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Unethical DAN doctor to be supervised by acupuncturist

December 30th, 2014 · 6 Comments · Facepalm

An Illinois doctor who subjects autistic children to “unwarranted, dangerous therapies” must have her work reviewed by an acupuncturist. The state medical board also fined Dr. Anju Usman $10,000, ordered her to take additional medical education classes, and placed her on probation for at least one year, as part of her plea agreement with state regulators.

The acupuncturist, Dr. Robert Charles Dumont, is a pediatrician, and a member of the faculty of the Integrative Medicine Department of Northwestern University School of Medicine. According to the consent decree, Usman “shall submit ten active patient charts on a quarterly basis” to Dumont. When asked if Usman is allowed to select which charts will be reviewed, a medical board spokesperson referred the reporter to the language in the consent decree.

Usman suggested to regulators the doctor who will be reviewing her charts, according to Usman’s attorney.

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Dr. Anju Usman

Usman is director of True Health Medical Center in Naperville, Illinois and owner of Pure Compounding Pharmacy. She a is regular presenter at Autism One, an annual gathering of vendors, providers, quasi-researchers and desperate parents.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation says Usman provided “medically unwarranted treatment that may potentially result in permanent disabling injuries” to a boy that Usman started seeing in the spring of 2002, when the child was not quite two years old. Records indicate Usman diagnosed the boy 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 prescribed chelation, a hormone modulator, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which regulators describe as an “extreme departure from rational medical judgment.”

The complaint against Usman was filed by the boy’s father in 2009. A year later, he sued Usman and Dr. Daniel Rossignol of Melbourne, Fla. for harming the child with “dangerous and unnecessary experimental treatments.” A Chicago-area lab, Doctor’s Data, was also sued. The plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the suit in 2014, but will reportedly reinstate it in 2015 or later.

Usman was the subject of a 2009 Chicago Tribune investigation into questionable medical practices aimed at treating autism. The article noted that Usman and Rossignol “are stars of Defeat Autism Now!, having trained thousands of clinicians…  They are listed on the group’s online clinician registry, a first stop for many parents of children with autism seeking alternative treatment.”

Usman’s name is also connected to the 2005 death of Tariq Nadama, a five-year-old boy who died at the hands of Dr. Roy Kerry. Usman diagnosed the boy with high aluminum levels, then referred him to Kerry, an ear-nose-throat specialist in Pennsylvania. Kerry treated the child for lead poisoning, even though his blood lead levels were below that which indicates the need for chelation.

 

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  • 1 lilady // Dec 31, 2014 at 6:14 am

    That’s a slap on the wrists for this medical doctor, who, IMO, should have had her medical license revoked years ago, for the ongoing bogus “treatments” she prescribes for autistic children…and for her part in the death of Tariq Nadama.

  • 2 Narad // Jan 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    As I noted at LBRB, Chuck Dumont has no affiliation with Northwestern University or any of its related bodies.

  • 3 ANB // Jan 4, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    The affiliation language is from the consent decree. I have a call in to the state medical board to clear that up.

    DuMont works at the “Raby Clinic at Northwestern”, but it’s not clear what the affiliation is. The clinic is one mile from the NW medical school. Maybe Usman pulled a fast one.

  • 4 Narad // Jan 7, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I have a call in to the state medical board to clear that up.

    Thanks.

  • 5 Narad // Jan 7, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Oh, and he’s not coming up in the Loyola directories, either. The last mentions seem to have been in 2007.

  • 6 Child behavior problems and support // Dec 10, 2015 at 1:34 am

    This is interesting and worth to read.

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