SAN DIEGO—A woman who posed as a doctor and claimed she could cure Lyme disease with injections of chemical solvent and bovine stem cells has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and 18 months of supervised release.

Fifty-seven-year-old Kathleen Ann Helms of Encinitas was sentenced Monday in San Diego Superior Court. She pleaded guilty in October to four counts of conspiracy to practice medicine without a license.

City News Service says a judge told 57-year-old Kathleen Ann Helms that she endangered people's lives and nearly killed two. She told him she would never endanger anyone's life.

Her attorney says she has cancer, Lyme disease and other problems.

Helms' nurse, Jacqueline Smith, pleaded guilty to practicing medicine without a license and was sentenced to a year in jail.


Advertisement