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Barred Doctor Continues With Questionable Autism Therapy
By Shaun Heasley
October 9, 2012 Text Size A A
Despite facing discipline from licensing boards in nine states, a doctor with a controversial brand of autism therapy continues to operate at least two clinics.
Mark Geier has either lost his medical license or had it suspended in California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Now, complaints are pending against him in Missouri, Illinois and Hawaii as well.
Here's the article linked at the bottom of the first article
David Geier said Wednesday that "many peer-reviewed scientific studies" have been published that support the theory. All of the research articles cited on the ASD Centers' website are co-authored by Mark or David Geier.
The Geiers' research has been discredited by the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Geier's case illustrates some of the limitations of state medical boards. A complaint in one state does not necessarily launch an investigation by any other state where the doctor is licensed.
It's easier to discipline a doctor when another state has already gone through the investigative process, said Susan Hofer, spokeswoman for the Illinois department of professional regulation.
State medical boards generally rely on doctors to self-report their discipline from other states when reapplying for their licenses every one to three years. In the meantime, a doctor can move from state to state and continue to treat patients before the discipline process catches up.
He'll probably end up in jail if he seriously injures someone.
I consider his "therapy" to be seriously injurious. He misdiagnoses kids with "precious puberty" and stunts their normal levels of testosterone. There isn't any good information on how this effects the child over the course of their life. This medication has long-term side effects in adults, God knows what it does to kids. It is used to chemically castrate sex offenders and to treat prostate cancer. It isn't something a healthy kid needs in their body.