Jury says ‘disease expert’ must pay $105M to cancer victim

November 2, 2018 GMT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California man convicted of practicing medicine without a license must pay more than $105 million to a woman who said he falsely promised to cure her breast cancer.

KNSD-TV says San Diego jurors decided Wednesday that Robert O. Young must pay medical expenses and damages. Young says he’ll appeal.

Young wrote “The pH Miracle” and other best-selling books promoting an alternative theory of fighting illness.

Dawn Kali sued Young for fraud and negligence, saying she delayed regular cancer treatment and spent thousands on baking soda infusions and other therapies at Young’s Valley Center retreat.

She finally sought medical help in 2013 after cancer spread to her bones. She’s been given four years to live.

Young was sentenced last year to nearly four years in prison for illegally practicing medicine.