"pH Miracle" Author Accused of Practicing Medicine Without a License

Robert O. Young is accused of practicing medicine without a license on his avocado ranch north of San Diego

By R. Stickney
|  Friday, Jan 24, 2014  |  Updated 1:55 PM PDT
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"pH Miracle" Author Faces Criminal Charges

pH Miracle Retreat

Young with his book in an image from the pH Miracle Retreat's Facebook page.

“The pH Miracle” author Robert O. Young has been arrested in San Diego County, accused of practicing medicine without a license on his avocado ranch.

Young, 61, was arrested by U.S. Marshals at the author’s “pH Miracle” center in Valley Center.

Prosecutors claim the center is actually temporary quarters on Young’s property and is not an adequately equipped medical facility.

Young is being charged with conspiracy to practice medicine without a license and multiple counts of grand theft.

According to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, Young and others at the ranch used intravenous treatments on patients.

"The pH Miracle", sold through Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other stores, claims to help readers treat low energy, poor digestion, aches and pains and disease with an alkaline diet.

Young's "pH Miracle Retreat" offers nightly rates from $1295 to $2495 per night. The rate includes lodging, meals, supplements, and therapies.

The District Attorney’s Consumer Unit is prosecuting Young.

He remains under investigation by the Medical Board of California, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations, and the District Attorney’s Office, which believe there may be more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the District Attorney’s Office at 619-531-3507.

Young was arrested along with Rocio “Rosie” Placensia, 32, of Valley Center, who is described as a customer service manager at the ranch.

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