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Illinois charges DAN doctor with unethical behavior

Posted Oct 13 2011 5:48pm

According to the Chicago Tribune , the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has charged a well-known Naperville physician with “unprofessional, unethical and/or dishonorable conduct.”

Dr. Anju Usman, a familiar face at anti-vaccine conferences in the US and abroad,   allegedly lied about or exaggerated the value of treatments, and “demonstrated extreme departure from rational medical judgment” and “abused the patient/physician relationship.” Regulators are moving to have Usman’s medical license revoked or suspended, or otherwise disciplined.

The report, written by science writer Trine Tsouderos, says:

The complaint, filed Wednesday, revolves around Usman’s care of a boy diagnosed with autism whose treatment was described in the Tribune’s series “Dubious Medicine.” The series detailed the many unproven therapies prescribed for the boy and found that many alternative treatments for autism amount to uncontrolled experimentation on children.

According to the complaint, the boy began seeing Usman shortly after he was diagnosed with mild to moderate autism in the spring of 2004. He was not yet two.

Usman allegedly diagnosed the child with a calcium-to-zinc imbalance, yeast, dysbiosis, low zinc, heavy metal toxicity and abnormally high levels of aluminum, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, silver, tin, titanium, and selenium.

Usman is the defendant in a civil suit filed by the boy’s father in 2010. Also named are Dan Rossignol, a Florida DAN doctor; and Doctors Data , a Chicago-based laboratory that performs tests used to convince patients that they have dangerously high levels of lead, mercury, or other heavy metals that require “detoxification” to reduce these levels.

Usman is also associated with the 2005 death-by-chelation of five-year-old Tariq Nadama. According to court records, Usman diagnosed the boy with “high aluminum” and referred him to Roy Kerry, a Pennsylvania physician. Kerry, an ear-nose-and throat surgeon, inexplicably treated the boy for lead poisoning.

According to Kerry’s notes , which were published by the Pennsylvania Medical Board

“We don’t have the entire record at all. Mother left her entire volume of his records home. But we have been in communication with Dr. Usman regarding EDTA therapy. He apparently has a very high aluminum and has not been responding to other types of therapies and therefore she is recommending EDTA, which we do on a routine basis with adults. We therefore checked him to it … But on testing for the deficiency indicator we find him only indicating the need for EDTA at the present time. Therefore we agree with Dr. Usman’s recommendation to proceed with the treatment. She recommends 50mg per kilo. He is 42 pounds today. So we’ll treat him with a 20-kilo child and give 1 gram of EDTA.

Nadama arrested and died in front of his mother during the third chelation round in August, 2005. A year later, Kerry was certified as a DAN doctor after completing an eight-hour training course. Prosecutors declined to charge Kerry for the death, and the state medical board suspended his license for six months and ordered extra training.

Usman spoke at AutismOne in Chicago last May, a cult-like annual gathering that expels skeptical writers and news reporters. Her topic: Prevention & Raising Healthy Kids in a Toxic World.

  1. Lisa R.:
    About time! This is one of the great-grandmothers of the "autism toxicity" movement.
  2. Sullivan:
    How can Dr. Usman defend herself? She can't claim that her methods are effective. The literature is against her. She can't claim that her methods are accepted by actual toxicologists, as they aren't. Will she defend or will she settle? If she defends, she has to be hoping that the court takes a stance of not wanting to make pronouncements on medical efficacy.
  3. Anne:
    Trine Tsouderos is my hero.
  4. MikeMa:
    A successful, rational defense may seem unlikely, but this woman seems to have swallowed the whole pill and be unable to process reality like a normal person. It would be nice to have something precedent setting to caution other DAN crap dispensers.
  5. Steve:
    I find the blogs above by Anne and others narrow minded and vindictive and I would bet uninformed and manipulated by so called quack hunters like tsouderos. I have a copy of the Dan text and their treatment protocols are not without scientific basis and for the most part are more benign than medications. Furthermore there are thousands of reports from parents of patients with autism treated by Dan doctors demonstrating greater effectiveness than any other medical treatment. I think we should applaud the work of Dan doctors and not persecute them like some witch hunt. FDA approved pharmaceuticals and medical treatment is responsible for over 100,000 deaths per year. Don't be so quick to condemn that which know nothing about.

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