Santos, I’m kinda disappointed to see that you are slipping into the realm of just repeating what you read on kooky internet conspiracy sites instead of actually examining the facts for yourself. :/
Santosg wrote:Dr. Usman did not injure a patient. She got caught up in a nasty divorce battle.
The usual “got caught in a ugly divorce” defense of Usman doesn’t have anything to do with the disciplinary sanctions by the Illinois medical board. The father (custodial parent as I recall) filed a complaint (2011 Chicago Tribune article here
) which brought the medical records of one of the children to light – divorce had nothing to do with either the treatments she subjected this particular child to for no apparent medically valid reason or the actions of the disciplinary board.
You can read the treatment information for one child in the court documents yourself (here
). The treatments this child was subjected to over time are pretty gruesome (and apparently not very effective). Rossignol (also on TACA’s physician advisory board) was also involved – treating the child for several years over the phone without ever even seeing him.
From the court document
– note that Usman and Rossignol are (ironically) fans of pharma products and prescription drugs. A snippet:
24. A.J. continued the regimes instituted by Defendants USMAN and ROSSIGNOL from late December 2006 through mid-October 2007. During that period of time, Defendant USMAN diagnosed heavy metal toxicity, continued diet restrictions, ordered supplements for A.J., and prescribed Spironolactone (a diuretic that was medically unnecessary and is known to cause tumors), Nyastin, Curacumin, DMPS suppositories for rectal chelation, and EDTA. At no point during this period of time did Defendant USMAN diagnose A.J.’s condition as autism.
25. During the same period of time from late December 2006 through mid-October 2007, Defendant ROSSIGNOL continued his telephone consultations with A.J.’s mother and diagnosed, without ever seeing or examining A.J., and although he diagnosed a myriad of conditions, including Minamata disease and encephalopathy (2/7/2007), toxic effects of mercury and its compounds and inflammation of the brain (6/1/2007), toxic effects of mercury and its compounds, encephalopathy, autoimmune disease, and nutritional deficiency (6/19/2007), toxic effects of mercury and its compounds, encephalopathy, and autoimmune disease (10/2/2007), ROSSIGNOL did not diagnose autism.
26. During the same period of time from late December 2006 through mid-October 2007, and based on his diagnoses, Defendant ROSSIGNOL prescribed Methyl B-12 injectable medication (2/9/2007), Ferrous sulfate elixir (2/9/2007), DMPS suppositories for rectal chelation, Spironolactone (6/1/2007), NAC transdermal (6/1/2007), DMPS suppositories (5/5 and 6/4/2007), Vitamin C injectable vials (10/2/2007), NAC injectable vials (10/2/2007), EDTA injectable vials (10/2/2007), Nystatin (10/2/2007), oral Spironolactone (10/2/2007), Glutathione injectable vials (10/2/2007), and DMPS injectable vials (10/2/2007), some of which medications were manufactured, distributed, and/or sold to A.J.’s parent by Defendant CREATION’S OWN.
27. During Defendant ROSSIGNOL’s telephone consultation with A.J.’s mother on October 2, 2007, Defendant recommended and advised that A.J.’s medical condition required IV chelation therapy and forwarded a protocol to Defendant USMAN for implementation of chelation therapy.
28. On or about October 24, 2007, Defendant USMAN commenced IV chelation therapy upon A.J. (based on her diagnosis of heavy metal toxicity) and following a protocol developed by Defendant ROSSIGNOL (based on his diagnosis of heavy metal toxicity). At Defendant USMAN’s direction and under her supervision, chelation therapy was performed on A.J. using EDTA as the chelating agent combined with Vitamin C, GSH (a drug approved only for the treatment HIV) and DMPS (a non-FDA approved drug), on November 7, 2007, November 28, 2007, December 5, 2007, December 19, 2007, January 2, 2008, January 9, 2008, January 23, 2008, January 30, 2008, February 13, 2008, February 28, 2008, March 11, 2008, March 27, 2008, April 3, 2008, April 10, 2008, April 17, 2008, April 24, 2008, April 30, 2008, May 8, 2008, May 14, 2008, May 21, 2008, May 29, 2008, June 5, 2008, June 11, 2008, September 17, 2008, October 1, 2008, October 8, 2008, October 16, 2008, October 22, 2008, October 30, 2008, November 6, 2008, November 12, 2008, November 19, 2008, December 11, 2008, December 17, 2008, January 5, 2009, January 19, 2009, February 5, 2009, February 16, 2009, March 4, 2009, March 19, 2009, and April 2, 2009.
