Sunday, August 14, 2005
ROCHELLE, Ga. -- A physician has been accused of assisting an unlicensed practitioner who allegedly treats cancer patients with a flesh-eating herbal paste that leaves them disfigured.
Georgia's Composite State Board of Medical Examiners accused Lois March, an ear, nose and throat specialist, of aiding and abetting Dan Raber's practice over the past three years by providing pain medication to patients who had received the treatments. One patient's flesh was eaten so badly from his shoulder the bone was exposed.
Raber is under investigation and could face a felony charge of practicing medicine without a license. On his Web site, Raber, who has declined interview requests, offers a paste made with bloodroot that he says dissolves cancerous tissue and, when used in conjunction with his enzyme tablets, can eliminate cancer from the body.
The medical board said seven patients had sought treatment from Raber for breast cancer and that March knew or should have known that his use of the paste "mutilated their breasts and caused excruciating pain."
"All I can tell you is I'm not guilty," March said when reached by telephone at her office. "These are wild accusations that aren't true."
March can respond to the charges, but if her efforts fail, she could lose her license to practice medicine in Georgia.
Raber's Web site advises those considering his treatments to arrange for pain management through a licensed physician.
No charges have been filed, but prosecutors said they are reviewing the allegations.