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Some Notes on Irving I. Dardik, M.D.

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

In the 1980s, Irving Dardik, M.D., a vascular surgeon, devised an exercise program which he claimed would to optimize the body's health patterns and lead to reversal of such disorders as multiple sclerosis. In 1995, New York State medical licensing authorities found him guilty of fraud, exercising undue influence, guaranteeing satisfaction or a cure, and failing to maintain adequate records. Case records indicate that he had charged four MS patients from $30,000 to $100,000 for their treatment. His New York medical license was revoked, he was fined $40,000, and his New Jersey license was subsequently relinquished.

The revocation proceeding was initiated by Ellen Burstein MacFarlane, a former TV investigative reporter , whose experience with Dardik is detailed in Legwork: An Inspiring Journey Through a Chronic Illness, which she co-authored with her sister. The links below provide most of the public record pertaining to the revocation of Dardik's New York license.

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This page was posted on October 23, 2000.