Federal Trade Commission and FDA action
The Federal Trade Commission brought a complaint against the Dr.
Clark Research Foundation because of the foundation's claims about
the effectiveness of the Syncrometer, the Super-Zapper Deluxe and
"Dr. Clark's New 21 Day Program for Advanced Cancers." In November
2004, the case reached stipulated judgment, wherein the case's judge
ordered the foundation's operators to offer refunds to the
purchasers of these devices and to refrain from making a number of
claims about those devices. The Director of Enforcement at the Food
and Drug Administration has stated that Clark's devices seem to be
In 1993, while Clark lived and practiced in Indiana, a former
patient complained to the Indiana attorney general. An investigator
for the Indiana Department of Health and a deputy attorney general
visited her office incognito as part of a sting operation. Clark
proceeded to test the investigator and "told him he had the HIV
virus [sic], but said that he did not have cancer." She told the
investigator that she could cure his HIV in 3 minutes, but that he
would "get it back" unless he committed to returning for six more
appointments. She then ordered blood tests from a laboratory. Upon
learning of the undercover investigators' status, Clark stated that
everything she had told them had been a "mistake". Two days later
she had vacated the premises and disappeared.
Six years later, in September 1999, Clark was
located and arrested in San Diego, California, based on a fugitive
warrant from Indiana. According to Clark, this was the first time
she learned about the charge. Her lawyer protested the long delay
before her arrest, but a prosecutor implied that she fled Indiana
"when she learned that she was being investigated by the state," and
that the local police department had limited resources to devote to
finding her. She was returned to Indiana to stand trial, where she
was charged with practicing medicine without a license. The charge
was later dismissed for failure to provide her with a speedy trial.
The judge's verdict did not address the merits of the charges but
only the issue of whether the delay had compromised Clark's ability
to mount a defense and her right to a speedy trial.
In February 2001, Mexican authorities inspected Clark's Century
Nutrition clinic and ordered it shut down, as the clinic had never
registered and was operating without a license. In June 2001, the
Mexican authorities announced that the clinic would be permitted to
reopen, but was prohibited from offering "alternative" treatments.
The clinic was also fined 160,000 pesos (about $18,000), and Clark
was barred from working in Mexico, even as a consultant; however,
the San Diego Union-Tribune reported in 2003 that there was evidence
that Clark continued to work at the clinic.