George Allibone, MD- Medical board charges pending

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George William Allibone runs The Houston Wellness Clinic in Houston, TX.  Many would call him a quack because of the unscientific treatments he offers for all manner of conditions, including cancer, weight loss, and Lyme disease, which is rare in Texas. But chronic Lyme disease is not Lyme disease at all, and it’s easy to get a false diagnosis if you want one.

Allibone makes several dubious claims about the efficacy of HBOT (Hyperbaric oxygen therapy), which he sells at his clinic. For example, he states “Due to the high concentration of oxygen in the tissues that occurs with HBOT, the Lyme spirochete, which is micro-aerophilic, is debilitated.” There is no compelling evidence to support this claim. A 2015 review noted “No study of [HBOT] in humans with Lyme disease has ever been published.” Lyme disease is a treatable infection.

On August 22, 2017, a formal complaint was filed by the Texas Medical Board.

According to the Texas Medical Board:

Respondent [Allibone] violated the standard of care with regard to medical care provided to three patients, hereinafter referred to as Patient(s) 1, 2 and 3. Respondent also failed to meet the standard of care in that he did not maintain adequate medical records for each of the three patients. In addition, Respondent failed to obtain appropriate consents for treatment, including consents for alternative/complimentary treatments.

Furthermore, Respondent engaged in unprofessional conduct by breaching patient- physician confidentially of Patients 1 and 2, both of whom Respondent treated for extensive lengths of time despite having intertwining close personal relationships.

More details are in the formal complaint. These charges are pending.

(updated 2018-02-23)