Stay Away from Dr. Lorraine Day

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

Lorraine Jeanette Day, M.D., would like you to believe that she has discovered the answer to cancer. She would also like you to believe that her experience as a patient has qualified her to give advice about cancer. She warns people not to trust the medical profession and claims that all drugs can cause cancer. Her Web site states that "the entire foundation of conventional medicine is based on ERROR." [1] Her videotapes state that standard cancer treatment has never cured anyone and that nobody should undergo chemotherapy and radiation for any cancer [2]. She claims that (a) all cancers are essentially the same; (b) the basic cause is weakness of the immune system; and (c) her diet-centered program cures people by strengthening their immune system [2]. She states that, "All diseases are caused by a combination of three factors: malnutrition, dehydration, and stress." [3] She tells people that, "Drugs never cure disease; they only change the form and location of the disease." [4] She claims that "sugar is as addictive as cocaine" and paralyzes the immune system for four hours" after eating it [4]. She claims that "osteoporosis is not caused by lack of calcium" and that "the more milk you drink, the more osteoporotic you become." [4] She spouts long lists of health problems that she claims are caused by commonly used foods and drugs [4]. She also advises against vaccination [5] and the use of standard treatment for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder [6]. She speaks eloquently and from the heart, but her tapes contain hundreds of factual errors and far-fetched claims. In my opinion, her advice is untrustworthy and is particularly dangerous to people with cancer.

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Background History

Dr. Day graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine in 1969 and then trained in orthopedic surgery at two San Francisco hospitals. Her Web site states that she subsequently became an associate professor and vice chairman of the department of orthopedics at the UCSF medical school and chief of orthopedic surgery at San Francisco General Hospital. During the mid-1980s, she received considerable media attention related to the risk of acquiring AIDS through exposure to the blood of AIDS patients during trauma surgery. Her book AIDS: What the Government Isn't Telling You, states that in 1989 she resigned from her jobs because she thought the risk of getting AIDS was too high [7].

Day says that she noticed a small breast lump in 1992 but did not seek medical care until about a year later [2]. A pathology report posted to her Web site states that October 26, 1993, she underwent an "excisional biopsy" in which a 1.7 centimeter tumor was removed and found to contain an infiltrating ductal adenocarcinoma that extended to the margins of the biopsy specimen [8]. A medical report dated November 2, 1993 indicates that she was advised to have more of her chest area and the lymph nodes under her armpit removed and then undergo radiation treatment [9]. The doctor's note indicates that Day wanted only the wider chest surgery. Day's "Cancer Doesn't Scare Me Anymore" video [2] indicates that a few days later she had a second operation to remove the cancerous margins, but the extent of this surgery and the pathology report are not posted on her Web site. Then, according to the tape, she began eating a strict vegetarian diet, eliminated all refined sugar and processed foods, and drank large amounts of vegetable juice.

All went well, she says, until nine months later when her tumor returned, this time the size of a marble. Realizing that "diet was not enough," she turned to "alternative methods . . . one after the other"—a total of 40 of them—trying each one long enough to see whether it worked. (She does not say how she could tell whether a method worked or how long it would take to decide.) Then, she says:

Suddenly my tumor grew from the size of a marble to the size of a large grapefruit. And it did this in just over a period of just over three weeks. . . . It was the size of a softball. By this time the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes under my arm and at the base of my neck and I knew I was in big trouble. At first, surprisingly, the tumor wasn't very painful, but over time the pain became more and more intense until even but even the strongest narcotic pain medicine would not touch it. . . . .

Now I became so sick I had to close my office. As things got worse, I became essentially bedridden and the pain continued to increase. The tumor was so heavy that when I got up even to go to the bathroom I had to support the weight of the tumor with my hand. My body was in total collapse. I had symptoms of numerous other diseases besides cancer. Not only did I have this huge painful tumor on my chest that I had to look at every day, but I had developed a tremor in my right hand that was a specific symptom of Parkinson's. . . . In addition, I had symptoms of multiple sclerosis on the left side of my body, my leg became numb from my knee down, I lost some control of my left leg, and my left arm felt like someone was always grabbing it. The tips of my fingers and toes became numb and cold, a disorder known as Reynaud's syndrome.

I developed what appeared to be allergies to all foods except three. Whenever I would eat any others, I would collapse and have to be on oxygen. And I was overwhelmed with depression and anxiety to the point that that my heart felt like it was going to jump right out of my chest. I was a mess.

