Editor’s note: Roby Mitchell passed away on the 22 of December 2020.
Roby Mitchell, MD a.k.a Dr.Fitt scores 5/5 on our Quack Scale. He represents a very real danger to the general public, and we encourage members of the public to seek alternate medical or health advice and products from reliable, trustworthy sources. Do not follow recommendations from this individual relating to your personal health or the health of others and avoid purchasing any products he sells, irrespective of the benefits he may claim for these.
Qualification: Cardiology, ER Physician
Current Licensing Status: Mitchell was stripped of his medical license in 2005 by the Texas Medical Board for not following a previous probationary order. He was ordered again in 2012 to stop impersonating a doctor after a bizarre incident where he told a terminal cancer patient she could be “treated” by injecting her blood into the udder of a pregnant cow, then drinking the milk.
Resident: Amarillo, Texas
Existing Complaints: Aside from his medical misdemeanors, Roby Mitchell was found guilty in 2017 by a Randall County Jury on a Class B misdemeanor charge of making a terroristic threat. Previous FDA complaint from 2018,
Roby Mitchell is best buds with Kerri Rivera, another one of the quacks and charlatans we list and they make excellent bedfellows. She actively sells and recommends Mitchell’s Dr. Fitt snake oil concoctions on her closed Telegram groups as cures for Autism. Mitchell himself has a long history of making questionable medical claims, particularly around autism: he boasted this spring of using untested ketamine treatments on a six-year-old child to “cure” their autism. He has also studied Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy with Gynecologist, Christiane Northrup, M.D, another doctor making our Quack List.
Mitchell is an outspoken anti-establishment quack with his own unique and completely unscientific interpretation of existing medical concepts and knowledge. Over the past few months, he has been offering advice on his products as potential treatments for Covid and the list of diseases he claims his products can cure is mind-boggling. He is in our opinion, one of the most dangerous fringe health conmen out there. He poses a very real and present danger to children and people with autism, and every effort should be made to de-platform him.
Like Rivera, Mitchell uses the same playbook, intentionally exploiting very vulnerable members of the community, people who are desperate to help their children and to escape the diseases they are afflicted with, no matter the cost. His actions are despicable and Medika will actively promote any materials seeking to discredit him.
It should be noted that Mitchell’s medical qualification does not extend to the fields he routinely makes claims about. He is forced now to associate with other unscrupulous medical practitioners to circumvent his inability to practice. Avoid, boycott and de-platform
Publication – Vice: Author Anna Merlan, on Sept 4, 2020. A Disgraced Ex-Doctor Says He’s Behind the Use of Ketamine to ‘Cure’ a Child with Autism. Verdict: Mitchell seems unlikely to stop making medical claims any time soon.
More disturbingly, though, Mitchell is also touting the success his methods have supposedly had on curing real people of other conditions. That includes children: With the help of a local pain-management doctor in Amarillo, Mitchell says, he has been directing the treatment of a six-year-old who’s been given at least three ketamine IV drips. Mitchell has claimed that ketamine and other speculative methods will “cure” the child of their non-verbal autism.
Publication – Amarillo News: Author Jacob Mayer Jan 5, 2017. Former Amarillo doctor ordered to stop practicing medicine Verdict: A short article recording the details of Mitchell being sanctioned.
In April 2011, Mitchell evaluated and treated a patient for metastatic melanoma after presenting himself as a cancer doctor, according to the board. Mitchell prescribed a course of what he described as “colostrum bovine treatment,” the board said.
“This treatment involved drawing blood from the patient and injecting that blood into the udder of a pregnant cow,” according to the board’s order. “The patient was then to drink the milk.”
Publication – Fierce Autie: Published on Jan 16, 2020. Autistic History: Roby Mitchell Verdict: A scheming profiteer who thrives off the misery and misfortune of others
He has active websites and social media pages promoting quackery and putting lives at risk. He is very dangerous. There is a reason he had his medical licenses revoked.. Today he is concentrating on promoting Kerri Rivera’s quackery. His supplements are part of the CD Protocol. He was issued a warning from the FDA.
Publication – Patch: Author Fernando Alfonso, Oct 9, 2018 Anti-Vax Doctor In North Texas Draws Controversy With Billboard.
The billboard went up in September and serves a dual purpose; to draw attention to Mitchell’s website and to promote the controversial stance that vaccinations for diseases like rubella, measles, and mumps can cause autism. The anti-vaccine movement continues to capture headlines around the world despite studies showing no connection between vaccines and autism.
Roby Mitchell images are all used in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, commonly known as “fair use law”. This material is distributed without profit with the intent to provide commentary, review, education, and increase public health knowledge.