The medical license of an Oregon doctor who falsely claimed that wearing masks can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, has been revoked.
Steven Arthur LaTulippe who is no longer allowed to practice, according to records from the Oregon Medical Board, was found to have engaged in “8 instances of unprofessional or dishonorable conduct, 22 instances of negligence in the practice of medicine, and 5 instances of gross negligence in the practice of medicine.” He was also fined $10,000.
Newsweek reported that LaTulippe’s license was first suspended last December and then upheld after the board found he operated in a way that constituted an “immediate danger” to the public and presented a “serious danger” to public health and safety.
Records revealed that the suspended doctor never asked patients whether they had been in close contact with someone who exhibited COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for the disease. LaTulippe had also asked his receptionist to screen individuals for COVID-19 by looking at the patient’s facial expression rather than asking common screening questions.
He “had trained his receptionist ‘to look at [the patient] and just take a look at them and see if they look sick,’ and, if the patient was ‘smiling and happy,’ the receptionist was instructed to ask how the patient was feeling,” medical records say.
“If the patient indicated that they ‘felt fine’ and they were ‘not ill,’ the receptionist would direct the patient to sit in the waiting area” before heading to an examination room.
Neither LaTulippe nor his wife who both practiced family health and ran South View Medical Arts clinic together, wore a mask between March 2020 and December 2020 while treating patients, the investigation says. It was also learnt that LaTulippe told patients they didn’t have to wear a mask in the clinic unless they were “actively ill, coughing, [or] congested.”
Additionally, LaTulippe told elderly and pediatric patients that mask-wearing was “very dangerous” for them because they can exacerbate asthma or “cause or contribute to multiple serious health conditions” like strokes, collapsed lungs, and pneumonia. He also claimed that mask-wearing would lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
LaTulippe also believed he’s been “a strong asset to the public in educating them on the real facts about this pandemic”.
When asked if he would like to follo COVID-19 protocols like mask-wearing when his license was first suspended in 2020, LaTulippe said no.
The report added;
“In a choice between losing his medical license versus wearing a mask in his clinic and requiring his patients and staff to wear a mask in his clinic, he will, ‘choose to sacrifice my medical license with no hesitation.
“His decision to flout COVID-19 guidelines like mask-wearing was irresponsible and actively promoted transmission of the COVID-19 virus within the extended community.”