MCS-Related Disciplinary Documents and Depositions
Drs. William Rea and Alfred Johnson
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
The expression "multiple chemical sensitivity" ("MCS") is used to describe people with multiple troubling symptoms attributed to environmental factors. Many such people have applied for disability benefits and filed lawsuits claiming that exposure to common foods and chemicals has made them ill. Their legal efforts are supported by a small cadre of physicians who use questionable diagnostic and treatment methods. This page links to depositions of two such such promoters: William J. Rea, M.D and Alfred R. Johnson, D.O. It also summarizes cases in which their proposed expert testimony was excluded. Please contact me if you have additional documents or other information about their legal involvements.
Both Rea and Johnson are facing serious disciplinary action. In August 2007, the Medical Board of Texas charged Rea with (a) using pseudoscientific test methods, (b) failing to make accurate diagnoses, (c) providing "nonsensical" treatments, (d) failing to properly inform patients that his approach is unproven; (e) practicing in areas for which he has not been trained; and (f) representing himself certified by a board that is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. In October 2007, the board charged that Johnson had (a) improperly diagnosed a patient, (b) administered "nonsensical" treatment, (c) and was not properly informing patients that his approach is unproven.
Texas Medical Board Documents
- Carroll v. Magnaflux (9/26/88)
- Lazinski v. Lazinski (6/11/01)
- Rhodes v. Kaufman (5/2/95)
- Squires v. Shaw Industries (12/5/97)
- Deakle v. ICI Americas (7/14/97, 7/15/97)
- Squires v. Shaw Industries (5/22/97)
- Squires v. Shaw Industries (7/9/97)
Cases in Which Expert Testimony of Rea and/or Johnson
This page was posted on January 22, 2008.