For over a year I continued to get worse, all the time becoming more anxious and more discouraged. But I kept going forward. I kept studying and trying one thing after another and I kept studying the Bible and praying, asking the Lord to show me how to get well. But nothing worked. My cancer kept getting worse. Because my pain was becoming intolerable, I found one surgeon who was willing to remove a portion of the tumor just for pain relief without forcing me to have mastectomy or chemotherapy. And all the rest of the tumor was left in place, including the lymph nodes. Then they sent me home to die.

I became so sick that I was essentially bedridden for six months. As my cancer progressed, I became unable to eat and then unable to take fluids. At one point I was not expected to live through the night. My husband who saw my life rapidly ebbing away as my breathing became more and more labored said to me, "I've got to take you to the emergency room. You're dying." And I knew I was. As a trauma surgeon caring for victims of massive injuries, I've seen a lot of people die.

I know what death looks like. And I was dying. But I refused to go. I knew that if I went to the hospital they would give me drugs. I knew that I had so little life left in me that the drugs would kill me. I also knew that God says in his word that he forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases. God says, "I am the Lord who heals you."

My husband and I had been praying together three times a day every day since I'd been ill. I had claimed the healing promises in the Bible, while at the same time following everything I knew how to do, including eating the original diet God gave in the Garden of Eden: fruits, grains and vegetables in their most natural form. I decided I had to continue to trust God. I wanted to stay under his protection and depend on Him rather than depend on human medical knowledge which is nothing more than drugs. . . .

Because I'd been unable to eat for three weeks, nor take in fluid for three days, I was rapidly becoming very dehydrated. I knew I could not continue for long without water. Then the Lord impressed on my mind something I had heard was done in medicine 60 or 70 years ago before the introduction of intravenous fluids. Dehydrated patients could be rehydrated through the colon by water dripped in slowly by enema. The colon can absorb water and even nutrition in the form of wheat grass juice, carrot juice, or green leafy vegetable juice. That's the way I stayed alive for the next few days until I could drink. At that point of death, I had decided to trust God with my life and He showed me what to do.

Then over the next few weeks and months I started to understand the rest of the 10-step plan. Sometimes the information would come to me through the mail anonymously. Sometimes I would become impressed to study in a certain area. And information that I had previously read now became clear in the way it applied to my situation. Of course, all the time I continued to pray and asked the Lord to show me the way to get well.

Finally, the entire plan became clear. From the time I started on the whole 10-step plan with 100% commitment, it was just eight months until all my cancer was gone. It went away slowly, one day at a time. Then it took an additional ten months for me to regain my strength. So in 18 months I was totally well and cancer-free. I'll soon be 64 years old and I am healthier than when I was 30. I have lots of energy and I don't have an ache or a pain anywhere [2].

Unanswered Questions

One way to judge whether a story is accurate is to see whether it is internally consistent. Day's story is not. She states that her cancer grew from marble to grapefruit size in about three weeks—and her video shows a mass in the front of her chest. (It might be interesting to know why she videotaped it.) Then, she says, she proceeded to do 40 "alternative" treatments, one after the other, until she could tell whether each one worked. How long did it take to try these out? What happened to the tumor size during this period? She said the tumor became painful and was so heavy that she had to support it with her hand when she walked. The allegedly tumorous area in the video does not appear large enough to fit this description. Did the tumor continue to grow at an extremely rapid rate? If it enlarged and she intended to document what happened, why doesn't she show subsequent videotapes? Did she actually have a tumor recurrence, or was the swelling she displays in her video merely a large benign cyst (walled-off collection of fluid) or swelling due to inflammation?

Day says that when the tumor recurred, the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes under her arm and in her neck. Yet she describes no further medical care at that time. How could she know whether she her lymph nodes were cancerous without obtaining a biopsy? If she had a lymph-node biopsy, why hasn't she posted a pathology report showing that she had cancerous nodes?

Day says that as her condition worsened, she developed Parkinson's disease; multiple sclerosis; Reynaud's syndrome; allergies to all but three foods; and severe anxiety and depression. How likely do you think it is to develop four significant unrelated illnesses in a short period of time? Do you think it is possible to be allergic to all but three foods? (I don't, because many foods never cause allergic reactions.) Do you think it is likely that eating other foods could produce an allergy so severe that the person would collapse and require oxygen? I don't. Anaphylatic shock is a severe allergic condition in which the person has great difficulty breathing. But the appropriate treatment would be adrenalin, not oxygen. It could also be asked why she happened to keep oxygen handy and why, if it were critical, she didn't die the first time she had one of her "allergic" reactions. Is it possible that her "allergic" symptoms were merely anxiety attacks that included rapid breathing (hyperventilation)? She states that she became bedridden for months and implies that this was the result of her cancer. It seems to me that severe depression and possibly malnutrition were more likely to be responsible.

