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August 29, 2004

Quackbusters: Health Freedom Counters Attack in Connecticut

Tough times for alternative healthcare providers in the US. Dr. Robban Sica, a Connecticut MD, one of the thousands of doctors, nationwide, who have stepped out of the "conventional" medical system - in order to provide up-to-date, realistic health care for her patients, was challenged by the medical licensing authorities over her use of unconventional modes of treatment and is fighting a court action to keep her license.

Nothing new, you say? Thousands of unconventional doctors all over the world are risking the same fate? Well, it seems that ever so slowly, the tide is turning. The so-called "quackbusters", pharmaceutical minions who are supposed to "keep medicine clean" of heretics, are finally on the defensive. They are in turn being investigated over why they advocate a failing medical paradigm, attacking every emerging alternative, and thereby contribute to the numbers of deaths medicine has been shown to cause year in, year out.

Tim Bolen reports:

The "Health" Battle in Connecticut...

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Sunday, August 29th, 2004

There is a war on in America over the future of health care. It is, without doubt, a classic battle between good and evil. Simply spoken, The forces of "Health" are determined to change the system to fit the needs of a modern day America.. The forces of "Medicine" are determined, at any cost, to maintain the status quo. There are several battles raging. One of those is in Connecticut.

The "status quo" (Medicine) is killing, and maiming, Americans. The cost of maintaining that "status quo" is too high. According to a revealing new study I have on my desk, a compilation of recent government studies, called "Death by Medicine," conventional health care ("Medicine"), used in the "accepted" manner is now the number one killer of Americans. And number two (heart disease), and number three (cancer)...

This is horrible.

The population of the US is 294,116,135. The population of Connecticut is 3,460,503. Connecticut holds 1.1767% of the US population. The numbers below, for Connecticut, are extrapolated using that percentage to show the seriousness of the problem locally.

According to the "Death by Medicine," study, 2,036,884 Americans (23,968 in Connecticut) die UNNECESSARILY each year, due to the policies and procedures of "accepted" medical care. The number of people "harmed" by "accepted" medical care is estimated at 20 times the death number. The "status quo" in health care is definitely harming America. And NOTHING is being done about it.

That's right - NOTHING...

The "Death by Medicine" study introduction says:

"It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. The total number of iatrogenic deaths shown ... is 783,936 (9,224 in Connecticut). The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697 (8,233 in Connecticut); the annual cancer death rate, 553,251 (6,570 in Connecticut)." 

"The number of people having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions (ADR) to prescribed medicine is 2.2 million (25,887 in Connecticut). Dr. Richard Besser, of the CDC, in 1995, said the number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections was 20 million (235,340 in Connecticut). Dr. Besser, in 2003, now refers to tens of millions of unnecessary antibiotics."

"The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million (88,252 in Connecticut). The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million (104,726 in Connecticut)" 

Irresponsible Public Agencies...

The agencies that "we the people" put in place to deal with these issues, the U. S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and individual State Medical Examining boards are NOT LOOKING at these problems. Not one State has a plan in place to reverse the "Death by Medicine" numbers.

In fact, I can't find even ONE State that is even studying the problem, much less making plans.

Why? It's all about money. Huge amounts of money. The "status quo" is EXTREMELY PROFITABLE for hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry.

The State of Connecticut Department of Health (DPH), the organization that regulates licensed health professionals within Connecticut, is part of the "status quo" system in health care. In that role, they have chosen NOT to do anything about, or even investigate, the problems discussed in the "Death by Medicine" study as it relates to Connecticut.

So let's recap Connecticut's extrapolated numbers once again. According to the national data, using Connecticut's percentage of the US population, the DPH is ignoring the unnecessary deaths of 23,968 of its citizens each year, 9,224 of those from hospital screw-ups, 8,233 from heart disease, and 6,570 from cancer. They are also, by their inaction, condoning 88,252 unnecessary surgeries, and 104,726 unnecessary hospitalizations. And, they ignoring 25,887 adverse drug reactions, and 235,340 unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics. All total, Connecticut DPH is ignoring the serious health problems, each year, of 478,173 of its citizens. Hmmmm....

