Dr. Barry Breger facing sanctions after letting patient decide own dosage
Barry Breger made diagnoses based on 'unscientific' findings, says disciplinary committee
A Montreal doctor is facing sanctions after Quebec's College of Physicians found him guilty of treating patients in ways that are "not consistent with scientific findings," including allowing a patient to adjust her own medication.
Dr. Barry Breger is a private doctor who works at the Montreal Centre for Integrative Medicine. He specialises in treating menopause and andropause.
He practices orthomolecular medicine, which is a form of alternative medicine aimed at maintaining health through nutritional supplementation.
Orthomolecular medicine is recognized in 25 countries — but Canada is not one of them.
The judgment released by the College of Physicians says some of Breger's treatments were not consistent with scientific findings. His prescriptions, said the judgment, were not always in line with the most effective treatment.
It also found Breger was making diagnosis based on vague symptoms, like fatigue or weight gain.
The judgment highlighted a case where Breger encouraged a patient to increase the dosage of her thyroid medication until she "feels better." The judgment called that "irresponsible," noting the normal way to measure the effectiveness of thyroid treatment is via blood samples, which were not performed.
The College of Physicians found him guilty of all five of the accusations against him.
The date for Breger's disciplinary hearing has not been set. It's expected to happen this fall.