Mark Geier’s license suspended in Florida, revoked in Indiana
Posted Aug 21 2012 9:07pm
Dr. Mark Geier is well known within the alternative-medicine and vaccine-causation segments of the autism communities. As a practitioner, Dr. Geier is probably best known for therapies purporting to treat autism through approaches claiming to work on removing mercury. The idea that mercury is involved in autism etiology is a failed hypothesis on it’s own. But Dr. Geier’s treatment ideas included a frankly incredible notion that mercury is bound in the body by testosterone, so, he hypothesized, by reducing the body’s production of this hormone, one could better remove the mercury. To reduce testosterone, Dr. Geier proposed (and prescribed) drugs such as Lupron . It is not a bad idea–it is a series of bad idea. Very bad ideas.
These ideas are so poor in concept that it is difficult to get insurance companies to pay for Lupron for reducing mercury in the body. In an apparent move to avoid this difficulty, Dr. Geier diagnosed autistic children with precocious puberty. Dr. Geier’s methods were lacking and due to this and other factors, Dr. Geier’s license came under suspension in his home state of Maryland.
Indiana also made a further step, going beyond mere suspension to actually revoking his license in that state. The revocation comes because he failed to appear before the board regarding his suspension, thereby defaulting on any appeal to their decision. The final order, dated July 5, 2012 further imposed a $5 fee and a fine of $3,000.
Further reading about the “Lupron Protocol” can be found at Neurodiversity.com , where Kathleen Seidel’s thorough reporting was the first to expose many of the questionable practices.
If I understand correctly, Dr. Geier remains licensed in both Illinois, Missouri and Hawai’i. However, he faces more charges in his home state of Maryland.
Missouri notes the fact that Dr. Geier has faced license suspension in other states. His license is up for renewal there Jan 31, 2013. In Illinois, his license is active, with a notation that he has not been “ever disciplined”. His license comes up for renewal there July 30, 2014. His Hawai’i license is “current, valid and in good standing” and valid through 01/31/2014.
by Matt Carey
(note, the last paragraph was added shortly after this article was published)