You've got to wonder what DPH is doing with its time...

Well, I'll tell you.

Instead of dealing with these important issues, the DPH is acting to protect the "status quo" in health care and are using their powers, those delegated to them by the people of Connecticut, to attack those health professionals who are trying to solve those problems of health care.

Dr. Robban Sica, a Connecticut MD, is one of the thousands of doctors, nationwide, who have stepped out of the "conventional" medical system - in order to provide up-to-date, realistic health care, for her patients. Dr. Sica provides life solutions - and that‚s where the problems begin.

The State of Connecticut Department of Health has begun a procedure to take Dr. Sica's license to practice medicine away from her because she has stepped out of the "status quo" of health care, the conventional medical paradigm. Sica, among other things, uses chelation therapy in her practice. Chelation therapy is used, worldwide, primarily to remove heavy metals. It has been found, scientifically, to be of benefit to those with heart problems. There is an organized, well funded (by the pharmaceutical industry), campaign, nationwide to stamp out innovative or non "status quo" health offerings.

Simply, the "status quo" promoters allow no innovation that doesn't come from a drug company. That policy is simply not in tune with reality.

For instance: The US National Institute of Health (NIH), last year, was so impressed with initial studies of chelation therapy as a heart disease therapy, that they funded a five-year 28 million dollar study at the University of Florida. Heart disease, by itself, is the number two killer of Americans. 699,697 Americans succumb to this problem each year. Chelation therapists, like Dr. Sica, and patients involved with chelation therapy across the U.S., know that "you don't have to be one of those death statistics."

So, why would the Connecticut DPH be blocking Chelation Therapy, and other Health Innovations? 

Good question - and one I ask not only of Connecticut, but of Medical Examining Boards and their staffs, all across America. The answer is simple, and is in three parts -

(1) big pharma's well funded "quackbuster" conspiracy, a program to stamp out competition to "drugs," is at work. Chelation therapy, used for heart disease, cuts HEAVILY, two ways, into (a) the pharmaceutical industry's "drug" solutions for heart problems, and (b) once patients learn there are non-drug options that work better, are more cost effective, and have no side effects for any one condition, they look for non-drug solutions in other areas of their personal health - a disaster for the drug world.

Big Pharma's "quackbuster" conspiracy is being run out of a New York ad agency. How the conspiracy works can be found by reading an earlier article I wrote called Who are these so-called "Quackbusters"?...  There, you'll find out how Big Pharma affects decisions at the State level.

(2) The "status quo" system of health care has an archaic approval process which, in reality, means that a consumer reliant on Medicare is going to get health services no newer than fifteen years old. A consumer reliant on Health Insurance is going to get health services no newer than ten years old. The system shuns innovation, and in a sense, almost criminalizes it. A totally un-American way of thinking.

(3) Connecticut DPH , like many States, has never taken the time to establish policies, and procedures, to deal with health care in general, much less innovation. The US Supreme Court has held consistently that "Rules and Regulations must be made available."  Connecticut DPH, like many States, has adopted the "lazy" way of establishing health policies - by prosecuting something a DPH employee doesn't personally approve of, thereby establishing policy by Administrative Court action - rather than the more difficult "public approval" means. Even more of a problem is that these DPH employees were very likely propagandized, through "Training Meetings" organized and conducted by members of the Big Pharma funded "quackbuster conspiracy."

The Counterattack...

The counterattack is in three parts. What's happening in Connecticut is a key part of the national counterattack.

(1) The Federal Lawsuit(s): The US Supreme Court has always maintained the idea that American citizens have certain rights guaranteed by the US Constitution - no matter what some employees of a government agency like Connecticut DPH have been bribed or propagandized by the "quackbuster" conspiracy to think.

In Connecticut, a key lawsuit was filed with the intention of getting a decision in our (health freedom's) favor in the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals, a Court which specializes in deciding these types of issues. Without going into details of the case at this time (I'll do an article on the case ,and its organization soon) I'll summarize the case like this: The Connecticut lawsuit is based on the key issue that a State agency MUST follow, at all times, US Supreme Court guidelines for "due process." The argument is that "if there is no law against chelation therapy, or any other innovative therapy - then don't attempt to prosecute it on some vague claim, suggesting that it is fraud or unprofessional conduct." 

