Bogus 'healer' under investigation
Kelly Raber shows some of his family’s alternative cancer treatment products near Rochelle, Ga: “The herb does not kill healthy tissue. Instead, it performs a process known as apoptosis that allows the (cancer) cells to self-destruct.” (AP Photo/Elliott Minor)
Ga. Healer Targeted Over Cancer Treatment. Come on, why do people fall for this crap? Never mind, after all, I just posted about all the fraudulent evangelicals under fire in a Christian publication, including “healer” millionaire Benny Hinn, and Leroy Jenkins, who sells water at his crusades at $1.50 for each 20 ounce bottle, implicitly claiming through the testimonials of others that it has “healing powers.” Now we’ve got some farmer dude selling flesh-eating paste that “cures cancer.” The sheeple keep lining up for this nonsense.
Curtis Brown carries business cards with old pictures of his tumors, including an egg-sized growth on his neck. He says they were each shed after the application of a flesh-eating paste containing the medicinal herb bloodroot. “I cured myself of cancer,” the cards read.
Georgia’s medical board and the Food and Drug Administration don’t share Brown’s enthusiasm for the paste.
The state board has accused its maker, Dan Raber, a pastor-turned-healer, of practicing medicine without a license. FDA agents recently raided Raber’s business, and a doctor could lose her medical license for allegedly knowing Raber was giving people the paste â€” not approved for the treatment of cancer â€” and not reporting him.
Raber’s paste is described by the medical board as “a caustic, tissue-destroying substance that eats away human skin and flesh.” On his Web site, Raber displays graphic before-and-after photos of those who have used the paste, including women with scabs on their breasts and men with scarred faces.
While the state board has leveled serious allegations against Raber, he has not been charged with a crime. Prosecutors are studying the case.
…Dan Raber was named in a state complaint filed against Dr. Lois March, an ear, nose and throat specialist who risks losing her medical license for allegedly providing pain medication to 12 patients who had received Raber’s bloodroot treatments. The board said seven of the patients had breast cancer and that the doctor knew or should have known that Raber’s use of bloodroot “mutilated their breasts and caused excruciating pain.”