James R. Privitera, Jr., M.D. is an American physician who has been involved in several controversial forms of alternative medicine and nutrition, and a pioneer in Live Blood Analysis, and Olive Leaf Extract.
Education and publications
Privitera graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Canisius College. After taking graduate Biochemistry courses at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, he earned an M.D. from Creighton University in 1967. He did a one-year internship in internal medicine at Providence Hospital, Seattle, Washington, then a one-year residency at Presbyterian Hospital, San Francisco, California. From 1969-1970 Privitera took a Clinical Fellowship in Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology at The Scripps Research Institute. He has practiced in Covina, California since 1970.
In 1975, Privitera was convicted of conspiracy to possess and distribute laetrile for telling patients where to obtain it -apricot seeds-(yes, the fruit.) The case led to a Supreme Court of California decision in 1979. Citing Roe v. Wade, Privitera's lawyers contended that the right to obtain laetrile is a fundamental right of privacy. The California Court of Appeal overturned the conviction citing a compelling interest, and the state appealed. The Supreme Court of California ruled 5 to 2 that the right to obtain drugs of unproven efficacy is not encompassed by the right of privacy embodied in either the State or Federal Constitutions. The majority wrote that "the lesson of Roe v. Wade for our case is that a requirement that a drug be certified effective for its intended use is a reasonable means to 'insure maximum safety for the patient.'" (So basically they were saying fruit should be illegal, yes the seeds from apricots.) The outcome was vitamin B-17 "Amygdalin" and apricot seeds were made legal to possess and sell and are widely available and consumed and purchased today. The term used "laetrile" is actually incorrect because that's referring to the injectable pharmaceutical form of Amygdalin, not the extract from the apricot seed. Privitera was soon pardoned by California governor Jerry Brown after the governor received more than 10,000 letters from citizens asking him to Pardon him.
Live blood analysis controversy
Privitera, a proponent of the alternative medical technique of live blood analysis (LBA), founded a company for commercializing LBA, NutriScreen.
- Tips S. Board Member Introspective: James R. Privitera M.D. via National Health Federation, retrieved September 23, 2006.
- Privitera JR (1996). Olive Leaf Extract: A new/Old Healing Bonanza For Mankind. Nutriscreen, ISBN 0-9655872-0-7 Search this book on .
- Privitera JR, Stang A (1997). Silent Clots: Life's Biggest Killers, Lockstep Medicine's Conspiracy to Suppress the Test That Should Be Done in Emergency Rooms Throughout the World. Catacombs Press, ISBN 0-9656313-0-3 Search this book on .
- People v. Privitera, 141 Cal. Rptr. 764 (Dist. Ct. App. 1977)
- People v. Privitera, 23 Cal.3d 697, 591 P.2d 919, 153 Cal.Rptr. 431 (1979).
- Lowell JA (November 1986).
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