Thursday, January 30, 2014

HT Jim West: Warren Throckmorton posts about Mark Driscoll's naturopath suspended Jan 2014

Jim West's very brief commentary which links to

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/01/30/doctor-recommended-by-mark-driscoll-suspended-over-experimental-vaccine/

The post in turn links to
a complaint
https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/CaseLaserFicheDocView.aspx?DocId=194852

a press release announcing the suspension in response to allegations that John Catanzaro tricked cancer patients into taking an unapproved experimental vaccine:
http://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/2014NewsReleases/14014SnohomishCountyNaturopathSuspended.aspx
and local news coverage
http://www.king5.com/news/local/Bothell-naturopathic-doctor-suspended-for-experimental-vaccine-242703981.html

and a link to evidence that there have been earlier complaints leveled against Catanzaro in courts.
https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/providercredentialsearch/CaseLaserFicheDocView.aspx?DocId=88656

As Throckmorton has noted, Catanzaro's articles have all been scrubbed away from The Resurgence and the author profile is kinda empty. 

Wenatchee The Hatchet was considering blogging about the naturopath last year, actually, but observing the shifts in governance; the history of Mars Hill real estate acquisitions; and the not-very-subtle detail that chapter 7 of Real Marriage was obviously indebted to Dan Allender's work without acknowledging his work took priority.  It just slipped into the land of forgetfulness. 

That said, the naturopath has been mentioned, it seems, at least incidentally in material published by Mark Driscoll we've quoted from in the past

http://web.archive.org/web/20070320075759/http://theresurgence.com/md_blog_2007-03-17_of_brokenness_and_buddies

I write this blog while flying somewhere over the United States late on a Thursday night heading home from a conference in the great nation of Texas. I have blogged very little thus far in 2007 as I have been playing hurt in terms of my health. I have been pushing it for ten years since Mars Hill Church opened up, and the end of last year was a particularly rough patch. I was looking forward to a few weeks off after Christmas to catch up on sleep. Sadly, what happened is that I would be very tired and go to bed at a decent hour only to wake up a few hours later, unable to return to sleep. I was not stressed out or thinking, but it seemed something was physically wrong. Even sleeping pills were of little to no help and by the end of the holidays I was exhausted, having slept an average of perhaps three hours a night. A naturopath said I had overextended myself and worn out my adrenal glands (which regulate my sympathetic nervous system). [emphasis added]

You can read the whole thing for references to Ed Young and others but it's the reference to a naturopath here that is relevant. A possible reference to Catanzaro may have been made in the following sermon:

http://marshill.com/media/acts-empowered-for-jesus-mission/empowered-by-the-spirit-to-heal
Acts 3:1-10
June 30, 2013

My own experience is my medical doctor is also an evangelical Christian. Every time I meet with him, he prays for me. It’s like that. It’s like that. He says, “OK, here’s your bloodwork, and here’s where you’re at, and here’s your tests, and you know, here’s what we see. So, here’s what you need to do with your diet and your supplements, and here’s what I’m recommending. OK, now let me pray for you.” It’s all of that. It’s all of that. We don’t believe in just treating the soul. We don’t believe in just treating the body. We believe in loving and serving the person.
If it was John Catanzaro Driscoll was referring to then here's a LinkedIn profile that looks like a match:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-catanzaro/7/856/90
Bastyr University

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Oncology and Cancer Biology

Integrative Oncology

Bethany Divinity Seminary                                 

Doctor of Theology, Theology/Theological Studies

Concentraton [sic] on theology science and medical ethics

This one?

There's another profile that may be relevant:
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dr-john-catanzaro/6/357/b67
Owner - Health and Wellness Institute, Health and Wellness Institute Cancer Research Group

...
Dr. John Catanzaro is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. His alma mater is Bastyr University, a leading medical university specializing in integrative and alternative medicine. He is also affiliate clinical faculty of Bastyr University and trains medical students and physician residents.

Dr. Catanzaro is CEO of the Health and Wellness Institute and practices integrative oncology. He is also medical director of HWIFC Cancer Research Group, a not-for-profit, where he provides vision and leadership in developing innovative integrative vaccine immune strategies to treat cancer.

