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"Autism specialist" charged with unprofessional conduct

Post by rlstanley » Fri 14 Oct 2011 22:30

http://www.ncahf.org/digest11/11-34.html

Offbeat "autism specialist" charged with unprofessional conduct
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has charged Anjum I. Usman, M.D., who operates the True Health Medical Center in Naperville, Illinois, with unprofessional conduct in her management of a boy with presumed autism.

The complaint charges that she failed to obtain informed consent for this treatment, failed to maintain appropriate medical records, and prescribed chelation therapy, dietary supplements, hormones, enzymes, antifungal drugs, and various other treatments that have not been proven effective against autism.

Usman is also facing a civil suit brought on the child's behalf.

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Post by rlstanley » Sat 15 Oct 2011 3:37

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011 ... eat-autism

Illinois regulators seek to discipline autism doctor

Chicago Tribune
October 13, 2011
By Trine Tsouderos
A Naperville physician featured in a 2009 Tribune investigation into alternative treatments for autism has been charged by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation with “unprofessional, unethical and/or dishonorable conduct.”

The complaint against Dr. Anjum Usman alleges that she made false or misleading statements regarding the value of treatments, “demonstrated extreme departure from rational medical judgment” and “abused the patient/physician relationship.” It asks that her medical license be revoked, suspended, placed on probation or otherwise disciplined.

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 2.

Usman allegedly diagnosed the child with acalcium-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.

Treatments listed in the complaint include dietary restrictions; nearly three dozen vitamin, enzyme, mineral and other dietary supplements; two antifungal drugs; four chelators or detoxifying drugs; a hormone suppressor, and hyperbaric oxygen treatments, in which the child is shut inside a pressurized bag filled with extra oxygen.

“None of the treatments described above has been proven to influence the course of autism,” the complaint states. And yet Usman “made statements to (the boy’s) mother that the prescribed treatments had positive clinical benefits for children with autism, despite the lack of empirical research.”

At one point, the complaint alleges, Usman prescribed selenium supplements even though the boy’s levels were normal. She “continued to do so even when (the boy) eventually showed a high level,” according to the complaint.

In 2010, the boy’s father, James Coman, sued Usman and Dr. Daniel Rossignol of Melbourne, Fla., alleging that they harmed his son with “dangerous and unnecessary experimental treatments.” AChicago-area lab, Doctor’s Data, is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit. That case, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, is ongoing.

Both Usman and Rossignol were prominent in the Defeat Autism Now! movement, which has promoted many of the risky and unproven therapies scrutinized by the Tribune in 2009. Both have spoken to parents and physicians at autism conferences, including a large one held in theChicago area each year called Autism One.

Coman’s attorney, David Wilzig, confirmed that Coman filed the complaint that launched the IDFPR investigation into Usman, and that the anonymous child referred to in the complaint is Coman’s son.

Neither Usman nor her attorney immediately responded to requests for comment.

Usman, medical director of the True Health Medical Center, is scheduled to appear before an administrative law judge for the Illinois State Medical Disciplinary Board on Nov. 28, at which point a hearing date will be set.

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Post by rlstanley » Sat 15 Oct 2011 3:59

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/nation ... 6&srvc=rss

Illinois seeks to discipline doctor who prescribed unorthodox treatment for autism

By Trine Tsouderos
Chicago Tribune (MCT)
Friday, October 14, 2011

snippets:
...In prescribing chelation, a hormone modulator and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, Usman subjected a young Chicago boy to unproven treatments and demonstrated "extreme departure from rational medical judgment," according to a complaint filed this week by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation....

Many such treatments are praised in online forums and at conferences like Autism One, held in the Chicago area every spring. Lured by testimonials professing miraculous recoveries, desperate parents of children with autism spend thousands of dollars on them despite a lack of evidence and in spite of known risks.
According to the complaint, which was filed Wednesday, Usman "made statements to (the boy’s) mother that the prescribed treatments had positive clinical benefits for children with autism, despite the lack of empirical research."

