A Tulsa World investigation shows that Robbins has
degrees from nonaccredited, offshore colleges and provides
at least one service his laboratory is not qualified to provide.
The Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and
Supervision has investigated Robbins and told him to cease
and desist portraying himself as a medical doctor by putting
the initials MD after his name on advertisements, Executive
Director Lyle Kelsey said.
In an interview at his office recently, Robbins said he
does not pretend to practice medicine. He has no opposition
to traditional medicine and considers his practice complementary to it.
Robbins said he has stopped putting the MD after his
name, but other organizations still do, despite letters he has
sent that ask them to stop.
Robbins is listed as an MD on at least five websites and
is named as a medical doctor in an online video, although he
is not licensed to practice medicine anywhere.
Kelsey said the medical board has sent its information
about Robbins to the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office
The District Attorney’s Office has no current investigation into Robbins, a spokeswoman said.
Kelsey said Robbins has the responsibility to attempt to
set the record straight.
“He ought to be trying to make some effort to take it off,”
Oklahoma law requires children attending school to receive certain vaccines, but parents may exempt their children
for medical, personal or religious reasons.
Robbins keeps the exemption paperwork on file in his
office with a summary for personal beliefs against vaccines
already filled in.
Robbins said he believes a product called an immunity
booster combined with a proper diet is just as effective as a
Dr. Brian McDowell, a local pediatrician, said a patient
asked him about Robbins’ “alternative to vaccines.”
McDowell told her vaccines are vital to preventing seri-
ous diseases and said Robbins is “dangerous.”
There has been no evidence that vaccines can cause au-
tism, a relatively common misconception, said Dr. Stanley
Grogg, an associate dean of clinical research at Oklahoma
“Vaccines have been proven by evidence-based medicine
to be very safe,” he said.
Robbins said he received a medical degree from the British
West Indies Medical College, which is not accredited and was
founded by a man who pleaded guilty to practicing medicine
without a license in October 1989.
Appeal Court Rejects Killer's Case
CANADA: A former Mississauga chiropractor found guilty
of bludgeoning his wife to death with an axe has failed in
his bid to have the conviction and life sentence overturned.
The Ontario Court of Appeal announced on April 5 that it
struck down an appeal by Kirk Klymchuk, 50, who argued
that the jury's verdict in spring 2008 was unreasonable and
that the trial judge failed to properly instruct the jury before
The panel of appeal judges dismissed those arguments.
"The appellant received a fair trial. He was ably represented
by experienced counsel and the learned trial judge ensured that
the jury only heard evidence that was properly admissible,"
the judges said in their ruling. "The charge to the jury was
a model of fairness and clarity and the trial judge presented
the appellant's case fully and in its most favourable light."
In May 2008, a jury found Klymchuk guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying of his wife, Maria, 36.
Dawson issued an automatic life sentence and later ruled
Klymchuk couldn't apply for parole for at least 13 years.
Klymchuk went to trial for first-degree murder in the April
12, 1998, slaying of his wife. Jurors returned a guilty verdict
on second-degree murder.
In reaching their verdict after five days of deliberations,
jurors weren't informed that it was the third time Klymchuk
had stood trial for killing his wife, a Toronto schoolteacher.
He was initially convicted in 2000 in Orangeville, but the
verdict was overturned on appeal after he had served five
years of a life sentence in a federal penitentiary.
His second trial—in 2006 in Brampton—ended with a
Prosecutor Eric Taylor told jurors that Klymchuk meticulously staged the crime scene to make it look like his wife was
brutally slain after confronting intruders during a break-in at
the couple's Caledon home.
Klymchuk was a chiropractor in Mississauga before moving his practice to Brampton, where he was working when he
was arrested nearly 13 years ago.
OKLAHOMA: A Tulsa chiropractor who sells naturopathic
remedies, including some that area medical professionals say
are ineffective, is being told to stop allowing himself to be
misrepresented as a medical doctor.
Joel Robbins has been licensed in Oklahoma since
1978, is in good standing and has active status with the Oklahoma Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He operates Living
Health Concepts at 61st Street and Sheridan Avenue.
Tulsa Chiropractor Faces Questions about
Misrepresenting Himself as an MD
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