An alternative medicine physician is in trouble for prescribing steroids to football players on the Carolina Panthers

“A South Carolina doctor accused of writing steroid prescriptions for three players on the Carolina Panthers says he prescribes the drugs only when medically necessary.

Dr. James Shortt, an alternative practitioner under investigation by federal and state officials, said in Wednesday’s editions of The Charlotte Observer that he prescribes steroids only in low doses and monitors patients to ensure their steroid levels are within ‘their upper limit of normal.’

‘People come to me often because they’re worn down, they’re exhausted, or something has happened to them and they haven’t recovered fully,’ Shortt said during an interview with the newspaper at his office Tuesday.”

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of evidence to support what he’s doing.

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  • Anonymous

    I agree that Dr. Shortt was negligent in his practice of alternative medicine, however, it does not mean that alternative, integrative or holistic medicine is quackery. What has been alternative therapy is beginning to become mainstream in some instances. For example, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and acupunture, to name two. Also, the use of high dose folic acid for heart health, prenatal health and mental health. CoQ10 has been touted in integrative medicine for many years and now mainstream doctors are prescribing it. Of note is that patients have been placed on statin drugs for years. We even have a big push to lower the “normal range” for cholesterol in order to prescribe more statins. However, what patients have not been told is that statin drugs lower levels of CoQ10 in the body which often leads to congestive heart failure. This has been well known but supressed for years. I doubt that anyone has ever been investigated when a patient on statin drugs dies from congestive heart failure. Afterall, it was a cardiac patient….he had a bad disease. My grandmother died as a result of an interaction between contraindicated drugs that her physician prescribed…however, she was old and in poor health so it was just an “oops!”These are just a few examples.

    I am in no way defending the actions of Dr. Shortt. I am simply stating that it is unfortunate that his case is doing harm to the entire practice of integrative medicine. There is much good being done by many alternative health practioners and there is much to be learned in this area. The problem comes when ANY professional practices in an unprofessional manner, which is what Dr. Shortt was doing. And again, James Shortt, according to the Medical Board, was not a disreputable doctor. According to the board, he was a doctor in good standing until just recently. In any profession, members should be held accountable and the public should have access to complaints made against the members. This would serve to protect the public. It may have saved or prolonged the lives of Dr. Shortt’s two patients who died and served to prevent Panther players from seeking illegal substances from him. I can name mainstream doctors who have been negligent and who have actually caused harm but who practice today as physicians in good standing. It is all tragic but not an isolated occurrence that happens only in alternative medicine. Let’s discipline Dr. Shortt, not the entire integrative health community and its organizations.