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A Californian doctor has problems handling Ebola, though it sounds



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Bill Gray, a California-based, Stanford-trained, 75-year-old physician, claims on his website that he can treat almost any patient's health problem with personalized "homeopathic" audio sent by e-mail. But the California Medical Council has none of this. Earlier this month, it filed a five-page lawsuit against Gray for acting unprofessionally, laying the groundwork for a hearing that could eradicate Gray's license to practice medicine.

Since at least 2015 (according to screenshots from the Wayback Machine), Gray owns a website called mdinyourhands.com. On the website he describes his 44 years of expertise in homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a quack medical theory that purports to treat diseases by using selected substances that have been diluted in water. By diluting something like duck liver enough, so the theory, one can activate its healing properties against influenza in the water itself. In reality, if done correctly, these mixtures will be so diluted that there will be no trace left of the substance that was originally used. And if not properly prepared, homeopathic products can be put on deadly poisons. More than that, there has never been an ounce of good research suggesting homeopathic remedies are better at treating disease than a simple placebo.

Gray takes the cureryy to another level, though. He posts something called "eRemedies," which are "electronic extractions of homeopathic remedies that are obtained directly from FDA-approved pharmacies."

eRemedies are being promoted to treat more than 20 human and animal diseases, ranging from mourning to cystitis. People are instructed to fill in a survey allegedly sent to an algorithm that babbles out a custom 13-second long record. Although each shot contains exactly the same hissing sound, Gray assures his clients that each has a "frequency pattern that is unique to the corresponding homeopathic remedy."

The medical board is unhappy with Gray's business model. Aside from finding that no research supports Grays claims of solid homeopathy, the Board's complaint attacks him because he sells over-the-counter, unapproved remedies for typhoid, cholera and life-threatening malaria that do not require self-diagnosis of serious medical treatment. On his bio site, Gray even claims that three out of three patients successfully healed their Ebola infection within four hours in 2014 (this is not the first time that homeopaths have offered Ebola treatment).

Gray, for his part, seems unwilling to abandon his rhetoric. "It works really well in practice, and I still try to develop and encourage investors to market it and make it more widely available," he said recently [Los Angeles Times] .

The Medical Board of California, according to the complaint, has called for a hearing in Gray's actions. Depending on how that works, Gray could permanently revoke or suspend his license.

[Los Angeles Times]


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