And, the complaint said, Usman made false or misleading statements regarding the value of treatments and "abused the patient/physician relationship."
Coman’s son began seeing Usman shortly after he was diagnosed with mild to moderate autism in the spring of 2004. He was not yet 2.

Over the next five years, 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, according to the complaint.

The complaint alleges the diagnoses were, in part, based on inappropriate lab testing. For example, hair analysis "does not provide a basis for the diagnosis of heavy metal toxicity," according to the complaint.
The complaint lists several chelators as treatments for alleged heavy metal toxicity. Some children with autism, such as Coman’s son, undergo rounds of chelation therapy to leach heavy metals from the body, though most toxicologists say the test commonly used to measure the metals is meaningless and the treatment potentially harmful.

In 2008, the National Institutes of Health halted a controversial government-funded study of chelation before a single child with autism was treated. Researchers at Cornell University and University of California, Santa Cruz, found that rats without lead poisoning showed signs of cognitive damage after being treated with a chelator.

In his lawsuit, Coman alleged that Usman and Rossignol prescribed "medically unnecessary and unjustified" chelation treatments even though his son did not suffer from heavy metal poisoning, subjecting him to the risk of kidney failure.

Coman’s attorney, David Wilzig, said he was "delighted" to hear about the complaint against Usman.

"I am happy for (Coman’s son) and for the dozens of people who have contacted me who are in the same position as the parents of (the boy)," he said. "They believed these treatments were medically advisable and required and now feel guilty and upset and now have kids who began with issues and now have added issues."

The complaint against Usman comes five months after the Maryland Board of Physicians summarily suspended the medical license of Dr. Mark Geier. Geier’s son, David Geier, was also charged with practicing medicine without a license.

The Geiers were prominent promoters of their risky and unproven "Lupron protocol" for autism, in which children with the disorder are injected with Lupron, a drug sometimes used to chemically castrate sex offenders.

In June, based on Maryland’s action, regulators in Illinois ordered Geier to appear at a preliminary hearing. The next status hearing date for Geier is in November.

Alison Singer, president of the Autism Science Foundation, which supports autism research, applauded authorities for taking action. She believes that families are sometimes taken advantage of through "expensive, risky therapies that have no chance of helping children with autism."

"These activities," she said, "divert time and energy away from proven, evidence-based interventions like applied behavior analysis."

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Post by Spanky » Sat 15 Oct 2011 16:26

Thanks for this...somewhat surprised to see that the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation is actually doing something...(anything)...but sometimes, an attorney, pursuing a private action, is able to convince the relevant authorities with appropriate jurisdiction to also take a look...

...and...following the links you provided, I went to the civil suit,

http://www.casewatch.org/civil/coman/complaint.shtml

...where I noticed the name "Doctor's Data, Inc", St Charles, Illinois, listed as a defendant...(which I vaguely remembered mention of somewhere)...

...and found Doctor's Data listed as an "exhibitor" at the upcoming ILADS convention:

http://www.ilads.org/lyme_programs/lyme ... itors.html

Among other claims..."Doctor's Data" is accused of the following by the plaintiff in the civil suit...which may be of interest to longtime Lymeland observers:
20. From January 27, 2006, through March 7, 2009, Defendant USMAN, alone and in conjunction with Defendant ROSSIGNOL, ordered “urine toxic metals” testing to be performed on A.J. with urine specimens collected using a provoking agent. Defendant DOCTOR’S DATA performed the urine toxic metals tests on each occasion with results that indicated: several elements in the 90% and above range of metal contamination (4/22/2004), several elements in the 90% and above range of metal contamination (1/27/2006), lead in the 90% range of metal contamination (1/13/2007), elevated levels of lead, tin, and mercury on the cusp of metal contamination (2/26/2007), lead in the 90% range of metal contamination (5/26/2007), lead on the cusp of metal contamination (8/6/2007), high elevated levels of lead contamination and elevated levels of aluminum and nickel contamination (10/30/2007), very high elevated levels of lead contamination and elevated levels of nickel, tin, and tungsten contamination (11/13/2007), very elevated level of lead contamination and elevated levels of aluminum, nickel, and tin contamination (1/12/2008), lead in the 90% range of metal contamination (1/26/2008), lead on the very elevated cusp of metal contamination and elevated levels of aluminum, mercury, and nickel on cusp of metal contamination (4/26/2008), very elevated level of lead contamination and elevated levels of aluminum, mercury, and nickel on the cusp of metal contamination (10/29/2008), very elevated level of lead contamination and elevated levels of aluminum, tin, and nickel on the cusp of metal contamination (3/7/2009).
The plaintiff also charges Doctor's Data with intentional misrepresentation. (fraud).
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And...Doctor's Data has apparently previously sued "Quackwatch".

