On the suggestion of a friend, I’ve gone and sent an e-mail to the Florida Department of Health about the incident with the quack homeopath Chey went to the other day. They replied back with some boilerplate:
Thank you for your inquiry. By copy of this email, your request is being forwarded to the Consumer Services Unit for a response.
The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all people in Florida. If you have any questions, please contact our MQA Communication Center at (850) 488-0595—menu option 3.
Licensing and Auditing Services Unit
To what I sent in:
From: Matthew Smith
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 4:11 PM
To: zzzz Feedback, MQA_LicensureServices
Subject: Doctor prescribing homeopathic weight loss HCG
I’m writing on behalf of my wife, because I suspect Lee Leslie M MD of Edgewater Internal Medicine is prescribing homeopathic HCG as part of a weight-loss plan. My wife went to Lee Leslie looking for a general doctor for a checkup. When she first met this man, he immediately began writing her a prescription for M2HCG, which he described as a weight-loss remedy along with a 500 calorie per day diet as a way to lose 100 pounds in a month. She was immediately suspicious of this, and we decided to do some looking around. I found an article in USAToday from January where the FDA described the prescribing of homeopathic HCG as a weight loss remedy to be fraudulent.
I do not have any evidence of this, as my wife walked out without the prescription. I realize that it is a big deal to accuse a doctor of fraud. I think this man should be investigated for prescribing homeopathic remedies. Someone might actually expect them to work, and not seek help from a doctor who would actually be able to help. I’d hate to read about that in the newspaper. Thanks for reading, and if you could please reply I would appreciate it.
Hmm. I did kinda scribble out that e-mail, I don’t like how it sounds. Oh well, hopefully they con’t think me some crank.
So I guess I wait and see what they decide to do, if anything. My hopes are not real high.