Washington suspends license of anti-vaccine doctor

The state of Washington has suspended an autism doctor who has been accused of misdiagnosing children and endangering them with a risky testosterone suppressant treatment.

Mark Geier, a Maryland-based doctor who is part of the anti-vaccine movement, was also suspended by the state of Maryland last month, SeattlePI.com reports. The Maryland Board of Physicians, in suspending Geier, alleged that he misrepresented his credentials, misdiagnosed children and urged parents to approve risky treatments without fully informing them of potential dangers.

The alleged risky treatments involve using Lupron, which is a drug that is used to chemically castrate sex offenders, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The Maryland board also found that Geier allegedly incorrectly diagnosed austic children with precocious puberty, which is the extreme early onset of puberty. Lupron was then allegedly used to treat the condition.

In other cases, the board alleged, hormone therapy was used without adequate physical exams or only a parental phone consultation, SeattlePI.com reports.

Geier is the founder and president of a chain of autism treatment clinics known as the ASD Centers. He also holds medical licenses in 10 states.

"The Respondent endangers autistic children...by administering to the children a treatment protocol that has a known substantional risk of serious harm, and which is neither consistent with evidence-based medicine, nor generally accepted in the revelant scientific community," the Maryland board's order said, according to SeattlePI.com.