See:

http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRel ... toxic.html

http://www.quackwatch.com/14Legal/dd_suit.html

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Post by rlstanley » Sat 15 Oct 2011 19:12

Spanky:
where I noticed the name "Doctor's Data, Inc", St Charles, Illinois, listed as a defendant...(which I vaguely remembered mention of somewhere)...
see LNE thread: Post-Chelator Challenge Urinary Metal Testing blasted
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Post by Spanky » Sat 15 Oct 2011 21:04

"rlstanley":


Spanky: where I noticed the name "Doctor's Data, Inc", St Charles, Illinois, listed as a defendant...(which I vaguely remembered mention of somewhere)...


RLS:

Well, what I meant by saying that I remembered it, was that I remembered it being associated with ILADS...similar to the recent posts concerning QMedRx.

And to be quite blunt about it...look, this one, in my opinion, is pretty damned obvious...this kid wasn't even two years old...and you would think that the next logical question is WHY, then...is an organization like ILADS associated with this type of thing?

And WHY then, is the LDA/CALDA associated with ILADS?

WHY aren't the so-called, self-styled "activists" at least trying to appear to protect patients from this type of thing?

Ironically, I suppose, it is the people to whom this isn't obvious...that need help...that need to be protected...

...and who are the very people that ILADS seems to be exploiting...with the assistance of the LDA/CALDA.

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Post by LymeH » Sun 16 Oct 2011 0:15

Spanky wrote:Well, what I meant by saying that I remembered it, was that I remembered it being associated with ILADS...similar to the recent posts concerning QMedRx.

And to be quite blunt about it...look, this one, in my opinion, is pretty damned obvious...this kid wasn't even two years old...and you would think that the next logical question is WHY, then...is an organization like ILADS associated with this type of thing?
See related topic http://www.lymeneteurope.org/forum/view ... 448#p24661
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Re: "Autism specialist" charged with unprofessional conduct

Post by rlstanley » Mon 17 Oct 2011 2:39

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17980971

Medical Hypotheses. 2008;70(5):967-74. Epub 2007 Nov 5.

The association between tick-borne infections, Lyme borreliosis and autism spectrum disorders.


Bransfield RC, Wulfman JS, Harvey WT, Usman AI.
Abstract

Chronic infectious diseases, including tick-borne infections such as Borrelia burgdorferi may have direct effects, promote other infections and create a weakened, sensitized and immunologically vulnerable state during fetal development and infancy leading to increased vulnerability for developing autism spectrum disorders. A dysfunctional synergism with other predisposing and contributing factors may contribute to autism spectrum disorders by provoking innate and adaptive immune reactions to cause and perpetuate effects in susceptible individuals that result in inflammation, molecular mimicry, kynurenine pathway changes, increased quinolinic acid and decreased serotonin, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction and excitotoxicity that impair the development of the amygdala and other neural structures and neural networks resulting in a partial Klüver-Bucy Syndrome and other deficits resulting in autism spectrum disorders and/or exacerbating autism spectrum disorders from other causes throughout life.

Support for this hypothesis includes multiple cases of mothers with Lyme disease and children with autism spectrum disorders; fetal neurological abnormalities associated with tick-borne diseases; similarities between tick-borne diseases and autism spectrum disorder regarding symptoms, pathophysiology, immune reactivity, temporal lobe pathology, and brain imaging data; positive reactivity in several studies with autistic spectrum disorder patients for Borrelia burgdorferi (22%, 26% and 20-30%) and 58% for mycoplasma; similar geographic distribution and improvement in autistic symptoms from antibiotic treatment. It is imperative to research these and all possible causes of autism spectrum disorders in order to prevent every preventable case and treat every treatable case until this disease has been eliminated from humanity.