She then says that over a year she "continued to get worse" and the pain got so unbearable that she had further surgery. I assume she means worse than when she had the serious ailments described above. Is that possible? She does not describe the surgery in detail and does not provide documentation of what happened. Why doesn't she post her pathology report for this third operation? What about her pain management? Why did she delay surgery that she thought could relieve her pain? She says at the beginning that her pain was so unbearable that "even the strongest narcotic couldn't help." She says elsewhere that she did not want medical care because doctors rely on drugs and drugs cause cancer. Yet she apparently took "the strongest narcotics" and did not explore other pain-relief measures such as injections that might deaden the nerves that deliver the pain. She expresses antagonism about cancer surgery that she regards as mutilating. Yet she delayed seeking a minor operation that would not only relieve her pain but would also improve the appearance of her chest. Her willingness to suffer for years rather than seek timely medical care strikes me as extraordinarily poor judgment.

Day states that after slowly recovering from what she describes as near death, she apparently decided that she had found the answer to cancer and began marketing her insights to the world. She apparently believes that her single experience entitles her to declare that virtually everyone who does what she recommends will be helped. And she apparently believes that it is appropriate to tell people that medical treatment has never succeeded in curing cancer. These claims are absurd, but people who are frightened, possibly desperate, and uncertain what to do might decide to follow her advice instead of getting proven care. Day acknowledges these feelings, states that she has been there herself, and offers an alternative to chemotherapy, radiation, and "mutilating surgery." This message can be very powerful because when people feel "understood," they are prone to believe what they are told.

Day's Response to "Vicious Rumors"

Day notes on her Web site that "vicious rumors have been circulating" and that letters have been sent to "people in leadership positions" warning them not to have her speak to their groups. In response to this, she distributed several pages from her medical records and posted part of this information on her Web site. These documents (which I have seen) and what she did with them raise still further questions.

Day's videotaped account [2] states that she developed a Parkinson's disease tremor in her right hand and weakness of her left arm and leg between her second and third chest operations, which would be some time in 1994. However, there is good reason to believe that this was not the first time she had these symptoms. The clinical note of November 4, 1993 was actually longer than the half-page report Day has posted to her site. The original report was at least two pages long and stated at the bottom that it was a "History and Physical." The section below what Day posted reads:

In other words, the doctor reported that Day told him that her left-sided weakness, tremor, and probable diagnosis of Parkinson's disease occurred 3 or 4 years before the episode she described in her "Cancer Doesn't Scare Me Any More" videotape. A line at the bottom of the page states "History and physical  continued," which means that there was a physical examination that Day has chosen not to post. (I do not have the page or pages that followed.) She also cut off the bottom of the pathology report of the specimen obtained at her second surgery. According to Day:

My Scripps Memorial Hospital Biopsy Report, on November 4, 1993 showing -"Microscopic Residual tumor at previous bx (biopsy) site." with a Diagnosis of: INFILTRATING DUCTAL CARCINOMA. (Pathologist, P. Price) This biopsy also showed that the surgeon at Scripps Memorial Hospital was also not able to remove all of the cancer. Cancerous tissue was still present at the margins, even after the surgery [10].

To back this claim, Day has posted a page with two images [11]. The upper image shows the top 3 inches of the "Surgical Pathology Report." The body of the pathology report is not included. The omitted portion (which I have seen) describes three specimens: (A) a large specimen of "left breast tissue," which is said to have no residual cancer; (B) a small specimen of "pectoral fascia tissue," which is said to have microscopic cancer present; and (C) a small sample of "most medial breast tissue," which is not interpreted on the page. It appears to me that there is at least one other page to this report and that the report cannot be fully interpreted without seeing the pathologist's conclusions.

The lower image is a full-page copy of her "Breast Staging Worksheet," dated November 5, which contains the handwritten words "Microscopic residual tumor at previous biopsy site" at the top. I don't know whether these words refer to the situation before or after her November 4th operation. Moreover, the studies were done on frozen sections, which probably means that a final and more definitive report exists but was not distributed by Day. Unlike the first biopsy report, the records she distributed do not state that tumor extended to the margins of the specimens. Thus, as far as I can tell, her response to the "vicious rumors" does not actually demonstrate that tumor remained after the second procedure. It would not surprise me if the final pathology reports showed clear margins, which would mean that the cancer might have been fully removed.

