Licensed naturopathic doctor Charmaine Basset had no legitimate training and made bogus claims that led a 64-year-old man not to seek medical treatment for pneumonia, which led to his death, his family members claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Family members of Ted Grachek said that Bassett claimed to have received training from fictitious institutions and was certified in holistic treatment methods including nutrition, herbology, biochemistry and advanced quantum feedback. “The whole thing is a fraud,” the family’s attorney said.
But Grachek took what Bassett dished out, hook, line and sinker. He became ill in Florida last spring, and as soon as he returned to Toledo, Ohio, he sought relief at Anyana-Kai, Bassett’s natural healing center. He was treated there for 10 days before his death on May 2.
Bassett wasn’t at the center at the time but advised her employees on Grachek’s treatment plan. As Grachek’s health began to fail, his family urged him to see a doctor, but to no avail. The family also said that prior to Grachek’s death, Bassett advised Grachek to take an addictive drug not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a supplement with similar euphoric effects as opioids. Grachek’s family said Grachek became addicted to the drug and spent thousands of dollars at Bassett’s facility to get more of it.
At the time of Grachek’s treatment and death, there was a warrant out for Bassett’s arrest on charges that she sold marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms at the facility. She subsequently pled guilty to drug charges including aggravated trafficking, and was sentenced to probation.
The FDA continues to warn consumers about alternative treatments and dietary supplements that claim to treat, cure or mitigate disease as there is no science to backup these claims.