‘Natural doc’ arrested on suspicion of claims of cancer cure
“Daryn Peterson was featured in June story in The Register.”
Daryn Peterson, a self-proclaimed “natural doctor,” was arrested today after allegations that he told an undercover investigator posing as a patient that he could cure his cancer.
Peterson, 37, was featured in an article in The Register in June, where he claimed that his vitamins could cure AIDS and cancer. He also described his all-natural health insurance plan that charged a monthly fee for access to his supplements.
Peterson is not a licensed medical doctor.
Peterson is charged with one felony count each of unauthorized practice of medicine, operating an HMO without a license, treating cancer without a license, and offering an unapproved drug for cancer treatment. He is being held on $20,000 bail.
After the story ran, an investigator with the Orange County District Attorney’s office signed up as a prospective patient on Peterson’s Web site. The two met and the investigator told Peterson he had been diagnosed with lymphoma but was scared of the chemotherapy recommended by his doctor.
Peterson is accused of telling the investigator that chemo would kill him faster than the cancer and that his treatment could give an “almost complete reversal” within a year. Peterson also is alleged to have performed a physical exam of the patient by listening to his heart and looking in his eyes.
In the June article, a UCI oncologist said Peterson’s claims made no sense and that chemo, radiation or surgery are what put cancer in remission.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact investigator Carol Mona at 714-648-3620.
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