PMID:17980971[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PDF of entire article: http://www.lymebook.com/med-hypothesis-article.pdf

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NOTE: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journa ... structions
The purpose of Medical Hypotheses is to publish interesting theoretical papers. The journal will consider radical, speculative and non-mainstream scientific ideas provided they are coherently expressed.
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Re: "Autism specialist" charged with unprofessional conduct

Post by rlstanley » Thu 20 Oct 2011 20:04

http://mikestanton.wordpress.com/2007/0 ... nju-usman/

Action For Autism
Supporting Autistic People


Questions for Dr. Anju Usman
Treating Autism is hosting the two day Autism-Biomedical Conference at the Bournemouth International Centre with funding from the National Lottery this weekend. (Friday 9th and Saturday 10th February)

Regular readers of this blog will not be surprised to learn that I have misgivings about this. Basically the DAN! protocol is being promoted in a big way in England for the first time. This follows on from the success of Action Against Autism in setting up a DAN! clinic in Scotland under the leadership of Lorene Amet following their biomed conference in Edinburgh in October 2005.

I have three major objections to DAN!

1.They accept as fact that there is an epidemic of autism caused by environmental toxins.
2.They claim that by using chelation to remove these toxins children can be recovered from autism.
3.Any charlatan or quack can become a DAN! practitioner merely by doing an eight hour training session at one of their conferences. Children have been sexually abused, injured and killed by DAN! practitioners whose details are still up on the DAN! website with no warnings about their professional misconduct.

I am particularly surprised that Anju Usman is such a prominent speaker at this conference. Dr Usman was the DAN! practitioner treating Abu Bakar Tariq Nadama after his mother took him from Britain to America seeking a cure for his autism. Dr Usman referred him on to Dr Kerry. Tariq subsequently died as a result of the treatment prescribed by Kerry. According to Kerry’s case notes, published by the Pennsylvania State Medical Board as part of their case against him,

“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.

Later on Pennsylvania State Medical Board reports that Usman actually recommended calcium disodium EDTA.

43. A physician who previously treated Tariq. recommended treatment with CaNa2EDTA as recently as June 2005.

There are two forms of EDTA. Disodium EDTA is used for the emergency treatment of hypercalcemia and in control of ventricular arrhythmias associated with digitalis toxicity. Tariq did not have either of these illnesses. Calcium disodium EDTA can be used to treat aluminum poisoning but is more commonly used for lead poisoning. The calcium is added because disodium EDTA on its own also binds to calcium. Tariq died because the disodium EDTA depleted his body levels of calcium to such an extent that his heart stopped.

The Pennsylvania State Medical Board also notes that Tariq had low levels of iron. And Usman had referred Tariq to Kerry because of high aluminum levels. Deferoxamine is often used to treat aluminum poisoning. It also binds to iron. If Usman was using that to treat Tariq it would explain his low levels of iron. It does not explain why she sent him to Kerry, a doctor who never ever used calcium disodium EDTA. He only ever used disodium EDTA

Even if I was a true believer in biomedical cures for autism, before I ever invited Dr Usman onto a conference platform, I would want to know

1.Did she use Deferoxamine on Tariq? Was she monitoring his iron levels?
2.Did she specify CALCIUM disodium EDTA to Kerry when she referred Tariq?
3.If so, would he not have told her that he never used it and did not have it in stock?
4.Did she understand at the time how different the two forms of EDTA are?
5.Did she object when Kerry was granted DAN! status AFTER he killed Tariq?

We know that Kerry is unfit to practise medicine. Until questions about her role in the death of Tariq are settled there are serious doubts about Dr Usman. Will she answer these questions in Bournemouth? Will they even be asked? for Tariq’s sake, and for the sake of all the potential Tariqs, I hope so.
24 interesting comments follow: http://mikestanton.wordpress.com/2007/0 ... nju-usman/
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Also see LNE thread: Death of an autistic child:chelation
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