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America vs. Quackbusters - the Wisconsin "Suster Case"
August 11, 2004


Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen
Monday, August 9th, 2004

The biggest all-out battle between Big Pharma and the people of America is happening in Wisconsin, for it is there that Big Pharma, through its floundering "quackbuster" operation, is trying to set a precedent courtroom win in place. Big Pharma, through the "Suster Case," has pulled out all the stops. We'll see the next chapter unfold on August 18th, 2004, in a hearing in front of the Wisconsin Medical Board. Big Pharma is desperate to win.

The "Suster Case," is, for all practical purposes, Big Pharma's last stand. Why? Because, over 50% of the total US health dollar is now being spent on what's been labeled "Alternative Medicine," and they (alternatives) are, for the most part, paid for by out-of-pocket consumer dollars - not health insurance or Medicare. All insurance or Medicare will pay for, currently, is "conventional" health care methods.

But Stuart Suster MD, a Milwaukee Pain Management Specialist, a true American, decided to change all that - and he set out to force the issue of payment for "alternatives" by insurance companies. He offered "alternative" pain management techniques, and he insisted that health insurance companies pay for them, and pay reasonable amounts.

If Suster wins his argument, then the door is open for the billing of "alternatives." His method will have faced the challenge. Big Pharma, on the other hand, has a huge investment in the medical status quo. Big Pharma is COMPLETELY DEPENDENT upon continuing what's known as "five-minute medicine," the practice where conventional Physicians are so over-booked with patients that the Physician/Patient contact is never more than five minutes at a time, and goes something like "Hi, how are you... let me write you twenty-two new prescriptions."

The Story Gets Worse...

Stuart Suster MD, in his quest to offer better pain management techniques, did his research about what worked best, and would get his patients back into a normal life. But, he also researched "how to bill" for those services. He hired the best experts he could find to set up his billing, including the services of a health insurance expert who later was appointed by the Governor, to be the Insurance Commissioner of the State of Wisconsin. I'd say that in Court, his claims were unassailable.

Big Pharma, looking at this situation from their New York ad agency viewpoint (Quackbuster Central), probably went into a panic, for they knew they couldn't beat Suster in Court. The end of the huge profit run of "five minute medicine" was on the horizon.

So what did Big Pharma do?

Of course, they went for the sleaze. What do you expect?

In Wisconsin, they had "ready-made" sleaze already available - in the person of one Arthur Thexton, the Wisconsin Department of Regulation & Licensing (DRL) prosecutor who became nationally famous (infamous) for paying a quackbuster, one Bobbie Baratz, over $70,000 in "expert witness" fees - and then losing the case when it was found out that Baratz had a "fake" resume.

Thexton went to work for Big Pharma with a vengeance. First, he tried to get an agency, any agency, to prosecute Suster. When that failed he went to a fifth-rate Television station in Milwaukee, one that had a so-called "Investigative Reporter" and handed them over a hundred patients records (was that a HIPPA violation?) to the station,. The station went out of its way to damage Suster in his community. Then Thexton started using the Administrative Law process to try and take Suster's license away from him Etc., etc., etc...

All of Thexton's efforts have been recorded elsewhere. But the important thing about the case is the question "Why did Thexton, and his quackbuster paymasters, work so hard on this case."

Easy answer...


Big Pharma, after all their investment, has to be in shock at the lackluster performance of their "quackbuster" gambit - the one they funded, and put into operation, around the time the AMA lost the battle to the Chiropractors in the Wilk v. AMA case.

The "quackbusters" have been losing one battle, after another, for years. Their visible leadership (the ones they want us to see), like the self-proclaimed, and courtroom humiliated, National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF), and delicensed MD Stephen Barrett and his ludicrous website "," have become A SERIOUS LIABILITY to them.

Barrett, for instance, was declared in a PUBLISHED Appeals Court decision to be "biased, and unworthy of credibility." The NCAHF, besides the obvious problems with its president, Bobbie Baratz, currently owes six Homeopathic Manufacturers over a $100,000 in legal fee awards, it has no ability to pay - and they are waiting for the axe to fall. And fall it will - I promise.

The "Suster Case," in Wisconsin is an important one for Big Pharma to win. If health professionals can be paid by insurance companies for services that work, and are safe and effective, why would they use useless pharmaceuticals?

In Wisconsin. Big Pharma is still trying, feverishly, to stamp out innovation

in health care. Are we going to let it happen?

Stay tuned...

Tim Bolen - Consumer Advocate

This "Millions of Health Freedom Fighters - Newsletter" is about the battle between "Health and Medicine" on Planet Earth. Tim Bolen is an op/ed writer with extensive knowledge of the activities of a subversive organization calling itself the "quackbusters," and that organization's attempts to suppress, and discredit, any, and all health modalities that compete with the allopathic (MD) paradigm for consumer health dollars. The focus of the newsletter is on the ongoing activities, battles, politics, and the victories won by members of the "Health Freedom Movement" against the "quackbusters" It details "who the quackbusters are, what they are, where they are operating, when they appear, and how they operate - and how easy it is to beat them..."

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