The State DPH filed a Motion to dismiss the case based on the Federal "abstention" doctrine - an earlier Court decision that allows States to Administratively process licensing issues without interference unless there are certain rights violations occurring during the process. But Robban Sica's attorney Jacques Simon successfully fought off the dismissal, and earned the right to DEPOSE key people at DPH over their thinking processes regarding the attack on Sica - and that will be revealing.

(2) The Political solution:  I've helped organized campaigns all over North America - and these campaigns always work for the simple reason that Americans have a right to tell their government what they want - and expect them to comply. It's not a novel idea. It's called "We the People..." and the basic idea was formed in the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Nothing has changed. The people of Connecticut are on the march...

(3) The Criminal Indictment of the "quackbuster" conspirators:  This has been a long time coming.

In an earlier series of articles I wrote about the RICO action against selected "quackbuster" conspirators. The first article "Quackbusters Accused of "Racketeering" (RICO) in Colorado...", the second "More on - Quackbusters Accused of "Racketeering" (RICO) in Colorado...", the third "Even More - on Quackbuster "Racketeering...", and the fourth "Black Days For Quackbusters...", the national plan has been launched. Every legal action involving even the hint of "quackbuster" activity has been invited to sit in, cooperate, and exchange information, in this project - and most are. I'll keep you posted.

Stay tuned...

Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate

This "Millions of Health Freedom Fighters - Newsletter" is about the battle between "Health and Medicine" on Planet Earth. Tim Bolen is an op/ed writer with extensive knowledge of the activities of a subversive organization calling itself the "quackbusters," and that organization's attempts to suppress, and discredit, any, and all health modalities that compete with the allopathic (MD) paradigm for consumer health dollars. The focus of the newsletter is on the ongoing activities, battles, politics, and the victories won by members of the "Health Freedom Movement" against the "quackbusters" It details "who the quackbusters are, what they are, where they are operating, when they appear, and how they operate - and how easy it is to beat them..."

For background information on the "Battle between Health and Medicine" go to: A copy of THIS newsletter, and older ones, are viewable at the website

For EVEN MORE interesting and related articles go to

Update 4 October 2004:

Showtime in Allentown.....

Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen

Monday, October 4th, 2004

It hasn't been a good year for Big Pharma.

There is a concerted effort to break Big Pharma's stranglehold on North American health care. For example, just look at all the lawsuits aimed at that target, some filed by individuals, some by companies, some by big "Tort" law firms, and some by government agencies.

That "concerted effort" is working.

One of the INTERESTING battles is the one between the North American Health Freedom Movement, representing "Health," and Big Pharma's "quackbuster" operation, run out of a New York ad agency, representing "Medicine."

Despite their best efforts (snort) the "quackbuster" conspiracy, recently, has stumbled, tripped, and knee-wobbled its way through an ever increasing backlash against its project to deny North Americans adequate health care. One of the best examples of this is the series of mega-problems being faced by the "quackbuster's" front man, and author of its notorious internet "bible," ( failed, and delicensed, MD Stephen Barrett.

Barrett is in DEEP trouble.

Embroiled in lawsuits all over North America, Barrett hasn't been having a fun time. He's been severely battered wherever he goes in the American Court System - and the laughter follows him. Just a few months ago, a Minnesota Judge disconnected Barrett from a telephonic hearing after the Judge determined, using MY files, that Barrett was not qualified to testify in the case. Barrett began to argue, and the Judge pushed a button... Just like that, Barrett, who believes he's an expert in all things related to health care, was summarily dismissed (and disconnected) from the case.

Barrett's problems began in 1991, I believe, when P. J. (Joe) Lisa wrote a book called "Assault on Medical Freedom," detailing the "quackbuster's" operation to destroy innovations in health care. This book was soon followed by James Carter MD's authoritative "Racketeering in Medicine." Barrett sued Carter, and the publisher, Hampton Roads, but the case was tossed out of court.

