There's been another development in the case of Dr. Mark Geier, the physician who came up with the Lupron Protocol as a purported treatment for autism. Lupron, for those who don't know about it, is a drug that is used in prostate cancer treatment, fertility treatment, to treat precocious puberty and, off-label, to chemically castrate sex offenders. It shuts down production of sex hormones (testosterone in men, estrogen in women). The reason the Geiers use this drug is because they believe that testosterone and mercury bind together, making it more difficult for the body to eliminate the mercury in, for example, thimerosal-containing vaccines. This belief comes from a single study examining testosterone and mercury in hot benzene, which, for those who might be unaware, is a condition never found in the human body. Prometheus wrote about this back in 2006. Never mind that there is no quality evidence showing that in children with autism there is any of this testosterone-mercury binding going on, nor that using lupron (followed by chelation) has any benefit at all.
At any rate, Dr. Geier's erroneously diagnosing children with precocious puberty so he would be able to prescribe lupron, among other ethical and professional lapses, led to his license to practice medicine in Maryland being suspended. This, in turn, resulted in the licensing boards in a number of other states suspending his licenses, too. Which brings us to today.
The Texas Medical Board has finally gotten around to taking action. On June 8, 2012, they suspended his license to practice medicine in the Lone Star state.
This situation is a little bit different from previous suspensions, though. When his licenses were suspended in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington, the respective medical boards acted without Dr. Geier's feedback or agreement to the suspensions (though he was given the opportunity to appeal the Maryland board's decision). Texas, however, seems to have had some level of discussion with him, to the point that he actually agreed to let the Texas board suspend his license without contest. Further, he agreed to abide by any further action that the board might take, such as revoking his license in the event that the Maryland board revokes his license there.
The Order of Suspension was quite interesting to read, especially the following passage:
Respondent waives any further hearings or appeals to the board or to any court in regard to all terms and conditions of this agreed order. Respondent agrees that this is a final order.The only actions open to Dr. Geier are to petition, in writing, to have the suspension stayed or lifted, but that must be accompanied by "clear and convincing evidence and information" that he is "physically, mentally, and otherwise competent to safely practice medicine". Even then, the board may, at its discretion, deny the petition without further appeal or review. Dr. Geier must cooperate fully with the board; any violation of the terms of the order would be grounds for further punitive actions against him.
My impression is that he may be trying to mitigate the damage to his character that he has already wrought himself. By cooperating with the Texas Medical Board, Dr. Geier might appear to be rehabilitated, and these actions could be presented in his favor in any further appeals or petitions he may attempt in Maryland or in other states. It may also be a way to prevent his remaining license in Hawaii, Illinois and Missouri from being suspended. Of course, this is merely speculation, and we can only know what impact, if any, it will have once events have played out further.
In the meantime, I have updated my map showing the states in which Dr. Geier has (or had) licenses to practice medicine.
- Complaint Filed Against Dr. Mark Geier in Florida
- Mark Geier Ordered to Stop Practicing Medicine
- Map of Mark Geier Medical Licenses
- Mark "Castrate 'Em" Geier's License Supsended - Part 5
- Mark "Castrate 'Em" Geier's License Suspended - Part 4
- Mark "Castrate 'Em" Geier's License Suspended - Part 3
- Mark "Castrate 'Em" Geier's License Suspended - Part 2
- Charges Levied Against Mark and David Geier
- URGENT: Please Call the Maryland State Board of Physicians About David Geier
- A Close Look at David Geier
- Mark "Castrate 'Em" Geier's License Suspended