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Child with Asperger's Selected Student of the Year From Over 800 Competitors

Posted Mar 21 2010 12:00am

Sally Kirk article By Sally Kirk, author of Hope for the Autism Spectrum

Teachers at a public high school in Virginia singled out Will Kirk as the 9th/10th  grade Student of the Year.  He was chosen from over 800 students, of which 200 attend a specialty center for exceptional math and science students.  This honor is awarded annually to the 9th or 10th grader who “most embodies the traits of responsibility, accountability, respect and honesty.”  But how could someone like Will who - in 4th grade – had an Aspergers diagnosis and required a full-time aide, 5-day-a-week tutor, and 1-on-1 math instruction ever become Student of the Year with no aide, no tutor, and no remedial classes?  His name even shines on the A/B honor roll.  His mother, Sally Kirk, author of “Hope for the Autism Spectrum,” points a grateful finger at the biomedical interventions of Defeat Autism Now!

At the close of Will’s 4th grade year - after a lifetime of extensive conventional treatments and therapies - Will was placed in the care of Defeat Autism Now! doctor Mary Megson MD of Richmond, Virginia.  Will improved dramatically owing to treatment with special diets, vitamin supplements, and chelation to remove high levels of heavy metals found in his body.  Later Will began seeing Defeat Autism Now! doctor Dan Rossignol MD of Melbourne, Florida in hopes of attaining even further gains.  Dr. Rossignol’s willingness to allow phone appointments in between annual in-person visits made it possible to overcome the obstacle of an 800-mile separation.  While in Dr. Rossignol’s care, Will has achieved even greater capabilities as evidenced by his recent award.

Dr. Rossignol, along with Anju Usman MD (another prominent Defeat Autism Now! doctor), is being sued by a patient’s father who is engaged in a bitter divorce and custody battle.  At issue is chelation, the removing of heavy metals from the body.  It is a treatment that has been used for decades in heavy-metal poisoning cases of single, high-dose exposure as well as repeated, low-dose exposures.  Over time thousands of autistic children who were found to carry high levels of heavy metals have been treated with chelation.  Reports from parents and treating physicians have been positive.  In fact the voices of over 26,000 parents tabulated by the Autism Research Institute since 1967 rate chelation as one of the most successful treatments for autism among both conventional and alternative choices.

Seventy-four percent of these parents reported their child got better from chelation while only 3% reported their child got worse.  This is significantly better than the experience parents reported with mainstream-endorsed drugs such as Adderall (32% better; 43% worse), Ritalin (29% better; 45% worse) and Risperidal (54% better; 20% worse).  As for Sally Kirk who is looking forward to her son’s Student of the Year banquet, she is thankful for chelation as one of the many beneficial interventions from Defeat Autism Now! that changed the course of their lives.

Sally Kirk is the author of Hope for the Autism Spectrum and speaks to groups about biomedical intervention in autism-spectrum disorders.  She and her husband live in Midlothian, Virginia with their 3 sons which includes Will, who always got worse – from healthy baby to motor delay to ADHD to Aspergers – despite intensive conventional treatments and therapies.  However, biomedical interventions beginning at age 11 wrought dramatic improvement.

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