Cyriac Abby Philips is a clinician-scientist and hepatologist from India.
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Cyriac Abby Philips is renowned for his unfavorable opinions of complementary therapies. He is known as “The Liver Doc” on social media, where he routinely shares his research and results on the harmful effects of complementary and alternative therapies.
Philips was born as the third of four siblings in Kottayam, Kerala.
A study on a woman’s death after using nutritional supplements from Herbalife that Philips co-authored in 2019 was subsequently retracted by the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology. After microbiologist Elisabeth Bik and Retraction Watch posted the paper on their individual blogs, the retraction was reversed.
On Twitter and YouTube, Philips is well known for sharing his unfavorable opinions of Ayurveda, Homeopathy, and other complementary and alternative medical systems. He asserts that the “principles and practice of ayurveda are largely based on unproven observations from a prehistoric era that lack scientific rigor.” Ayurveda Medical Association of India, different ayurvedic medication producers, and the Kerala State Medical Council for Indian Systems of medication have all filed defamation lawsuits against him. According to a study by Philips and colleagues that was published in Hepatology Communications, homeopathic medications have the potential to cause serious liver damage.
“A Bengaluru court issued an interim restraining ruling on September 28, 2023, suspending Dr. Abby Philips’ X account for disparaging Himalaya Wellness Company. Philips, however, insists that his accusations against Himalaya Wellness Company are “fully science-backed and evidence-backed” and that all of his analyses is open to public examination.
At Kochi’s Rajagiri Hospital, Philips serves as a senior consultant hepatologist and doctor-scientist.