29. From October 2007 through April 2009, when Defendant USMAN was administering IV chelation therapy to A.J. on a twice-a-month basis, A.J. was additionally being medicated by Defendants USMAN and ROSSIGNOL with supplements manufactured, distributed, and sold to A.J.’s parent by Defendant CREATION’S OWN,as well as Spironolactone, Nystatin, Methyl B-12, Singulair, Fer-in-Sol, N-Acetylcysteine, and DMPS suppositories.
Santosg wrote:I'd say most of the things done to autistic children are medically unproven. Even something as simple and common as PECS. Look up the meta-analysis done on PECS. They concluded it was ineffective. But we see lots of speech therapist and ABA therapist using PECS. Maybe they should all be sanctioned!
Aside from the obvious fact that PECS is a communication system using pictures – not a medical treatment – I don’t know of any meta-analysis where “they” (who is “they?”) “concluded it was ineffective.” Link me up, Santos, and support your statements.
Santosg wrote:I can post many reports that show the harm caused by statin drugs, the worsening of patients who undergo open heart surgery, and on and on. Hundreds of thousands of people die yearly from prescription medication. Where are the disciplinary hearings?
Those reports would be irrelevant for use in justifying Usman’s practices, but as to the “where” one can find info on disciplinary actions taken against physicians, most state medical boards have online search features that allow one to find this information on any licensed physician.
When a very extensive study is done that show that EDTA chelation has a positive effect on coronary heart disease, those conclusions just have to be dismissed as unbelievable. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/1
This also appears to be irrelevant to the topic at hand – but I cannot read the blog post due to a paywall.
There is a bit of irony in all this, of course. Today the leading story for the Chicago Tribute was on the devastating effects of lead poisoning.http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watc
The Chicago Tribune has published quite a few articles on lead poisoning among Chicago children. Unfortunately the lead problem in Chicago is not new news. However, these are legitimate cases of lead poisoning, and are not diagnosed with quacky tests using invalid reference-range comparisons. And (thankfully) these children won’t be seeing Usman – they are poor and their parents wouldn’t be able to afford her exorbitant fees and products.
Santosg wrote:Dr. Usman performed a number of tests to assess the metal load of the child she was sanctioned for treating.
Which tests were valid for diagnosing metal poisoning, Santos, and which ones were valid for prescribing all those rounds of IV and rectal chelation? Link me up with the facts that support your statement. My facts are from the medical info in the court document and articles from legitimate news outlets.
Santosg wrote:I guess when even a challenge test to measure the heavy metal load of a child is dismissed as 'bunk', we've got to conclude that there is only one right answer to any of these questions.
A provoked urinary metals challenge test actually is “bunk” as the basis of diagnosing metal poisoning and prescribing treatment with chelation. Please see the position statement from the American College of Medical Toxicology (specialists with actual expertise in metal poisoning) for information/explanation of this test:American College of Medical Toxicology Position Statement on Post-Chelator Challenge Urinary Metal Testinghttp://www.acmt.net/cgi/page.cgi?aid=2999&_id=462&zine=show
Santos, I know you are of the belief that chelation (specifically Andrew Cutler’s chelation claims) will be the answer for your son, and that your defense of these treatments and individuals is therefore likely based more in emotion and belief than in fact. Although I am not a believer in Cutler’s fantastic unsupported claims, the real irony of your post is that even Cutler would vigorously agree that what Usman did was harmful.