BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) – Investigators in Hernando County are looking for people that were treated by a man who was arrested for practicing medicine without a license.
Hernando County Sheriff joined the Florida health department at the start of this month to investigate 73-year-old Onelio Hipolit-Gonzalez. Health officials say they found Hipolit-Gonzalez advertising on a website for the Hispanic community called Elclassificado.
His announcement on the site stated that he could treat several medical conditions, including hernias, diabetes, Parkinson's, cancer, multiple sclerosis and vision problems, say MPs. They say the site also included a picture of Hipolit-Gonzalez in a white coat with the caption "Dr. Onelio Hipolit."
But the DOH says that Hipolit-Gonzalez has never had a medical license of any kind in the state of Florida.
Last week, authorities received a "patient" call to make an appointment with Hipolit-Gonzalez. The suspect told the patient that one of his friends allowed him to use his home in Brooksville to see patients and asked to meet there.
When the patient arrived for the appointment, the deputies say he was given a clipboard and asked to complete the documents and pay $ 160.
After checking the patient's blood pressure and pulse , MPs say Hipolit-Gonzalez has put a band around the head of the man who was connected to a car and had him hold a barrel that was also connected to the car. Hipolit-Gonzalez told the patient that the machine was testing his heart, brain, intestinal system, bones, nerves and "everything else."
Once the test is over, MPs say that Hipolit-Gonzalez told the patient that his cholesterol was "on the way to being tall," he said he was "not getting enough oxygen to the brain" and warned him that he "had 50% fat in the liver and his gall bladder was not healthy."  The patient was also told he had diabetes and osteoporosis. The deputies say that Hipolit-Gonzalez told the man who had previously treated his diabetes friend and who could also treat the patient for $ 2,000. The arrest report says that he told the patient that he would do it by injecting his own blood.
Investigators entered the house and took into custody Hipolit-Gonzalez.
During an interview with detectives, Hipolit-Gonzalez said he did not believe he needed a license to practice medicine. He told them that he was a laboratory technician in Cuba and went to school when he moved to Florida to get a certificate of iridology, herbal medicine and nutrition.
The detectives then asked Hipolit-Gonzalez to inject blood into the patients. According to the arrest report, the 73-year-old said that he draws the patient's blood and then injects it again. He told detectives that the blood "fights" the blood cells and increases the immune system when it enters the body.
Hipolit-Gonzalez also explained the machine he had used on the patient, telling the deputies he had bought it online and there was no education necessary. He stated that the machine diagnoses patients and detects "everything".
Hipolit-Gonzalez was arrested for unauthorized practice of a health profession and illegal use of a two-way communication device.
Anyone who has been treated by him is invited to contact the sheriff's office at (352) 754-6830.