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NRI doctor charged for using weed killer to Cancer patients


Atlanta, Dec. 24, 2005
Asha Chopra

NRI doctor, Totada Shanthaveerappa and also known as T.R. Shantha, 70 and a medical assistant face 87 counts, including health care fraud and distributing unapproved and misbranded drugs. The doctor is also charged with money laundering involving almost $5 million.

The license of a Dr. Totada Shanthaveerappa has been suspended by the medical board of Georgia State. The board took the decision unanimously at a 1/2 hour meeting and the notice was served Dr. Totada R Shanthaveerappa

The nine-member board's unanimous action came after a federal grand jury had earlier in the week accused the doctor, who practices in Stockbridge, of using weed killer and insecticide to treat patients

Prosecutors say Shanthaveerappa treated cancer patients with dinitrophenol, or DNP, a weedkiller and insecticide chemical; Ukrain; and hyperbaric oxygen therapy intended to treat acute mountain sickness and the bends and deep wound healing. Prosecutors said no body suffered any direct harm from the treatments.

Dr. T.R. Shantha's clinic website describe that it provides safe and effective, non-toxic, scientifically can cure or control most cancer and other chronic disease. The website also mention that the standard two to three week treatment would cost between $25,000 and $45,000 and maximum charges will not exceed $60,000 for 3 to 6 weeks.

Dr. T.R. Shantha has had a licence to practice since 1972, could appeal the medical board's decision before a state administrative law judge or the state Supreme Court.

In a letter to a medical newsletter, Shanthaveerappa wrote that he treated a lady dying with septic shock with peritoneal hyperthermia. "The procedure has never been attempted before anywhere in the world," he wrote. "Sarcasm and indignation was expressed by my colleagues about how I treated this woman." He wrote that he is scorned by some doctors for avoiding "the status quo."

Shanthaveerappa has six children, two of whom are doctors. He has three U.S patents. One is listed as "A method and apparatus for heating the interior surfaces of a hollow organ or orifice of the human body for the treatment of viral infections, microbial infections, and cancers, the apparatus including an insertion body having a semi-rigid support tube and an inflatable balloon."

In June, he received the distinguished physician award from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin at the group's convention in Houston.

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NRI doctor, Totada Shanthaveerappa and also known as T.R. Shantha

But patients like Nancy Hoffman say the hope Dr. Totada R. Shanthaveerappa instilled was real. And she wanted the world to know it. The 65-year-old Stockbridge woman, dressed in a red and white pantsuit, delivered a tray of Christmas cookies to the man she says saved her life.