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Medical board reprimands Mecklenburg doctor of osteopathy

The North Carolina medical board has formally reprimanded a Mecklenburg County man who was the subject of a NewsChannel 36 I-Team investigation.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The North Carolina medical board has formally reprimanded a Mecklenburg County man who was the subject of a NewsChannel 36 I-Team investigation.

Dr. Rashid Buttar is not a doctor of medicine but a doctor of osteopathy.

Buttar has spent years selling skin drops at $150 a bottle as a treatment for diseases ranging from autism to cancer.

Last November, in a high-profile case, Buttar treated an aspiring Washington Redskins cheerleader who came to Charlotte with symptoms that made it hard for her to walk and talk. The woman linked the symptoms to a vaccine and claimed she had dystonia.

Buttar contends autism is caused by toxic metals in vaccinations and treats it by chelation therapy, which pulls the metals out of the body.

More than four years ago the I-Team raised serious questions about Buttar's treatment. Medical doctors and researchers described Buttar's treatment as snake oil and said his autism theory was a sham.

The medical board reprimanded Buttar for dispensing his skin drops to a child from Michigan before he treated the child as a patient. The board ordered Buttar to get signed consent forms from the parents or guardians of minor children before treating them.