Eric Weisman won't stop playing doctor

Accused of practicing medicine without a license, he says he only prescribed good nutrition

"Is there anything that you did to demonstrate scientifically that it was the treatment that you provided that caused these animals to get better?" she asked.

"I provided the treatment. The animals improved," said Weisman. "That's it."

Weisman was forced to admit that the 20 years of experience he touted was all private study and internet research. He counted the anecdotal evidence provided by a couple of dozen strays he'd experimented on at home as "research studies."

Veterinary nutritionist Dr. Julie Churchill says a vegan diet like Weisman's can eventually cause eye lesions and heart valve problems in cats
Jana Freiband
Veterinary nutritionist Dr. Julie Churchill says a vegan diet like Weisman's can eventually cause eye lesions and heart valve problems in cats

In the course of the interviews, he also admitted he'd been offering to provide some of the same supplement techniques and protocols to humans, calling them "tested organ-regeneration procedures with proven results."

Damon asked Weisman what he meant to treat.

"Heart disease, cancer, mostly undocumented arthritic and some undocumented brain disorders," he replied.

"Did you test any of these procedures on humans?" she asked.

"Yes," he answered. "I tested the stroke treatment on my mother and I tested the heart disease procedure on my father."

"And those were the only human subjects?"

"Let's see," he said. "Yeah. Uh-huh."

At the conclusion of his meeting at the Chiropractic Board of Examiners building, Spicer finally turned to Weisman.

"There's a very large likelihood, a very significant likelihood that we're looking here at violations of the Veterinary Practice Act, violation of the Practice Act of the Board of Nutritional Dietetics, violations of the Pharmacy Practice Act, and violations of the Medical Practice Act," Spicer said. "We are suggesting here, we are offering that there be a stipulated or agreed voluntary surrender of your license."

Weisman seemed dumbfounded.

"I definitely, I've definitely made some mistakes here," he stammered. "I'm willing to make some amends."

No dice. Weisman's chiropractic license was revoked. The order read that he "falsely claimed to have 'treatment programs' that could 'cure' certain forms of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, kidney failure, and other conditions. Such advertising preys on vulnerable people and shows that Respondent poses a serious threat to the public."

Weisman says that a head injury prevented him from completing his community service and he never stood a chance. "Professionals are not afforded a fair trial in this state," Weisman explains. "Bureaucrats make the decisions, not the trial judge and jury."

  

EIGHT YEARS AFTER WEISMAN'S license was taken away, Dr. Wunschmann was hard at work examining the dead cat Weisman had dropped off.

Contrary to what Weisman had suggested, the cat's renal system and kidneys were fine. The animal had died of acute pneumonia—it was unable to absorb nutrients from food any longer.

Both the cat's front legs were broken. What Weisman had suggested were cancerous lesions Wunschmann believed were actually scabs from the cat walking on its joints.

Alarmed by the cat's condition, Wunschmann wrote a letter to the Board of Veterinary Medicine. At wit's end, the board director turned the letter over to the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office for criminal charges, along with a 2003 court injunction that the board had filed barring Weisman from performing veterinary services.

On a blustery day, the cops made their move. Officers from the Little Canada police department and the Ramsey County sheriff's department ascended the steep driveway of Weisman's lakefront home and presented a search warrant.

They fanned out through the house, opening drawers and flipping through documents with gloved hands. The team then went to Weisman's dungeon-like warehouse in downtown St. Paul, where they collected boxes of evidence among dollies and crates of Evolution Diet pet food.

Little Canada City Attorney Trevor Oliver pored over the evidence for the next two months.

One of the 29 files contained a fax from Weisman to a woman in Texas.

"I will charge $125.00 for writing a custom program based on your dog's blood work and physical findings," the fax read. "I am offering you a bargain and at least a normal life expectancy for your dog which is a whole lot more then [sic] you have now."

In another file, Weisman told a dog owner, "I am a former human physician," before diagnosing her dog with cancer. The file contained a note from the woman later indicating that the dog actually had a hematoma.

Finally, there were nine files for human patients. One man had contacted Weisman through his television program asking for help treating his cancer. Another asked "Dr. Weisman" for help with swollen knuckles.

A third was St. Paul attorney Eric Lee, who says he just wanted to buy some vitamins and was perplexed when Weisman pulled out a stethoscope to listen to his breathing.

"I'm not sure why he did that," Lee says.

Oliver came back with 58 separate criminal charges: 29 for practice of veterinary medicine without a license, nine of practicing medicine without a license, 17 criminal contempt of court charges, and two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty against the autopsied cat.

