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Questionable Activities of John E. Stauch, Ph.D.

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

In 1997, John E. Stauch, PhD, owner of Annandale Medical Services (AMS), Annandale, Virginia, pled guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of tax evasion. The AMS specialized in EDTA chelation therapy, which is approved as a treatment for heavy metal poisoning (lead or mercury) but not for other uses. His prosecution was based on an investigation conducted by Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The investigators concluded:

Stauch was sentenced to 6 months of electronically monitored home detention, 3 years' probation, and a $100 special assessment and was ordered to pay civil restitution of $277,500 [2].

During 1998, Stauch and two medical doctors did business as the Integrated Medical center in Annandale and maintained a Web site which stated:

Integrated Medical Center (IMC) represents the best in allopathic and nutritional (functional) medicine for our patient's health care needs. Founded by John E. Stauch MD., Ph.D., noted nutritionist/ immunologist. Our physicians Manjit Bajwa, MD, and Gary B. Clark, MD., MPA ,utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases. Nutritional medicine is fast becoming an integrate part of the way people chose to treat their condition. Because of increased research in nutritional biochemistry around the world, nutrition is playing a greater roll in modern medicine. Testing for nutritional deficiencies allow us to treat the cause and not the symptoms, leading to a reduction in medications. Prescriptive drugs can create, chemical imbalances, nutrient deficiencies and side effects. By using a nutritional support program, the healing process is greatly enhanced. Doctors assist and encourage the patient, but people must change their life styles to get well; they learn to treat the cause by healing their bodies naturally, relying on GOD'S creation (herbs and nutritional supplements). . . .

DR. Stauch received his graduate training at the university of Michigan. He received his medical degree from the Open University for Complementary Medicine, The Faculty of Medical Studies, Medicina Alternativa International. He is not licensed in the US. After a long career in the Army Air Corps and the USAF medical service as a pilot and later in clinical laboratory pathology, epidemiology and as a research scientist. In 1962 he opened his own laboratory. In 1970 he started studying and practicing nutritional medicine with other physicians. In 1972 he opened his own complimentary medical center, staffed with physicans, nurses and laboratory technicians, assisting in Chelation, cancer immuno therapy, HBO medicine and much more. John Stauch has assisted in training over 20 physicians in the field of nutrition. His continued clinical training in the field of chronic disease, through ACAM(American College for Advanced Medicine), has kept him in the forefront of medicine. Teaching at the University of Michigan school of Medicine and George Washington University school of Medicine started a love that hasn't stopped in 30 years. Supporting patient's with Integrated medicine and specialized equipment, allows him to treat the whole body. His present interest is the creation of LifeQuest America Foundation (research and training in functional medicine), this will allow the furtherance of natural medicine, to all [3]

The Open University for Complementary Medicine (in Sri Lanka) has no academic standing and does not provide a proper basis for calling oneself a medical doctor.

In October's 2002, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services terminated IMC's laboratory permit for "Condition level non-compliance causing immediate and serious threat to the health and safety of patients. Failure to correct deficiencies; failure to submit an acceptable plan of correction and Failure to comply with a Directed Portion of a Plan of Correction." [4]

The Center's Web site was removed at the end of 1998. I can find no subsequent mention on the Internet of it or any activity by Stauch.

References

  1. Fraud Awareness Newsletter, Defense Criminal investigative Service, Nov 15-30, 1997, pp 2-3.
  2. DCIS Health Fraud Investigations, DCIS Web site, accessed Jan 14, 2004.
  3. Integrated Medical Center Web site, archived Feb 10 through Dec 12, 1998.
  4. CLIA Laboratory Registry, 2002. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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This article was posted on January 14, 2004.