Man Who Treated Civil Rights Legend’s Widow Coretta Scott King Is Arrested

Man Who Treated Civil Rights Legend’s Widow Coretta Scott King Is Arrested

Published April 16, 2009

A man who promoted himself as a naturopathic doctor when treating the late Coretta Scott King has been arrested for allegedly practicing medicine without a license. Kurt Donsbach, 73, was taken into custody while in the midst of broadcasting his weekly Web show. He reportedly has a criminal history and a record of problems with medical authorities.

King, the wife of slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., died in 2006, two weeks after what would have been her husband's 78th birthday. She was receiving treatment for ovarian cancer at Donsbach's Mexico clinic at the time of her death, but he was not charged with any wrongdoing in connection with King’s passing.

Mexican police say Donsbach gave patients unapproved drugs. Prosecutors say he has told patients that supplements he prescribes can cure cancer. "The defendant preyed on vulnerable patients who were looking for medical help," reads a district attorney's statement. "Under the guise of providing natural and safe supplements, he sold victims potentially dangerous drugs."

Practitioners of natural or holistic medicine are often not certified by state medical authorities, but can be certified in nutrition and other legally approved areas of health treatment. Many Blacks have increasingly sought holistic health treatment out of distrust for conventional medicine and its treatments.


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