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Doctor and others indicted in Lyme Disease case

More news here on treatment of Lyme Disease "by selling a microscope that they claimed would diagnose and cure Lyme disease."

A former Topeka doctor in prison for the death of a woman he treated for Lyme Disease faces federal charges related to the treatment.

Prosecutors said Friday that John Toth and two Californians were indicted in an alleged scheme to sell medical equipment and treatments for a nonexistent epidemic of Lyme disease. Their marketing materials claimed Lyme disease was "the plague of the 21st century" and contributed to 50 percent of all chronic illness.

Robert W. Bradford, 77, and Brigette Byrd, 63, both of Chula Vista, Calif., and a Chula Vista company, C.R.B. Inc., doing business as American Biologics, are also named in the indictment.

Toth, 59, pleaded no contest last year to a charge of reckless involuntary manslaughter in the 2006 death of Beverly Wunder, 47, of Topeka. Toth treated Wunder by giving her intravenous infusions of a "heavy metal" known as bismuth, which has not been approved for such a use.

Friday's indictment charges the three with violating the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by selling a microscope that they claimed would diagnose and cure Lyme disease.

The indictment says Bradford, who claimed to be a doctor and professor, was the inventor of "Bradford Variable Projection Microscope," which could identify Lyme disease. Byrd was executive vice president of C.R.B., and Toth was a licensed medical doctor in Topeka.

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