was very stressful for my son. So now I only do things that are not stressful to him and that I can fit into his life easily. He is 16, so he is not as willing as he once was. I regret ever hearing about Dr. Buttar

    [EDITED: Contact information for homeopath deleted.]

    karennd 2008-07-24 08:41 #

  42. I cannot sit back and give up while this man is being prepared to be hung out to dry by a few families that didnt pay up for services that were given!

    Now I know that their family member went in there looking to be cured but what can a doctor do when the patient isnt willing to help themselves. Its kind of like a person going for stomach stapling only to gain back the wait in several years from not taking care of themselves. Should that person go and sue the Doctor for every penny when they gained the weight back? What if a patient should die after the surgery? Should the family not pay the bill?

    Look, either way if this man is a quack or not he performed services in hopes to heal the person. If the person would have died while in the process of receiving such treatments then maybe there is a case but none of these cases have such written statements. This man should be exonerated from such inquiries and he should be given the chance to prove that his protocols work. The Zohan has spoken. I got that from the Orac

    Zohan the Orac 2008-07-31 19:47 #

  43. I have to agree that Dr. Buttar is more interested in his profit and loss statement than the individuals wellfare. When I first heard about this doc testifying before congress in the D.C. area where I am from. I wanted his help for my son, who was then 3 years old. I heard he was going to be at a conference in Texas, and if I go I could bump my son up the waiting line. I went. I had done some testing with a DAN doc previously, and brought my lab results. The only lab he really looked at was the hair test. He looked for the C shape of the line as a mercury marker and saw it on my sons test. He did say that he could cure him in 2 years. He also said that isnt a cured child worth the price of a car? I am sure others have heard that line. I did his protocol TD DMPS and TD EDTA exactly as I should have. After 1 1/2 years the only thing my son dumped was tin. I became very leery of him as I was not seeing any real gains, and should be by now. I had his genetics done through Dr. Yasko, and found that genetically he should not be having sulfur products coming into his body. She told me to stop the TD DMPS. I later learned that it is common for children with autism to have these markers. I spoke to Dr. Buttar about this in person, and I can honestly say he did not know what to say ( that was a first)! Yes, most of my monthly phone consults were with Jane, but when we went to N.C. I insisted on seeing Dr. Buttar. I have to say after awhile he stopped saying that he could cure our autistic kids. I believe he started out good, but became greedy like most of the professionals, who treat our kids. They see us as having blank checks to write to cure our kids. I did mention to him that I heard about you buying part of an island. I thought I paid for a part, and should get some vacation time there. There was not a response. I think part of the problem is that he does not understand the gut/autism connection. He also refused to want to learn, which got old. The price of this very important lesson was around 30,000. I am just alot more cautious about what I do, and have educated myself about the various treatments, diets, etc. for autism. My son is now 7, and doing very very well inspite of being a former patient of Dr. Buttars.

    Deyo 2008-08-23 01:05 #

  44. Deyo- You say your child is doing very well and he saw Dr. Buttar for 1 1/2 yearsyou said it yourself he is doing better. Be very careful god doesnt like those who are ungrateful.

    Katrina 2008-08-25 16:09 #

  45. I appologize. I should have been clearer. Dr. Buttar does not understand how the gut is affected in autism/vaccine injury in my sons case. My sons gut became much worse under his care. When I switched to Yaskos protocol, because he was not making the gains that should have been made. I spent 1 1/2 years on her protocol ( meaning giving 120 supplements/RNAs per day) to undue the damage. He started to detox alot of mercury and aluminum, and some lead while making gains. While his gut was improving, I incorporated the Body Ecology Diet with some other diets he had been on, and that was the icing on the cake for my son. He made alot of progress towards the end of last year before he turned 7. Dr. Buttar had nothing to do with my son getting better, but he did make his gut worse by things that were suggested for him. BELIEVE ME I do thank God, and am most grateful that my son is finally doing really well, and that I finally found the proper help for him.

    Deyo 2008-08-29 01:14 #

  46. ANOTHER UPDATE: I spoke to the folks at the NC Medical Board today. Buttars case wont be on the agenda until November (the next meeting of the full Board). There are various legal details yet to be resolved.

    Due process gotta have it.

    Kathleen Seidel 2008-09-04 18:12 #

  47. Dr. Buttar is for sure a very charismatic man! We loved him at first! He said our son could be cured from his autism in 6 months. at least by 2 years. We spent thousands and thousands of dollars in his therapy, but I am afraid to say that after 3 years, our son is still pretty much autistic.

    We have stopped the treatment. Needless to say, we dont believe Dr. Buttar has the cure for autism. Probably no one has! Now we invest our money into education, and we think we are getting better results.

    We learned our lesson the expensive way.

    Please think twice before undertaking any alternative treatment. Bye!

