I like numerous lay person have, over my lifetime, encountered the magic of medicine, as well as medicine given undue magical qualities and the practitioners of medicine elevated to godlike, wizard or shaman status. Shaman. Modern society tends to frown on this word unless when made fun of. Certainly not in relations to practitioners of medicine. A shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing. Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.
The station , that first broke the news also stated that the Sheriff’s office and Florida Department of Health investigators began looking into Love-Robinson after receiving a complaint about him. According to the sheriff’s office, Love-Robinson opened an office in a West Palm Beach medical building in October 2015 and had been practicing illegally since then.
“Just because you saw a season of Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t mean you could practice medicine,” the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.
They charge him with third-degree felony and Love-Robinson was held on $6,000 bail, before eventually posting $21K bond while maintaining his innocence. Love-Robinson was arrested after giving an undercover police agent a medical exam and medical advice. Apparently this was the only way they could have arrested the 18 year old, false doctor, who set up a clinic in that area. They also stated this was his third time impersonating a healthcare professional. The third time. And the first arrest. According to the news that seems to get more interesting. In 2015, Love-Robinson pretended to be a gynecologist at St. Mary’s Medical Center, often looking in on medical exams. Hospital employees stated that Love-Robinson would sometimes suddenly appear wearing a surgical mask, hospital logo white doctors coat and a stethoscope. He apparently kept this disguise going for at least a month when he was caught in a pregnant woman’s exam room. The hospital declined to press charges, stating that he had not been in direct contact with any patients. But his fascination with healthcare continued and he posed as a massage therapist at a rehab center in October 2015. He was investigated and cited by the Department of Health for practicing medicine without a license.
The rest of the story stated that family members became concerned when they found out he was having a grand opening celebration for his new practice New Birth New Life Holistic and Alternative Medical Center & Urgent Care. Police soon received an anonymous tip and the Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach Narcotics Task Force (PBNTF) and the Florida Department of Health began an investigation.
Love-Robinson created a web page that listed his age as 25 and gave his titles as the co-founder, president and CEO. Images from the website show him wearing a white doctor’s coat and a bio which states, “Dr. Malachi A. Love-Robinson is a a well rounded professional that treats, and cares for patients, using a system of practice that bases treatment of physiological functions and abnormal conditions on natural laws governing the human body. Dr Love-Robinson utilizes physiological, psychological, and mechanical methods, such as air, water, light, heat, earth, phototherapy, food and herb therapy, psychotherapy, electrotherapy, physiotherapy, mechanotherapy, naturopathic corrections and manipulation, and natural methods or modalities, together with natural medicines, natural processed foods, and herbs and nature’s remedies.”
On the staff page of the center, it also lists Michelle L. Newsome as operations director and Dr. Sandra J. White as program director.
However, some family members are staunchly defending Love-Robinson and his antics. His grandfather William Robinson has stated that it’s all a misunderstanding that his grandson was a holistic doctor and had certifications to practice. Robinson stated that the plan was for him to open the center and attract doctors to work for his grandson. In addition, William Robinson, who is the pastor of New Birth Outreach Ministries, stated his grandson was an “Up and coming pastor.”
This is a fascinating story and had me wondering what was the story behind the one they are giving us. As the media kept putting out more and more information, here are some of the what appears to be troubling facts about what young mister Love-Robinson is doing. He is
- 18 years old and claims to have been studying for years
- He calls himself a doctor of everything except Medicine ( this is important as you will see)
- He is doing gynecological exams
- He was said to have been discovered twice before, but not charged on those occasions
- How did he come up with bail?
Here is what is troubling about the media story, they claim that…
- He stole two checks from an old woman, a theft that was conveniently mentioned now, but not when it supposedly happened
- The police had to send an undercover agent to get him examined, even though they fully new he was 18 and was practicing without a license AND allegedly had a complaint from a family member.
- He had an explanation for the signage on his door, but the media never explained if he actually called himself a doctor or not.
Throughout the past week, everybody and their dog has chimed in on this story. Clowning Love-Robinson, questioning is mental state and expressing outrage at his audacity. In doing a google story under the incident, all I saw was the story of Love-Robinson and only Love-Robinson. How many of you though were familiar with this story from 2012? Matthew Scheidt Sentenced For Impersonating Physician Assistant, This story stated that ” Matthew Scheidt, 18, was sentenced yesterday to a year in jail for impersonating a physician assistant at a Florida hospital, where he dressed wounds, examined disrobed patients and even performed CPR. Scheidt was arrested in Sept. 2011 at the age of 17, after he raised the suspicions of hospital workers by trying to gain access to restricted areas of Osceola Regional Medical Center” . In the above story Scheidt was immediately recognized, caught and subsequently arrested. However, a hospital spokeswoman told Reuters that she knew of no patients who were harmed under Scheidt’s care.
Matthew Scheidt has a more extensive record of impersonating professionals as diverse as a nurse to a cop and started this at age 13. This is not a story pitting either boys treatment in the media though. It is a bout the medical system and the people who practice in it. In viewing the two stories, a few things stand out and bade the questions. Were they both arrested for performing examinations on unsuspecting patients and did a screwed up job? Or were they arrested because they examined patience as a doctor, even calling themselves that? Now calling yourself a doctor is and of itself shouldn’t be a reason to get arrested. There are many celebrities who carry a designation of Dr., honorary doctor, but its attached to their names. And unless it is stated, one would ASS-ume they were. And claiming to be a medical doctor, gives you the same troubles as calling yourself a Lawyer, paralegal or CGA. If you read into the two story, both are said to have been arrested for impersonating a Physician ( a person qualified to practice medicine. doctor, doctor of medicine, MD, medical practitioner, general practitioner,GP, clinician, family doctor) or a physicians assistant.
Who knows of Dr’s Sebi and O’Afrika? Neither have medical degrees and neither would not insult themselves by associating themselves with the medical profession. Yet both have helped the body heal itself much more often and much better than any medical practitioners. And in Dr Sebi’s case, well this story should give you an idea about the medical system
What I hope to find out from the story of Love-Robinson is whether he harmed anybody, made anybody feel uncomfortable or did anything unethical. Now be very careful about answering the unethical questions, be careful of ascribing ethics to doctors and the profession of medicine. My personal experience and knowledge tells me that outside of the surgery room, doctors or general practitioners don’t know much of anything different than you and I, who could learn acquire similar skills through google, a medical book or even a paramedic course.
Which brings me back to the term system. As i wrote a system is a set of principles or procedures according to which something is done; an organized scheme or method. Again I have to ask, is it because Love-Robinson examined patients and ( the horrors) charged them for the work? Thus taking money out of the medical practitioners system? You see, if he wasn’t a real doctor, then he didn’t have to pay for medical license and numerous other regulatory fees that keeps this organization running smoothly.
I of course do not put Love-Robinson is the same category of these two men. And perhaps he will be charged and imprisoned for what they said he did. It will be interesting to see if the young man’s defense is tight enough to bring more of this story to light, i.e, the system going overboard unnecessarily. It seems that the odds are against him, but I am very interested in a lot of unsaid things about the medical system, like how was he able to fool so many people, including so called professionals. As well as what does it say about medicine on the basic level, if two teenagers 18 and 19, can repeatedly treat basic symptoms without complaint, with out initial alarm? Something indeed more to this story than just what the media is shoving down our throat.