BROOKSVILLE, Florida (WFLA) – Detectives in Hernando County are looking for people He has been treated by a man who was arrested for medical reasons without a driver's license.
Hernando County's Sherando Office teamed up with the Florida Department of Health earlier this month to investigate 73-year-old Onelio Hipolit-Gonzalez. Health officials said they found Hipolit-Gonzalez, which advertised its services on a website for the Hispanic community called Elclassificado.
His ad on the site claimed he could treat several conditions, including hernias, diabetes, Parkinson's, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and vision problems, say MPs. They say that the site also has a picture of Hipolit-Gonzalez in a white coat titled "Dr. Onelio Hipolit."
contained. But the DOH says Hipolit-Gonzalez has never had a medical license in the state of Florida
Last week, the authorities had a "patient call" to make an appointment with Hipolit-Gonzalez. The suspect told the patient that one of his friends was allowed to use him in his Brooksville home to see patients and asked to meet there.
When the patient arrived for appointment, MPs said he had received a clipboard and asked for paperwork and paying $ 160.
After checking the blood pressure and pulse of the patient, MPs say Hipolit-Gonzalez put a band around the man's head, which was connected to a machine, and let him hold a pole, which was also connected to the machine , Hipolit-Gonzalez told the patient that the machine tested the heart, brain, intestinal system, bones, nerves and "everything else".
After completing the test, MPs say Hipolit-Gonzalez told the patient his cholesterol was "on the way to being high," he said, "did not get enough oxygen in it Brain "and warned him he had" 50 percent fat in the liver and his gallbladder was not healthy. "
The patient was also told that he has diabetes from osteoporosis. MPs say Hipolit-Gonzalez said to the man that he had previously cured his friend of diabetes and was able to cure the patient for $ 2,000. The arrest report says he told the patient that he would do it by injecting his own blood.
Detectives then went to the apartment and took Hipolit-Gonzalez into custody.
In an interview with detectives, Hipolit-Gonzalez said he does not believe he needs a license to practice medicine. He told them that he used to be a lab technician in Cuba and went to school when he moved to Florida to receive a certificate in iridology, herbalism and nutrition.
Detectives then asked Hipolit-Gonzalez if he should inject blood into the patient. According to the arrest report, the 73-year-old said he took the patient's blood and injected the same blood back into her. He told the detectives that blood "combats" blood cells and strengthens the immune system when it enters the body.
Hipolit-Gonzalez also explained the machine he had used for the patient and told the deputy that he had bought it online and that no training was needed. He claimed that the machine diagnoses patients and states "everything."
Hipolit-Gonzalez was arrested for illicit pursuit of a health profession and for unlawful use of a bidirectional communication device.
Anyone who has been treated by him is asked to contact the sheriff's office at (352) 754-6830.