Howdy skeptic babes. Today’s brief posting is brought to you buy reader Wendy, who writes that the following story from the LA Times is “a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.” It is good news, indeed, as insurers and the court system start to crack down on fraudulent holistic “doctors,” in this case dentists who are ripping out teeth for people who would probably better off with a full set of ivory.
This comes just a day after I read a story in the Boston Globe about shops illegally using dirty tools to install “grills” in the mouths of morons who want to look like their favorite tin-toothed rap star. Unlike those Rhodes Scholars, the people who are getting ripped off by the holistic dentists are a.) getting hurt a lot worse and b.) not quite as deserving of the hilarious consequences of willingly sticking “bling” in your face holes.
The LA Times article mentions Robert S. Baratz, a local Bostonian who is making good by giving expert testimony against the huxters who are telling trusting patients that they need to be completely disfigured or else risk dying in a multitude of horrible ways. The frauds presented a compelling case to Lindsay, one of the victims mentioned — they used x-rays and pamphlets and their own authority as “doctors” to convince her to have teeth with fillings and other work removed completely.
The article is full of jaw dropping (sorry) quotes from one of the frauds and heartbreaking stories of people who have died following “treatment.” There’s too much to quote here, so just go read it and enjoy the knowledge that we’re slowly finding and prosecuting these people. It’s good news, but I’ll be happier when we start seeing these “dentists” holistically locked up in jail cells.