A self-proclaimed cancer expert convicted of practicing medicine without a licensenow faces a $105 million verdict in a civil lawsuit brought by a former patient with a terminal illness.
Dawn Kali sued Robert O. Young for fraud and negligence in San Diego Superior Court.
Young is the author of “The pH Miracle” and other best-selling books that promote an alternative theory of cancer and other serious diseases.
During the five-day trial, Kali testified that Young promised to cure her breast cancer without surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.
Kali said she continued to believe Young’s theory that cleansing her blood and avoiding sugars would defeat the tumor, even as it grew.
Kali testified that she paid thousands of dollars for massages, colonic therapy and baking soda infusions at Young’s “Miracle Retreat Center” in Valley Center.
But when cancer spread to her bones in 2013, Kali told the jury she panicked and sought out a medical oncologist for traditional cancer treatments.
She also sued Young for fraud and personal injury.
Kali’s attorney, Bibi Fell of Gomez Trial Attorneys, told jurors that Young is a “fraud … . He is greedy. He is selfish. I think he’s a narcissist, and he values his own glory more than he values the lives of other human beings.”Fell argued that Young’s negligence and fraud allowed Kali’s cancer to spread unchecked.
“I hope that this sends him the message that he will not be able to profit off of hurting other people,” Fell said.
Kali’s doctor said she has a life expectancy of four years, but Kali, who has four children, said she’s optimistic that chemotherapy and other treatments will save her life.
A former patient testified that she paid thousands of dollars for massages, colonic therapy and baking soda infusions at Young’s “Miracle Retreat Center”
The once-prominent Oakland County doctor pleaded guilty in September 2014 to poisoning hundreds of patients intentionally through unnecessary treatment and raking in more than $17 million from fraudulent billings. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison.