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California Doctor Found Selling ‘Homeopathic Ebola Cure’ On MP3 Files

A doctor in California could have his medical license revoked after he was found selling MP3s online which he claimed could cure a string of diseases and conditions, including Ebola, malaria and pet bladder infections.

The California medical board has requested a hearing against Dr Bill Gray after he was accused of gross negligence and repeated negligence acts for selling so-called "eRemedies" on his website, MD In Your Hands.

According to the site, eRemedies are a patented technology based on "homeopathic principles” which involve clients answering “very detailed” questions in order to create a “unique and individualized” pattern. An algorithmic engine then selects from one of 263 eRemedies from the library for the patients to listen to, based on their answers. 

According to court documents, the patients can purchase these 13-second sound waves for $5 and listen to them on their cellphones or computer. The purchaser “takes” the eRemedy according to “recommended protocol.”

Gray’s website lists a string of ailments which he claims the sound waves could cure, including head injury, menstrual pain, typhoid and anxiety. According to his CV posted on the website, Gray managed to cure three cases of Ebola in 2014 by “simply by playing the appropriate eRemedy several times in an hour.”

Explaining how the technology works, Gray said that energetic signal in homeopathic remedies—such as water—can be extracted via a device consisting of a simple coil connected to an amplifier and digitizer.

The resulting signal can then be extracted and stored on a computer as a .wav file or a MP3 file.

GettyImages-53396873 A man listens to an iPod MP3 player through earphones August 17, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. Dr Bill Gray sold his 'eRemedies' as sound files for $5 each. Ian Waldie/Getty Images

The noise made by the eRemedy is a 13-second “hissing” sound. “We considered embedding the frequency pattern into soothing ocean or wind or bird sounds, but we figured this might cause confusion with other websites that are producing relaxation rather than true treatment,” the website explains.

“I’ve done it now for three years and it’s worked on patients all over the world—everything from flu and fever, traveler’s diarrhea, back pain, and even malaria, typhoid, cholera,” Stanford-educated Gray told the Mercury News.

“There’s a bunch of people in Sierra Leone that have been using it recently for a big malaria outbreak—we have 42 cases, 41 of which were cured in three or four hours just by playing the signals on their cell phones.”

The Medical Board of California said that Gray sold these products despite not being approved by the FDA, not examining any patients before selling the product to them and not providing the purchaser with a valid prescription.

The board also says the eRemedies were sold despite there being “no well-documented evidence in the peer reviewed scientific literature that homeopathic remedies can be transmitted electronically via sound waves.”

Robert Stewart, founder of the New York School of Homeopathy, also expressed concerns about Gray’s supposed treatment.

"It is clear to me that what he is doing has nothing to do with homeopathy," he told the Los Angeles Times. "He's on his own in this."

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