On Friday, public health officials in Washington State followed steps taken by Maryland last month and suspended Mark Geier’s license to practice medicine. Geier and his son David are popular in anti-vaccine circles for their “Lupron protocol,” which involves injecting autistic children with high doses of a drug used to chemically castrate sex offenders. The Maryland State Board of Physicians said Geier “endangers autistic children and exploits their parents by administering to the children a treatment protocol that has a known substantial risk of serious harm and which is neither consistent with evidence-based medicine nor generally accepted in the relevant scientific community.”
(David Geier has not emerged unscathed from this scrutiny: A little over a week ago, Maryland charged him with practicing medicine without a license.)
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote that while the Geiers’ businesses include a clinic in Redmond, “it’s unclear if Geier ever practiced in the state.”
The recent accusations against the Geiers does not seem to have affected their status in the anti-vaccine wing of the autism-advocacy community: Earlier today, the Geiers were scheduled to give a speech at this year’s AutismOne/Generation Rescue conference in Chicago titled “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism: The Role and Treatment of Elevated Male Hormones and Associated Clinical/Behavioral Problems.”
Jenny McCarthy is scheduled to give the conference’s keynote address tomorrow afternoon.
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