FALSE HEALERS

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone....

This page features holistic healers who have lost their way; they allowed the lure of easy money and false "science" to skew their gift of service to the sick and ailing. This page has two purposes: (1) To serve as a warning to be careful of whom you choose for your holistic provider, and (2) To show that no one is immune to losing one's way. This page is not intended for the judgment of those listed, it is intended that we learn from their mistakes and also pray for them.

CHRISTINE DANIELS

Daniels was a licensed medical doctor and Pentecostal minister who used her titles to convince patients to use her special cancer cure which she called "C-Extract." She claimed that this special formula came from South America and Africa with up to an 80% success rate; however, chemical analysis of her "cure" found that it contained a sunscreen preservative, over-the-counter vitamins, and beef extract flavoring – none of which had evidence of treating cancer. Daniels charged patients as much as $100,000 dollars for six months worth of treatments with this "cure" while convincing them to avoid radiation and chemotherapy treatments in the meantime. According to court testimony, Daniels was also known to tell patients they were cured when they actually were not, resulting in the deaths of many of them. She even went so far as to throw a "cured" party for a breast cancer patient after the patient paid $60,000 for Daniels' treatments; this same patient died from metastasized breast cancer a short time later. To add to her fraud Daniels also instructed patients to classify their payments to her as "donations" in order to maintain the appearance of being a non-profit organization. In 2011 Daniels was was found guilty of tax evasion, fraud, and witness tampering. In 2013 she was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison and was ordered to pay back the money she stole from unsuspecting patients or their families.

 

BRIAN O'CONNELL

O'connell claimed to be a naturopathic doctor who treated patients with non-scientific methods such as black salve, ultraviolet blood irradiation, and hydrogen peroxide injections. Many of his patients were either killed or injured by his treatments. Upon his arrest O'Connell claimed that he held a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a certificate of naturopathic medicine from the [unaccredited] Colorado University of Naturopathic Medicine; in truth his training was merely a non-accredited correspondence course from Marijah McCain's Herbal Healer Academy, Inc. Although he did have a "license" on his wall, this license was meaningless as the procedure to acquire the license did not require proof of accredited education. He was charged with practicing medicine without a license, negligent homicide, assault, theft, and perjury. In 2016 he was sentenced to thirteen years in prison.

 

ROBERT O. YOUNG

Robert O. Young, was an unlicensed naturopathic doctor educated through the now-defunct Clayton College of Natural Health. (Take note: None of the U.S. states or territories which license naturopathic doctors have ever accepted naturopathic credentials from Clayton College). Mr. Young treated cancer patients based on the non-scientific idea that cancer is caused by excess acids in the body; he regularly charged $50,000 or more per treatment. He was well-known for convincing patients to avoid chemotherapy and other conventional treatments. His most famous victim was a 50 year old patient named Kim Tinkham who, after accepting his treatments, was convinced that she was cured -- even appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show to praise Dr. Young's treatments. However, in 2010 at age 53, Kim Tinkham died of the very cancer she was told she was cured of. In 2014 Dr. Young was arrested and charged with practicing medicine without a license, and fraud.

 

VINCENT GAMMILL

Vincent Gammill posed as a "pharmaceutical designer and consultant" ; many of his patients also thought he was a doctor (in one statement to the police Gammill "remembered" that he obtained a doctor of science degree sometime in the 1990's; official education records show he had only a high school education). Gammill sold bags of dirt, dangerous chemicals and expired medications as cancer cures while teaching his patients how to mix the chemicals themselves, charging them $2,000 per consultation. Although Gammill did not discourage patients from using conventional medical methods he was known to advise them to alter their conventional dosages at times. Gammill was arrested when a victim became suspicious of his methods and turned him in. Upon seizing his practice the authorities found morphine, steroids, corrosives and other substances requiring a hazmat team to render the buidling safe. In 2015 he was charged with practicing medicine without a license and dispensing medications without a license

 

PETER ADENIJI

Adeniji posted as a medical doctor to his patients and sold his fraudulent herbal mixtures for $1,200 per bottle while denouncing conventional cancer treatments. He was turned in by a victim who spent six-thousand dollars on his phony treatments just to have her cancer continually grow. In 2016 Adaniji was arrested and charged with operating a medical practice without a license; dispensing drugs without a license, money laundering, and fraud. Laboratory testing of the substances he sold in the bottles revealed that the contents were not what they were claimed. Interestingly enough, he had been previously convicted for unlicensed practice and fraud in 2008 and served time.