Linda Hazzard

Linda Burfield Hazzard (December 18, 1867 – June 24, 1938) was an American quack doctor noted for her promotion of fasting as a treatment; She was imprisoned by the state of Washington for a number of the results of this disease. She was born 1867 in Carver County, Minnesota, and died during a fast in 1938.

Hazzard was born Lynda Laura Burfield in Carver, Minnesota, one of eight children born in Montgomery and Susanna Neil (Wakefield) Burfield. She had no medical degree, but was licensed to practice in Washington through a loophole that grandfathered in some practitioners of alternative medicine without degrees. According to her book The Science of Fasting, she studied under Edward Hooker Dewey, MD, a champion of fasting. She created a “sanitarium”, Wilderness Heights, in Olalla, Washington, where a few days ago, a few days ago, she was a young mother, and a small teaspoon of orange juice. While some patients survived more than 40 patients died under her care. Hazzard claims that they have died of undisclosed or hitherto undiagnosed diseases such as cancer or cirrhosis of the liver. Her opponents claim that they all died of starvation. Local residents referred to the place as “Starvation Heights”. She assured that she was a panacea for all manner of ills, because she was able to rid the body of toxins that caused imbalances in the body. During her career, Hazzard wrote 2 books about what she believed in the science of fasting, and how it could cure diseases. The first book that she wrote was “Fasting for the Cure of Disease” which was written in 1908. The second book Hazzard wrote was “Scientific Fasting: The Ancient and Modern Key to Health” which was written in 1927. In 1912, she was convicted of manslaughter for the death of Claire Williamson, a wealthy British woman, who weighed less than 50 pounds at the time of her death. At the trial it was proven that Hazzard had forged Williamson ‘s will and stolen most of her valuables. Williamson’s sister, Dorothea, also took the treatment, and, it is alleged, only survived a family friend. It is suggested that one of them managed to smuggle to telegram to alert the family; however, by the time of arrival, Claire had already died. Dorothea was too weak to leave on her own, weighing less than 60 pounds. She later testified against Hazzard at trial. Hazzard was sentenced to 2 to 20 years in prison, which she served in the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. She was released on speech on December 26, 1915, after serving two years, and the following year Governor Ernest Lister gave her a full pardon. She and her husband, Samuel Chrisman Hazzard (1869-1946), moved to New Zealand, where she practiced as a dietitian and osteopath until 1920. In 1917 a Whanganui newspaper reported that she held a practicing certificate from the Medical Board of the State. Washington. Because she used to be a doctor in the undergraduate medical practitioner’s practice, she found herself guilty of more than $ 5 plus costs (approximately NZ $ 600 plus costs or US $ 462.13 plus costs in 2014). In 1920, she returned to Olalla, Washington, and opened a new sanitarium, known as a “school of health” since her medical license had been revoked, and continued to supervise fasts until it burned to the ground in 1935; it was never rebuilt. Linda Burfield Hazzard died in 1938 while attempting to fasting cure on herself.

On March 28, 1910, Earl Edward Erdman, a Seattle City Civil Engineer, died of starvation in the Seattle General Hospital. Hazzard Prescribes to Her Patients. Hazzard prescribed to her patients. The following are excerpts from his diary: This diet continues to be unchanged until its hospitalization on March 28. He died that afternoon, just before his death to tranfuse blood.

* John Bodkin Adams – British doctor who extracted money from his patients before murdering them.

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