As you can imagine, I’m constantly keeping an eye on cancer-related news, mostly related to the latest anti-cancer nutrition research as well as the failings of conventional cancer treatment, but in the midst of sifting through these stories all year, I also see some pretty strange stuff.
As much as I want to post all the strange headlines I come across, which would certainly get me more web traffic, it’s more important to me to not clutter up the blog with a bunch of stories that may be interesting but really aren’t helpful.
So instead of doing that, I’ve collected the weirdest cancer stories that came across my screen in 2013 and put them together in a year-end wrap up for you.
Attempted murder, theft, fraud, espionage, embezzlement… and that’s just the doctors.
Breast cancer doctor tries to poison her co-worker/lover
Or my alternate title “While trying to save lives, Oncologist also tries to end one”.
Or “Oncologist routinely poisons cancer patients, then another doctor”.
High drama unfolded in January at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas when prominent oncologist Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo was charged with aggravated assault against her co-worker and lover Dr. George Blumenstein. She is accused of putting ethylene glycol in two cups of his coffee and passing it off as Splenda while they were chilling at her crib. FYI: Ethylene glycol is a sweet tasting but deadly toxic antifreeze used in medical research. Sixteen hours later Blumenstein was taken to the emergency room with central nervous system depression, heart problems and kidney failure. The poison reportedly destroyed his kidneys, requiring dialysis. Dr. Gonzalez-Angulo was indicted in September. The trial is pending. Can you imagine being one of her patients when this story broke?
Cancer doctor deliberately misdiagnoses patients, making millions
Get a load of this guy. “Wonderful” Detroit oncologist Dr. Farid Fata was arrested in February accused of falsely diagnosing patients with cancer so he treat them, and then bill medicare for all the expensive testing and treatment including CT scans, PET scans and chemotherapy. It was reported that he made a cool $35 million in two years with his fraudulent medicare billing scheme. That’s some “Fata cash”. The feds have also accused him of causing the death of a patient by giving them chemo for a head injury. Yeah. He’s facing 20 years in prison.
Here’s one of his beautiful cancer centers
And here’s his big beautiful mansion, being raided.
San Jose doctor charged with embezzling cancer research funds
Dr. Tri Minh Do, a 46 year old Santa Clara Valley Medical Center radiologist making a measly $293,000 per year, was charged with stealing prostate cancer research money from the hospital.
He allegedly cashed $46,000 in checks made out to the hospital, using the money to pay off his credit card and to help his parents pay off their mortgage. Perhaps if they paid him a fair wage he wouldn’t have had to steal… He’s facing four years in prison.
Doctors resign after infecting cancer patients’ brains with fecal bacteria
On purpose. And yes, fecal, as in feces. Two California neurosurgeons at UC Davis, Dr. J. Paul Muizelaar and Dr. Rudolph J. Schrot, infected three glioblastoma (brain cancer) patients with bowel bacteria as a last ditch effort to stimulate their immune systems “in an effort to save their lives.” One patient developed sepsis and died within two weeks. The second died in less than a month. The third lived over a year.
The surgeons did have the patients permission, but when the story broke in the news, the fecal bacteria hit the fan. Several investigations were launched by the university after patients died, which eventually resulted in the two surgeons resigning, and was soon followed by the resignation of Dr. Claire Pomeroy, dean of the university’s school of medicine who said, “I would do this for myself.” For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t call this bad behavior, but it’s definitely a weird story. Ultimately, it’s just sad to see well meaning doctors experimenting on patients with this kind of stuff without ever trying nutrition and non-toxic therapies.
Med student busted stealing research to take to China
42 year old medical student Hua Jun Zhao was caught attempting to steal cancer research and ship it to China, where he allegedly intended to take the compound to a Chinese university to develop further. He stole a cancer drug compound called C-25 and then tried to delete several years of research off of his supervisors computer. Zhao plead guilty to computer fraud and was sentenced to two years of supervised release. Nice one Zhao.
Source: Fox News
Every year people get busted faking cancer to raise donation money, here are my faves.
Utah mom lies about her daughters cancer
Mother of the year candidate Abreail “Abby” Winkler, 30, lied about her 4-year-old daughter having cancer — including to the girl and the girl’s father — to scam donations in her community. Winkler “told the girl she had cancer and that she would be treated. When she was around her dad, the little girl would talk about having cancer,” said Keith Campbell, assistant chief of the Vernal Police. Winkler’s scheme raised about $3,000 before she got caught. She is awaiting sentencing.
This lady faked cancer to pay for her dream wedding
Lori Stilley, 40, raised nearly $12,000 from friends and family after telling them she had bladder cancer. She created a facebook page, sold t-shirts that said “Team Lori Rocks”, and even sold an e-book about her “cancer battle”. And yes, it was all just a scam to pay for her dream wedding. Stilley was convicted with theft by deception and sentenced to 4 years probation, 500 hours of community service, and ordered to pay restitution to the people she scammed. Team Lori Rocks should be breaking some rocks.
This chick faked cancer for heroin money
Brittany Ozarowski, 21, was convicted of pretending to have bone and brain cancer for two years while scamming people for money to support her smack habit. She created a fake website, put on several fundraisers, and even placed donation jars in businesses all over Nassau and Suffolk County New York. Her father drained his retirement account and her grandmother sold her house, reportedly giving Brittany over $100,000. And apparently she looked the part because no one could tell the difference between a heroin junkie and a cancer patient. “This was a despicable scam,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “There was no cancer. .. The only thing that there was, was heroin, and more heroin.” Brittany plead guilty to 24 counts.
So there you go. The weirdest cancer stories of 2013. And the most common denominator… money.
Although faking cancer is especially despicable, people behaving badly is really not that surprising,
unless of course it’s a doctor, because we’ve been conditioned to worship doctors. Especially cancer doctors.
We put our full faith and trust in them, and blindly follow their directions. Why?
Because they are doctors. And doctors are good people.
Despite public perception, earning a medical degree does not make you a good person.
The world is full of bad people, and guess what, some of them are doctors.
Don’t assume anything about anybody.
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