She first became controversial when she began advocating that patients be tested for AIDS prior to surgery. In recent years she has promoted an alternative cancer treatment program, which has attracted criticism as being "misleading" and "dangerous".
Day graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine in 1969 and trained in orthopedic surgery at two San Francisco hospitals. She became an associate professor and vice chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine and Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital. During the mid-1980s, she received considerable media attention related to her extreme reaction to the risk of acquiring AIDS through exposure to the blood of AIDS patients during trauma surgery. One action she proposed was wearing the airborne protection suit that is usually worn to protect vulnerable patients from a doctor's germs. She published a book, AIDS: What the Government Isn't Telling You, wherein she states that in 1989 she retired from surgery because of the excessive risk of acquiring AIDS.
Day remarried later to former California congressman William Dannemeyer.
She has two sons and granddaughters.
Alternative cancer treatment
As a promoter of alternative medicine she claims to have discovered the cause and cure of cancer, as a result of God showing her how to recover from her own cancer with a 10 step plan. According to her theory, all cancers are due to weakness of the immune system which must be cured by diet. "All diseases are caused by a combination of three factors: malnutrition, dehydration, and stress."
In 2004, she began marketing her "Cancer Doesn't Scare Me Anymore" videotape with an infomercial which was declared to be "misleading" by the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus in December 2004. In 2007 she received an FDA Warning Letter notifying her that her website was illegally marketing a product as a drug.
Political and Religious Opinions
Day has repeatedly referred to the Holocaust as a lie, and she has indicated that she believes that Jews are involved in a conspiracy "to destroy Christianity." On a request from the Holocaust denier Ingrid Rimland, Day testified in September 2003 at a Toronto detention hearing for neo-Nazi Ernst Zündel.
- Morgan, Edward H. "On the crest of a controversy". The Christian Herald 115 (3): 42.
- Smith, Sylvia (13 May 1989). "AIDS test polarises debate on surgery, safety and privacy". New Scientist 122 (1664). p. 31. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
- Day, Lorraine (1991). AIDS: What the Government Isn't Telling You. Rockford Press. p. 301. ISBN 0963094009.
- Carroll, Jerry (November 13, 1989). "The doctor who's afraid of blood; Dr. Lorraine Day's scary anti-AIDS precautions". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2000-09-06.
- "You Have Cancer. You're Going to Die! the doctors told me...". drday.com. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
- Barrett, Stephen (March 16, 2013). "Stay Away from Dr. Lorraine Day". Quackwatch. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
- Barrett, Stephen (December 13, 2004). "NAD concludes that Lorraine Day infomercial is misleading". InfomercialWatch.org. Retrieved 2013-12-23.
- Frankos, Vasilios H.; Director Division of Dietary Supplement Programs; Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements; Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (May 9, 2007). "FDA Warning Letter to Dr. Lorraine Day". Food and Drug Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services.
- "The Holocaust LIE". goodnewsaboutgod.com. Retrieved 2015-10-10.
- Lorraine Day's official website
- Lorraine Day's other official website
- Transcripts of news reports of Zündel hearing proceedings