The Nevada County District Attorney’s office filed a complaint Friday against holistic physician Harvey Bigelsen on allegations of practicing medicine without a license and charges related to manufacturing and distributing homeopathic remedies.
Deputy District Attorney Raymond DeJesus said the complaint, filed in Nevada County Superior Court, includes nine misdemeanor counts against Bigelsen, whose Nevada City office was raided March 20 by investigators from the California Medical Board. The actions or events that led to the allegations were listed as having occurred in February and March, DeJesus said.
Bigelsen, who has since moved from his home in Nevada City to South County, said Friday that his work at the former Biological Health Institute in Nevada City was as a consultant to a licensed osteopathic physician and a naturopathic physician. Bigelsen said his contribution was confined to examining and analyzing blood samples under a microscope.
“I did no diagnoses, I did not prescribe any pharmaceuticals and I was not practicing medicine,” he said. “This whole thing is unreal, it’s Orwellian.”
Bigelsen, who has received significant community support on Facebook and who has a fundraiser set for 3 to 7 p.m. June 22 at Summer Thymes restaurant in Grass Valley, said there was no advance warning, cease and desist letter or complaint issued prior to state investigators showing up at his office in March.
The California Medical Board does not have him listed on its website or in its files, according to board staff.
“California is an open meetings state,” Bigelsen said. “I contacted the board, and they have no record of me. How did they do this?”
He said the investigators confiscated his microscope and that of his son, Josh Bigelsen. The two microscopes have not been returned, he said.
“It’s so ridiculous,” he said. “I practice anti-medicine, not medicine.”
The Union will publish additional details in the paper’s Healthy Tuesday edition on June 10.
According to DeJesus, Bigelsen is charged with:
– Two counts of practicing medicine without certification.
– One count of advertising as a doctor or physician without certification.
– One count of giving false or misleading statements.
– Two counts of adulterating any drug or device without a valid license.
– Three counts related to misbranding, manufacturing, selling, delivering, holding or offering for sale any prescription or homeopathic drugs.
DeJesus said Superior Court will set a date for an arraignment on the charges. Further hearing dates will be set at arraignment, he said.
If convicted, Bigelsen could face a range of penalties from probation to a maximum of a year in jail for each count, DeJesus said.
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