Question for RICHVANK or OTHERS.

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Manwithfibro, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Manwithfibro

    Manwithfibro New Member

    My son and I are suffering from fibromyalgia. I have lyme and now believe my son has it, also. He has had persistent high ASO titers, so thought maybe pandas but he has such horrible pain, neurological problems (walking with unsteady gait, etc...and easily wiped out). He took the VCS test and it was positive for biotoxin illness. Do you think you can do the ACTOS with QUESTRAN protocol in a 12 year old? Doctors are clueless and I wouldn't know where to begin to find a doctor that understands this but I do know that I will blunt my herx if I use ACTOS with QUESTRAN while detoxing. I wanted to give it a shot in the hopes of some miracle for him. Thoughts? Thanks
  2. richvank

    richvank New Member

    Hi, Manwithfibro.

    Sorry, I don't have experience with this. I suggest that you or your doctor consult with Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker in Pocomoke, Maryland. You may also be able to find information on his website,

    Best regards,

  3. Nanie46

    Nanie46 Moderator

    I'm sorry that I can't answer your question either.

    Are you and your son able to get to a Lyme Literate MD?
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    That explains that Rich died in his sleep of a massive heart attack. We will miss him.

    Love, Mikie
  5. Richie Shoemaker, M.D., Reprimanded
    In March 2013, the Maryland State Board of Physicians reprimanded Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D. Shoemaker's Web site states that he retired from clinical practice on January 31, 2013. The consent order (shown below) states:

    • Shoemaker was doing business as the Chronic Fatigue Center, in Pocomoke City, Maryland.
    • In 2006, in response to a patient complaint, the Maryland Board cautioned him about maintaining proper alternative medicine protocols.
    • In 2009, the board repeated its warning in response to an anonymous complaint about his "treating and prescribing for Lyme disease over the Internet."
    • In 2010, a complainant reported that Shoemaker was soliciting patients through a Web site that offered an online test. in response to this complaint, the board reviewed the case, supoenaed other patient records, and concluded that Shoemaker (a) used documentation was not consistently legible, (b) attempted to justify the ordering of tests by using diagnostic codes for conditions not documented in the patient records, (c) failed to document his rationale for treatment decisions, (d) and prescribed the drug Procrit in a potentially dangerous manner.
    • If Shoemaker resumes practice he must serve two years' probation with at least one year in which his practice is monitored by another physician. He must also refrain from requiring or asking patients to donate to his research organization.