In 2002, Robert Young published a book titled, “The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health” that was subsequently translated into scores of languages. Mr. Young also established a “Miracle Retreat Center,” a clinic where “patients” could receive “treatments” for their various diseases. According to Mr. Young, these diseases were the result of too much acidity in the human body.
Treatments at the Center consisted of colonic therapies, massages, and baking soda infusions that cost $500.
Unfortunately for Mr. Young’s believers, these treatments did not work for one woman who suffered from breast cancer. She sued Mr. Young after he failed to deliver on promises that he would cure her cancer without surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.
Instead of curing her, Mr. Young made her cancer worse. In 2013, the woman’s cancer spread to her bones, so she panicked and sought conventional treatment to help her.
She sued Mr. Young for practicing medicine without a license, fraud, and personal injury. After a jury deliberated for only three hours, she received an award for $1 million for medical expenses as well as $89.5 million for past and future pain and suffering. Mr. Young was also handed $15 million in punitive damages.