When state medical boards are petty and vindictive, patients lose

I recently received a letter from an old friend. He’s someone you might remember.

Several years ago, I told you about my former doctor, Binyamin C. Rothstein, D.O. This remarkable man is a true healer. He gives each patient his undivided attention. He takes his time. And from my own experience, I can say, quite literally, he works wonders.

In 2005, the State of Maryland Board of Physicians (MBP) revoked Dr. Rothstein’s license. You see, Maryland is one of many states where doctors are supposed to “stay in line.” Healing patients using complementary and alternative medicine is considered blatantly out of line.

Without a single complaint from any patient, the board deemed Dr. Rothstein’s treatment methods inappropriate.

Following his five year suspension, he began the process to have his license reinstated. But the Maryland Medical Board would have none of that.

It would seem, on the surface, that the State of Maryland won. But, in fact, it’s anything but. We’ve lost one of our best medical healers. And this time, we lost him for good.

In his own words:

“My story should really end with that I was forced to leave the country to practice my art. When I reapplied for my license, I had to pass a test similar to taking the boards all over again, fulfill requirements for education, and pay a variety of fees and hire a lawyer.

“After all of that, all they could say was that they were upset that I had posted information on the web. Not that anything was incorrect. It was just that they didn’t like it. It also didn’t seem to matter to them that I had taken my website down 2 years prior.”

So the egos of the bullies at the Maryland Medical Board prevailed and ran a talented, compassionate doctor out of the country in the name of protecting patients.

All I can say is, “Not in my name!”

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