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A California author who preaches alternative medicine has been ordered to pay $105 million to a mother-of-four who said he falsely promised to cure her breast cancer.
San Diego jurors ordered Robert O Young Wednesday to pay medical expenses and damages to terminally-ill Dawn Kali, 45, after she was convinced by Young to forgo chemotherapy and spend thousands for his treatments.
She later sued for fraud and negligence when the cancer ultimately spread, giving her just four years to live.
This comes over a year after Young was convicted of practicing medicine without a license and sentenced to nearly four years in prison. He ultimately served just a few months.
Young wrote The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health and several other best-selling books promoting an alternative theory of fighting illness.
His treatments are based on the theory that acidity causes disease and preaches an alkaline diet as a cure all.
Kali said Young had advised her to delay regular chemotherapy treatment and instead spend thousands on massages, colon cleansing and baking soda infusions at Young's Valley Center retreat.
She finally sought medical help in 2013 after the cancer spread to her bones and developed into stage four. The mother-of-four has been given four years to live。
'The jury listened carefully and understood the gravity of the evidence, and rendered a verdict that was commensurate with the damage Ms. Kali suffered, and will suffer,' Kali's lawyer Patrick Swan said.
He also told the San Diego Tribune that he hopes the verdict 'will have an effect on the miracle, cure-all cancer industry.'
The $105 million award includes $90 million for pain and suffering and $15 million for punitive damages.
But on Friday, Young called the ruling 'totally outrageous'.
His attorney Conrad Joyner said he plans to appeal the ruling.
'No matter if you believe in The pH Miracle or disbelieve it, it's clear that Robert believes it,' Joyner said. 'He sincerely believes what he is doing.'
His theories and treatments of intravenous fluids mixed with baking soda went for as much as $500 each.
The judge called Young a 'fraud' Friday while Deputy District Attorney Gina Darvas said he took advantage of desperate and dying people with his pseudoscience.
She argued that his degrees came from a non-accredited 'diploma mill' Young received a doctorate in eight months in 1995.
Treatments are no longer provided at Young’s property and he was ordered to publicly announce that he is not a medical or naturopathic doctor nor a trained scientist.