"You don't have to injure somebody to commit this crime," Oliver says. "You just have to try to play doctor. And in this case, Eric clearly tried to play doctor."

  

OVER THE PHONE, ERIC WEISMAN'S voice lacks the joyful tone he uses on his cable network show, although these days a decent amount of his airtime is spent blasting his legal tormenters.

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Weisman
Weisman

This article is a full of lies and deception. All of Eric Weisman's fraudulent criminal charges of practicing veterinary and human medicine along with chiropractic and animal cruelty were dismissed on Feb. 15th, 2012 in Ramsey County Court. Jessica Lussenhop and City Pages lied and misrepresented Eric Weisman throughout this journalistic piece of garbage.

Dan Robinson
Dan Robinson

Back in 2003 after doing hundreds of hours of research on feline nutrition I found a couple of products in the US that claimed to be nutritionally complete AAFCO approved vegan foods for cats. One was Vegecat from Harbingers of a New Age, and the other was Evolution Diet from Eric. Because Vegecat required some work in preparing a complete food, since the product is a supplement to complete the missing components in a vegan diet for cats, I decided to first give the Evolution product a try to see how my feline son would respond. For the first 18 months my 12 year old son was doing fine using the kibble which I tried to feed soaked as suggested. However, in late 2005 I learned the horrors of FLUTD that was most likely caused by the wide variation in formulations that the Evolution product was experiencing in the manufacturing process. After taking him off the Evolution to use the Hill's Prescription Diet for urinary control, a few short months later he succumbed to hepatic lipidosis through starvation, possibly related to his dietary change.

Since that time I have added hundreds of additional hours of study on feline nutrition, adopted a new feline son, and switched him to a Vegecat based feline diet, which has been very successful for the past six years. I monitor his CBC and urinalysis every six months to make sure that his diet remains healthy.

Although Eric appeared to have a well meaning heart, In many of the conversations with him I was disturbed that he was more concerned about the protection of his source of income rather than the quality of his feline product. And since my experience with Eric is only related to the feline products, I cannot comment with any authority about the efficacy of his canine products. I found the formulations of the Evolution feline kibble to change on a regular basis with the palatability becoming a major issue. I was also disturbed by the Gray, et. al., study regarding the two vegan cat food products that showed a deficiency in the nutrient assay for both products. In the case of the Vegecat product it appeared to be a manufacturing error that was subsequently corrected by Harbingers through a procedural change to prevent future mistakes. But in the case of the Evolution product, Eric insisted that the product was fine and that there must have been an error in the research study by the Veterinarians which did not require him to make any changes. This was consistent with my assessment about the wide variation in the formulation of his feline product, which led to my conclusion that the Evolution product was a vegan cat food that I could no longer endorse. In fact, since 2005, I have warned people to avoid his Evolution feline food, especially the kibble. My research indicates that any kibble, whether Evolution or any other dry food, is incompatible with a healthy feline metabolism. The 10% moisture content creates a dangerous dehydration condition that causes or exacerbates gastro-intestinal problems and other related health issues.

I became aware of the many issues surrounding Eric's background back in 2004 and this added to my opinion about his ability to maintain a safe and effective diet for his feline patrons. So it does not surprise me to hear of his recent troubles with authorities.

I currently formulate a vegan feline food product in cooperation with Harbingers using their Vegecat product as a base material. Harbingers has a long history in excess of thirty years of success with feeding both cats and dogs using their specific formulations and recipes. Not only is it possible to safely feed cats a vegan diet that is nutritionally balanced and complete, but it is my personal opinion that the ideal diet for most domesticated cats would be based on the product I have formulated and tested on a small sample of cats. Lacking the funds to do a science based double blind study testing our vegan product, most of my observations are anecdotal and somewhat empirical. However, my gut feeling is that eventually such a science based study will prove that although cats are obligate carnivores, they can be nutritionally enhanced with well formulated vegan foods to provide extended lives that are far healthier than based on conventional commercial foods from the established "pet" food industry.

My personal experiences with these two vegan products have been positive for Vegecat and emphatically negative for Evolution. I know that there are thousands of satisfied Evolution feline food consumers, but I am also aware of a sizable number of very dissatisfied Evolution feline food users as well. I happen to be among the ones in the dissatisfied column. Evolution was a good idea, but it seems to have failed on a number of fronts, partially due to the failures of Eric and his staff. Hopefully the Evolution Diet brand will continue to "evolve" into a better product with some stability in its manufacturing. Time will tell.

