Last month, I started checking into the claims made by someone calling himself “Dr. Mark Stengler” who along with Brian Chambers of Health Revelations was sending me promotional e-mails and links to web pages. These e-mails and web pages, all claiming to come from from Brian Chambers and this “Dr. Mark Stengler,” promise that there is a secret “Bible Code” hidden in the Bible’s Book of Matthew Chapter 4. “When you follow these instructions,” declares the message supposedly from Dr. Mark Stengler, “something truly miraculous happens…Cancer… any type of cancer… can no longer survive in your body.”
There are at least ten indications that this supposed Matthew 4 Cancer Cure is a scam, and there is no systematic and publicly available evidence that it actually rids the body of cancer. While promotional literature for the so-called “Matthew 4 Protocol” promises that it is available for “free,” a long trail of promotional junk websites and e-mails ends up at a message asking for a $19 subscription to a newsletter called “Dr. Mark Stengler’s Health Revelations” if you really want to receive the supposed cure. This is not what real doctors do with real cancer treatments that really work.
The scam is so clumsy and exploitative that I had to ask myself: is the real Mark Stengler — who doesn’t have an M.D. and hasn’t gone to a traditional medical school but calls himself Dr. because he got a degree in naturopathy — really involved in this apparent scam, or is his name being attached to a scam without his permission? Could the real Mark Stengler be a victim of all this?
It turns out that on Mark Stengler’s Facebook business page, people had already started asking him if this was some kind of “internet scam” and if he was responsible for it. Mark Stengler didn’t answer their questions straight on, but did tell people that this was connected to the business that distributed his newsletter. This means that he is at least indirectly connected to the Matthew 4 Protocol claims. But is there a direct link? On March 9, I posted questions to Mark Stenger over Twitter and on his Facebook business page:
Within a day, others started posting to Facebook, demanding that my question be answered. The day after that, Mark Stengler’s Facebook page deleted my question and the questions of others rather than answer them.
To tell you the truth, at this point I was willing to let the matter drop. I figured that either the real Mark Stengler — or the person using his name on the internet — had been embarrassed into withdrawing his scam from circulation.
Then I got another e-mail solicitation for the quack “Matthew 4 Protocol” this week, again appearing to be sent by one “Dr. Mark Stengler”:
Those links head, just as before, to this web page promising that “Dr. Mark Stengler” has “fact checked” and “verified” a Matthew 4 Bible Code cure for cancer.
Well, enough is enough. This kind of cruel commercial appeal, exploiting the desperation of dying people and their loved ones, can’t just keep going on unanswered. Either Mark Stengler is involved or he is a victim, and it’s time to find out which. So I’ve written the following letter:
52 Conway Road
Camden, ME 04843
March 29, 2014
Dr. Mark Stengler
Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine
324 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024
Dear Dr. Stengler,
I am writing to formally ask you the question that I asked through your business page on Facebook. My question to you and other questions of the same nature posed by other individuals were unfortunately deleted, requiring this letter.
A web page linked to from multiple e-mail messages in February and March of 2014 suggest that you have “fact checked” and “verified” a mysterious treatment labeled the Matthew 4 Protocol, which is proclaimed to prevent “any cancer” from surviving in the body. Copies of the web page and a sample e-mail message have been preserved for archival purposes via the following web pages:
To get right to the point, is this true? Have you indeed “fact checked” and “verified” that the Matthew 4 Protocol for cancer treatment works so that “something truly miraculous happens…Cancer… any type of cancer… can no longer survive in your body”? (ellipses in original message sent under your name)
The alternative is also important. Has someone been using your name without permission to make such claims?
I would appreciate your prompt written response in this regard.
The letter is in the mail. I will let you know if I receive an answer from Dr. Stengler, who surely will receive this question now. I will also let you know, on a regular basis, if I have not received an answer. If you want to see an answer from Dr. Stengler, I strongly suggest you also write him a letter and post it on the internet as I have done.