So far, Dr. Day has turned down three requests to provide the "missing" records. On April 15, the Director of Health Ministries for the Seventh-day Adventist Church sent a letter asking Dr. Day for copies of the final pathology report from Day's second operation and complete records of her third operation [12]. On May 28, Day replied that she had already released everything that was needed to prove that she had had cancer, that he had no right to ask for further information, and that there was no "incompleteness" in her records [13]. The issue, of course, is not whether she had cancer but whether it was cured by the surgery she had. Early in June, she refused a similar request made by telephone by a newspaper reporter in Arizona. On June 8, I sent my own request, to which she replied:

Could you please tell me on what authority you are asking for information. Just because you have the funds to pay the monthly web site hosting fee for your own Web site does not give you authority to ask for anything from anyone. Who appointed you as the guardian of America's health? [14]

Basic Facts

The idea that diet can cure cancer by "strengthening the immune system" is a fairy tale. Although diet is a factor in whether cancer develops, there is no scientific evidence or logical reason to believe that dietary strategies can cure cancer. The idea that a "natural diet" can do so is absurd. In recent years, medical scientists have proven that cancer results when the genes that control cell growth mutate. Genes govern and control all basic physical traits, including eye color, hair color, skin color, and even tendencies toward some diseases, such as diabetes. Day's claims are the equivalent of saying that eating raw vegetables can change blond hair to brunette [15].

Even if Day is correct that her methods are the answer to cancer, how can she be certain? Has she ever done a study to see whether people who follow her advice appear to benefit? Does she make any effort to gather follow-up information? Does she know—or care—what happens to cancer patients who abandon standard medical treatment after viewing her videotapes?

I know of one case in which a 68-year-old man with cancer in his throat and behind his nose canceled scheduled treatment with radiation after seeing one of Day's videotapes. At that time, the doctors thought this treatment had 70% chance of curing him. Without treatment, however, the cancer gradually spread to the surrounding tissues. Over a two-year period, the cancer became extremely painful and ate a hole through the roof of his mouth that makes it difficult for him to eat without the food going out his nose. Radiation and chemotherapy therapy made the cancer disappear from his nose and throat, but it has recurred at the base of his brain. Chemotherapy may still prolong his survival, but his trust in Day's story reduced the quality of his life and appears to have shortened it by several years.

Another case I know about involves a 39-year-old woman who suddenly discovered that she had a malignant melanoma that had metastasized to her brain. The doctors thought that without treatment she might live for a few months and that with chemotherapy, she might live for up to a year. Some people in this situation decide that they want to live as long as possible, whereas others decide that it would not be worth suffering with chemotherapy for such a short extension. After listening to Day's tapes, this woman became terrified about chemotherapy and decided that Day's methods would cure her. She lived for about two more months, during which she stopped eating nearly everything she enjoyed and ate mostly raw vegetables and fruits. Before she got sick, eating had been one of her favorite activities. But during her final weeks, she felt miserable because she craved her usual foods, but she would not eat them and wound up "basically starving herself" and losing 40 pounds. I advise people who are terminally ill to spend their remaining time as pleasantly and productively as possible. The patient's older sister, who shared this story with me, believes that Day's advice greatly reduced the patient's quality of life.

Dietary Supplement Hype

In addition to selling tapes, Day sells vegetable powders and other dietary supplements. For many years, the main one was Barley Green, a product marketed by YH-International, a multilevel (MLM) company for which she is a distributor. Day's Web site advises taking the product "to help rebuild and maintain a healthy immune system." [16] According to Day:

Barleygreen is a green powder made from the dried juice of the young green barley leaf which contains the widest variety of important nutrients in the plant kingdom. . . . Green barley leaves contain a multitude of enzymes necessary for digestion, more than a dozen vitamins, 17 minerals, 18 amino acids and chlorophyll. Barleygreen is a whole food concentrate. It is as close to its natural state as possible thereby supplying the nutrients in their natural proportions [17].