The book "Racketeering in Medicine." is available in fine stores everywhere. For health freedom fighters in North America, it is a "must read."

Getting to the gritty...

In August of this year, I stopped by a hearing in Allentown, PA to testify in a case where Stephen Barrett was, like elsewhere, in the North American Court System, trying to ply the idea that he is being "conspired" against. He says I, Tim Bolen, am leading the conspiracy. Barrett, the man who called two-time Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling a "quack," finds it difficult to believe that a significant number of North Americans would, independently, find his views on modern health care "more than a little weird."

Barrett, according to his testimony in that hearing, believes that a significant number of persons on the North American continent are "out to get him..." He claims he's so upset about this he spends ten percent of his time worrying and thinking about this problem. He claims he even had an automobile accident, he was so upset about this....

Well, maybe he is upset.

For at the hearing, Stephen Barrett, the man who authors, the "quackbusters bible" he, who claims that the efforts of the health professionals responsible for more than half of the total US health dollar are "quackery," showed up in a hearing with his DIRTY, GREASY, hair tufted over his ears like one of those characters from the Star Wars series. I was in Barrett's presence for four hours that day, and in all that time he couldn't make eye contact with me. He knew who I was. He was told, ahead of time, I'd be there to confront him.

It gets grittier...

One of the other things happening in that hearing was the entrance of California Civil Litigator, and wardog, Carlos F. Negrete, taking over the case from local counsel, opposing Barrett, and his local legal beagle.. To be honest, I couldn't tell if Barrett was more upset over MY being there or over Negrete taking over the case.
Or, maybe Barrett just naturally turns grey/green every day at 1:00 pm - the starting time of the hearing, the exact time Carlos Negrete and I walked in the door together.
Right after the hearing, Barrett and his legal counsel went into "courtroom orbit," trying to get Negrete removed from the case. Barrett's legal argument, I promise, was just as good as his poorly written (goofy) diatribes against innovations in health care. So, of course, he LOST the Motion to disqualify - and Negrete is in the case.

Negrete, you may remember, has ripped Barrett to shreds in every legal confrontation, so far. This one won't be any different.

So - there'll be a new chapter in the Barrett Courtroom saga, this one involving top leaders in Chiropractic. I'm of the opinion that the whole "quackbuster" operation sprang up right after the decision in the Wilk v. AMA case, where the AMA was ordered to give up its clandestine operation to destroy the science and profession of Chiropractic.

Barrett has been personally targeting Tedd Koren, a Pennsylvania Chiropractor, and President of Koren Publications, one of the largest providers of literature to Chiropractic offices in North America. Koren provides the controversial "anti-vaccination" brochures. Barrett was the so-called "consultant" to the Federal Trade Commission employee that tried to use his job to stop Koren from publishing those brochures. That employee was stopped, and removed from his FTC position. Almost immediately after that action, Barrett filed suit against Koren.

Now, Koren has brought Negrete into the fray, and it's "Showtime in Allentown." Barrett's going to get publicly horse-whipped right in his own home town. I'll see that you have a front row seat...

Stay tuned...

Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate

This "Millions of Health Freedom Fighters - Newsletter" is about the battle between "Health and Medicine" on Planet Earth. Tim Bolen is an op/ed writer with extensive knowledge of the activities of a subversive organization calling itself the "quackbusters," and that organization's attempts to suppress, and discredit, any, and all health modalities that compete with the allopathic (MD) paradigm for consumer health dollars. The focus of the newsletter is on the ongoing activities, battles, politics, and the victories won by members of the "Health Freedom Movement" against the "quackbusters" It details "who the quackbusters are, what they are, where they are operating, when they appear, and how they operate - and how easy it is to beat them..."
For background information on the "Battle between Health and Medicine" go to: A copy of THIS newsletter, and older ones, are viewable at the website
For EVEN MORE interesting and related articles go to


US: 'Quackbusters' Going Down in Legal Upset

Quackbuster battle rages on

Quackbusters lose against homeopathy

Quackbusters trick Federal Trade Commission

Will the "Quackbusters" Survive 2005?...


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Sunday August 29 2004
updated on Monday December 17 2007

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