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Yet another sad development for freedom, as the fascist authorities of Nevada have arrested a self-trained "doctor" who claims to have "performed dozens of abortions, circumcisions, castrations, root canals, even cancer treatments."

Rick Van Thiel doesn't have a license or any medical training; his only professional experience is as a "porn star, male escort and sex toy inventor." But if people were willing to see him for "natural" and "holistic" "treatments," should the state really be judging him according to its own alleged "standards" and "qualifications"? Next Big Government will insist that people not be allowed to let their babies die while they pray for Jebus to make them all better.

Besides, Mr. Van Thiel's website -- a veritable catalogue of crazy pseudo-medical bullshit -- includes this disclaimer:

For the purposes of this website the term "doctor" or "Doctor Rick" is a nick name and not intended to infer state sanction or Rockefeller drug pushing training.

Nevada has charged "Doctor Rick" with "practicing medicine without a license; possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of illegal drugs and illegally providing illegal drugs." He could also face federal charges. Van Thiel came to the attention of authorities after complaints about his unlicensed medical practice; information against him also appears to have come from a couple of Sovereign Citizens arrested in 2013 for plotting to kidnap police officers, "try" them for treason, and execute them.

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Really, if any harm befell "Doctor" Rick's patients, it's not his fault, as he provides clear instructions, like "You must be willing to eat what we tell you to eat and do anything and everything else we say." And how could anyone claim that Van Thiel was a quack when he helpfully includes this cautionary tale?

I was working with a gal that was in her mid 70s with throat cancer from smoking all her life. She was getting healthier and doing pretty well after only spending a couple weeks with her. I gave her at least 6 more good years. Then some family members talked her into quitting with me and going with the chemo/radiation. After only one month of their treatment, they gave her one month to live.

And then? That nice lady DIED, because she broke the chain!

Also, since federal money is no good, Van Thiel only accepted payment -- er, "donations" -- in the form of "BIT Coin, Gold, Silver, Arms, Skilled Labor, medical supplies or other commodities that we find value in." Or, if you don't have any gold, he says, "You may pay me with FRNs and I can covert it to gold for you." So don't be waving your phony federal dollars at him, OK?

Not surprisingly, Van Thiel has a lengthy criminal record, including a couple stints in prison for battery, assault, burglary -- the usual. After one prostitution arrest in 2012, he attempted to sue the Las Vegas police officer who arrested him, claiming that as a sovereign "natural born People of the united States of America," he was free to do prostitution because only he owned his body. He eventually dropped the suit.

His website has other fun Sovereign Derp on it; in a section headed "Sovereign Babies," he offers to help you birth a babby that will be Truly Free, unvaccinated, and completely Off The Grid, not even required to go to the Government Schools or be enslaved with a Social Security number.

But for patients who really don't want to give birth to another government slave, Van Thiel was willing to perform abortions, as he explained on a different website, but only before 49 days of gestation, since that's when "the pineal gland develops" and the fetus is then a person; up to that point, "there is no one there, the fetus is only biologic material." We don't know that the "pro life" crowd will be very convinced by that.

But now all his government-free revels are ended, because the goon squad has caught up to him, even though he is a Free American who is above their supposed "laws." Here's a surprise: SPLC's Hatewatch reports that Van Thiel plans to represent himself in court. That should be fun. Set up your Google alerts now!

[Hatewatch / ABC News / Las Vegas Review-Journal]

Doktor Zoom

Doktor Zoom's real name is Marty Kelley, and he lives in the wilds of Boise, Idaho. He is not a medical doctor, but does have a real PhD in Rhetoric. You should definitely donate some money to this little mommyblog where he has finally found acceptance and cat pictures. He is on maternity leave until 2033. Here is his Twitter, also. His quest to avoid prolixity is not going so great.

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