Dan RobinsonVegan Cat Institute

Azar Attura
Azar Attura

I tried a vegan food for my cats years ago-- I don't remember if it was Evolution -- all I know is that they refused to eat the canned stuff, and the dry food was so very hard it would have broken a tooth. So I tossed it with no regrets.

Becca
Becca

This man is a vile sociopath. And to be clear his wife is NOT an animal rights activist. I've been vegan 11 years and I am an animal rights activist and I am APPALLED by this idiot's behavior and his CRUELTY to the animals in his care. The cat who was walking on her JOINTS???!?! My god, I cannot even imagine the pain she must have endured before dying from MALNUTRITION in this man's care. YOU ARE A HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING. As I responsible pet guardian (1 dog, 2 cats, 1 rat, 3 foster rats) and a longtime activist for animals I am disgusted and outraged.

Phoenix
Phoenix

First Law of Holes, Eric Weisman: Stop digging.

-- On second thought, keep it up.

Weisman
Weisman

My name is Eric Weisman. Jessica Lussenhop, the woman that wrote the article on me assurred me she when she asked me for an interview that she would be balanced and "not present a negative point of view in my case". I explained to Jessica Lussenhop that I did not want to speak to her under any other condition. Jessica told me she would incorporporate stories from an emergency room specialist and a dentist that I have assisted successfully on numerous occassions with their sick pets and some human disorders. These reports did not appear in her "fair and balanced article". Jessica Lussenhop told me that she would use reports from a number people that I had successfully assisted that she did not use in her story. Jessica Lussenhop is both deceptive and a liar and her report reflects the cheap tabloid journalism that you might expect to find in a cheap flesh selling newpaper like City Pages. The health professionals mentioned are only some of the many thousands of people I have provided nutrient procedure information to for over 30 years in human disorder cases and over 15 years for dog, cat and ferret disorders that were not responding well to conventional medical therapy. By far, most of the time I spend with clients is voluntary and I give free information and provide free assistance to homeless and sick animals for at least between 1000 and 2000 hours per year, every year for about the past 15 years.

Dr. Stavit Measom
Dr. Stavit Measom

I am the dentist that Ms. Jessica Lessenhop interviewed over the phone. My name is Dr. Stavit Measom. I received my DDS from the University of Michigan (#1 dental school in the country--we alternate spots with Harvard Dental School). I have had the pleasure of using Dr. Weisman's advice and Evolution dog food. I rescued several dogs from being euthanized in Miami. I live in Detroit, so after flying the dogs back to Detroit, I called Dr. Weisman for advice. One of the dogs was extremely sick--he had mange, roundworms and was underweight. I worked with a local vet and I had miraculous results using Eric Weisman's protocol. Basically, in addition to the vet's prescribed meds, the dog received the nutritional supplements that Eric Weisman advised. I followed this protocol to the tee, and today, that dog is happy and healthy. Even the vet was extremely surprised that his skin had cleared so quickly (she thought she would have to prescribe steroid, which she didn't since he healed up so well). Eric Weisman NEVER charged me a penny for his advice since I was doing dog rescue. I called him and emailed him so many times and never did I get charged nor did he complain. He always made me feel like the animal involved was the most important thing in the world. Such sincere caring is hard to find in any health professional. And when we do find it, we must treasure it, for if we don't, we may lose something that may never come back. So, before anyone stomps on anyone else, please look first--you may be making the biggest mistake of your life.In peace,Dr. Stavit Measom, DDSP.S. I am considering becoming an Evolution Dog Food distributor, since I think very highly of it (as do many vets I have spoken to). I would like to see more people feeding this to their dogs. The farm sanctuary we volunteer at uses Evolution dog food for all of their dogs, while turning down free dog food that is meat based. Every dog that I rescued loved this stuff and gained weight and health by eating it. And, seriously, have you smelled it? It's amazing aroma will delight you.

Becca
Becca

And what about the cat who DIED from malnutrition in your care, you psychopath? You are horrible, you are an uneducated person who tried to pass off a load of crap to gullible people--and animals suffered for it. I am not religious but I hope you burn in hell. You are the kind of idiot who make us intelligent vegans look like complete assholes. Ugh, this article just breaks my heart, when I think of all those animals who suffered at your hands.

