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Doctor Who Prescribed Watermelon is a Scary Warning to Us All!

Posted by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM
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Doctor Who Prescribed Watermelon Is a Scary Warning to Us All

Posted by Heather Murphy-Raines
on July 8, 2011 at 8:24 AM


Open up and take your watermelon??When was the last time you went into the doctor's office with a serious disease and he told you all could be cured with watermelon and hot tubs?

{eyebrow raise}

No, that never happened to you? Me neither, but just the thought of such quackery raises the hairs on the back of my neck.

Don't get me wrong. Alternative medicine has its merits when done under the trained, skilled hands of medical professionals. However, when the quack diagnosing you has no medical license, failed medical exams, and oh yes, your mother died under his care after he claimed she had Lyme disease rather than MS, don't you think just maybe you should seek a second opinion?

Let's see what lessons we can learn from this horrific story of the fake doctor who prescribed watermelons and hot tubs as a cure for a serious disease ...

It all started with a certain Yevgeniy Valentine Vasin, 54, who posed as a doctor and gave care at $300 an hour for a Belmont, California mother-daughter duo.

The mother, Ronelle Kotter, had a prescription for multiple sclerosis ordered by a doctor at UCSF Medical Center. He told her she could cut her dosage in half. Sadly, she died of MS eight months ago at the age 56 -- after he insisted that she actually had Lyme disease. It was not until she passed that her children contacted police.

In the meantime, Vasin continued to treat her daughter. Contrary to the diagnosis given to her by medical staff at Stanford Medical Center, Vasin insisted she REALLY HAD lupus and commenced treating her with vitamins and "convinced her that to help her kidneys, she needed to eat watermelon in a hot tub."

Yes, watermelon in a hot tub.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle:

An investigation revealed that Vasin was not a doctor, had flunked his U.S. medical exams, and had only "brief training in his native Ukraine."

Last Friday, Vasin did plead no contest to two misdemeanor counts relating to masquerading as a doctor. 

His punishment for the daughter's treatment? Thirty days in jail, which I am sure will have him out in a week Paris Hilton-style. He did receive three years probation and was ordered not to "engage in any medical-related employment or to pose as a doctor."

Worse? 

He faces no charges in the mother's death. 

What a miscarriage of justice. Yes, the Lindsay Lohans of the world are not a threat to the public, but this man? He is a very real threat. He is a predator, preying on the hopes of very ill, desperate people. And there are likely others out there just like him, which is why this story is a reminder that you can never be too careful when it comes to medical professionals. My elderly mother has Lupus, and I can only imagine what I would feel if she succumbed to the disease after being told to eat watermelon and sit in a hot tub. I am sure I would give him his own dose of watermelon shoved up his ...

Do you think 30 days in jail was enough for this man's crime?


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by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM
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chinosruca
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM
No. 30 days was not enough. However, I blame patients almost as much as the "doctor". I trust my doctors, but not blindly. We all need to be our own advocates, do our own research, seek out second opinions (or third) when things aren't working/helping.
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kerijeanbean
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 1:44 PM

I think the patient is as much at fault here as the doctor.  While the doctor was flat out lying the patient needs to care for herself too.  If you have a diagnosis from a reputable doctor and then get a totally different diagnosis from another one it is time to get a 3rd opinion.  

darkpoetess
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 1:46 PM
Exactly ..


Quoting chinosruca:

No. 30 days was not enough. However, I blame patients almost as much as the "doctor". I trust my doctors, but not blindly. We all need to be our own advocates, do our own research, seek out second opinions (or third) when things aren't working/helping.

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BellaH10
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 1:59 PM


Quoting chinosruca:

No. 30 days was not enough. However, I blame patients almost as much as the "doctor". I trust my doctors, but not blindly. We all need to be our own advocates, do our own research, seek out second opinions (or third) when things aren't working/helping.

Agree!

Poosaloosa
by Silver Member on Jul. 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

no, lock him up!!!!  At least a year or 4, he indirectly killed someone!  But then again, it's our responsibility to make sure we are cared for properly. Look out for number one.

sheri305
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Quoting BellaH10:


Quoting chinosruca:

No. 30 days was not enough. However, I blame patients almost as much as the "doctor". I trust my doctors, but not blindly. We all need to be our own advocates, do our own research, seek out second opinions (or third) when things aren't working/helping.

Agree!


T-Howe
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Not suprising. A friend of a friend just said her baby's doctor just told her that her child will talk before she walks because she's so good natured. SMH! HUH?! Most do first of all and has nothing to do with the nature of the child for the most part. OYE!

singlemomof2nok
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 2:40 PM

 no, it was not long enough

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