15 Oct '11, 4pm

US Autism Doctor Charged With Unethical Conduct | Care2 Causes

US Autism Doctor Charged With Unethical Conduct | Care2 Causes

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has charged an Illinois doctor, Dr. Anjum Usman, with “unprofessional, unethical and/or dishonorable conduct” in regard to her use alternative medical treatments for an autistic boy. The treatments described in the complaint have been widely promoted in the past decade by practitioners and families who claimed that such practices as chelation to remove poisonous heavy metals, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, secretin (a pancreatic hormone) and more had “cured” their children from autism. Books such as Karyn Seroussi’s 2002 Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Jenny McCarthy’s 2007 Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism are only a few accounts claiming miraculous recoveries from autism thanks to alternative medical treatments. The rationale for using such unprov...

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