Bogus Naturopath (Laurence Perry)
Convicted of Manslaughter

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

On April 15, 2002, Laurence G. Perry was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and practicing medicine without a license in North Carolina and sentenced to 12-15 months in jail [1]. Perry was accused of improperly regulating the insulin dosage of a diabetic child who died as a result in 1999. The child's mother testified that Perry had said that the girl was was not a true diabetic, was addicted to insulin, and should stop taking it, even though she was getting sicker as the dosage decreased [2]. The case illustrates what can happen when our society permits individuals with bogus credentials to practice as health professionals.

Dubious Credentials

When the case surfaced, the local sheriff sent me copies of credentials and other documents in which Perry described his alleged education and training. Perry acquired most of them during the 1980s in connection with a "paper conglomerate" of phony health-related credentials that was launched in Indiana in 1983 as the American Nutritional Medical Association (ANMA) [3] A few others were obtained independently. Perry's "VITA" states that he was born in Chicago on June 7, 1953, graduated from Austin High School in Decatur, Alabama in 1972, and obtained an associate (2-year) degree from John C. Calhoun State Community College in 1978 [4]. His subsequent experiences and "credentials" included the following:

Subsequent Activities

In 2007, I received a credible e-mail report that Perry was seeing patients in Decator, Alabama and accepting "donations" as payment. Subsequent Web site postings indicate that he practiced in Atlanta for several years under the name Natural Modern Health and relocated to Hendersonville, North Carolina in 2013 [5].

References

  1. Maxwell T. Naturopath found guilty in diabetic girl's death, practicing medicine without license. Asheville Citizen-Times, April 15, 2002.
  2. Maxwell T. Mother recounts daughter's death at Perry trial. Asheville Citizen-Times, April 9, 2002.
  3. Barrett S. American Nutrimedical Association. Quackwatch, revised April 16, 2002.
  4. CV of Laurence Perry, undated, obtained from Polk County, NC Sheriff's office in 2002.
  5. Biography: Laurance G. Perry, N.D., Naturopathic (Natural) Health. Natural Modern Health Web site, accessed Aug 18, 2014.

This article was revised on August 19, 2014.