Weisman
Weisman

My name is Eric Weisman. To me it makes good common sense to administer nutrients to a sick person, dog or cat because many studies have shown sick humans and other animals often have nutrient deficiencies. Numerous studies have proven that nutrient deficiencies are linked to genetic, cell and organ damage. I perform experimental procedures using combinations of nutrients and other entities to assist humans, dogs, and cats that are in a state of disease. I always explain to clients that my nutrient procedures are not inteneded to be a cure, treatment, diagnosis or prevention for any disease. The FDA has not evaluated my procedures. I explain that I am a scientist and not a physician, or veterinarian. By far most of the information service I provide for clients is voluntary and costs them nothing. I volunteer offering people nutrient procedure information easily a thousand to two thousand hours per year helping people with their afflictions and / or those of their cats and dogs. Included in this volunteering are many free follow up calls to help make sure proper adjustments are made or referring to a health professional if things are not going as hoped for. For 20 years, I have rescued and sheltered homeless and sick dogs, cats, ferrets and others. I have payed for their neuters, spays, food supplements, placement advertisements and veterinary treatments. I have helped many of those animals while using them as subjects for my own nutrient compound experiments and procedures to assist them when veterinary treatments were not working well. I found that most of my own procedures are far less toxic, less expensive and often more succesful then veterinary treatments. Everyday, I work on my own cases with our older and sick pets. I also provide information on my procedures to people all over the US almost everyday. The nutrients and other entities that I use are not medical or veterinary in nature and they never have been. I have developed these combinations of nutrients and other entities to assist the body in helping it repair itself. In no way are these procedures medical or veterinary. I often get calls from people that are disatisfied with the types of veterinary or medical treaments they are recieving or they do not have sufficient funds to pay for conventional treatment. I ask people to explain what the condition is that they are dealing with. If the conditon appears to be an emergency, I ask people to go to an emergency medical facility and then call me with an update so I can provide them with more accurate information. I often encourage people that I talk to follow up their cases with physicians and/or veterianrians so that they can get a blood, biopsy or more accurate perceptions of the conditions they are dealing with. I recieve a small income from selling supplements that are used in my nutrient procedures. I have also charged a small fee for offering information about my experimental nutrient based procedures. I do not tell people what to do: I tell them what I have done or what I would do. What I do is provide information: Not treatment. I have assisted mostly non-health educated individuals, but non-veterinary human health professionals have used my procedures for their own pets succesfully on numerous occassions. Again: what I provide is information and not treatment. Over the last 30 years I have done nutrient experiments with humans and animals that have various disorders.

lycantropho
lycantropho

@Weisman hi Mr weisman this is raphael from pennsylvania, what a shame and how dumb I am that after many things you said dint make sence I almost fall for your medical advise for my ferret and you call your self a Cientist now I strongly beleave my ferret will die because your medical advice you should be in jail my friend and I will notifie the authorities in your state and the outrageos fees you charge, now it makes sence to me what hapend to my ferret and how many times you ask me if I was willing to spend money for my pet. please if anyone wants to know the story write to me at ralphijunior64@gmail.com dont trust this man.

guest
guest

Sir, sometimes the more you try to convince someone that you're not crazy, the more you reinforce their opinion.

Kim Egan
Kim Egan

"Before he hangs up, Weisman can't help mentioning some new accreditations and awards he's recently received: a 2011 certificate of appreciation from the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine.

When contacted for confirmation, the physician's committee explained that it had given the certificate to Weisman as an honorarium after he made a monetary donation.

"Unbelievable," Weisman says. "I interpreted it as for my stance on cruelty-free testing.""

That one passage explains a lot, both about his credibility and the credibility of the PCRM. Both he and the PCRM rely on junk science and anecdotal evidence for their "medical" advice. The truth is that a very small percentage of the PCRM membership is actually comprised of medical doctors (I've heard 10% for a recent figure) and their actions are obviously based on their agenda (veganism) an monetary gain.

Becca
Becca

Did you not read? PCRM simply sent a thank-you for a donation, like they send to EVERYONE who sends is a donation. Why don't you actually read some of the REAL STUDIES done by actual doctors associated with PCRM--don't judge them by this idiot! I've been vegan 11 years, as has my mother--somehow she's light years ahead of others in her age group in the health department...hmmm....

JMZoss
JMZoss

I ran into this guy when he had a booth for his pet food at my co-op and he freaked me out. He had a really strange aura about him.

Co-op. Aura. I sound like a hippie.

benji
benji

Leave the acupuncture to the acupuncturists....I for one would not trust a Chiropractor that took a 100hour course in acupuncture to give my pet or self acupuncture....Acupuncturists have 3000hours of training-Who would you rather see ?

Johnny
Johnny

Must be related to that perennial fake psychologist, Brad Jesness......

 

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