    REJEAN COTE 2008-09-09 09:41 #

  48. Just because Dr. Buttar didnt help and was expensive, dont give up. We have tried other approaches that are helping and much cheaper...

    [EDITED: Plug for homeopath deleted. I will not allow my weblog to be used as a stealth marketing tool by autism treatment entrepreneurs. If you are determined to generate buzz for your colleague, you will have go elsewhere.]

    karennd 2008-09-15 12:33 #

  49. So is this guy in jail yet, or is he still free to rip people off and defend himself here masquerading as Katrina ? Do any more mouth-breathing idiots want to defend him?

    Richard 2008-09-23 04:18 #

  50. Hello Richard- I am a patient of Dr. Buttars, a happy and healthy one. Care to meet me somewhere so I can prove I am not a doctor, but a sick woman made healthy agian.

    Katrina 2008-09-24 15:24 #

  51. Hello Richard,

    I left for awhile because I was tired. now I am back ready to fight once more for my child. I am a mouth-breathing idiot and yes I will defend him because I know he can help our children get better. Taking care of a child with Autism is very time consuming and exhausting. I would rather die trying to get my child better than throwing my arms up in the air and give up. This man is going to to be exonerated of all charges. They may not post this but Dr. Buttar do not give up hope.

    Elucidatus 2008-10-02 01:24 #

  52. What ever happened in Buttars case with the medical board?

    Deyo 2009-01-02 14:20 #

  53. Its still pending. A hearing on the matter was held last April, at which time the Board reiterated and documented the original charges. In September, Buttar moved for a mistrial. The Board responded to the motion in October; at the same time, Buttar filed a brief in support of his motion. (All of these documents are linked from Buttars Licensee Information Page on the NC Med Board website.) Disciplinary actions are considered during full meetings of the Board, which occur every other month; the last of these was November, too soon to prepare necessary responses to the materials filed. I understand that the Buttar case will be on the agenda for the January 21-23 meeting, so a decision may be forthcoming then. I dont doubt that the Board will want to move on it; I also dont doubt that Buttar will appeal any decision against him.

    Kathleen Seidel 2009-01-02 19:58 #

  54. Poor Elucidatus. Not living up to the name.

    I am a mouth-breathing idiot and yes I will defend him because I know he can help our children get better.

    Yes, you are, and no, you dont know any such thing. If you want to know what youre talking about, I welcome you to go back to school, get an undergrad degree in biology, get accepted into an accredited MD-granting school (i.e., one which does not have Osteopathic on the plaque), spend four years there, take the USMLE in three parts, do a year of hospital internship and then at least three of residency in your subspecialty of choice, and then you can begin to know what youre talking about.

    Taking care of a child with Autism is very time consuming and exhausting.

    I bet its even more difficult when you throw all your money away on scientifically impossible treatments. But thats not really why youre spending the money. Youre spending the money so you can pass the buck. So you can continue to live in denial about your childs problem, and the MEDICAL FACT that it is incurable. You cant accept that because then its your fault somehow.

    I would rather die trying to get my child better than throwing my arms up in the air and give up.

    If spending money on quack therapy is your idea of helping your offspring, you gave up a long time ago.

    This man is going to to be exonerated of all charges.

    What magical world do you live in where stating a falsity makes it true? This is not even a contentious issue to the medical or legal professions. Buttar is a con artist, and in a more just society hed also be convicted of three counts of manslaughter and fraud. He might still be. Until then, this is just an ethics board hearing, and one that cannot possibly end in Buttars favor.

    Richard 2009-03-09 07:29 #

  55. As for the alleged dozens of children who Buttar has cured, it is a simple enough matter. Many young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders tend to become less symptomatic as they grow up, spontaneously. They grow out of it. It would be a relatively simple scam for an unscrupulous individual in a medical field to screen children brought to him so that he only takes them if they show signs of early spontaneous remission (or he can play the odds on age alone), and then take credit for the slightly better-than-average remission rate coming out of his office.

    Its a wonder more doctors dont do that sort of thing. It might be because it is unethical and illegal, and the vast majority of doctors are genuinely interested in helping people, rather than ripping them off. Even DOs, as substandard as they tend to be even on a good day, are usually not scam artists. But that doesnt mean that osteopathic manipulation is scientifically valid, because it isnt.

    Richard 2009-03-09 07:43 #

  56. Richard, thanks very much for offering your take on this situation again. I am simply bewildered that anyone could read the Notice of Charges and continue to be convinced that he can help our children get better.

    Elucidatus, if the Notice of Charges doesnt make you at all skeptical about Buttars intentions, maybe the hearing testimony of a mother of an autistic child will. Youll find it on a website he established to cultivate his hero/martyr status.

    Ive reported the latest news in the Buttar saga here. Also, anyone interested in a detailed examination of various "treatments" inflicted upon one autistic child by another doctor who subscribes to the vaccine causation theory can find it here.

    Kathleen Seidel 2009-03-09 08:02 #