“Lyme literate” Martin D. Fried: Arrest, Federal drug charges

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Martin D. Fried is a doctor in Ocean, NJ known for being “Lyme literate”. Police arrested Fried and two of his patients outside a Walgreens in 2018.

Fried was charged in federal court with illegally distributing drugs, including oxycodone, amphetamine sulfate and dextroamphetamine mixed salts (aka Adderall), and alprazolam (aka Xanax).

After the arrest, regulators in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey suspended Martin Fried’s licenses to practice medicine.

Even though Fried specialized in pediatric gastroenterology, his beliefs have contradicted mainstream science organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics, which states:

“Chronic Lyme disease” is not a medical diagnosis.

Fried’s promoted the idea of “Gastrointestinal Lyme”, even though gastrointestinal symptoms are not listed by the CDC or other mainstream medical organizations as symptoms of Lyme disease.

An article on so-called “Gastrointestinal Lyme” by Fried was published in the “Lyme Times”, a publication of the pseudoscience group LymeDisease.org. In the article, he asserted without evidence that Bartonella, mycoplasma, and H. pylori are coinfections of Lyme disease.

The CDC states that bartonella and mycoplasma “have not been shown to be tickborne.” LymeScience could find no credible evidence to support Lyme-H. Pylori coinfection.

Victims of chronic Lyme quackery are frequently diagnosed with multiple fake infections. One popular fake coinfection is chronic Bartonella. A survey by the quackery-promoting LymeDisease.org of so-called Chronic Lyme patients found 54% thought they had a Bartonella coinfection.

Martin Fried was an early promoter of the belief in chronic Lyme-Bartonella coinfection. He also promoted the idea that rashes that look like common, harmless stretch marks are evidence of a Bartonella infection.

The strange belief that stretch marks are Bartonella-borne was refuted by scientists in the Department of Dermatology at Johns Hopkins University in 2018. The belief has caused patients—including children—to receive unnecessary antimicrobial drugs.

Martin Fried admits receiving at least $23,000 from the Lyme Disease Association, a known pseudoscience group. Fried is also a Lyme Disease Association conference speaker.

Local news site More Monmouth Musings reported that Fried was pursuing comedy, but “his comedy is pretty bad.”

Resources

Asbury Park Press: Wanamassa pediatrician charged with drug distribution

Jersey Shore Online: Local Pediatrician Suspended After Illegally Distributing Prescription Drugs

More Monmouth Musings: Feds Charge Monmouth County Doctor With Illegal Prescription Drug Distribution

Patch: Doctor’s License Suspended Over Illegal Prescriptions

Yelp: Martin Fried Reviews

NJ Office of the Attorney General: NJ Board of Medical Examiners Suspends Licenses of Two Doctors in Unrelated Cases Involving Allegations of Indiscriminate Prescribing

Department of Justice: Monmouth County, New Jersey, Doctor Charged With Illegally Distributing Prescription Controlled Substances

Documents

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration: Martin Fried Criminal Complaint

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs: Martin Fried License Suspension

Pennsylvania Board of Medicine: Martin Fried License Suspension

New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct: Martin Fried License Suspension, 2019-04-01

New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct: Martin Fried Orders, 2019-04-26 and 2016-04-18

Courtlistener: United States v. Martin D. Fried