Young speaks out against charges
February 26, 2014Robert Young, author of The pH Miracle book series and founder of the pH Miracle Center in Valley Center, has seen his share of controversy over the years. From personal attacks by members of the medical mainstream to the recent felony charges brought against him by the San Diego County District Attorney's office, the famed naturopath has been in the spotlight since he began advocating his alkaline diet 30 years ago.
On Jan. 23, Young was arrested and charged with conspiracy to practice medicine without a license, several counts of grand theft, and administering intravenous treatments in an unlicensed facility on his 46-acre avocado farm. If convicted, Young could face up to 15 years in prison.
However, Young is confident he stayed within the bounds of the law, expects the charges to be dropped, and believes his case to be just a small piece in the larger battle over the right of patients to choose their own treatment.
"I swear to God, from my mouth to God's ears, that's the last thing I would do is practice medicine," said Young. "The reason why is because number one, I don't believe in it, and number two, the reason I don't believe in it is because it's a treatment protocol to deal with symptoms rather than underlying causes."
Young, 61, has welcomed patients to his Valley Center ranch since 2002, where they typically stay for one or two weeks to learn about his non-medical, drug-free protocol. He estimates he has hosted at least 3,000 patients at the pH Miracle Center. His book series, The pH Miracle, has sold over 4.5 million copies around the world.
The central tenet of Young's healing philosophy hinges around using an alkaline diet of chlorophyll-rich foods such as spinach, parsley, broccoli, and avocados to improve the overall state of the body's fluids.
"My main underlying theory has two hypotheses. The first hypothesis is the human body is alkaline in its design. The second hypothesis is that all functions, from breathing to thinking to moving, produce acidic waste products, if not eliminated, will cause sickness and disease," said Young. "We don't treat the disease. I don't treat cancer. I don't treat diabetes. I change the environment."
In response to the DA's recent charges, Young is adamant that all his patients were made clear of his lack of medical credentials at the time they arrive by signing an admissions statement
The statement says, "I understand Dr. Robert O. Young is not a medical doctor. He is a scientist, biochemist, microbiologist, and nutritionist. And, therefore, he does not treat disease, nor does he believe in the traditional disease concept."
The entry paperwork also makes clear Young provides only education services, not diagnostics or medical treatment. He claims great success with his protocol in treating cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic ailments.
"People that come here are already diagnosed," said Young. "If people come here and they're on painkillers or medicines do we tell them to get off it? Absolutely not. That's between them and their doctor. That's their personal choice."
Young doesn't deny that nutritional IVs are administered at his property, but he claims it's always a licensed naturopathic doctor or licensed medical doctor that prescribes them to support the alkaline protocol.
"I don't do the IVs anymore than I do the massages. Nor do I do the colonics. We have people that do those things," said Young.
Deputy District Attorney Gina Darvas has claimed that Young knows his treatments are ineffective and supplies his patients with false hope, yet Young has full confidence that the patients listed in the complaint were satisfied with their treatments.
"None of this came from any of the patients. None. Zero," said Young. "It's coming from family members who were never here. It's coming from people who owe me large sums of money that don't want to pay it, and this is their way to make it so they don't have to pay it — file a complaint."
Young charges a base charge of $395 a night, which covers food, housing, exercise, and education at the ph Miracle Center, with additional charges for other services such as massages or colonics. He claims to give away millions of dollars in free services every year to patients who cannot afford it. The pH Miracle Center can accommodate up to ten people at a time, but Young has been ordered not to treat any patients since his arrest.
Young has faced similar charges of practicing medicine without a license in Utah in the late 90s, but he was not convicted. A native of Salt Lake City and a Mormon, Young says he is a descendent of Brigham Young.
Young's defense will rest heavily on California's State Bill 577, which is designed to protect alternative health practitioners in such cases. As a very visible figure in the alternative healthcare community, Young believes he is being made an example of because of his success.
"I believe this whole case is not about me. I believe this case is the right for each citizen of the United States to be able to choose their doctor, to be able to choose their protocol, whether it's a natural protocol or a traditional protocol," said Young. "I don't believe in health care, I believe in self-care, so I have a lot of enemies because of that."
Young's next court appearance is an evidential hearing scheduled for March 14. In the meantime, he will continue his other work with nutritional supplements and promoting his next book, The pH Miracle for Cancer, for which he hopes to appear on "Piers Morgan Live" and "LA Today."
Young hopes the case won't even make it to the courtroom.
"There will be medical doctors that will be coming to testify on the efficacy of my work," said Young. "What I'm doing is saving lives, not putting people at risk, and that will be so evident, so overwhelming, not circumstantial, but hard, cold fact. That's the difference between my case and [the district attorney's] case."
To learn more about Young's philosophy and background, visit www.phmiracleliving.com.