A community in Oklahoma is questioning the methods of a local doctor who uses what he calls a "Jesus shot" to relieve pain in his patients.
Residents in Edmond, Okla. are questioning the practices of Dr. John Michael Lonergan, who goes by the nickname "Dr. Mike" and who allegedly convinces patients of the miracles of his "Jesus shot" that relieves physical pain. An investigative report conducted by the local News 9 media outlet found that Lonergan is a former federal prison inmate convicted of tax evasion, mail fraud and healthcare fraud in Ohio.
Although his medical license was revoked in Ohio, Oklahoma granted the doctor a state-supervised license to practice medicine in 2012. Lonergan's supervision agreement was terminated in March 2013, but he has been allowed to practice medicine in the state without supervision for the next 12 months.
News 9 reportedly contacted one of the clinics where Lonergan works to find out what ingredients were in the "Jesus shot," only to be told by the receptionist that they must schedule a consultation with the doctor to learn more about the shot, which allegedly "takes away pain for life" and costs $300 for one injection.
The community of Edmond became suspicious of Lonergan when he first began distributing the shots, with one concerned resident, Christina Dugger Norman, posting about the doctor on "Stolen Valor," a Facebook page dedicated to outing imposters of the U.S. military service.
"Okay guys, there is a guy in my town of Woodward, OK going by the name Dr. Mike. Nobody knows anything about this guy, but he claims that he is a Former Special Forces Dr and him and another Special Forces Dr developed a serum for the military called Jesus Juice and it has been used in the military for years and it cures any ailment. Okay, whatever, cool. Has anyone heard of this?" Dugger Norman questioned.
"This 'Dr. Mike' is traveling around my town charging people $200 for this Miracle shot that he developed for the military. Some of the Oilfield companies are actually paying this guy to come to their work and explain this shot to the workers and letting this man charge their employees $200 to inject them with this [expletive]. There is a ton of talk going around town about it, and nobody has ever heard of it, so I was wondering if anyone here has heard of this 'Jesus Juice' shot."
The Facebook post received multiple responses from some who suggested the shot could be a steroid, while others questioned the validity of Lonergan's medical expertise. Still others left comments swearing that the "Jesus shot" works and that Lonergan isn't "scheming people."
As the investigation of Lonergan and his "Jesus shot" continues, Dugger Norman wrote on the "Stolen Valor" Facebook page that Dr. Mike's medical practices continue to remain largely a mystery, and that Lonergan has only promised his patients that they can still "pass a drug test" after receiving the "Jesus shot."