He is the author of numerous articles and two books, namely Cancer: An Integrative Approach and Complete by the Master’s Touch. He has been featured on radio and media broadcasts. He served on Washington State Department of Health Quality Assurance Naturopathy Advisory Committee 2000-2005 and also was a special advisor for the CDC Cancer Control Partnership for Washington State (2002-2008).

Seattle Magazine nominated him best naturopathic physician. He is a professional member of the American Association for Cancer Research, Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Association of Clinical Research Professionals, and Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research. He also completed the NIH clinical research training required for principle investigators.

Dr. Catanzaro is pioneering movement toward personalized genetic and adaptive integrative immune treatment to fight cancer. He is working in a private movement with expert Dana Farber Cancer Institute/ Harvard cancer scientists in the area of cancer proteomics and molecular genetics in developing individualized HLA matched cancer peptide strategies through a subcontract with NeoBioLabs, Cambridge Ma

Dr. Catanzaro is also founder and co-developer of HealthCoach7 a strategic personalized genetic wellness system.






But thanks to The WayBack Machine ... you can take a gander at all the guest articles Catanzaro wrote at The Resurgence:
http://theresurgence.com/authors/john-catanzaro
http://web.archive.org/web/20130425211223/https://theresurgence.com/authors/john-Catanzaro

Screen capture April 25, 2013

Dr. John Catanzaro is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. His alma mater is Bastyr
University, a leading medical university specializing in integrative and
alternative medicine. He is also affiliate clinical faculty of Bastyr University
and trains medical students.

Dr. Catanzaro is CEO of the Health and Wellness Institute and practices
integrative oncology. He is also medical director of HWIFC Cancer Research Group,
a not-for-profit, where he provides vision and leadership in developing innovative
vaccine immune strategies to treat cancer.

He is the author of numerous articles and two books, namely Cancer: An Integrative
Approach and Complete by the Master's Touch. He has been featured on radio and
media broadcasts including Consumer Magazine, KCIS Living Christian, and Campus
Crusade for Christ radio. He was nominated best naturopathic physician by Seattle
Magazine. He is a professional member of the American Association for Cancer
Research, Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Association of Clinical
Research Professionals, Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research and a
registered Principle Investigator with the National Institutes of Health.
He is married to Annamaria and has five children and three grandchildren.

You can find Dr. John on Facebook and Twitter.

That was a profile description from 2013 courtesy of the Machine.  Here are links to articles, though you may find some scripts majorly slow down the captures depending on your browser.


http://web.archive.org/web/20130520092350/https://theresurgence.com/2009/02/26/eastern-healing-alternative-medicine-and-christian-faith-part-1
http://web.archive.org/web/20130510013122/http://theresurgence.com/2009/03/05/eastern-healing-alternative-medicine-and-christian-faith-part-2
http://web.archive.org/web/20130425164922/http://theresurgence.com/2009/03/14/eastern-healing-alternative-medicine-and-christian-faith-part-3
http://web.archive.org/web/20130511102435/http://theresurgence.com/2009/03/21/eastern-healing-alternative-medicine-and-christian-faith-part-4
http://web.archive.org/web/20130511112058/http://theresurgence.com/2009/03/28/eastern-healing-alternative-medicine-and-christian-faith-part-5
http://web.archive.org/web/20130508144659/http://theresurgence.com/2009/04/02/eastern-healing-alternative-medicine-and-christian-faith-part-6
http://web.archive.org/web/20130508161932/http://theresurgence.com/2009/04/09/eastern-healing-alternative-medicine-and-christian-faith-part-7
http://web.archive.org/web/20130508130022/http://theresurgence.com/2009/04/16/eastern-healing-alternative-medicine-and-christian-faith-part-8
http://web.archive.org/web/20130511113051/http://theresurgence.com/2009/04/23/eastern-healing-alternative-medicine-and-christian-faith-part-9
http://web.archive.org/web/20130511112712/http://theresurgence.com/2009/04/30/eastern-healing-alternative-medicine-and-christian-faith-part-10

