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Nashville’s Christian ‘Doctor’ Exposed?

Dr. Asa Andrew…

He has a book out on Thomas Nelson…

The love and support of financial-guru Dave Ramsey…


A radio show…

Weekly airtime on Nashville’s Fox station…

But could he be a fraud?

My wife went to see Dr. Asa a few years back for her migraines. We spent somewhere between $2000 and $3000 on trying to get rid of her migraines. Dr. Asa promised he could get rid of them. Fifteen or so weeks later, Jessica’s migraines were worse than they had ever been. She was twenty pounds lighter (frail looking actually)… and still had the headaches.

The Nashville Scene‘s cover story is on the business practices of Dr. Asa Andrew


A detailed list of questions outlining these allegations was sent to Dr. Andrew before press time. A week later, Dr. Andrew issued a brief statement through a Los Angeles public-relations firm. “I am deeply troubled by the hurtful, false and misleading allegations that have been presented to me,” Dr. Andrew said in the statement — the full text of which runs in the accompanying sidebar — although he did not address many of the specific questions.

“In my opinion,” he stated, “they are the work of a few disgruntled former employees with ulterior motives.”

Indeed, the charges might be easy to dismiss from a couple of disgruntled ex-workers. But nearly 20 former employees have spoken with the Scene regarding their concerns. So high is personnel turnover at the Center for Natural Medicine that patients who went on a weekly basis say they rarely, if ever, saw the same people working behind the counter. Many former employees who spoke with the Scene say they quit in disgust.


What’s more, Dr. Andrew may have anticipated their qualms. At least one former worker claims he was fired for refusing to sign a nondisclosure agreement — including the condition that if the employee ever said anything negative about him in the public domain, the employee agreed to pay a penalty of $75,000. Almost all of Dr. Andrew’s employees say they were forced to sign this agreement under threat of dismissal, a testament to the pains he’s taken to maintain his reputation.

For that reason, most would speak only on condition of anonymity, fearful that Dr. Andrew would make good on the agreement and draw them into a costly lawsuit none could afford. A few, however, spoke on the record — evidently feeling they couldn’t afford to stay silent. Read the whole story here.

Can 20 or so former employees be wrong? I doubt it.

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posted September 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

What’s that I smell? Bass? Blue Gill? Trout? Either way, it smells of something fishy…

As someone who deals with headaches and migraines on, at a minimum, weekly basis, I’m instinctively suspicious of someone who promises they can get rid of a patient’s migraines–they’re too complex and varied in both cause and fashion to speak in absolutes. Plus, the whole contract deal… There’s definitely something rotten in Denmark.

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posted September 23, 2010 at 11:23 am

Wow! I’ve worked in the medical field for that past 13 yrs and have never had to sign a confidentiality clause about my employer. Yes, I would never go online and bash them while being employed by them because I want to keep my job (which I enjoy, btw). I have signed no compete clauses, which I think is fair given what kind of work we do.
Sounds like the “good Dr.” has something to worry about if he’s threatening 75K in compensation for speaking about your former employee. A good reputation is easy to maintain by having happy, helped patients. Yes, you will always have someone that will complain, but if it’s only a few, people will know who to believe.

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Dan Mathews

posted September 23, 2010 at 11:55 am

Sorry to hear about you spending so much to fix the migranes. I know what it is to go to a doctor hoping to find a solution just to end up at square one with less money. Thankfully my wife and I have found a good doctor who has been able to help alot. I hope your wife has found some relief for her migranes.

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Recovering Alumni

posted September 23, 2010 at 11:55 am

WOW! Great job exposing this, MPT.

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Sandy Sandmeyer

posted September 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

It’s amazing that snake oil salesman still exist. I think one of our former pastor’s wife used someone like this to treated her stomach cancer. She died last month never having any medical treatment for the condition. She left behind her husband and 5 children. Very sad.

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Charlie's Church of Christ

posted September 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm

never heard of the guy but the high turnover alone is highly suspicious.

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Jason Boyett

posted September 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Not looking good for the “doctor.” Curious whether or not someone at Thomas Nelson or Dave Ramsey will say something about these allegations.

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    posted October 9, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I doubt it. If you read the full article, it details Customs violations where illegal substances are being brought in under false classifications. Yep. The kind of stuff you could get a FISA warrant for, being no different than terrorists smuggling in… Well… Illegal substances.

    There will never be any Local prosecution whatsoever. The DA and AG can’t file and no Judge could hear the case. He’s so connected that everyone would have to recuse themselves. Seriously. We’re talking some heavy hitters. Check around…

    It’s not like the MRB could revoke his medical license, as he doesn’t have one. Some may file civil suits, but all will be settled and sealed.

    He’ll cut a deal with the Feds and get out of those actual Prison time charges with the help of his pals in Congress, and it will slowly go away… I’d be surprised if it does go National, which it should, but noes not a good time for the media to be “attacking the Church.”. Especially THAT Church.

    I greatly dislike those who hide behind God and/or religion to do evil. Isn’t that what we are supposedly fighting a few wars against? #sigh Matthew 7:15

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posted September 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I hope your wife is doing better with the migraines. I know all migraines are different… My sister sister used to get them very bad, days long at times. A few years ago, she cut dairy out of her diet, especially cheese and has not had one since.

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posted September 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm

This guy was actually recommended to me a couple of years ago when I was really having stomach issues. I’m very skeptical of that type of thing anyway, so I never went. THANK GOD.

I’ve heard Dave Ramsey talk about this guy and I’m just floored. If the stuff in this article is true, this needs to go on Dateline or something.

Also, I posted this article on my FB page, and almost immediately got a message from a friend of mine who is a nurse. Apparently “Dr.” Andrew’s wife is a woman I know–we share a couple of mutual friends but I don’t know her that well. We’ve probably met 2 or 3 times when she was still single. My friend attended a Bible study led by Mrs. Andrew at a large local church and was completely creeped out by her. After the class, Mrs. Andrew found out my friend was a nurse and she cornered her and tried to get her to come work at a “Christian-based clinic.” She said the whole thing was just completely weird and she wanted no part of it.

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