Last modified: November 30, 2019

Late 1980’s


Don Gary Young, Dixie Young, and Richard Crow Jr. operated Young Life Wellness Center and Young Life Products in Chula Vista, California.




A female investigator for California’s Department of Health Services purchased two “blood crystallization test kits” from this clinic and submitted her own blood sample with the medical history of a fictitious male to the clinic for testing. The clinic responded that the test revealed that, among other ailments, she had “enlarged prostate and that carcinogenic cells existed in a ‘potentially aggressive pattern.’” (The prostate is a gland located between the bladder and penis just in front of the rectum in males.)

The district attorney’s office convinced a Superior Court judge to issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting the operators of the Chula Vista and Rosarita Beach clinics from advertising and selling misleading and deceptive health cures and to schedule a hearing for an injunction.


June 1988

The judge issued a preliminary injunction against the Young’s and Crow prohibiting operation of the Chula Vista clinic. One of the defendants told the court that the clinic already ceased operation.

The district attorney’s office also filed an unfair business practices complaint that accused the Young’s and Crow of claiming they can cure cancer and other degenerative diseases by techniques such as implanting electrodes into cancerous tumors and reinfusing electrically treated blood.

The complaint also stated that the defendants:

(1) falsely said they could identify thirty-four medical conditions, including stress, bowel gases, hypoglycemia, fluid retention, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, parasites, and immune deficiency, and

(2) sold unapproved new medical devices and unapproved new drugs, manufactured medical devices and drugs without a license, advertised drugs and devices to cure cancer, and practiced medicine without a license.


Deputy District Attorney Donald Canning said:

“Don Young holds himself out to be a doctor in his audio and video tapes, but he is not a licensed physician in any of the United States.”


Prosecutors sought a penalty of $2,500 for each violation proved in court and a minimum fine for defendants of $150,000.

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