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Friday, July 17, 2015

Fake Doctor Treated Cancer Patient With Homemade Elixirs and Dirt

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 3:47 PM

  • Courtesy of Natural Oncology Institute
An El Cerrito man posing as a doctor is under investigation after reportedly treating a cancer patient with a mix of expired medicine and a baggie of dirt.

According to the Chronicle, 69-year-old Vincent Gammill, whose office is in Richmond, was treating a late-stage cancer patient, from whom he’d milked $2,000 in medical fees.

The only problem was that Gammill’s treatment was outright quackery. Per the Chronicle, Gammill told his patient that some of his homemade potions were so powerful they could burn a hole in a table. When the patient complained of “a burning sensation” after ingesting one of Gammill’s elixirs, he told her that was a sign the medicine was working.

Investigators arrested Gammill on July 9. Also found in his home: “More than 250,000 prescription pills including steroids, morphine and Ambien, along with Russian and Mexican drugs and laboratory equipment," reports the Chronicle

Gammill founded the Natural Oncology Institute in 2001. According to his bio on the Institute’s website, “Vincent was a pharmaceutical designer and consultant who chose to work with natural products and methods whenever possible. He became well known in the international clinics for the effectiveness of certain cancer vaccines he developed. There were so many cancer meds that had benefit but were ignored because they did not make money for the industry that he finally threw in the towel and said, 'Enough!'" 

The bio goes on to note Gammill’s history helping patients without regard to money. “Nothing was sold. No claims were made,” the site says of the faux-doctor’s work with a live-in patient program he launched.

In 2009, Cancerfighter’s Weblog, a forum devoted to alternative therapies, posted an excerpt from a chapter Gammill apparently contributed to a book about cancer treatment. In it, Gammill discusses his own diagnosis of rectal cancer and describes his unconventional treatment:

I asked the oncologist about doing medical treatments in China including neutron beam (what’s that?), BSD-2000 hyperthermia (what’s that?), photodynamic therapy (what’s that?), fulguration (what’s that?), sub-unit vaccines for SCC (what’s that?), but he offered me plenty of pain killers and stool softeners.

I told the HMO oncologist that I immediately started myself on rectal Newcastle virus (what’s that?), on dithiodinicotinic acid (what’s that?) on CaPterin (what’s that?), on GcMAF (what’s that?), on Miltefosine (what’s that?), on benzaldehyde (what’s that?), on artemether (what’s that?), on hyperthermia with Lonidamine and dipyridamole (what’s that?) and on cimetidine to help prevent metastasis (he didn’t respond), and reticuloendothelial detox (what’s that?). I invited him to my seminars. I am probably making early headway as the bleeding has stopped.

When asked by KNTV to comment on his latest patient’s allegations, Gammill replied, “I think she just wants to be in the limelight.” 

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