During the late 1980s, Barley Green was distributed by another MLM company whose distributor kit featured a videotape claiming that the American food supply is lacking in nutrients and filled with toxins. The videotape also alleged that vegetables are "void of nutrients " and that preservatives, artificial flavors, dyes, emulsifiers, artificial sweeteners, and other "unnatural chemicals may rob the body of energy and vitality. "Fortunately, the tape said, a Japanese researcher named Yoshihide Hagiwara had "produced a cell food to balance the lacking American diet." One segment of the videotape stated that Barley Green contained "16 organic vitamins, 11 major minerals, 18 amino acids, 12 trace minerals, and enzymes" and had "captured the life essence." However, another segment of the tape stated that barley leaf contained "25 kinds of vitamins, including B15, K, and P." (Actually, there are only 13 vitamins for humans, and B15 and P are not among them.) Barley Green was also claimed to "fight pollutants in the body" and to contain "live enzymes," including many that are found in white blood cells. The fact that these enzymes would be destroyed during digestion and therefore would fail to enter the body of Barley Green users was not mentioned; nor was the fact that the amounts of most nutrients in Barley Green were insignificant.

In 1988, the FDA ordered the company to stop claiming that Barley Green would make people more energetic and was effective against cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, depression, and many other health problems. The FDA also told the company to stop making false statements about the quality of the American food supply [18]. In 1989, the FDA seized quantities of several AIM products because their labeling or promotional material exaggerated the dietary value of the products. The case was settled by a consent decree ordering destruction of one product and the offending labeling for the others [20]. However, many distributors continued to make false claims, including claims that Barley Green is effective against cancer.

In November 2004, Day terminated her association with the original MLM company, which, by that time, was no longer selling Barley Green. Although she does not directly state that Barley Green is a cancer remedy, the statements on her Web site are still misleading. I do not believe there is any scientific evidence that Barley Green or any similar product can help rebuild and maintain a healthy immune system. In addition, it does not contain "a multitude of enzymes necessary for digestion."

In 2007, the FDA ordered Day to stop advertising that BetaBeet helps prevent cardiovascular disease [19].

Alternative Explanations?

Are there other possible explanations for what happened to Dr. Day? The simplest possibility is that her cancer was not aggressive and was entirely removed by surgery, and that the rest of her problems were emotional. She withdrew from ordinary living for several years, during which time she spent many months in bed and was fearful, depressed, and in pain. Withdrawal is a symptom of major depression. She also exhibits grandiosity ("I know more than other doctors"), messianic feelings ("I can cure the world"), and unrealistic fears (all drugs are so dangerous that it pays to risk one's life to avoid them). She indicates that her methods developed through a combination of study, religious faith, revelation, and anonymous letters sent through the mail.

Day appears to be absolutely certain that she is correct and—in effect—knows more than the vast majority of cancer specialists. This degree of certainty is not unusual among claimants to miraculous cures for serious diseases. These people often think clearly about most things but have a circumscribed set of beliefs that are not modifiable by contrary evidence. They may also go through a mental struggle that ends when their misbeliefs "crystallize" and stop interfering with day-to-day functioning. That is my educated guess about what happened to Dr. Day.

Day's 10-tape audio series, "Conquering Confusion about your medical treatment," illustrates the expansive nature of her thinking. Throughout these tapes, she describes a conspiracy for world domination—with roots going back over 200 years—whose elements include the AIDS virus (created to reduce world population from 6 billion to 500 million); fluoridation; vaccination; pornography; gun control; food irradiation; chemotherapy; radiation treatments; bank centralization; junk food; the medical profession; television programming; computer games (used to program children); subliminal television messages; rock music (a basic "beat" was created to make young people "susceptible to drugs and sex"); the CIA; government-controlled food-management organizations; "the Illuminati" (who began working toward a new world order in 1776); the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Cancer Society; laser and DVD technology; television boxes (that can be used to spy on people) the Communist Manifesto (promoted by the U.S. Government); the news media (behind every story there is a plan controlled from a central source); rewriting of school textbooks; cover-up of the real killers of President John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Princess Diana, and Martin Luther King; "diabolic plans for your health care"; melting of the polar ice cap; and plans by National Aeronautic and Space Agency (NASA) to use rocket power to relocate the Earth further way from the Sun. To guard against these many alleged dangers, she advises everyone to stop watching commercial television (because after only a few minutes, watchers lose the ability to think rationally and resist the "lies" that permeate our society). She also states that cancer patients cannot get well if they work or watch television and that getting medical care and taking medication are a betrayal of God [3].

Promotion through Infomercials

In 2004, ITV Direct began broadcasting a 30-minute television infomercial to sell Day's "Cancer Doesn't Scare Me Anymore" videotape. During the broadcast, company president Donald Barrett "interviews" Day who states that standard medical treatment for cancer never cures people and that Day's 10-step plan offers a better opportunity for recovery. Infomercial Watch has posted a detailed analysis of the infomercial transcript [20]. In December 2004, the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus concluded that the infomercial was misleading [21].

Anti-Semitic Involvement

In September 2003, Day testified at a hearing concerning Ernst Zündel, a hate propagandist whom Canada was trying to deport to Germany. Various sources indicate that Zündel had for many years funded neo-Nazi groups and published anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denial tracts such as the 1977 book The Hitler We Loved and Why. [22-24]. ADL has described Zündel as "one of the largest distributors of Nazi and neo-Nazi propaganda and memorabilia in the world." [25] At the time of Day's involvement, Zündel was detained in Toronto pending a Canadian Federal Court review of the government's declaration that he was a threat to national security, an order that would trigger removal to his native Germany, which had issued an arrest warrant for him [26]. Zündel's wife claimed that he had used herbs to cure himself of "inoperable, terminal cancer" many years previously but had had a recurrence because detention authorities would not permit him to continue taking them. Her Web site (Zündelsite) listed Day among the signers of a petition to government officials which asserted that, "Mr. Zundel is an honest, outspoken man, and he does not deserve to be sent to Germany to face FIVE YEARS in prison merely because he has openly questioned the accuracy and veracity of what many claim to have been an historical occurence." Day testified that Zundel had cancer and high blood pressure and needed to be released from the detention center so that he could follow a non-drug treatment [28]. A week later, on the Jeff Rense Program, Day stated that she had been a friend of Zundel's wife for 13 years (many years before she married Zündel) and that the Canadian authorities "plan to kill him by neglect and keeping him under pressure."

Day's effort to help Zündel did not benefit him. In February 2005, Canadian Federal Court Justice Pierre Blais ruled that Zündel could reasonably be described as a threat to Canada's security. In a scathing 63-page decision, Justice Blais described Zündel as a hypocrite who cultivated a pacifist public image while guiding, aiding, and supporting neo-Nazi groups around the world, including some that "propagate violent messages of hate" and work to accomplish "the destruction of governments and multicultural societies." A few weeks later, he was deported to Germany, where he was charged inciting racial hatred and defaming the memory of the dead. In 2007, he was convicted of 14 counts and sentenced to five years in prison, the maximum allowed under German law for those offenses. His obituary in the New York Times noted that he was released in 2010 and died August 5, 2017 at the age of 78 [29].

Vicious Lies about Me

Day claims that after her second operation, her breast cancer recurred, doctors did a "de-bulking" operation and sent her home to die, but she cured herself with "natural methods." She has never responded in an honest way to my skepticism. If her story is true, she should be able to produce medical records to document her assertion that"grapefruit-sized mass" was cancerous . Instead, however, she states that her medical records are "private." I find it interesting that she displayed her bare breast in videos but says her surgical pathology report is too personal.

Day has not been happy with my criticism. But instead of responding to a single word I have written, she has chosen instead to try to smear my reputation by posting a "Response to Stephen Barrett" page that links to 18 articles that contain false or misleading information about me. Most of these articles were written by Tim Bolen, a "publicist" who earns his living by helping "alternative" practitioners faced with regulatory action, criminal prosecution, or other matters that threaten their financial well-being and/or license to practice. Bolen's typical "help" consists of libeling regulators, consultants, and others who oppose what his clients do. Since 1999, he has been posting false and defamatory statements about me to his Web sites and distributing them to others who do the samel [30].

One of the 18 links states that I am "de-licensed," which implies that I had my medical license taken away for wrongdoing. The simple fact is that I have never been subjected to discipline and merely retired from psychiatric practice in 1993 in order to have more time to write. I have a current "active-retired" Pennsylvania license, but neither Bolen nor Day has the slightest in interest in writing accurately about me. Another of Day's links goes to an unidentified article from a chiropractic newspaper which states that I was sued for "racketeering." That lawsuit, which was filed in response to my libel suit against Bolen, was groundless and was dismissed in 2002.

In 2011, Day added a lengthy analysis in which she (a) misrepresented what I have written in this article, (b) accuses me of illegally obtaining some of her medical records, and (c) claimed (falsely) that a judge rebuked me for "false claims of being a psychiatrist" and refused to allow me to be an expert witness [30].

The Bottom Line

I do not know Day personally, and I have made no formal evaluation of her mental state. But based on what she has published and her refusal to make crucial medical records public, I do not believe she cured her cancer with diet. I strongly advise against following her advice.

For Further Information


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