nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Friday, May 28, 2010

UPDATE On The Vaccine-Autism "Doctor"

Even though he is not licensed to practice medicine, I guess Andrew Wakefield still can be called "doctor" because he has a degree.

According to Quackwatch (May 27),
"In 2004, Wakefield relocated to Austin, Texas, where he helped found Thoughtful House Center for Children, a "nonprofit" clinic that features unsubstantiated treatments for autism. He resigned from there after the panel's GMC report was issued. He does not have a medical license in the United States but oversaw the clinic's research program."
I wonder where he is now.

In separate news, Quackwatch reports on another "autism specialist" facing charges in Texas:
The Texas Medical Board has charged Seshagiri Rao, M.D. with nontherapeutic prescribing, failure to secure informed consent, and fraudulent billing related to his mismanagement of five children with autism or autism spectrum disorder. The complaint states that Rao:

--Used an inappropriate urine test to diagnose nonexistent "heavy metal toxicity."
--Inappropriately treated the patients with chelation therapy
--Pretended to insurance companies that he was treating heavy metal toxicity rather than autism.
Autism  and autism spectrum disorder are examples of several tragic, complex abnormalities in children for which there are very few treatment opportunities.

Families need to be extra critical of unsubstantiated claims for success in these diseases.  While it's understandable that people need hope, the result is usually very high cost, involving fruitless and sometimes harmful "treatments"...the hallmarks of quackery.

Doc D

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