A Novato physician who runs a weight loss center is under fire from a consumer advocacy group along with other doctors who use and promote a medical device being used in fat reduction programs, according to a story by the nonprofit California Watch investigative reporting team.
Dr. Gail Altschuler, who operates the Altschuler Center for Weight Loss and Wellness, is demonstrating a "reckless disregard for the health and welfare of patients" in the words of the Public Citizen advocacy group.
Public Citizen's complaint letter to the state medical board is part of a campaign by consumer advocates to prevent the use of the LipoTron device for weight loss until it undergoes additional regulatory scrutiny.
Altschuler told California Watch that she is following ethical medical practices in her use of the LipoTron, and she said the procedure has been effective 80 percent of the time.
Read California Watch's story here.
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