http://web.archive.org/web/20130511102506/http://theresurgence.com/2009/08/29/healthy-pastors-healthy-expectations
http://web.archive.org/web/20130508180600/http://theresurgence.com/2009/09/05/healthy-pastors-how-to-help-your-pastor
http://web.archive.org/web/20130508151238/http://theresurgence.com/2009/09/12/healthy-pastors-pastors-do-get-depressed
http://web.archive.org/web/20130511102537/http://theresurgence.com/2009/10/03/the-preachers-voice-part-1
http://web.archive.org/web/20130511113029/http://theresurgence.com/2009/10/10/the-preachers-voice-part-2
http://web.archive.org/web/20130511113046/http://theresurgence.com/2009/10/22/the-preachers-voice-avoiding-strain
http://web.archive.org/web/20130504115119/http://theresurgence.com/2009/11/04/the-preachers-voice-tension-stress
http://web.archive.org/web/20130511103121/http://theresurgence.com/2009/11/21/the-preachers-voice-digestion-and-immunity
http://web.archive.org/web/20130508012643/http://theresurgence.com/2010/02/04/10-foods-you-should-add-to-your-diet
http://web.archive.org/web/20130425184952/https://theresurgence.com/2012/12/29/5-simple-agents-of-change-in-personal-health

POSTSCRIPT:

Just to be clear, since sometimes anonymous commenters make comments mentioning specific names under no circumstances are you to name alleged parties inside MH beyond those who have publicly published comments about Catanzaro that you can back up with direct links, all right?  Personal medical histories are nothing to play with.  Mark plugs for John Catanzaro over the course of seven years?  Go ahead, quote away.  If other parties have not publicly endorsed the guy don't rush to imply or state that they have unless you have irrefutable public proof, mmkay?  Otherwise comments will get deleted left and right. 

POSTSCRIPT 04-19-2014

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

There was the marijuana ebook by Dr. John Catanzaro that Mark wrote the foreword to (although it's misspelled as "forward"). http://hwifc.com/puff-or-pass/ The Resurgence may not be offering it any longer, but for the time being you can still get it directly from Catanzaro's clinic by signing up for his "Integrative Medicine Tips" newsletter (I just did it). Of course, the link from when Mark offered it as a "Free Friday" giveaway on his Facebook page have been deleted. It was available on The Resurgence in an article titled "A Christian Doctor's Opinion on Pot" back in May 2013, which has also been scrubbed. Looks like the doctor launched his website in April 2013 with a PR piece along with the ebook that has Mark Driscoll's endorsement on the cover. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/4/prweb10664752.htm

I'm always skeptical of anyone who recommends their doctor by saying "he's a Christian". I've had personal experience with very poor medical care from a guy whose patient list made up nearly my entire church but eventually lost his license through a substantiated complaint to the state. Just because a doctor talks the talk, it doesn't mean he actually knows what he's doing medically, and often they know exactly what religious buttons to push to close the sale. Be very aware. The nice thing about Washington State is any enforcement actions the Department of Health has taken against any doctor, dentist, nursing assistant, or other provider can be read online via a Provider Credential Search.

ExeGe said...

I went to Catanzaro because of his good reputation from Mark and another friend.

I found him to be a little pushy and unconvincing. He recommended a massive stack of supplements, and 3+ months of intravenous vitamin infusions. My adrenals were also "fatigued" or as Mark likes to say "blown out". Kinda seemed like a boilerplate diagnosis for someone who just wasn't taking care of themselves or getting enough sleep.

I spent $1000+ on supplements and infusions that were not covered by insurance before I quit because the infusions were giving me migraine headaches and I read several articles stating NO measurable benefit.

Catanzaro was nice but I just did not feel comfortable there.

I went to another Naturopath who I really like and doesn't also sell what she prescribes.

Anonymous said...

"I went to another Naturopath who I really like and doesn't also sell what she prescribes."

Why not? She'll never build a multi-million dollar practice with that attitude!